It had everything a Halloween party could lay claim to! Costumes - a depth of variety and class beyond imagination.... Music by Sophisicats popping with party spirit and keeping it at high pitch all evening long....Dancing - you never did see such enthusiasm and tenacity....Food of all kinds, colorful, fabulous appetizers proving well worth that trip out to the porch. Best of all, it had the right kind of people, Monterey people, the old and the new, laughing, chatting, mixing, and launching a season of fun that could out-spook anybody's!
With the Monterey's snowbirds temporarily vacated in favor of the great north, our growing number of year-round residents (approximately 200 now) are enjoying the sunny Florida weather. Activities at Monterey continue, but on a little less hectic summer pace. The Club House and grill was a busy spot on Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day, providing for sold-out crowds where every table was filled. For the second year, a Fridays-at-Five byob cocktail hour has been active with a groups of twelve to thirty assembled weekly under the canopy with appetizers to share.
All the while, the golf course is getting a healthy dose of maintenance and the new mall on Monterey Road, which has turned out to be quite beautiful, has added a few more outlets. The new Wawa gas station/sandwich shop at Monterey Rd. and Kanner is now open. The summer problems with slimy green algae discharges from Lake Okeechobee to the St. Lucie river have subsided, but a long term solution is still problematic. There is always activity in downtown Stuart and the surrounding area, with great shopping, restaurants and entertainment for all.
Hey, this is FUN! Take a full day with back-to-back constant events, fill the spaces with people primed for participation, and you have a sure success - even in the rain!
You start out at an early hour with people on the move, walking or biking all over the place. This is followed by a tricky version of golf playfully named "Golf Shuffleboard" using a putter on carpeting. At the same time there is real putting on the practice putting green with prize money being rewarded. Then there is the aesthetic appeal of visiting other people's carefully chosen units, and looking at the interior decorating and the very smart use of space.
Right after lunch and an inopportune rain shower, comes a water show featuring twenty mermaids. It is a short show but a spectacular one, and the viewers are truly charmed and entertained. Meanwhile, two hundred little yellow ducks, turned loose in the pond for a race to the bridge, needed to be coaxed along, due to a lack of wind and waves. No matter, two kayaks solved the problem by churning things up, and the ducks made the expected progress. Alas, the kayaks dumped their riders bringing about unanticipated high spirits on the part of onlookers.
You think that's the end? No, no, no, there's more to come: additional golf competitions, shuffleboard, billiards, and the event you can always count on to draw a crowd - BINGO.
Later in the evening, inside where rain cannot disrupt pleasure, came the music and dancing which brought the day of fun to a restful though upbeat conclusion.
“Dancin’ in the Streets“ drew them in on Saturday, Aug. 20th, for a carefree day in downtown Stuart. It was the 26th annual celebration, and the vendors went wild - there were over a dozen food stands to please the crowds. It was a hot day, but who cared? Festival-goers were in the mood for fun, and this is Stuart’s biggest fundraiser of the summer, supporting free community events year-round. Five stages and 17 live bands kept people dancing and partying from 3:00 p.m. till midnight.
March Madness has come and gone, as it has done each year since Monterey's Golf Community has taken on the additional identity of a Bocce Community with all the enthusiasm that surrounds this busy, fast-paced game.
In two weeks of tournament play, sixty-four pairs of players filter down to four couples before one couple rises to the top and claims the bocce championship for the season, their names joining seven others on the list of winners beginning in 2009.
All during the tournament, crowds of bocce players and friends gather for every session, not only to cheer for friends but because bocce is, after all, a lot of fun to watch. By the time players are successful enough to reach tournament status, they are pretty good at some of the more dynamic techniques that can wallop the balls and change instantly the expected outcome of a particular round.
Fun to play, fun to watch - bocce gets bigger and bigger with every season at Monterey.