Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Southern Meadow February Activities



Beanbag fun time will be on February 9th at 2 pm.   Ladies come and join the fun. Need more info, call Sharon Cowart. The March date is the 23rd at 2 pm.

There is a group who having been playing Scrabble every Thursday afternoon from 1 – 4 pm in the Poker Room of the Club House. If you are interesting in playing, come and join them. Also on Thursday afternoon, a group does Stitching from 1 – 4 pm at the Club House. Those involved have multiple projects going on, such as quilting, crocheting, knitting, embroidery, cross stitch, and sewing. Anyone wishing to join the group is welcome.


Cabin Fever Games
Thelma Sroka will be hosting Cabin Fever Games at the Club House on Monday night, February 16th at 7 pm.  Bring snacks and come out and enjoy the games with your neighbors. 

Bingo is back! Feb 27th at 1 pm Bingo is back! $2 per card and cash prizes will be awarded to the winner of each game. Come join Don Sienkiwicz as our game leader! 

There will be an Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday program at the Club House on
February 12
th at 7 pm.

  • Topics that will be covered include:
  • What in his background contributed to making Lincoln a comic storyteller?
  • What kind of jokes did he tell?
  • Why did he tell jokes?
  • How does Lincoln’s 19th Century humor compare to modern humor?
  • Was Lincoln’s use of stereotypes in humor “racist?”

Men or Ladies’ luncheons will be on February 16th. The ladies’ luncheon is Red Lobster and the men will go to Noodles & Co.

Meet & Greet There will be a Meet & Greet to get to know our newest neighbors on March 20th from 1 – 4 in the Club House.  Ginny is looking for volunteers to help out.  Call Ginny. 

Dinner with Friends
We used to call this Dinner for 6, but it’s changing just a bit. On April 16th, we will have host who will be making a dinner with their secret guests arriving at 5 pm.  There will be no appetizers.  The central meat/theme is poultry.  Any one who would like to host a dinner can designate how many guests can be honored.  Dessert will still be at the Club House at 7:30 pm. 

Yes, Spring is on the way!
 Saturday, May 2nd will be Spring Game Day.  Bring your lawn chairs, snack and a beverage.  There will be indoor and outdoor games to share.  

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Can You Make it?


We're excited to let you know we're hosting a New Wisteria Model Tour at Southern Meadows of Magnolia, Delaware! The New Wisteria Model Tour runs now through January 31st. Here's what you get with our New Wisteria Model Tour: 

• Check out the NEW walk up attic feature 
• See and feel out the new Corian countertops 
• Look at all the new color selections for 2015 
• Including the new WHITE cabinets!

If you'd like to take advantage of our New Wisteria Model Tour, simply click on the link below and register your name. There's no cost or obligation to you. After you register I'll call you to confirm the dates of your visit.




Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy New Year




Party Planning
There will be a party-planning meeting on January 13th at 10 in the Club House.  At that time, we would like to plan event through the winter and into the summer time.  If you are interested, please join us.


Woodcarving continues in the Clubhouse on Wednesdays from 1:30 to 4:30 pm.  The Christmas projects were a great project.  Our woodcarvers are enjoying the new past time. New carvers are welcome. Stop in and check it out. Feel free to call Fred Ainge with any questions at 302-751-1575. We will start carving again on January 7th


Air Mobility Command Museum
Some members of the community are again interested in a tour of the museum.  We are in the process of setting up a tour on January 2nd at 10.  Patti Papineau will provide tours of the museum along with other guides as needed.  There will be someone available to interested people to try the simulator.

Men or Ladies’ luncheons will be on January 19th. The ladies’ luncheon is TBA and the men will go to Dog Fish Head Brewery for a tour and lunch.


Exercise at Southern Meadow
Make exercise one of your New Year’s Resolutions and join the different groups who meet during the week.  Join them all, or just the select few. Your choice.

Frederica Senior Center
Thank you to all the community who helped the Frederica Senior Center with your Holiday gift giving.  Your generous nature helped the Center to raise almost $600.  Thanks to all the members who went to the Christmas dinner at the Center and presented the gift to them.

Tours from Frederica:
Riverfront Market, Wilmington – 11th
Marcus Hook Lighthouse – 20th
Harvest Years Senior Center – 28th

Senior Citizen School Property Tax credit
To qualify for this property tax credit you must be age 65 or older by June 30. The property for which you are applying for the credit must be your principal residence and your name must be on the deed.  This tax credit is equal to 50% of your school tax with a cap of $500. The amount of credit you receive depends on the age of the persons named on the deed.  Full credit is given if you or your lawful spouse (if named on the deed) is age 65 or older.  Only partial credit is given if additional persons under age 65 are named on the property deed.  A copy of your driver’s license or birthday certificate is required for each applicant on the application.  This one-time application must be filed with the Kent County Tax Office.  If you have questions regarding this contact: 302-744-2341. The state of Delaware now has a three-year Residency Requirement for New Applicants.  The deadline to apply for this credit is April 30 of each tax year.


