Canada Day: The largest single gathering of Canadian Snowbirds is set for Feb. 9 and for the second year will be staged at the Wyndham Bay Point Resort in Panama City. One day only ticket sales will be available from 9 a.m. – Noon Jan. 21 in the lobby of the resort. The colorful event opens at 3 p.m. with a parade of flags (including one from the U.S.), led by bagpipers and introductions from local dignitaries. The national anthems from Canada and the U.S. are sung by all and the representatives parade through the room. American friends are welcome to join in the fun and fellowship. Details: CanadaDayPCB1@gmail.com
Winter Resident Day: The Panama City Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau will sponsor free coffee and doughnuts from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Dec. 20 at the visitor center at 17001 Panama City Beach Parkway, Panama City Beach, Fla. Details: www.visitpanamacitybeach.com.
WALTON COUNTY SNOWBIRDS: The first meeting for the 2013-14 season is Dec. 11 at the United Methodist Church , 200 Beach Drive, Destin, Fla. Registration is 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Nov. 25 at Faith Assembly Hall, 306 South Geronimo St., Miramar Beach, Fla. and runs weekly on Mondays through Feb. 3. Season dues are $9. You can also register 30 minutes before each meeting. Volunteers are needed in many areas and this is a great to meet new people and make friends. Snowbird activities are many from golf, recreation and fitness to a singles group, arts, crafts, computer club, day trips and more. Details: www.waltoncountysnowbirds.com.
Defuniak Springs: The quaint North Walton County town known worldwide for its annual Chautauqua will sponsor a Snowbird Day Jan. 16 with guided tours, light luncheon, special presentations and more. Tours will be sponsored hourly 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. More details will be available in our January edition. Details: www.defuniaksprings.net.
Destin: The club opened its “Roost” and sponsored its first registration Nov. 18 at the Destin Community Center, its winter home. Upcoming registration dates include Dec. 2 and 9 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. The club’s “Big Registration” is 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. on Jan. 6. Dues are $8 per person. Meetings are 10 a.m. Dec. 3 and 10. The first 2014 meeting date is Jan. 7 with two sessions sponsored: 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Each weekly meeting features live entertainment. The club sponsors many activities including mixers, golf, fashion show, craft show, bowling, casino trips, chorale and Christmas party. There will be a group cruise Feb. 9 aboard the Freedom of the Seas from Port Canaveral. Details: http://destinsnowbirds.org/
Fort Walton Beach: Registration dates include Jan. 2, 3 and 6 from 10 a.m. – Noon and after that Tuesdays at 10 a.m. through March 4. The first general meeting is 10 a.m. Jan. 7. Other meeting dates are Feb. 4 and March 4. Registration and meetings are at the Elks Club, 1335 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Ft Walton Beach, Fla. The club sponsors craft, cards, games, golf outings and social events. Details: information@FWBSBC.com or www.fwbsbc.com/.
Pensacola Beach: Dates for Pensacola Beach Snowbird Roosts have been tentatively set for Jan. 15, Feb. 12 and March 12 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. with location to be announced in our January edition.
Perdido Key: There will be three Snowbird roosts this season at the Perdido Bay Community Center – Jan. 9 at 11 a.m., Feb. 13 at noon and 1 p.m., March 6 at 11 a.m. Enjoy lunch for only $4 per person, live entertainment and giveaways from local vendors. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Detail: 850- 492-4660
Illinois: Illinois Breakfast meetings are 7:45 a.m. Fridays at Lulu’s at Homeport Marina, 200 East 25th Avenue, Gulf Shores, Ala., every two weeks starting January 13. Final meeting is March 9. There is a coffee get-together at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 6 at the Orange Beach Senior Center, 25251 Canal Road, Orange Beach, Ala. Details: Gpott45@aol.com or 618-978-1897.
