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MARCH UPDATE
 
Barbara Benson
 
Hope everyone has been enjoying the weather so far.  I’d like to start by thanking those who have been participating in the activities planned by this Committee.  It’s been our goal to provide interesting and fun things to do.  If you have any suggestions, please let us know.   We’re always open to your ideas.
 
Consider joining us in one of these trips or game days.  There will be a full schedule of the upcoming year  posted on the bulletin board by the library.  As always, someone will be at the ticket sales on the first and third Tuesdays from 11AM to Noon to answer any questions and sign you up.  
We had our first game day of the year on January 26th. There were quite a few who showed up and it was a really fun afternoon.  At the request of those who attended, we’re going to try to make this a monthly event.  The next day will be Sunday, March 8th from 1 to 3 pm.  We’ll have left, right center; Mexican train (dominos); Rummikub and playing cards.  If you have a favorite, bring it and they’ll be someone there to play it.
 
Another thing I’d like to share with you is the response we received from our active military serving overseas to our cookies. As you know, Lloyd shipped over 170 tins of cookies in November which were provided by over 70 Holiday City residents.  As you can see by the thank you notes shown here, they reached many places.
 
As we showed them our appreciation for their service, they expressed their gratitude to us for the cookies.   So, let’s do this again next November and strive to make  our contribution even bigger and better with everyone’s help.
 
As always, you may drop off any donations for our military to the HCB office. There is also a list of needed items posted on the bulletin board.
In addition, your old cell phones are always appreciated.  Thank you.
Enjoy every day and always be kind to one another.
 
 
FEBRUARY UPDATE
 
Barbara Benson
 
We’ve had a lot of success with the trips we’ve done this past year.   It’s an excellent way of meeting new people. 
 
When I first lived in a community like this, I was given some advice by a long-time resident and I tried it.  She suggested that I attend as  many functions, clubs, etc. that were offered.   See the people who attended and what the activities were and then make a decision as to what I actually wanted to join.   I did that when I moved here and I found it very helpful.   I met residents from other H.C. communities and have formed some really good friendships.
 
So, try some of the trips that are offered.   If  you are alone and are looking to go somewhere, sign up.  The people here are friendly.   Just like Ivy says at her exercise classes, exercise if fun when you do it together and so is traveling.  So,  give these trips a try.  Some are only $5.00 and you get your own lunch.
 
The Smithville trip was excellent.  The weather held out for us.  The village was not crowded and we had the place to ourselves.  Some enjoyed the wine tasting, decorations and shops.  A lot of us had lunch at the Smithville Inn.   There were several tables of us and the food was excellent.
 
We had two buses and a good trip.  Sign ups are always on the first and third Tuesdays from 11 to noon, CH1.
 
This is a preliminary suggested activity schedule for the year 2020, our 3rd year as your day planners.  The following is a list of events which will be subject to the interest shown and, as always, will be limited to the transportation.  All interested persons may sign up on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month in Clubhouse 1 between 11 am and noon.
February, 20th, Brick High Culinary School for lunch. Transportation provided.
 
  • March 21st, Mystery Dinner, OC College, Tuckerton. Details to follow.
  • April 30th, Cracker Barrel and Hamilton Sq. Shopping Center.
  • May - wine tasting?
  • June 17th, Joint Military base tour.
  • July 20th, Surflight  Theatre, Beach Haven, tribute to Frankie Valle and the Four Seasons.
  • August 20th, Vintage car museum, Point Pleasant Beach, and Boardwalk
  • September 17th, Lambertville, NJ
  • October - RiverBell, Point Pleasant,  NJ (lunch and sightseeing)
  • November 12th, Columbus Market
  • December 9th, Special Holiday Trip to Longwood Gardens.
 
See you soon and remember, be kind to one another.
 
 
JANUARY UPDATE
 
Barbara Benson
 
I’d like to wish you all a healthy and happy new year.  Our goal is to have some fun and interesting things for you this year.  The schedule should be ready for the February paper.
 
In the meantime, we’ve set up a game day on Sunday, January 26 at 1 pm at Clubhouse 1.  We’ll have board games, left/right/center, and lots more.  Come out for a social afternoon.  Bring your snacks and soft drinks to enjoy or to share.
 
