I live on a place called "Nettles Island" which is on the East Coast of Florida. I can walk down to the beach if I so desire. I prefer the pool and the hot tub! We are a VERY ACTIVE group! We have : Men's Club, Women's Club,
Bocce, Tennis, Horseshoes, Line Dancing, Zumba, "Clown College", Chorus, K-9 Club, (yes, dogs are welcome if they are on a leash-only 2 to a family). We even have a Political Group and a Women's Discussion Group. We have a group of girls who are
at our Rec Hall every morning from 7:30 a.m.-8:15 a.m. doing exercise to a program on a screen. We also have a group that do pool exercises from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. We have miniature golf and shuffleboard.
However, my first love is the THEATRE
GUILD, and I started the ISLAND GIRLS IN 2003. There have been some changes in our group, but about 4 out of the group of 8 are still with us from the original membership. I have them every Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. When all of the ladies
come down, we start working on our shows for 2013...Most of my girls wear wigs when performing. I don't because I have too much hair to fit under a wig.
Our end-of-February show is performed FOUR nights in a row, and we have one matinee for the
handicapped audience. My group performs TWO dances for this show-one a TAP routine and one a character number. I do all of the choreography and then have a "partner" who works with them to make them look good. It is a VERY DEDICATED group!!!!!
Not everyone can take it.
Then we have a Spring Festival at the end of March that lasts for FOUR days and evenings! We do one matinee and one evening performance on a Sunday. Our parking lot is cleared away, and we have a HUGE circus
tent put up in the middle of the parking lot and a smaller tent for "eats" and special music.
When my husband passed away in 2006, I immediately sold my house in Milford, CT because I KNEW that Nettles Island was where I belonged!!
In 2008 I
also started a BEGINNERS' LINE DANCING CLASS because I saw a great need for it. Some people cound not "catch on" to some of our line dances because they had never learned the BASICS. It became a very popular class! I always begin it on the
first Monday in January from 8:30-9:30 a.m! I wait until then because a lot of our people (particularly Canadians) do not come down until after the Christmas Holidays. The class has grown to about 35-45. So I have a few of "my girls" as assistants.
My partner and I started a Beginners' Tap Class three years ago. That class also begins in January.
This past Leap Year (Feb. 29th), my friends gave me a wonderful LEAP YEAR birthday party. According to them I was only 22!!!!! (How
I wish!). But, when I was born in 1924, some doctors frowned at the "Leap Year" births. So my mother had to chooswe either February 28th or March 1st. She chose the latter, and that is my LEGAL birth date.
My latest project is a THERAPEUTIC
DANCE AND EXERCISE GROUP for the handicapped. I have a registered nurse working with me. We still have a lot of work to do to see if this idea will be accepted and successful.
GOD has been good to me. I am blessed! But I know
the SOME DAY my time will come, and then, HOPEFULLY, I can get to "Dance With the Angels"!!!!!!! Would love to hear from any REF members at my email address firstname.lastname@example.org .