Active Adult Living Del Webb Communities

Community Dinners: We Are Family

Today is Thanksgiving and we went to dinner at the clubhouse of our Active Adult Community.

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For those of us at Deaton Creek that are unable to be with family for the Holiday, we will once again have our very own Deaton Creek Family Dinner! For $6.00 per person VDC will supply all the Turkey. The rest of all the traditional fixin’s will come from all of you who attend, Pot-Luck style! When you get your ticket for this event, let us know what you plan to bring. (Mashed Potatoes? Veggies? Dressing? Gravy? Rolls? Pumpkin Pie? Salad? Etc…) that way, we will know all the traditional (and some untraditional) goodies are all available for a real Thanksgiving FEAST! Nobody should ever spend the Holidays alone, please encourage the friends and neighbors you know, that will not be with family, to attend this annual event. PLEASE,

PLEASE, PLEASE make enough food for 10-15, or more, people for the potluck. This will ensure a terrific Thanksgiving Feast! If you are UNABLE to make anything to bring, please still attend! If you need any assistance at all, including transportation, please let us know. We will get you here and home safely. Let’s start putting together an amazing menu! If you want to decorate your table and bring your own dishes and silverware please be sure to let the front desk know. Residents only, up to 4 tickets, per household. If you are a single person you may bring one guest with you. You can start decorating your table any time after 4PM on Wednesday, Nov. 22nd.

Friends Are Family

We sat at table 16 not knowing who we would be sitting with.  I could have looked at the table assignment sheet when purchasing our tickets to see would be at our table, but I thought it would be nice to meet new people. We have been here two years now, but we still run into plenty of folks who we just have never met or who recently moved it.

At our table we dined with Brian and Anne, who we have have met before.  Brian used to be in charge of the Creative Writers Group which I attended for a while and Anne is in another club which I am a member.  It was nice seeing them. They come to the clubhouse for Thanksgiving every other year, rotating a visit with family the other year.

To my right was Sharon and Howard who just moved to our community two months ago. This community has been sold out for a year now, so they bought a resale.  They are New Yorkers coming from a 15 year stay in Florida to be near their son which lives in the metro area. Sharon was very excited about living here and we exchanged information about clubs and activities. They wanted to come meet some more people in their new community  and not to have to hit the road.

I spoke with several friends while there. Larry, our friend now for several years going all the way back to when we met them at the Shag Dance Club at Neimos in Norcross was there.  Larry administers “Larry’s Pickleball Group” which I belong to. His wife Dorothy was not feeling well today, so Larry came down by himself, but took Dorothy a plate back home.

I said hi to Henry, and to Dave, and met Betty’s son. It was pleasurable and relaxing to be among friends, old and new. It’s like being part of a big family.

Enough Food

The turkey was provided and everyone brought a salad, side or dessert. I must say it was quite tasty. They invited us back for seconds but the first time was enough, because we still had to hit the dessert table. We even got a plate to go.

Thanksgiving community dinner
Thanksgiving community dinner

At two o’clock I was like, I’m stuffed and I never want to eat again. At 5:30pm, I’m like let’s heat up our plates.

Well at least after super tonight, that was it for the Thanksgiving leftovers, which is fine with me.

In the two  years we have been here, we have also been to a Valentine Dinner and a Christmas Dinner at the clubhouse as well. There are parties for other holidays as well.

Having community dinners is a real benefit of living in a 55+ Retirement Community. There is really no need to worry about where to go for Holiday dinners, there is always a place here for you. It’s nice to be so close to home and not have to get in traffic. Preparing a side or two takes a little time but nothing like preparing a full Thanksgiving dinner.  All in all, not a bad deal.



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Thanksgiving at the Clubhouse

We have enjoyed Thanksgiving at our clubhouse 2 or 3 times since moving here and always had a good time.  What a nice benefit from living at our Over 55 Community! Here is our post from a previous Thanksgiving.

Our Thanksgiving at the clubhouse was enjoyable. We sat at a table with our friends Larry and Dottie, Wayne and Linda, and some new residents from Connecticut.  We had such a good time talking, we were the last ones to leave.

As you can see by the top photo, there was plenty of food and the turkey was great.

Petty good crowd on hand, but since it was residents only this year, there were some empty spaces where more tables could have gone if they had allowed family members like last year. Maybe next year they will.

Thanksgiving at Village at Deaton Creek
Thanksgiving at Village at Deaton Creek

Sure was nice to come back home and not to worry about washing dishes! Since I started my race walking training for the National Senior Games, I didn’t care for second helpings anyway.  Mary Ann prepared a white chicken chili for a late dinner and that was great. By the way, Mary Ann shared 5 things we were thankful for and living here at VDC was on both our lists! How about that.

On the way out I spotted the great Christmas tree in the clubhouse lobby.

Christmas tree
Christmas tree

Up next will be the Holiday Parties.  There is one for our street, one for our section, and one for the community.

Also I spotted this on “The Daily” section of our web site.
Adult Gingerbread House Decorating Night  – Free 
Bring your neighbors and turn up the holiday magic with a fun-filled evening of Gingerbread House Decorating. Bring your own gingerbread house and decorating supplies (icing, candies, gumdrops, etc.). RSVP at the front desk.

Well this sounds like a photo opportunity in the making! I will have to pop in and see what is going on.

I am trying to get Mary Ann to take this class at the clubhouse so we can get a discount on our auto insurance, but haven’t convinced her yet. AARP DRIVER SAFETY CLASS – THURSDAY

Another photo op is:
Breakfast With Santa, Saturday

The Austins and It’s Showtime do such a good job lining up talent for us.  I bet this is going to be good.  I need to talk with my ticket agent (Mary Ann) about getting us tickets to this.
It’s Showtime Presents On Saturday, Lindy and Greg will perform.  The Austin’s  saw this couple on a cruise and were so impressed, they wanted to bring them to VDC.

We already got our tickets to the New Year’s Eve party. We saw Butch and the Buckheads a few months ago and then were good!
New Year’s Eve Celebration! December 31, – 9pm – 12:30am
DANCE PARTY: This event will be upstairs only, the ballroom will feature Butch and the Buckheads, returning to VDC for another amazing performance! If you love a great dance party, THIS is the place for you! Dance, Dance, Dance!

Mary Ann says she heard The Everly Brothers tribute show is coming soon and she wants tickets!  We will have to track this show down and get her some tickets.

Plenty of Activities going on this Holiday season here at Village at Deaton Creek.

PS: this morning I thought this was a red bird (cardinal) on my neighbor patio railing but when I zoomed in, I see it is lovely rose.