Times Square had nothing on Monterey in its display of anticipation for the new year's arrival. Even at the seven p.m. starting time, a crowd of party-goers was assembled and ready to hang on for the long haul. There were plenty of hats and horns to go round and lots of dancing to an eclectic selection of music by our own impresario DJ. Some of the more adventurous, younger dancers, were the highlight of the evening with an amazing display of "twerking". When the magic moment of midnight rolled around, much to the surprise of the organizers many of the hundred revelers were still on hand to share greetings and make a big wish for a HAPPY NEW YEAR.
The door of the school bus opened, and nineteen carolers filed into our Yacht Club on the morning of December 5 to great anticipation of over a hundred residents of Monterey, a custom for many years now. The Hope Rural School of Indiantown annually sends their kindergarteners to entertain us with song.
Dressed in capes, with top hats, bonnets, plaid collars, and bows, the children, accompanied by two teachers and their bus driver, shyly but competently lined up in two rows to present their program of Christmas songs. "God rest ye merry Gentlemen," never sounded so good, as reflected in the smiles and gestures of the audience.
After the concluding "We wish you a Merry Christmas," the children circulated among the patrons to exchange words and hugs before adjourning to the porch to examine their bags of presents and savor milk and cookie refreshments furnished by the hostess and her friends, who also provided Christmas goodies for those in attendance, the price of admission being a toy or a cash donation.
The mission of the Hope Rural School of Indiantown is to offer hope to families. The school provides education from pre-K through Grade 5 and primarily serves children from immigrant families.