Many of you (roughly 70) participated in our 2nd Annual Cookies for our Soldiers on November 17th.  It was a huge success.  We collected approximately 170 tins of cookies. This was a Day Planners sponsored event.  I’d like to especially thank Sandy Favire and our group. This year we were asked to label every can with our group name and address. We also had everyone sign a log sheet so we knew how many made cookies. There was a donation jar available and people also contributed to that.  This is a wonderful way to let our active military know that we appreciate them and to bring a little bit of home to a far away place.  A big thank you to everyone who gave their time and talents to this cause.
 
The December trip was to Smithville.  A large turn out for that one.  Actually, we had to have two buses.   This is taking place after this article goes to print, so I’ll fill you in on that next month.
If you have any ideas or suggestions about where we can go, please let us know.  Susan DeMaria and Carolyn Pabon are always at the ticket sales on the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 11 a.m. to noon.
Be safe and be kind to one another.
 
 
OCTOBER UPDATE
 
Barbara Benson
 
Summer’s gone and we’re going into another season.  Hope you enjoy the change of seasons and the cooler weather.
 
Our club is reaching the end of our year.   We’ll be meeting in December to begin planning next year.   Offer up your suggestions.   We’re always eager to do new things. 
 
Most of the day trips are sold out, but if you’d like to be put on a waiting list, please contact Susan DeMaria.
 
The next big event for this club is “Cookies for our Troops”.   There’s a flyer in this issue with the particulars.   I can only add that we did this last year and we received so many thanks from our overseas military that it made us want to do more.   You have no idea how much it means to our military to know that we are thinking of them and are grateful for what they are doing for us.   At this time of year anything associated with home is especially appreciated.  Bring your cookies to Clubhouse 1 on Sunday, November 17th at 1 pm. 
 
In addition to packaging the cookies for mailing, bring a dish of cookies to share.   It’s a nice social for all who participate.   Lloyd Mulligan takes care of shipping the cookies as well as other supplies to our service men and woman.   He’ll be there to pick up the cookies and tell us about the servicemen and women.   As always, donations are accepted to cover the cost of shipping.
 
Thank you for your continued generosity.
 
 
SEPTEMBER UPDATE
 
Barbara Benson
 
Happy September. Hope you made the most of your summer and enjoyed our warm beach and pool days. Remember them when the temps start to drop. 
 
The change of seasons are good and we’ve planned some trips for you that will compliment them.
 
First, I’d like to tell you all about our wonderful trip to Surflight Theatre on Long Beach Island. We had a small group,  a good bus ride (we did ride on a beautiful new bus), the restaurant and lunch were a good pick, our travel companions fun and, of course, the show was tremendous. Many compared it to a Broadway production. Could not have been better.
 
We have signups on the first and third Tuesdays in Clubhouse 1 from 11 am to noon. Most trips fill up quickly so if you’re interested, please put your name down.
 
Upcoming events are as follows:
September 19th Point Pleasant $5
October 16th Ellis Island $70
November 14th Columbus Market $5
November 17th Cookies for our Troops
December 10th Smithville Village $5
 
This committee puts a lot of effort into planning interesting events, so please try to take advantage of them.   Many of our residents are alone or unable to drive.  Therefore, the opportunity to go places and do things with others is here.
Come out and have some fun and meet new people.
 
 
 
AUGUST UPDATE
 
Barbara Benson
 
Hope you’re all enjoying your summer and are keeping busy doing some fun things.   We are trying to provide you with some ideas.   You can always sign up on the first and third  Tuesdays at Clubhouse 1 between 11 am and noon.   If you see something  that interests you, join us.
 
The remainder of the year is as follows:
 
August
Friday, August 16th we’ll be painting wine glasses in Clubhouse 1.  There will be an instructor who will supply everything you need.  This is a $30 class.   Bring your friends and your beverage of choice and snacks.  It starts at 6 pm and ends at 8:30 pm.
 
September
Thursday, September 19th at 9:30 we will be leaving for a trip to Point Pleasant.  This is a $5.00 trip.
 
