Honoring our Veterans & Country

Honoring our Veterans & Country 2017

On the peaceful, sunny afternoon of November 11, 2017, one hundred fourteen Monterey residents met at the Memorial Walkway and Garden adjacent to the flagpole to pay tribute to their nation and the veterans among them who had fought and served their country in war and peace.

The crowd stood to pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, which was at half-mast in honor of Veterans Day. A wreath of red, white, and blue had been constructed for the occasion, and was mounted on a stand behind the speakers table.

Veterans were invited to step forward, and 16 were identified as having served in the U.S. Army, 12 in the U.S. Navy, 5 in the U. S. Air Force, and 4 in the U.S. Marine Corp. As each group was identified, a candle was lit to honor that service. Two branches of service, the Coast Guard and the Merchant Marine, did not have a representative, but were also honored.

A brief and dynamic speech chastised those in recent news reports who had shown disrespect to the flag and to all that this country stands for.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, as voices joined for "God Bless America," the evident crowd demeanor reflected Monterey's pride, respect, and love of country - a brief and satisfying reflection of patriotism to be long remembered.

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Restructuring of 5th Hole Pond

Bulkheads along the entire perimeter of Pond #5 are being installed to stop erosion and the collapse of the pond bank. The pond interior has been dredged to an approximate depth of two feet below water level. The dredge material is being used as backfill all along the outside of the bulkhead for stability.

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Progress Rebuilding the 5th Hole Pond:

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Halloween at Monterey

Spooky 2017It was downright spooky in there. Keeping the lights dim helps, and a collection of wizards, witches, clowns, and vampires  create an atmosphere.  And that was even before the occupants of Table 9 arrived -  six black bats, complete with swooping wings and fearsome fangs! All in all, the costuming was across the board outstanding. How can you beat a Balloon Man, "Death", and, to counter-balance, the most appealing Flapper you'll ever see.

The stirring standby, "Glad to Be an American!" was brought into play early in the evening, and the parade with the American flag created a heartfelt exhibit of the greatest generation's love of country. Of course, no real party would be complete without a solo by you-know-who, this time presenting "I'm not the Same."  And, of course, there was the visit by Tina Turner to elevate the atmosphere. If you want fun and excitement, try this:  a contest among three couples wrapping their partners up like mummies -  in toilet paper. 

The sold-out crowd loved the entire kaboodle, and the evening went by much faster than you'd like. As the crowd departed, there was plenty of chatter, but also minds working with ideas for... next year.

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Annual Fun Day at Monterey

Fun Days MYACC 2017

The promise of two days of fun brought out an eager crowd, ready to pop the cork on the month of April at Monterey. Fun Day participants handled the menu of events on the first day with aplomb, working their way from walking and biking openers to the challenges of shuffleboard, pitching, and putting. Three carefully selected apartments held "Open House" for residents to visit, admire, and plan to emulate. Then came the Ball Drop. You'd never have imagined that the mere dumping of a bucket of numbered golf balls onto the slant of the fifth green, the balls spreading but heading toward the hole, with one winner's ball flopping into the hole, could mesmerize a crowd of golfers and bring about such a glorious shout of joyful excitement.

Even the accustomed Bingo routine, a weekly event at Monterey, brought out a full house of players, mostly regulars but some novices, eager to try their luck with five cards worth of possibilities to shout out "Bingo!" before anybody else could, and win a twenty dollar bill. The caller had as much fun as anybody but kept things moving and at an even keel. Meanwhile, at a nearby location, the billiard balls were clicking. The BYOB party-goers who met "under the tent" at six knew the drill and wouldn't have missed it for the world.

Shuffleboard and bocce contests held on the second day drew crowds, too, and led up to the crowning event, relocated from the pond to the pool because of construction work - the super exciting Duck Race. Real money was involved here, but the procedure was a bit improvised because of the lack of waves in the water to move the little yellow ducks, who, in the end, were simply scooped up and identified by number. Didn't matter. The final three were declared winners, and the crowd was satisfied, especially the unsuspecting owners of those special three.

The only rain to fall over the two-day period brought a quick change of venue for "Dancing under the Stars" scheduled in the parking lot. The dance ended up inside the clubhouse with the lights turned low and drew a standing-room-only crowd. The Sophisticats set up their equipment in one corner and sounded as good as ever, playing for a slightly noisy crowd that did not intend to have their mood or pleasure disturbed or called to a halt.

Don't toss out your Fun Day tee shirt. The format, frequently repeated with variations over the years, is sure to crop up again and again, because at Monterey having fun refining your skills is what it's all about.

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