Pat and Bruce Somerhalder hosted a brunch party in their back yard and on the beautiful patio. The Somerhalder’s are Tucson Garden Railroad Society members. Included in the back yard is a very large train complex with multiple trains running in all directions, over trestles and through tunnels. And the miniature buildings, including people and animals, are truly works of art. Bruce has plans to increase the track mileage in the near future.
If you want to learn more about the Railroad Society, go to their website http://tucsongrs.org/index.shtml where you can find a wealth of information and a schedule of events. Bruce and Pat, thanks for sharing your hobby, and your lovely backyard. We look forward to visiting you next year! Truly amazing!
We had a special visitor from Carlsbad, California. Nina Haskell was visiting her daughter Laurie Page and Sam Page. Nina is a vibrant lady, fun to share with, and very young at heart.
Unit 7 – Golf tourney and lunch
After a long hiatus, Unit 7 held a golf tournament on Saturday, March 21. Alan Schultz and Kay Cruise co-chaired the event. The tournament was held on the Catalina Course and five foursomes teed off starting at 9:00 a.m. for the nine hole event.
Following the golf, a buffet luncheon was held at the Agave Lounge. The luncheon was comprised of build your own fajitas with all the trimmings, a drink station and desserts of chocolate ice cream sundaes. Forty people attended the luncheon. Tables were decorated with golf ball doggies that had tee tails and Scottish hats that added to the festive atmosphere. Decorations were provided by Donna Person and Kay Cruise.
The Golf Department and the Food & Beverage Department at HOA1 really went out of their way to assure the extra special nature of the event!
Blue and red insulated mugs were presented to the winners of the Closest-to-the-Pin (Tony Cruise and Kay Cruise) and Closest-to-the-Line (John Somers and Linda Quigg) categories for both men and women. Engraved trophies were awarded for both Men and Women’s Low Gross (Bob Cranston and Kay Cruise) and Low Net (Dorothy Cranston and Dick Quigg). Dorothy and Bob Cranston were guests of Kathy and John Somers.
The beautiful weather on that lovely spring Saturday enhanced the fun get-together and made for a perfect mix of friendly competition and neighborly interaction. Unit 7 may be the smallest of the HOA1 units in population and size, but it has the largest measure of friendliness and warmth.
Unit 9 – Spring party
Happy Unit Niners enjoy refreshments at our Free for All party—an annual event where residents do not contribute nibbles, deserts or drinks—it’s free! Our hosts Barry and Beth Larson opened their delightful home and patio to us; we enjoyed good conversation, lovely weather and a rockin’ good time. This is always a popular event in our unit and this Free for All was no exception with approximately 75 neighbors attending.
Unit 21 – Bocce Ball winners
Twenty eight couples from Unit 21 played in their first Bocce Ball League which started in October and ran through the end of March. On Sunday, April 12 the two divisions had playoffs for Top of the Top and for Top of the Bottom, followed by awards and a comfort food dinner at the Tennis Center. Congratulations to all the winners!
Unit 23 – Ladies Tea
On April 24, thirteen Unit 23 ladies indulged in an Afternoon Tea Experience with a backdrop of the Tortolita Mountains. We enjoyed a four-course high tea at Tea on the Town owner Nicky Bantock’s elegant home and luxurious garden.
Attending were Anke Buffington, Debbie Bunker-Behan, Diane Creager, Jo Ann Evans, Laurie Foster, Judy Hendricks and guest, Carol Jordal, Norma Nettleblad, Peggy Ogier, Mae Thompson, Caroline Whitt and hostess Arlene Bathgate.