Spring celebrations — SCC-style

By PHYLLIS HODGES

Diane Simon, right, helps Sally Kiesling browse through watercolors for sale. Bill Hodges photos.

Diane Simon, right, helps Sally Kiesling browse through watercolors for sale. Bill Hodges photos.

The Spring Fling Celebration was held in the Kings Point Veterans Theater.

The Spring Fling Celebration was held in the Kings Point Veterans Theater.

Southeastern Guide Dogs were on hand at FunFest. The Cutler family children were attracted to Croley, an 11-month-old black Lab that accompanied Ashlan Everman, his “puppy raiser,” left.

Southeastern Guide Dogs were on hand at FunFest. The Cutler family children were attracted to Croley, an 11-month-old black Lab that accompanied Ashlan Everman, his “puppy raiser,” left.

Where crowds gather, the SCC Emergency Squad is there. Here, Peter Gallagher talks to Jim and Claire DeBroux, who moved here in November, about the services they provide and the critical need for volunteers.

Where crowds gather, the SCC Emergency Squad is there. Here, Peter Gallagher talks to Jim and Claire DeBroux, who moved here in November, about the services they provide and the critical need for volunteers.

Lynne Murphy, president of the SCC RN Club, did a yeoman’s job organizing the Health Fair, a popular part of FunFest.

Lynne Murphy, president of the SCC RN Club, did a yeoman’s job organizing the Health Fair, a popular part of FunFest.

Terrianne Wallace, a licensed massage therapist new to the FunFest Health Fair, proved to be a popular addition.

Terrianne Wallace, a licensed massage therapist new to the FunFest Health Fair, proved to be a popular addition.

Al and Pat Hurlbrink were at FunFest to talk about Freedom Plaza and its agreement with the SCC Community Association that allows FP residents to use CA facilities.

Al and Pat Hurlbrink were at FunFest to talk about Freedom Plaza and its agreement with the SCC Community Association that allows FP residents to use CA facilities.

Greg Rabelo entertained in the clubhouse lobby.

Greg Rabelo entertained in the clubhouse lobby.

Pork chops prepared by the SCC Men’s Club were in popular demand.

Pork chops prepared by the SCC Men’s Club were in popular demand.

The black Cascada convertible brought by Rivard Buick drew some potential customers. Rivard has been a FunFest supporter for several years. They brought 10 cars to FunFest.

The black Cascada convertible brought by Rivard Buick drew some potential customers. Rivard has been a FunFest supporter for several years. They brought 10 cars to FunFest.

Held the same week in March, the Kings Point Spring Fling and Sun City Center Community Association FunFest offered two days of fun.

Both open-to-the-public events are held annually and are free. They are popular because they offer opportunities to learn about available community activities and to interact with health-care organizations, financial groups, car/golf cart dealers, contractors and other vendors.

The KP Spring Fling Celebration on March 16 attracted scores of visitors to the North Clubhouse. The lobby and Veterans Theater were filled with displays by KP clubs, community groups and local businesses. It was a bright sunny day conducive to the festivities that spilled out onto the rear parking lot, where Fresh Market vendors offered fresh, local produce, homemade items and eco-friendly wares. Several local food trucks were also on hand.  This event is organized by Vesta, which manages the KP activities.

Then on March 19, thousands of people made their way to the 17th annual CA FunFest on the Central Campus on North Pebble Beach Boulevard. Arts and crafts clubs invited visitors to browse their various arrays of handmade items; others, such as the Model Railroad Club, were open to offer insight into their clubs. Still others were offering sumptuous food and holding raffles to boost club treasuries.

Popular performers such as The Dukes and Elvis (aka Bill Lindsey) drew an audience that filled the main tent, and demonstrations by the dance groups and music clubs provided continuous entertainment in the Atrium and Rollins Theater.

 

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