Wow, here it is March 31st!.....need to get my article written! We just
returned from our 4th weekend of March campout at Olde Mill Stream
Campground in Umatilla, FL. What a pleasant (my word of the month!) weekend
it was for our members in several ways.
Several days before we left for the weekend, I received a phone call from a
very pleasant woman who told me she, Diane, and her husband, Henry, who live
near Umatilla, had just completed plus classes. They heard we were dancing
at Olde Mill Stream and they wanted all our information so they could dance
with us. Of course I was happy to oblige and sure enough they did come
Friday night, danced with us and we all had a very pleasant time. They liked
us so much they came back to join in the Saturday afternoon workshop held by
our caller, Charlie Pergrossi. Diane had told me they have a motor home but
didn't plan on joining any chapter too soon as they were planning to do
some traveling first. So, I was very pleasantly surprised when soon after
they arrived for Saturday's evening dance, Diane approached me and said, 'If
you all will have us, we would like to join your club!' What a pleasant
surprise! What a tribute to all our friendly chapter members who made Diane
and Henry feel so welcome!
Our thanks to Charlie and his wife Sarah for the very helpful suggestions
and hints we picked up from them during the square dance workshop - we
appreciate the time they spent helping us smooth out some of our rusty
The weather was very pleasant for the weekend, so we were able to engage in
outdoor activities - walking, biking, game playing, etc. - but had access
to the beautiful hall for our meals and dancing activities.
Speaking of meals, what a pleasant surprise when our hosts and hostesses for
the month, Phil/Deanna Sortore and Lee/Joyce Whitten, prepared for us french
toast for Saturday's breakfast get-together. Another very pleasant couple,
Art and Lucy Mastellar, who are square dancers and reside part time at
Umatilla (very good friends of Sortores), provided us with at least a half
gallon of maple syrup from Lucy's brother's maple farm in New York State.
Talk about a pleasant taste! Then, Art and Lucy donated 3 small containers
of maple syrup which were raffled off at Saturday's dance. Thanks, Art and
Forward now to our Saturday evening dance. We were so happy to see Jan and
Pete arrive for the potluck and dance because there was a pleasant surprise
awaiting them. Their 65th Wedding Anniversary is April 4th. Our membership
presented them with a cake and a standing ovation that lasted a long time! I
would say from their expressions Jan and Pete were more than very pleasantly
As I understand it, we have more pleasant surprises awaiting us at our April
campout at Theme World and our May outing at Sanlan Ranch - come join us!