What do these iconic movies have in common? Thunder Road, 1958; American Graffiti, 1973; Smokey and the Bandit, 1977; The Blues Brothers, 1980 and Gran Torino, 2008? They are some of the best-known displays of American muscle cars in film history! Some may argue that Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds took a ‘back seat’ to these classic cars that quickly gained prominence with the American public.

Ohio native Sam Metro can tell you all about the history of muscle cars, hot rods and most classics on four wheels. He’s been hosting vintage car shows for ten years. “It  started with my interest in hot rods and grew into a passion for all sorts of specialty vehicles.” Sam explains that America’s fascination with hot rods originated with soldiers returning from World War II. Looking for excitement and speed, they sought out bigger and more powerful engines for their vehicles.

1965 to 1973 were the golden years of muscle cars. Anyone who liked to drive fast wanted a car with muscle. Hot rodders took basic cars and installed big engines in them. Manufacturers noticed and responded. And so, the muscle car was born!

This Saturday, Harbor Hills Country Club is hosting a fabulous show of hot rods, custom cars, muscle cars, antique and specialty vehicles and you are invited! Live music and entertainment will be provided by WJBJ Cruisin’ With The Classics. Admission and parking is complimentary. Food will be available for purchase. Meet Sam and other specialty car owners from 11AM to 3PM. To show your vehicle, contact Sam at 352-449-9732 or motor up to beautiful Harbor Hills. Fans of the 1991 movie Thelma and Louise just might see a 1966 Thunderbird cruise in!


Adam Rich

We are pleased to announce that Harbor Hills team member Adam Rich has been inducted into the Home Builders Association Board of Directors.  Harbor Hills will continue to be at the forefront of the home building industry exchanging knowledge with other home building leaders and advancing the HBA  mission to ensure the highest possible standards of quality, integrity and professionalism within the building industry.


Holidays are times to gather around friends and family. In Harbor Hills, pets are considered a special part of the family. Our neighbors include shelter volunteers, a certified pet masseuse, veterinarians and agility trainers.

Jim and Roseann Cochran are owned by Pebbles, a four year old Shih Tzu. Pebbles was rescued in Texas. Pebbles made the trip home with the Cochrans and is enjoying a blissful life in Harbor Hills. A major supporter of dog rescue, Jim says, “Pebbles is our fourth rescue and each has been a wonderful companion. They seem to sense they are fortunate to have a forever family.”

Another bow-wow breakout story is that of Chris and Dana Delzio, owned by 12 year old Paulie the pound pup. Paulie was rescued in Orlando. He was initially so mean, he got his name from a gangster in the Sopranos! But after a month of adjustment, Paulie and his fur friends Mickey, Roger and Gracie are the best of friends. And lest you think pets have anything but the good life in Harbor Hills, Steve Stephens’ yellow lab Maggie has a golf cart of her very own! Maggie and her furry friend Bo patrol the neighborhood daily for pesky squirrels.

Laurie and Cliff Carpenter are actively involved with the Southeastern Guide Dog organization. They welcomed new puppy Scarlett into their family this year. Scarlett’s new job as the Lady Lake Library’s official reading dog begins on Wednesday.

During this holiday season, be mindful of your pets. Watch out for ornaments,wrapping or food hazards that can harm them. Donate toys, food or cash to local shelters. Support the Facebook group Lost Pets of The Villages. The group is a voice for animals locally.


Trim a Tree Party

The Harbor Hills calendar is in full swing with outstanding events for club members, residents and the public. On Sunday the Harbor Hills Ladies Charity is hosting the 27th year of the Holiday Golf Tournament. These dedicated women raised more than $33,000 last season for local organizations in need of assistance.

The twinkling lights and holiday ornaments of the Harbor Hills Christmas tree welcome you to our clubhouse. On December 2, members will gather for the annual Trim The Tree party and Appreciation Event.  Our holiday cart parade and house decorating contest takes place on December 12th. Desserts, libations and holiday cheer await at the last stop! Contact Carol DiDomenico at carol_d2211@hotmail.com for information.

