Greenbriar Villas (Village of Briar Meadow)



Happy New Year and welcome to 2020. The debate over whether or not we are in a new decade or if the decade starts in 2021 can rage on without me.

The holidays are over and it’s time to take down the decorations, get the tinsel out of your hair, sweep the reindeer poop off the roof and get on with the business of a new year. 

Just a reminder that 2020 is an election year.  A year that advertising agencies get rich and the rest of us get…well I won’t go any farther than to say I am not looking forward to the political ads which are heading our way like an angry tsunami with a staph infection.

Way back in 2019, a good time was had by all at the Bobay’s holiday open house.  Thanks, Dawn and Chuck for throwing a really fun party.

Speaking of parties, our Greenbriar Christmas party was a huge success.  Thank you to Angie and Rick Corbeil for overseeing that event as well as our president, Marcea Seimears.  The food was good, Rick Mitchell was fun and me, the guy who hates bingo, won 2 prizes. What a night!  Also, I saw some dance moves on the floor from some unexpected sources that I did not anticipate.  While seemingly no one was injured I imagine there were some aches and pains in the morning.  The decorating committee did a stellar job as the room and the tables looked great.

Carol James had a big night.  She lost her bracelet, found her bracelet, and won $80 in the 50-50 drawing.  Not bad for one evening.

It sounds like the Ladies Christmas Luncheon was a big success as well, especially the much-needed donations for the SOZO Kids in Ocala Forest.  Nice work and thank you, Ardie!

Speaking of the Ladies Luncheon…The January Ladies Luncheon will be at First Watch on the 25th at 1:00 pm.  Contact Ardie Langley if you want to be part of the fun.

Be sure to visit our Greenbriar website where you can see photos of all our recent events. I know Arlene Cash and Bob Schroeter were capturing many of our fun moments. And, yes, it is too late to bribe them not to post your pictures.

It is January so that means it is time to pay your Greenbriar Social Club dues. Dues are $10 per person, until March when they go up to $13. Bob Schroeter will be glad to accept your payment.

Upcoming Events

Our first event in 2020 will be the Poker Run/Chili Cook-off, which will be in conjunction with the January meeting of the Greenbriar Social Club.  The event will take place on Tuesday, January 28.

The Poker Run will begin between 3:00 and 3:30 at the Schultz/Anderson residence at 17483 Foxgrove.  Entry fee is $5 per poker hand. After you receive your entry form and clues, you will need to locate the 5 stations (all stations are north of the Savannah Center).  2 common cards will drawn, but not revealed, and will be added to your hand at the end. No duplicate cards will be allowed on your entry form.  At each station contestants will draw a card and that card will be noted on your entry form.  After you have drawn your 5th card return to the Anderson Schultz villa.  At that time the 2 common cards will be revealed, and contestants will pick their best 5-card poker hand.  Scorecards will be left at the Anderson/Schultz villa and the winning hands will be announced at the chili dinner, which starts at 6:30 at Chatham Rec Center. All funds collected will be paid out to the winners. 

The deadline to RSVP for the Poker run is Friday, January 24.  517-749-9528 (Paul) or 810-923-7627 (Connie) are the numbers to call to RSVP.  We are looking for 8-10 volunteers to make and bring chili.  We also need fixings such as shredded cheese, sour cream, salads.

If you are not bringing chili, please bring the following based on the first letter of your last name.

A-B: Cheese, Sour cream, chips, Fritos or cornbread; C-H: Dessert                                                        I-Z:  Salads or side dishes                                                                        As usual, the club will provide coffee, plates and settings. Bring your own adult beverages. 

Super Bowl squares are still on sale and will be available at the January meeting.  The squares are $5 each. If all squares are sold, the winner at the end of each quarter of the Super Bowl will receive $75 and your social club will net a total of $200 at the end of the game.

Casting Call:  The bright lights beckon: Ardie Langley, our director extraordinaire, is still looking for actors and actresses for an upcoming performance.  Let Ardie know if you would be interested in showcasing your thespian skills in the new year.  I’m fairly certain that being cast in this production will lead to a career in Hollywood.

New year, new decade, new ideas: VP Angie Corbeil has some great ideas for some new and exciting events.  Most involve some travel.  Here is a list of some possibilities, depending upon member interest.  Let Angie know of your interest or any questions.  Great opportunities to do and see some different places.

Text or email Angie 586-945-8335 if interested in any of the following:

  • Bowling event in February.
  • Fishing charter in March.
  • Spring training baseball game in March.
  • Tampa Downs Horse Races on Sunday, Feb. 9th with mimosa and three-hour brunch with transportation thru JP Tours $77.
  • Daytona Speedway 90 minute all access tour including lunch at Bubba Gump’s with time for shopping or a walk on the beach thru Senior Adventures Wednesday, February 19, $82.
  • Victory Casino five-hour Cruise from Port Canaveral including buffet lunch with transportation thru Senior Adventures $50, March 25.

Depending on your responses, we will determine how many activities to choose. Also, we can then determine if we have enough people to charter a motor coach which would decrease the above prices.

AED Meeting January 20.  Though it is not a social club event we will be having an important meeting on January 20 to further develop plans for the AEDs in our neighborhood. The meeting will be at 11:00 am at the Chatham Rec Center

January Drink of the Month: Bourboncello

2 parts good bourbon

1 part Limoncello

Orange bitters to taste

Shake in an ice filled shaker and strain into cocktail glass

Invented by Phil Pettina

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