October
Wednesday, October 16th there will be a bus trip to Ellis Island. The cost is $70 and may be paid in two installments.  Look for the flyer in this paper.  (This seems to be a very popular trip, so if you’re interested, sign up asap)
 
November
Thursday, November 14th at 9:30, it’s back to Columbus Market. This is a $5.00 trip.
Sunday November 17th we’ll be having our annual Cookies for our Troops at 1:00 pm at Clubhouse 1.  Bake or buy cookies which we will be shipping to our overseas military.  Bring a dish of cookies to be shared with neighbors and friends as well.  Please pack the cookies to be mailed in tins or plastic containers.  We had a good turn out last year and would like to do better.  I cannot tell you how much these men and women appreciated our cookies and the many thank you letters we received.  Let’s let them know how much we care.
 
December
Tuesday, December 10th, we’re going to Smithville Village to shop and enjoy the many Christmas decorations.  This is a $5.00 trip.   Another early sign up is suggested.
 
As always, if you think of something fun and interesting , or educational to do, let us know and we’ll try to make it happen.   Remember, it’s always fun going places with a group.
 
 
JULY UPDATE
 
Barbara Benson
 
So far we’ve been having some really good trips and turnouts. The June trip to Ocean City, New Jersey was a good time. We had 38 people in our group. Everyone found something that they liked to do, but most of us enjoyed the boardwalk food and shops.
 
July
The July trip to see Momma Mia has been sold out. Please make sure you check in with Susan or Carolyn on the first and third Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to noon in Clubhouse 1 to sign up for any upcoming trips and there are some really good ones.
 
August
We’ll be staying home in August for our painting party. We’ll be painting 2 wine glasses which will be supplied as well as the paints and instructions. Bring your own beverage of choice and your friends. This is a $30.00
event. It is from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
 
September
September 19th the free bus will be going to Point Pleasant and will depart the parking lot at 9:30 a.m. This $5 at sign up.
 
October
October 16th there is a bus trip to Ellis Island. $70 per person which can be paid in two installments. This includes transportation and a tour. We’ll be stopping at Harold’s in Edison, NJ for food on your own. This is a trip
that will sell out so if you’re interested, sign up asap.
 
November
November 14th it’s back to Columbus Market and the bus departs at 9:30 a.m. - it’s a $5.00 trip.
November 17th we’ll be having our annual Cookies for our Troops at 1:00 p.m., Clubhouse 1. We did this last year and everyone was very generous. We baked cookies to be mailed overseas and some to share with your neighbors and friends. Please plan on doing this. Our military serving afar appreciates our cookies and the fact that we are remembering them and -- it’s our way of giving thanks.
 
December
December 10th - Smithville Village to shop, enjoy the Christmas decorations and eat. It’s a $5.00 trip.
 
For these trips and any information, you may contact Susan DeMaria at 732-736-6591. Enjoy your summer and if you have some interesting ideas or places to go, let us know. It’s always fun going places with a group.
 
 
 
JUNE UPDATE
 
Barbara Benson
 
Greetings!   Hope you’re all enjoying the beginning of Spring.
 
I wasn’t here for the last months’ newsletter.  Fortunately for me, I was able to go on one of our trips.  It was a cruise on the MSC Armonia.  I had never heard of this line, but was interested in going to the ports they offered.   I was pleasantly surprised by the ship, the crew and the food.   Being an Italian family-owned line,  the service and food were to my liking.  The entertainment was outstanding and my travel companions a lot of fun.  We departed from the port of Miami and then to Cayman Island and Cozumel.  The highlight was Havana, Cuba.  I enjoyed the tour in the vintage cars seeing the city.  Our guide was excellent as was our driver.  We experienced a night at the Tropicana Cabaret which was also a memorable experience. This is a trip I would highly recommend. I was impressed by the City as well.
OK.  Lots going on here.
 
We formed this group to provide some functions and activities for our residents.   We hope that we’ve been successful in doing that.
 
Our committee recently met to schedule events for the remainder of the year.   Some things we previously planned have had to be changed.  We tried to come up with some interesting alternatives.
As always, you may sign up for them on the first and third Tuesdays at Clubhouse 1 between 11 and noon, or before the Shareowners meetings.
 
