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Vol. XX, No. 37 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida September 20, 2008

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
7:00P Pinochle
8:00A Aerobics
8:30A Water Ex
1:00P Dup. Bridge
7:00P Billiards (L)
7:00P Cribbage
10:30A Bowling
12:00P Ceramics
8:00A Aerobics
8:30A Water Ex
1:00P Painting /Drawing
7:00P Poker (L)
1:00P Texas Hold'em (L)
7:00P Poker (M)
8:00A Aerobics
8:30A Water Ex
1:00P Scrabble
8:15A Coffee Social
9:00A R.T. Meeting

VIDEO:   New DVD "What Happens in Vegas - staring Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher.       ---Jean Ickes

REMINDER to anyone who is UP NORTH and are legal residents of Florida who may not be here for the November Election, on November 4, 2008, call or write to get an absentee ballot.   Phone number is 1-941-861-8600.   They will mail you one in October.

CONDOLENCES:   We offer our condolences to the family of John Strange of 69 King Arthur Dr. who passed away on September 18, 2008.   There will be no services.   Any donations may be made to the Cancer Society.   Cards of sympathy may be sent to his daughter Ginger Wright, 2050 Geneva, Venice, FL 34293.

THANK YOU:   I have been so touched by the many cards, letters, telephone calls, and emails from the folks at King's Gate as I go through my journey treating breast cancer.   I am halfway through the chemo portion with only two side effects that are doable.   Yesterday I received a prayer shawl from the KGC group who knit them and I feel enveloped by caring when it surrounds me during my "downtime" days.   The medical profession is doing all they can for my survival but it is the added caring of friends with their prayers and concerns that goes far beyond what the doctors can do.   Thank you for all your support.       Janet L. Meryweather

SAFETY:   Art Burmaster, 222 Princess Ave., your Safety Patrol Chairperson has returned to KGC.   A big thank you to the volunteer summer captains for a great job.  Any questions, concerns, how to sign up for safety patrol, etc., give Art a call at 412-9224.

HEALTHLINE:   Rae Burmaster, 222 Princess Ave. has returned to KGC.   Please send healthline items to her at phone number 412-9224.

DONUTS & PASTRIES:   The "donut lady" has returned to KGC.   Give Rae Burmaster a call if you would like to purchase donuts & pastries for any special occasion for KGC Saturday Morning Meetings.   Telephone 412-9224.

THANK YOU to Lavern Crawford, Tom Patricca, Richard Stratton and Chuck Shelby for volunteering as Summer Safety Patrol Captains.   KGC is a wonderful place to have many residents volunteer.   It is residents like them that make KGC a great place to live.       ---Art Burmaster

THANK YOU to Judy Leight for being the "Donuts & Pastries Lady" for the summer.   Great Job!       ---Rae Burmaster, Donut Lady

THANK YOU to Dee Hicks and Jessica Prentice for doing the Healthline for the summer.   It is people like them that make my job an easy one.       ---Rae Burmaster, Healthline

TRAVEL:   Have a few seats left on the casino bus, Tuesday, October 7th, 2008, leaving at 8:30 a.m. $25.00 in free play, $5.00 in food voucher.   Sign up now.   $25.00
      November 9th, 2008, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, $62.00 Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, we have 2 buses, Wait List.   If you have change of plans let me know as I have a long wait list.   Or if you will not return by this date, let me know.
      November 27, 2008, Thanksgiving show, White Christmas, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, we leave at 4:00 p.m. on this day, 2 buses, check and see if you signed up.   $65.00
      January Cruise:   January 29 - February 8, 2009, Southern Caribbean Medley 10 days, still have room for you.
      Bermuda Cruise:  April 25 - May 2nd, 2009 MSC Orchestra, again have room, join us.
      New Happy Heart tour schedules are available, read about Happy Hearts fire, many trips you might want to go on, I can't book all of them, but let me know and I will get your deposits in.
      November 6th Phantom of the Opera at Tampa Performing Arts, have a few more seats available. $124.00 make checks payable to Happy Heart Tours.
Any questions on the above feel free to call Don or Mary Lou at 484-6807 or email us at   Your Travel Coordinators.

ENTERTAINMENT:   As you know, Emil DePasquale and his committee have planned many good shows for this next season.   Recently we wrote about some Entertainment History for KGC.   We continue the saga today.
      With Vic Hill's untimely death in 1991, Pete Havey assumed the chairmanship and the "Four Star" shows continued.   They were frequently successful and occasionally self-supporting until the 1995-96 season.
      Peter Helfrich, Chairman from 1994 through 1996, was unfortunately confronted with a changing Club population.   As older residents either passed away or moved to other residences, interest in - and attendance at - these more expensive shows declined.
      In the heyday of the "Four Star Shows" (1988-1996), some of the more popular entertainers who performed here included the following:   Carmel Quinn, Gloria Dehaven, Foster Brooks, Florence Henderson, Nanette Fabray, Gurl and Girl, The Ink Spots and others.
      During these same years a number of physical improvements were added.   In 1988, the stage extension was constructed.   Curtains and backdrop drapes were added.   In 1991, the stage carpet was replaced with a parquet wood tile floor, making it easier for dancers to perform on the stage.
      King's Gate Round Table fund-raising activities paid for these improvements, as well as for the installation of a large screen VCR projector which has led to a VCR Club and a Wednesday evening movie program.
      In 1996-97, Pete Havey again became Chairman of a newly-focused entertainment program.   Gone were the "high-cost, big-name" programs.   Emphasis shifted to more good, local or out-of-town entertainers.  Admission fees dropped from $10.00 to $3.00-$5.00 per show and four shows were provided.
      The hit of the season was an Irish-American musician-singer-pianist-composer-comedian named Cahal Dunne.   And it was hoped to have him return in the 1998-1999 season.   Others included the singing Ditchfield Family and the Sarasota High School Choral Group "Changing Tide."
      This gives you an idea of how our programs started and have continued through the years.   Let's make the 2008-2009 season highly successful.   We have a wonderful clubhouse and we are fortunate to be able to use it for these delightful programs.       ---SJB

THOUGHTS:   While the weather right now is lovely in Minnesota, keep thinking it isn't going to last much longer.   So, now I can count the days until we leave to return to KGC (October 17) and am looking forward to seeing "you all" again.       ---SJB

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