A merry addition to your seasonal schedule: SCC Holiday Breakfast, Walk

Carol and Paul Ward were two of last year’s 760 diners who made their way to the Florida Room in the Atrium for some holiday merriment.

By PHYLLIS HODGES

It’s that time of year again when stores remind everyone that Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are only a few weeks away. December is especially busy, and for many of us, the Sun City Center Community Association’s Holiday Breakfast and Walk is traditionally an integral part of the schedule.  It’s an occasion to kickoff the season with local and visiting friends and family members for a jovial morning of holiday fun.

Both the holiday breakfast and holiday walk are held on the same day (Dec. 2) and are open to the public, which affords folks in surrounding communities the opportunity to mingle with Sun City Center residents and learn more about the lifestyle the community offers.  Last year, 760 diners—many donned in holiday attire—made their way to the Florida Room of the Central Campus Atrium (off North Course Lane).

The cost is modest; for only $5 you can enjoy a hearty breakfast—pancakes, eggs, sausage, toast, juice and coffee. The members of the Organ & Keyboard Club will again be entertaining with holiday music, and tickets will be available for a 50-50 raffle. Proceeds from the breakfast go to a CA fund for future holiday events. The door opens at 7:30 a.m. and service continues until 11:30.

BILL HODGES PHOTOS
From left: Pat and Bob Sullivan and Linda Oddo stepped forward to organize the 10th annual CA Holiday Breakfast on Dec. 2, from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. It is held in conjunction with the annual Holiday Walk on the Central Campus. Both are open to the public.

The walk is one of two annual free events held on the Central Campus. (The other one is FunFest.) For this occasion, visitors are invited to tour the facilities and browse the club rooms, which will be offering items perfect for holiday gift-giving.  Friendly club members are eager to display their creations of hand-crafted jewelry, ceramics, pottery and art (to name only a few) and to tell visitors about the activities from which they derive so much pleasure. Club room open hours may vary, but most of them will be open all morning after 8 a.m.

This year’s breakfast is special; it marks the 10th year for this event, and organizers Pat and Bob Sullivan and Linda Oddo, are psyched about their leadership roles. This is the first December Holiday Breakfast with this enthusiastic trio at the helm. They did, however, get some hands-on experience organizing the July 4 breakfast at Community Hall where they led a team of 140 to serve 1,200 diners eager to get an early start on the Independence Day holiday.

The Sullivans and Oddo acknowledge that a project of this magnitude is a bit challenging, but they are unanimous in describing the undertaking as “a labor of love.”  This stage of their planning involves rounding up 140 volunteers to fill the various tasks of greeters, seating assistants, servers and cooks, etc. Contact Sullivan at rssuncitycenter@gmail.com for information about the event or to volunteer.

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