JUNE
On June 6th, Our bus will be leaving at 9 a.m. for a day in Ocean City.   Explore the boardwalk, the shops and the ocean at your leisure.  ($5.00) 
 
JULY
On July 25th, Our bus will be leaving at 10 a.m to go to the Surflight Theater to see Momma Mia.  (This trip has been sold out)
 
AUGUST 
On August 16th we will be staying home and having a paint party in Clubhouse 1. We’ll be painting wine glasses, keeping cool and sipping wine.  Invite your friends to come for the fun. More details to follow.
 
SEPTEMBER
On September 19th the bus will be leaving at 9:30 for a day in Point Pleasant.   You’re on your own to enjoy the day.  This is a $5.00 trip.   We’ll finish the day at the famous Hoffman’s Ice Cream Shop.
 
OCTOBER
We’re planning a trip to Ellis Island.  This is one that you won’t want to miss.  We don’t have the details yet and don’t know the cost, but will furnish that asap.
 
NOVEMBER
On November 14th, Our free bus will be taking us to Columbus Flea Market (some early Christmas shopping)
 
On November 17th we will be doing our second annual Veterans’ Cookie Exchange.   We did this last year and were successful in sending dozens of homemade and store bought cookies to our military overseas.  I cannot tell you how much they were appreciated.  We got lots of thank you notes from all over the world telling us how much they enjoyed them and receiving notes from back home.  Just to  know they were thought of meant a lot to them.   Let’s try to send more this year.
 
DECEMBER
On December 10th, The bus will leave at 9:30 for Smithville for shopping, lunch and enjoying the holiday decorations.  This will be a $5. trip.
 
We will be planning another Sunday afternoon game day.  We’ll publish that date next month.   Everyone who has attended in the past had fun.  If you don’t want to play, come and watch. 
 
As always, we are  open to suggestions.  If you would like to join our group, we welcome you.   It’s a lot of work, but we’re trying to offer all residents a chance to get out and do things.   If you are alone, or are part of a group, there’s always something you can join in.  
 
 
 
MAY UPDATE
 
Barbara Benson
 
Another month and another trip. If you’re interested in joining in on any of these events, the sign up sheets are always available on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month between 11am and noon in Clubhouse #1.  Most of the trips are limited to residents when we utilize the free bus.  However, there are trips that we pay for and everyone is welcome to join us.  You may invite your friends and family.  You can also sign up before the Shareowners meetings on the first Wednesday of the month.
 
We have a committee who work very hard to schedule these trips, make the reservations, sign everyone up and make sure they get on the bus when going and coming home.  As in any club, these activities can’t be done without volunteers.  Sue and Carolyn are our main planners.  They work very hard and have good ideas.  Recently, Sandy and Joan have joined the Committee.   Look for them at the signups.  Judy is in charge of our game days and she’ll make sure everyone has fun.
 
The following are the upcoming trips:
 
May
Thursday, May 2nd is the Annual May Day High Tea at A Sweet Memory
Café & Tea Shop, 521 Route 9, Waretown (date and cost will be furnished at signups).
 
June
On June 6th there will be a trip to the Ocean City, N.J. Boardwalk.  There is a $5.00 trip cost and food and entertainment is on your own.
 
July
On Thursday, July 25th we will be going to the Surflight Theater to see Mamma Mia.  Cost will be furnished at signups. Don’t wait on this.  It’s filling up fast.  We will be having lunch before the show.
 
August
In August there will be a trip to Monmouth Race Track.  Details to be worked out.
We are still trying to get information on when the Joint Base in Lakehurst will be having their open house.  We would really like to tour that base and believe they have a specific date when it’s open to visitors.  When we have the information, we’ll pass it on.
 
You can always check the main bulletin board for the upcoming trips.  We’ll try to keep it updated.
 
We’re in the process of planning a trip in December. We did one last December and it was so much fun, everyone wants to go on another!
 
Hope to see more people enjoying these activities.  It’s always fun going with a group.  Come and join us!
 

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