Sunday, March 29, 2015

"THE LETTERMEN" Sold Out Performance at the Circle Square Cultural Center OTOW

Concert goers...Ted, Jan, Don and Glenda

Left to right group members are Tony Butala, original  founding member, Donovan Tea, and Bobby Poynton. The Lettermen started in 1958 and their first hit in 1961 was "The Way You Look Tonight".

Jan and Glenda waiting for autographs...

83rd Loop friends: Cathy, Glenda, Barbara, & Dave with Jan in Circle Square Cultural Center lobby.

Jan, Bobby Poynton, Cathy, Tony Butala, Glenda, Donovan Tea, and Barbara after the concert.

Bobby and Donavan in front of the Fosters' Margaritaville Cart

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Manatee Springs State Park and TN Visitors

Manatee Springs State Park is home to one of FL largest freshwater springs. It is an important winter refuge for West Indian manatees. Normally from Nov through Apr, these gentle giants are regular visitors to the spring. This year because of the warm weather the last manatee was seen at the springs March 10th.

The boardwalk takes you out to the Suwannee River, which flows into the Gulf of Mexico...

The manatees in the photo below were taken by Lucy, during a kayaking outing at another location in FL.  

Jan with Lucy, our good friend from Kingsport, TN. Lucy with other friends from Kingsport, have spent the last week kayaking different water ways in northern FL.
Through the first magnitude spring in the background between 35 & 150 million gallons of crystal clear water flows every day.

Lucy, Louise and Mike enjoy the boardwalk....

After visiting Manatee Springs SP it was time the Tennessee gang to eat after a long day kayaking in the Chiefland, FL area. "Bill's Bar-B-Q" turned out to be a great choice for refueling.

It was great seeing old friends and hope they will come back next year so we can rendezvous... 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

St Patty's Day in OTOW 83rd Loop

Art, Sue, Jan, Cathy and Jim plus furry friends....

Sue, hostess with the mostess !

Art, Angle and Pebbles

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Marion County Master Gardeners' Spring Festival 2015

What a great way to start off the Spring season.  The Spring Festival had rows and rows of vendors with all types of beautiful plants, many in full bloom. 

We had a great time walking through all the displays and made a few purchases.
Had our yard soil tested and we have a ph of 7.5, so there is only a limited number of plants that will survive our sandy soil. 

Loved all the orchids, but with us planning to travel this summer decided not to invest. So we will just enjoy the photos for now. 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Ocala Open 2015 at Candler Hills Golf Course

Ted spent two days volunteering at the Ocala Open and got in on all the action.

Ted's job was being a spotter along the 6th fairway....

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Elizabeth Furnace, VA Winter Hike & Campout

Elizabeth Furnace is located in the George Washington National Forest north of Fort Valley, VA

Cameron, Jeremy and Jesse brave the snow and cold temperatures for a winter adventure

Elizabeth Furnace was a blast furnace in the Shenandoah Valley that was used to create pig iron from 1836 – 1888 using Passage Creek for water power. Iron ore was mined nearby, purified in the furnace, and then pig iron was transported over the Massanutten Mountain to the South Fork of the Shenandoah River for forging in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. The road used to transport this iron is still used today by hikers climbing to the top of the Massanutten Mountain via the Massanutten Trail. Much of the original stone structure still exists, as well as a restored cabin, and an outdoor recreation area.

Temperatures were in the low 20s and the fellows boots were frozen in the morning.

They survived!!!!  
Jeremy, Jesse, and Cameron