Greenbriar Villas (Village of Briar Meadow)

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DECEMBER 2022

Say hello to the Christmas season and bid farewell to the year 2022.   Did you know that December used to be the 10th month of the year?  For you Latin students, decem = 10.  For some reason the old Romans added February and March, 2 months I could do without.  Besides being Winter Solstice, 12/21 is the shortest day of the year, unless you are a 4-year-old waiting for Santa.  The official repeal of prohibition was on December 5, and of course December 7 will, as FDR said, “Live in infamy.”  December 10 is the first day of Hanukkah.  December 26 is the start of Kwanza as well as Boxing Day.  Boxing Day, which seems to be a bigger deal in Canada, is about giving to those folks who serve us.  So be nice to your mailman, your trash collector, over-tip your server and that sort of thing.

Merry Christmas as well as Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanza, and for you Seinfeld fans enjoy “Festivus”.

A look backward:

Thanks to Russ Jones for sharing his writing talent along with the Mondors and Lowarys in portraying the characters.  The Foursome can be viewed on YouTube.

Thanks to Tim McCusker with the  Madrigals & Guys a cappella choir who  broadened our horizons with musical poetry from the Renaissance era.

Thanks to Angie for setting up the trip to First Responders.

Upcoming events: 

December 1st - Pickleball  and platform tennis courts have been reserved at First Responders Rec Center for Greenbriar neighbors and friends every Thursday, starting 12/1, from 3:30 to 5:30.  Beginners and all levels of play are welcome.  For more information contact Dawn Bobay at 231-420-5406.

December 3rd - Ardie Langley informs me that the Ladies Luncheon for  December will be at Lopez at 11:45.  Contact Ardie if you’d like to attend.  Board games for the SoZo kids can be dropped off at Ardie’s beforehand if you wish.  

December 7th -  from 1:30 to 4:30  Paint, Sip and Laugh.  Kay, a local artist, will provide all the materials and instruction for a mere $30.  No talent is required, and you will go home with a work of art of your own creation.  If you are interested, please text Angie (586-945-8335) soon. 

December 10th  - Bill Irwin will offer his jewelry creations at his home (17479 Evergreen) from 10:00 to 2:00.  This time there will be 14k gold, 925 silver and numerous Christmas items.

December 13th - The annual GBSC Christmas party at Chatham from 6:30 to 8:30.  The theme this year is Holiday Stars N’ Spice and the event is hosted by Carol Pettina and Jolan Thiele.  Our entertainment will be Sugar N’ Spice.  Food-wise there will be appetizers at each table and a dessert buffet.  Cost is $5 per person,  and you must sign up by December 6th with Angie.  There will also be an opportunity to sign up at the November meeting.

Here is how the members of Sugar N Spice describe themselves:

Sugar and Spice Performing Dance Group

Sugar and Spice, so funky; so nice! 

We are a performing dance group from The Villages, Florida.  We love to dance to the beat and our preference is Rhythm and Blues.  Sugar n Spice is an enthusiastic dance troupe that has performed in The Villages and in multiple local facilities.  We perform original material and line dances for all occasions and holidays.  Organized in September 2017 by Sandra Bergheimer, our group of passionate dancers love to dance and live to share that love through performance.  Funky hot, or grooving smooth, sharing our dance love makes life a little sweeter and a lot spicier.                                                      

Sounds like we are in for a treat.

December 16th – Lawn Bowling, anyone?  If anyone is interested in giving this sport a try, join Bob and Blair Mondor for an afternoon of fun.  The location is First Responders Rec Center on Friday December 16th from 1:00 to 3:00.  Please wear closed toe flat sole shoes.  No sandals or flip flops please.  You might want to bring a drink to stay hydrated.  The Lawn Bowling course is just before the putting course.

January 24th - Monthly social club meeting at Chatham 6:30 with a Soup Potluck. Hosted by John and Nancy Zuidema.  Entertainment will be provided by a duo called The Village Chicks.

February 25th (Saturday) will be the date for Glow Golf.  Have you ever played golf in the dark?  Bob and Blair Mondor will be leading this fun event.  We will start the evening with pizza and some drinks, then we will head into the darkness guided only by glowsticks.  I’ve played golf with a lot of you, and I don’t see darkness hurting your game.  We need to get a headcount so please text Blair (860- 402-3990) and let her know if you are interested soon. 

Treasurer - Jim Caldwell states that GBSC has $1,477 in the treasury.

Help Wanted:  Contact Angie if interested in putting up wreaths at our entrance. 586-945-8335

December Cocktail of the Month: Hot Buttered Rum.

In a mug, dissolve the sugar in a little hot water, then add rum and unsalted butter. Fill the mug with hot water and sprinkle a little nutmeg on top.

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