Minnesota: Meets for lunch November and December at 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the Gulf Shore American Legion. . From January through mid-March, Tuesday morning meetings will be at Lulu’s through mid-March. The cost is $8.50 and includes breakfast, juice, tax and tip. Details: /www.mnal.org/
MISSOURI: The Missouri Snowbird Club meets January through March. Regular meetings are held at 9 a.m. every other Wednesday at the Phoenix V Condos conference room. Bi-weekly breakfast meetings have been moved to 9 a.m. at Cobalt’s 28099 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach. The price is $10 plus tip. Members participate in a golf scrambles every Wednesday afternoon. The Eighth Annual Trivia Night Party will take place Feb. 8, 2014 at the Orange Beach Event Center at the Wharf. Reservations will be available online Nov. 1, 2013 at the club website. www.mosnowbirds.org.
NEW YORK: The first luncheon is Jan. 9 at Shipp’s Harbor Grill, 27842 Canal Road, Orange Beach, Ala.
Registration is 11 a.m. with lunch at 11:30 a.m. A special menu is available and there are separate checks. A $1 registration fee will be collected for incidentals. There is a 50-50 raffle and speaker are scheduled. Reservations: Carol and Ralph Endres (251) 543-4749 or Lennelle McKinnon at 251-923-0581, no later than January 6, 3 days before the scheduled luncheon. Future luncheons will be at Shipp’s Harbor Grill on January 23, February 6 and 20 , and March 6. Anyone interested in helping with these or other NY Snowbirds social and volunteer activities, please call Barb and Gene Lachut at 850-497-9272.
OHIO: The Ohio Snowbird Club kicks of its winter season for early arrivals with breakfast gatherings scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Dec. 4 and 18 at the Florabama, 17401 Perdido Key Dr, Pensacola, Fla. Call Gayle at 251-540-7745 for breakfast reservations. The club meets for an early dinner at 4 pm Dec. 27 at DeSoto’s (downstairs), 138 West 1st. Ave., Gulf Shores, Ala. . Call Carolyn at 251-244-9931 for reservations.
In January, breakfast meetings are at 8 a.m. Jan. 15 and 29 are at LuLu’s Homeport Marina, 200 E. 25th Ave., Gulf Shores, Ala. February meetings will be back on schedule of the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, Feb. 5 and 19. There is one meeting March 5. Call Dick Haberstroh at 513-702-0639 for reservations by Sunday before meeting,
North Dakota/South Dakota Snowbird Club: Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of January – February and the 2nd Tuesday of March at 9 a.m. at Hazel’s Seafood Restaurant, 25311 Perdido Beach Blvd.
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PENNSYLVANIA: Breakfast meetings are 8 a.m. Wednedays at Hazel’s Seafood Restaurant, 25311 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach, Ala. Upcoming dates include: Jan. 8, 15, 29; Feb. 5, 12, 26 and March 5, 12. Potlluck luncheons are noon Jan. 22 and Feb. 19 at Holy Spirit Episcopal Church, 616 West Fort Morgan Road, Gulf Shores, Ala. Richard K. Smith: Contact person year round at: 908-420-8806 and/or firstname.lastname@example.org
WISCONSIN: The Wisconsin Snobirds have been meeting for breakfast and lunch since late October. The upcoming schedule includes: Nov. 27 – Breakfast, 8:30 a.m. at Tacky Jack’s; Nov. 28 – Thanksgiving 12:30 p.m. at Orange Beach Community Center; OBCC 12:30 / 2 p.m.; Dec 4 Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.at Duck’s Diner; Dec. 11 – Breakfast, 8:30 at Kitty’s Kafe; Dec. 12 – Palace Casino & Bellingrath Christmas Lights; Dec. 18 – Christmas Show at Beau Rivage (Biloxi) “A Spirit of Christmas” Reservations, Jeff or Darsey 251-981-9376; Dec. 18 – Lunch 11:30 a.m. at the Original Oyster House Gulf Shores; Dec. 25 Christmas Dinner 12:30 p.m. at Orange Beach Community Center; Dec. 31 – Early New Years Eve at the Beau Rivage Biloxi and the first 2014 meeting is Jan. 8 Meeting at Orange Beach Community Center at 8:30 a.m. with board meeting to follow. A full schedule is available at the club’s website at https://sites.google.com/site/wisconsinsnowbirdclub/ or Kenn Krouse, 251 967 2463.