Destin Snowbirds 2022-23

At the Destin Community Center, 101 Stahlman Ave., Destin, Fla. The annual “Big Registration” is 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 3 and 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. prior to meetings. The 2023 calendar includes weekly 10 a.m. meetings Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31; Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28. Meetings include vendors and entertainment. Activities include cards and games, crafts, golf, pickleball, casino outings and more.


Destin Snowbird Club Updates

The first snowbird meeting of 2023 took place at the Roost on Tuesday, January 10. It was a “standing-room-only” crowd. Perhaps that was because word had gotten out about the awesome entertaining quality of the Lloyd Carter Band, who had snowbirds dancing in the isles. Or perhaps it was because membership numbers are soaring. To date, there are well over 800 registered Destin snowbirds, and by the time this article hits the newsstands, it will likely be over one thousand. The Roost was so packed that several vendors had to make use of an adjacent room to tender their tasty treats, and even that room had folks lined up well outside the door.

No one walked away disappointed. Not only was the music exceptional, but the information shared about all the planned activities seemed endless. Then, of course, came the reason so many attend the meetings, a plethora of prizes was distributed to the lucky winners of the door-prize drawings. My advice for future meetings would be to arrive early if you want to find a parking spot or a comfortable chair!

Tuesday the 10th was also the date of the season’s first T.G.I.T. (Thank Goodness It’s Tuesday) party at Lulu’s on Legendary Marina Drive. According to chairs Cindy and Ray Varnell, over 160 snowbirds were in attendance. Nine of them registered on the spot, most likely so that they could enjoy the upbeat music of the Lloyd Carter Band. The next T.G.I.T. party will be at the same place on Tuesday, January 24, with Todd Herendeen as the entertainment.

Having a robust snowbird club is a win-win situation for both the club and the Destin community. Members are always encouraged to patronize our vendors and the majority take that request to heart. One of our vendors, the Knights of Columbus, are holding Fish Fries every other Friday during snowbird season at Resurrection Catholic Church in Miramar Beach. The first was held on Friday, January 13, and nearly 500 fish lovers showed up. Resurrection’s pastor, Fr. Tom Guido, joked that the miracle of the fishes might be needed, but the Knights were well-prepared, and everyone went home totally satisfied.  The next Fish Fry will be on January 27.

Having a growing membership also means that all the favorite annual events like the Harbor Party Cruises, the Mardi Gras Trip, the Valentine’s Dinner Dance, the Todd Herendeen Dinner Theater trip, and the Ladies Luncheon, will likely be sold out. Tickets will be available, while they last, before each Tuesday morning meeting. Also, even though most of the activities, such as card games and sporting events, have already met, newly arriving snowbirds can still participate. Most of the chairpersons will also be available at the Tuesday morning meetings.

Registrations are held at the Roost every Tuesday from 8:30 to 9:45 am. Activity sheets, listing all the activities and events and the chairpersons’ names and numbers, are also available in the registration room. Registrations and activity information can also be found on the website at

Volunteering with the Destin snowbirds is a great way to meet a lot of fun and interesting people.  A wide range of opportunities is available that includes just smiling and welcoming folks to the meetings, to serving on the board. If you want to learn more, contact Dean Harper at 865-336-0421.

Storage lockers will be available on Saturday mornings from 8 to 9 a.m. through January. If you need to get your items at a different time, contact Tom Franklin at 218-230-3212.

The Singles Friendship Club will meet for lunch at The Surf Hut after the Tuesday, January 24 meeting.

Enjoy your week!