I hope everyone had a wonder filled Thanksgiving. I took my family to the Restaurant at The Inn for an amazing turkey and all the trimmings dinner. If your palette required more than the traditional dinner there was everything from lox and bagels, to baron of beef, to baked citrus salmon. Don’t even get me started on the variety of delectable desserts. I might have found more than one choice of pies and cobblers in front of me. There was definitely something to satisfy everyone’s taste buds. The only thing missing was a wheel barrel to get my stuffed stomach home.
Joy To Silver Lakes
The holiday spirit was in the air at the Second Meet & Greet Musicfest presented by Helendale Senior Outreach. Jean Miernik did it once again by gathering a musical ensemble of performers from our Silver Lake’s talent. This musical delight was held at Grace Bible Curch and the witty and always funny, Chuck Love, was the Master of Ceremonies.
As I would love to tell you about all 21 performers in detail, I can tell you that this group of festive singers enthralled the receptive audience. The Deserettes ( Kimberly Cox, Vicki Heppe, Merrilee Leggitt and Cher Regnier) sang in harmony “Carol of The Bells.” Then, there was Tom Kirk (Man of the Year 2012) wearing a sombrero with a guitar singing “Feliz Navidad.” Accapello cowboy, Johnny Dare, sang “The Christmas Song,” while our very own Voice auditioner, Joelle Olguin, wooed the audience with her captive voice. Annette Spiller’s soothing vocals transcended me back in time and Ruby Roselli and Bea Cureton were dressed to impress Santa and all his reindeers. If the entertainment was not enough lunch was also provided.
That’s right, a fun healthy activity for our kids has come to Silver Lakes. The CSD and Patty Hartog started a weekly Zumba class for kids ages 4 to 11. An hour of dancing and a great workout and for some of the kids, a way to burn some of that extra energy they have bottled up. What fun!
And We Have Lights…and Cold
This is the 3rd year the Silver Lakes Association has done the Christmas Tree Lighting at The Inn. But it has become much more than just lighting a tree. There was one room dedicated to cookie decorating for the kids with hot cocoa and warm apple cider for the adults as well.
It was a bit freezing outside for our desert blood, so everyone gathered in the foyer of The Inn to watch and listen to the special entertainment. The Fine Arts Factory performed their Christmas dance recital with kids of all ages dancing for an over crowded room. The Helendale Church Choir then caroled songs of Christmas.
I don’t think anyone anticipated such an enormous turnout, but we should be truly grateful for all the volunteers that put on this and many other events for our blessed community.
Tis The Holiday Homes
The Helendale Chamber of Commerce presented the 14th Annual Holiday Home Tour,” Wishing On A Christmas Star.” But there were much more than stars out as these seven homes were decked out with lights, Christmas trees, and holiday decorations new and antique. It was not hard to find each home on the tour, even though a map was included, as each home had outside festive décor to draw you in. Once you entered each home, the wonderful aroma of a fire burning warmed you up as you strolled thru all the rooms. Every home was like being in Santa’s Village as all were beautified to perfection to capture the Christmas spirit. The only thing missing was snow to make it a winter wonderland.
I should mention that the night started at The Club House for wine and cheese. There were groups of carolers going from home to home to entertain you. They also had home hostesses to greet you and give a little detail of each residence. Part of the proceeds of this wonderful event help support the Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund for Helendale students.
Silver Lakes On Santa’s Radar
Who ever did not sit in Santa’s sleigh on Silver Lakes Parkway might not get what they want under the tree this year. We are quite privileged every year that The Lion’s Club and the Dodson’s brings Santa to visit. Santa lands his sleigh by a warm fire, while his lovely elves and elvettes serve hot cocoa, cider and popcorn. Children, adults and even pets bundle up next to Santa to tell him if they have been naughty or nice. Santa is a busy man, so how lucky are we that he loves our community so much that we don’t have to fight the crowds in Victorville or pay for a plane ticket to the North Pole.
I want to wish everyone a Very Merry Holiday and a Happy Blessed New Years. I hope 2014 is full of awesomeness for all!
It was a cold and rainy night as the Social-Lites gathered at Sheri Grimes house for a Holiday Exchange of fun and stylish personal accessories and Holiday decorations. There were plenty of delectable appetizers and desserts to nibble on as they put their raffle tickets in the baskets of the donated gift they wanted to win. Julie Garland and Cheryl Schene called out the winning numbers and neighbors could hear the screams of winning and the “ahs” of the ones that wanted that particular treasure. It is quite entertaining watching ladies going crazy winning other people’s tid bits from home. And, okay I was one of them when I won my light up Santa and reindeers.
Now which Social-Lite is ready to have her “hips don’t lie” as Shakira would say and join us on January 23rd at 6:30 pm in the Terrace Room for a Belly Dancing exclusive. Diane Ona will enthrall us with a performance and instruction that will surly have us all on our feet. The event is $10 ($8 for chef’s choice appetizers and $2 for tip). Lacey will need payment by January 15th.
Stew and Chili Cook Off
Just in time for the cold winter wind will be a “Stew and Chili Cook Off,” on February 20th at Denise Niblack’s home. If you choose not to enter the competition you can bring banana, corn, pumpkin, cranberry or any other variety of bread you would like. Of course, you could always bring dessert and also a bottle of wine. There will be a prize for best chili and best stew. Better start working on my turkey bean chili.
Looking forward to seeing all of you there! For reservations and/or more information, call Lacey Jones at 760-245-8048 or send her an email at TXladyBG@aol.com