Corporate holiday party or club member looking to celebrate a special event? Harbor Hills is hosting! Join the festivities December 19 and our planner takes care of all the details. Call Christy Rich at 352-753-7000 and I will see you there!

Bienvenue à Paris! Harbor Hills Country Club welcomes the New Year with A Night In Paris. Hors d’oeuvres will be served at 7PM while guests mingle and delight in the enchanted evening. Party-goers enjoy an extravagant dinner in the ballroom at 8:15PM. The Rewind Band will perform hit songs we all remember, making this a very special night. The event is open to the public and the discounted price is available until December 1. Call 352-753-7000 for information.

Thanksgiving is both a special time with family and a reminder of how fortunate we are to have these gratifying lives. So to my friends and family, know that I am grateful for each one of you in my life. I wish you the happiest, healthiest Thanksgiving celebration ever. From our home to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!



This is the season of traditions and Harbor Hills has a few traditions of its’ own. Twenty-five years ago, Harbor Hill’s premier golf event, the Sider Cup, was created. The October tournament brings together our golfing community to enjoy the 10-day event. This year, the captain of the Blue team was Bob Neese and the Red team captain was Dave DeCoster. Their respective assistant captains were Mike Reyome and Joe Pulsone.

Sixty-four players participated, thirty-two on each team. The Red Team scored 26 ½ points in the first two matches. On the final day, Red needed only 5 ½ points to retain the cup and that they did. Thirty-six competitive and exciting matches went down to the 17th and 18th holes. Congratulations to both teams for an exciting finish!

The annual Ladies Red/Blue Tournament has become an integral part of Sider Cup festivities. Blue team ladies won this year, beating the Red team by ten strokes. President Deb Markey, Vice President Wanda Kurka and Chairperson Becky Hanner along with LGA members, did a great job organizing the event. From the Captains Dinner to the Awards dinner and everything in between, the Sider Cup has become a lively tradition at Harbor Hills.

Join us today, Veteran’s Day, at 11 AM for our Celebration of Freedom at Harbor Hills Veteran’s Park. The Garden and Women’s Club hosts the ceremony and welcomes you.

Limited seating is available for Harbor Hills’ Thanksgiving buffet. Open to the public, the cost for adults is $35.95 plus service charge and tax. The spectacular view from the clubhouse makes this holiday special. Call 352-753-7000 for reservations.


Oasis is a long-term residential community

Calling all residents of Harbor Hills Country Club! Looking for a way to share the giving spirit of the upcoming holiday season?

A special group of women, all members of the Harbor Hills Garden and Women’s Club have the answer. They support Oasis, a Leesburg residential facility that provides therapeutic treatment to fifteen mentally challenged, functional adults.

A division of LifeStream Behavioral Center, Oasis is a long-term residential community. Programs concentrate on group treatment and teaching daily living skills in a supervised environment. Previously called the Geriatric Residential Treatment System (GRTS), the facility houses middle-age patients with a variety of mental and medical challenges.

The Harbor Hills Garden and Women’s Club is an active supporter of the local treatment facility. Elba Burns, a sixteen year Oasis volunteer, is one of Harbor Hills’ group of regular visitors to the facility. She, along with Henrietta Lubin, Sun Brooks, Judie Thomson, Francie Zimmerman and others visit monthly. It’s always a party with ice cream socials, Bingo and the residents’ favorite – the corn hole game!

With the holiday season fast approaching, all residents of Harbor Hills are encouraged to gather a few friends and fill a client’s wish list together. Items include personal hygiene articles, clothing and puzzles. These gift bags need to be turned in to Elba by December 6. Harbor Hills volunteers will host this year’s Christmas party for Oasis residents on December 19. In exchange, the clients have already started practicing their Christmas carols to sing for the volunteers.

 “Many residents are without family,” Elba explains, ”and our visits take on a special meaning. Their happiness fills our hearts.”  This outreach program is open to all Harbor Hills residents. To find out more, call Elba Burns at 352-259-9167.


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