Greenbriar Villas (Village of Briar Meadow)


MARCH 2020

What happened to February?  Even with an extra day February was gone faster than a Twinkie at a Weight Watchers meeting. Remember when we worked and lived in frigid climates and it seemed like February, with or without the damn leap day, would never end?  I don’t know if the whole “In like a lion, out like a lamb” thing applies in the Sunshine State.  So here we are in March, acting like we are legally entitled to 80 degrees and sunshine.  Now we are facing the coronavirus.  Since when do they name diseases after Mexican beer? Next, will we have the Jack Daniels Flu?  I might have had that one a while back.  Oh well, I’m sure we are all resting easier, knowing that Mike Pence is in charge.

Grandchildren:  Many have them, most are proud of them.  Dennis and Marvel Helgeson are no exception other than the fact they may have a bit more reason than most to gloat a bit. Their Granddaughter, Sydney Helgeson, graduated from high school last May (good).  She was valedictorian (better). She sang her valedictory speech (Best!!).  She modified the hit song Shallow, to be about her class and it has been a You Tube sensation. You can and should check it out. Go to You Tube and search for Sydney Helgeson.

Thank you!!!

February 14th the Valentine’s dinner at Sakura’s, led by Chuck and Dawn Bobay, was a well-attended success.

The Annual Rum Swizzle party hosted by Stan and Jo Marshall was a big success.  We are all grateful to have such generous hosts as the Marshalls. 

The Mystery Dinner Theater took place in February and director Ardie Langley led a cast of very talented Thespians.  Thanks to the entire cast for a fun evening. 

Upcoming Events

Ladies Luncheon will be March 28 at 1:00.  The venue is to be determined.  Let Ardie Langley know if you want in on the fun.

Donn and Marlene Cunningham will again be hosting their annual St. Patrick’s Day party on March 16th from 4:00 to 6:00.  Bring a dish to share and your drink of choice.

A big event in March will be the always popular, Night at the Races event on the 24th.  Rich and Carol Frey will again be our hosts for the evening. Rich tells me we have filled out the field with Fillies and Stallions who are ready to race.  You need to email the Freys to let them know how many will be attending.  There is no charge for GBSC members, but guests cost $5.  A box will be on the Seimears’ (8383 Clifton) porch from March 16-19.  Since food needs to be ordered please make your reservation by March 19. Please bring $1 bills for your wagering.  Our bookies have very limited resources to make change.

Despite rumors to the contrary, The Men’s Greenbriar Cup will be contested on the first 3 Tuesdays of March.  Most importantly there will be a cook-out party at Mulberry on March 18th.  Cost is $5 per person (including players, spouses and/or guests) and you need to pay up by March 10th. Donn Cunningham will gladly accept your payment.

The ladies Greenbriar Cup has been cancelled due to a lack of participation.

Speaking of ladies’ golf…The month of March will see the gals Thursday golf group playing some fun games involving St. Patty’s Day, March Madness and other events.  They always get together for lunch following the round.  You can be a part of the fun by contacting Marcea Seimears at

If you have a case of Cabin Fever (is that even a thing if you are retired and living in Florida?) Angie Corbeil may have the cure.  Angie has organized the following adventures. 

Road Trips

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

  • Spring training baseball – 16 ball fans from Greenbriar will travel to Lakeland with AAA on March 2nd to watch the Detroit Tigers battle the Boston Red Sox.
  • Victory Casino March 25th. Five-hour Cruise from Port Canaveral including buffet lunch and $30 in qualified slot play, with motor coach from Greenbriar to port Canaveral thru Senior Adventures. $45 due by March 15th. 26 neighbors have signed up so far. Join the fun!

April Events

  • April 17th 10:00 am. Float trip down the Rainbow and Withlacoochee Rivers.  Carpooling to Dunnellon for a one hour and forty-minute voyage on a 40 foot-pontoon boat. Captain Jon Semmes guide us with song and story. $15 due April 15th.   Only 20 seats so let Angie know quickly if you want in on this adventure. See natural Florida at its best.

  • April 18th 2:00-4:00. Bowling event. Nine-pin, no tap. Cost of around $11 will include ball, shoes and bowling.

  • April 27 Fishing charter. Half-day from Hernando Beach with Captain Chas. Let Angie know if this date works for you.  So far, we have 16 folks interested in this trip.

  • April 28 will be the Greenbriar Casino Night.  If you lost your proverbial shirt at the horse racing event, here is your chance to get even.  Chris and Nancy Krabbe will host this fun event.  More details will be available in the April Newsletter.

March Drink of the Month: White Claw. White Claw is a hard seltzer with 100 calories and 5% alcohol.  Very light and refreshing with about the same kick as beer.  As the warmer weather approaches (Please!!) this makes a nice addition to your trip to the beach, pool and most especially the golf course.  White Claw can help you adjust to the fact that you are just not very good at golf and all your friends know it. I have been informed that the popular phrase “There are no laws when you drink the claws” is not true.  Please drink responsibly.

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