Jack Gould’s History Corner
Jack’s information comes from his book on the legendary Jim Bowie.
When James Bowie met the pirate, Jean Lafitte, in the spring of 1818, he was not greatly impressed.  The infamous Lafitte was in his late 30’s, less than six feet tall, with a slender build of about 160 pounds. He had dark curly hair, wore a blue shirt, with a sword in his belt and a broad brimmed hat. Jim Bowie had heard a lot of stories about this mans’ exploits supporting the Crescent City and had expected someone of greater stature and bravado.

The Bowie brothers, John James, Rezin Jr., and young Jim, met Mr. Lafitte at his saloon in New Orleans (Lafitte’s Blacksmith’s Shop Bar is still there, located on Bourbon Street). They had a business proposition for the pirate.  Jean would help them buy and move slaves from Galveston Island, Texas into Louisiana where the slaves could be resold for twice as much. The price was $70.00 per slave and so they could be resold for $140.00 each.  By 1819, they had transported 1,200 slaves and made a tidy sum of $168,000 with a net profit of $84,000 which they split four ways for a nifty $21,000 each.

Once, a Captain Juan Pedro tried to cheat James Bowie by trying to sell him underweight slaves with small pox at full price. James fought a duel (possibly his first) with Captain Pedro where both men faced each other, knives in hand, and pants nailed to a log floating in Galveston Bay.  Bowie managed to kill his opponent and subsequently cut the pants free so Captain Pedro’s body could drift away.  The interesting part of all this is that Jim Bowie wasn’t particularly in favor of slavery despite his making a profit.  He only participated in this misadventure for a year for the excitement and to actually protect the slaves (who were property back then) from marauding cannibal tribe of Indians in East Texas who often stole the slaves. 

About this time, James Bowie came upon a horrible sight while riding his horse in the southern Louisiana  Swamp.  A slave owner was whipping a young black slave named “Big Sam” who was helplessly tied to a tree. Jim told the slave owner, ”I would not treat dog like that!”  The slave owner told Jim to move along, and not get involved. Jim quickly dismounted and advanced on the evil man. The slave owner turned on Bowie to give him a couple lashes with the whip, but Jim pulled out his hunting knife (not the famous Bowie Knife) and brought it down on the slave owner’s right wrist. The slave owner yelled out, and dropped the bullwhip. Bowie used his scarf to stop the flow of blood, put him on his horse; and took him to the nearest surgeon who stitched his wrist. James then paid the slave owner $100.00 for Big Sam, who stayed with Bowie until that fateful day at the Alamo in 1836.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

SMe Holiday Events


The holidays are truly here and now.

December 6th will be the date to decorate the Club House for the Christmas Holiday. Come and join us at 10 am and enjoy the camaraderie and some coffee and donuts.
There will be a Hanukah celebration on December 11th at 5:00 pm.  Some residents are making potato pancakes for the event.  If you would like to be involved, please contact Larry Koch. 
Christmas Party – Christmas Party will be held at the Fire Hall in Magnolia on December 13th. The cost is $20 per person. Please pay Christine in person or put it in the box near the door at the Club House by December 1st.  There will be a 50/50 raffle and we have a Harvest Ridge wine set for raffle also.  Tickets for the wine set will be sold at the Christmas party and New Year’s Eve and will be drawn at the New Year’s Eve party. You need not be present to win.

Carolers will meet at designated spots and Christine will send an email.  There will be a time frame and places to meet. 
La, la, la, la! Tone up your vocal chords for Christmas Caroling on December 18th. Mary Collins will be the chair of this event as usual.  Please let Mary know if you are bringing a soup. For others, there will be a sign up at the Club House.  People with last names starting with A – L, bring appetizers and people with last names starting from M – Z, bring desserts.
The Cookie Exchange will be held on December 18th with a luncheon at noon. Sign up is at the Club House. If you are participating, please pack 3 cookies per bag times the number of people participating. Only homemade cookies will be entered – no store bought cookies. Lunch is for participants only, male or female – not spouses. Christine will send out an email to let people know how many people will be participating.

New Year’s Eve will be at the Club House again this year starting at 7 pm. There will be chicken from Redner’s and bring your own drinks and snacks. 
  • December 6th - Clubhouse Decorations
  • December 11th - Hanukkah Party
  • December 13th - Christmas Party
  • December 18th - Cookie Exchange & CAROLING!!!!!
  • December 31st - New Years Party


To register for any of these events Click Here


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

How Much Candy Do We Eat At Halloween?

Did you know trick or treaters would have to walk from New York to Boston just to burn off the calories they consume in one night? That you can be fined $1000 for trick or treating in Illinois? That kids eat the equivalent of 13 big macs of candy? 

Jaw-dropping facts a plenty in this spooky Halloween infographic from Coupon Follow.



How Much Candy Do We Eat At Halloween?