Message From Sue – November 2015

Hello my dear Silveridge friends! I hope my August message finds you healthy and ready to embark on an exciting adventure for our 2015-2016 season. The summer has flown by and when I recently saw a maple tree with red leaves my thoughts turned toward fall and my friends at Silveridge. I hope that this summer has been good to you and you come back all rested up as I have a big season planned for you! Please check the website calendar for a complete listing of events and times and remember that some start up times are subject to change as club leaders arrive at different times. Many of you have shared with me that you look forward to a review of the entertainment and what outfits to wear-so start thinking about packing those bags!

We will kick off our season with our welcome back parties on Oct. 15th and 22nd followed by our Halloween costume party and dance on Oct 30th. Prizes will be given for most original costume and best couple- so be creative! Our popular Boogie Tuesdays and Bingo will start in November. I have some returning favorite bands such as The Fairlaines, Come Back Buddy, Southwest Surfers, The Needham Twins, the Desert Drifters, and some new bands-like Saguaro Sunset, and Johnny K & Kompany. The Surefire Band will entertain us on New Years Eve. “Denim and Diamonds” will be our theme so think ‘glitzy denim’. Ladies, bring your poodle skirts. We will have Prom night again and an ‘evening in red.’ Bring a few pair of comfortable dancing shoes as you might wear out a pair!

December 17th will be our 4th annual Christmas Parade so be thinking how you would like to decorate your golf cart or any other moving vehicle (i.e. shopping cart, bicycle, old car, etc.) Who will be the winners for the most creative ideas?? Our Silveridge Carolers will be singing again and our beautiful park and ballroom will be all aglow with Christmas lights and decorations!

We are “Forever Celebrating.” What a lineup I have planned for you –including some ideas for outfits.

Dinner Shows:

Dec. 10th: Buddy Holly Christmas Dinner Show. For the first time ever in December- a spectacular tribute show with Buddy, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. You will want to buy your tickets early for this one. A guaranteed sell out! Wear your Christmas sweaters! (Vintage sweaters are good)

Jan. 14th: The Amazing Dueling Pianos. A fun sought after engaging duo who will delight you with favorite piano tunes and even take requests! Wear

Jan. 21st: Best of 60’s and 70’s Show. JR McAlexander is back with another knock your socks off musical. He was the piano player and producer of our Broadway Showstoppers last season. Wear your 60’s and 70′.s outfits

Feb. 11th: Jimmy Buffet Island Show. This will be a fun Margaritaville night with music and comedy. Dress in your grass skirts and island themed clothes. There will be a tiki bar so bring your margaritas and remember that “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere!!”

We will have Two Spectacular Concerts this year:

Feb. 18th: Legends of Country. Larry King and his 12 piece band will pay tribute to all the country great legendary artists. This concert is for country and rock and roll fans alike!

March 3rd: Franki Valli Tribute Show. Where were you in Dec. of 63?? You will be glad you are at Silveridge attending this concert. Be ready to travel down nostalgia lane remembering all the Franki Valli hits!

March 10th will be our biannual Variety Show. Armand Gagnier has been ‘twisting arms’ for a year already and I promise you that this will be the best ever Variety Show featuring our very own Silveridge Stars!

I am getting excited just writing about all the wonderful entertainmentand this is just the beginning. We will have 4 Dinner Delights including our favorite “The Strolling Strings.”

In addition to all the entertainment there will be plenty of classes to attend. Try something new this year and remember, you are never too old to learn! How about taking a computer or camera class? How about trying Pilates, Zumba, Step Aerobics or our new dance class? Don’t forget favorite sports like softball, tennis or hiking. There will even be a class on learning how to make lefse! Thanks to our talented and giving class leaders and volunteers Silveridge can offer all these fabulous opportunities. Most of the classes are either free or minimal costs for supplies. If you have a talent you would like to share consider volunteering. Let’s not forget to thank our wonderful volunteers for all the work they do!

On a sad note- We will all miss our dear Lou Pickard who passed away in May. Lou and her husband Jim gave many years of service to Silveridge. She was our head decorator and “Miss Congeniality” who greeted us at our events. A memorial service is planned for Lou on November 13th.

A final thank you to Chef Harvey and assistants Jerry Colling, Tracy Gagnier and all the kitchen volunteers who will be back! Thanks to them we will have our popular Saturday Breakfasts, Dinner Boogies, Dinner Shows, Dinner Delights and Bingo dinners and other events. We know that everything revolves around food!

I am looking forward to our year together and the fun we will have. Do look for the2015-2016 Ticket Order List to be posted online on the Silveridge web pages by October 1st. My assistant Jill Belcher and office volunteers will be at the Activity office to assist you starting October 1st. You can call us at 480-373-7700 or email me with your ticket order. We will pull your tickets and notify you of the price. Please send a check made out to Silveridge Activities. We can send your tickets in the mail or you may pick up your tickets when you arrive. We appreciate all your pre orders but know that you can also buy your tickets when you return. (unless the event is sold out.) Thank you in advance for buying tickets and all your support and enthusiasm for our activities. It gives me pleasure to bring you great entertainment as well as a fun filled and fulfilling year. I am proud to be your Activity Director! Here’s looking forward to seeing you SOON. Make sure you stop by the Activity Office when you arrive so we can greet you with a big hug and some candy!