Greenbriar Villas (Village of Briar Meadow)



Well, it’s finally SeptemberYou probably didn’t even realize that this is the month you’ve been waiting for all year.  Come on, how could you not be anticipating this month?  College football starts (actually, there were two games this past weekend) September 2nd.  The NFL kicks off on Thursday the 9th .  The PGA season wraps up with the Fed Ex Cup this month and the Ryder Cup starts on the 26th.  The US Open tennis tournament will crown champions by the end of September.  Various NASCAR races are held in September.  Not a sports fan?  NY Fashion week is in September, and I know we all have been waiting for whatever that is.

Well, you get the picture and now you should begin to understand why so many artists chose to sing about the month of September.  What is your favorite?  “Sinatra’s September Song” in 1965 or “See you in September” by The Happenings in 1966?  Neil Diamond gave us “September Morn” in 1979.  Or you could go way back to “It Might as Well Rain Until September” by the great Carole King in 1962.  Getting just a bit more modern we have Daughtry’s “September” in 2010, and Green Day’s “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” as well as Earth Wind and Fire “September”  both released in 2011.

I tried to find historical events in September that were happy.  It was a short list, so I looked at my calendar and learned that Australia and New Zealand celebrate Father’s Day on 9/5.  Our Labor Day is on 9/6 as well as the start of Rosh Hashanah.  On the 12th we have National Grandparents Day (thank you Hallmark),  Yom Kippur begins at sundown on the 15th.  International Day of Peace is on the 21st and the first day of fall is on the 22nd.  That’s all.

Given the brevity of that list I have decided to come up with a few of my own.  Feel free to celebrate as you see fit.  To give you maximum flexibility I have not assigned specific dates.  Anytime in September will be fine.

  • Wear Your Hat Backward Day.
  • Wear Madras Day.
  • Double Tip Your Server Day.
  • Missing Sock Day.  A moment of silence for all the former pairs of socks which are now single.
  • “Florida Man” Day.  Google that and laugh at where you live.
  • Eat and Drink Left-handed Day.  You never know when this ambidextrous skill might come in handy.
  • Think About Yogurt Day.
  • Interstate Highway Day.  Recognize the brilliance of Dwight Eisenhower for giving us these beautiful 4-lane roads.  At exactly 5:30 pm toast your favorite interstate.
  • Sniff Your Dog’s Butt Day.  Payback!
  • Gilligan’s Island Day.  Ask yourself if it was just a 3-hour cruise, did Mrs. Howell overpack?
  • Eat Dessert First Day

Around the hood:

Here are a few things to look forward to in Greenbriar:

September 11Ladies Luncheon.  This month the lady’s luncheon will take place on Saturday, September 11 at 11:30 am.  The venue will be the Olive Garden.  If you wish to attend, you need to contact (352-626-7145) Ardie Langley by September 9th.

September 28th:  GBSC brings you a game show night featuring I’ve Got a Secret.”  Remember watching Steve Allen, Gary Moore, Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Jayne Meadows, Harry Morgan, and Bess Myerson, and trying to figure out why these people are celebrities?  This fun evening will take place at the Chatham Rec Center at 6:30.  Refreshments will be provided by Mystic Ice Cream - $5 for all the ice cream you can eat.  If you have not visited this fine establishment in Fruitland Park you are missing out.  This will be a great opportunity to enjoy some of their fabulous alcoholic and non-alcoholic ice cream without having to leave the neighborhood.  If you wish to attend the show and not indulge in the delicious ice cream, there is no charge.  No sharing, please.

October 17th: Annual Block Party.  This year’s event will feature a DJ and food from Mission Barbeque.

November 23rd:  GBSC meeting at Chatham at 6:30 pm.

December 5th:  Greenbriar Social Club Christmas Party at Chatham. 

December 10th:  A Sinatra Holiday Bash - Christmas My Way in Winter Park.  Our December 10th event is sold out, but there are tickets available for the December 2nd show through Lisa at Workman Transportation.

February 22nd:  A murder mystery will be performed  by your neighbors.  The mystery will have a Mardi Gras theme.  Non-thespian attendees will be encouraged to come in costume.  More details in the coming months. 

Attention lady euchre players:  Barb Crespi (352-259-7830) is organizing a group to play this popular card game one evening a month.  The venue will rotate through the homes of the various players.  There will be a sign-up sheet at the September 28th meeting.

Money in the Bank:  As of July 31, 2021, the Greenbriar Social Club has a bank balance of $1,513.76.

Recurring Events:

Marble Chase at Mulberry:  Nancy Krabbe 513-295-5531 (first and fourth Thursday of each month)

Bocce and lunch:  Gabe DeRosa (first Saturday of the month) 352-751-0872

Ladies luncheon:  Ardie Langley 352-626-7145 (monthly, date varies depending upon Ardies’ mood and the behavior of the group the previous month)

Monday Ladies Golf (Executive courses): Carol Frey 404-862-1219

Thursday Ladies Golf (Executive courses): Marcea Seimears 509-220-1344

Thursday Men’s Golf (Championship courses): Don Thiele 724-352-0757

Wednesday Men’s Golf (Executive courses): Tim McCusker 585-314-3899

Couples Golf (Executive courses, every other Friday): Mike and Janet Lowary 614-580-2563

Off-campus Golf (Championship courses):  Steve and Marcea Seimears 509-220-1344. This activity is on hiatus until later in September, but it entails playing 9 holes of championship golf at one of the many fine, nearby, non-Villages courses such as Eagles Ridge, Juliette Falls, and others.  The golf is usually followed by a casual dinner at the course or a nearby venue.

September Cocktail of the month:  Old Fashioned

We go for a classic cocktail this month.  If you haven’t had one of these in a while, maybe it’s time to get back to basics with this time-honored drink.  If you go to the bar at Lopez, bartender extraordinaire, Ryan,  will make you a Smoked Old Fashioned.

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