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Key West, a Birthday and a Gathering

by on Mar.06, 2011, under Happenings

On Feb­ru­ary 27Th. Joyce and I flew to Key West our first stop on a week long Flori­da swing. We had nev­er vis­it­ed Key West and planned the three hour and twen­ty minute flight from Hilton Head to include fol­low­ing the Keys to Key West. We stayed on Sun­set Key a five minute fer­ry ride from down town Key West, which turned out to be a great choice. We hung out on the beach and then had din­ner at the Lat­i­tude restau­rant at Sun­set Key.

Sun­set Key

The next morn­ing we set out to explore Key West. We board­ed a tour trol­ley that took us around the town and point­ed out the many inter­est­ing and his­toric sites. Key West has had a col­or­ful his­to­ry, going from salt pro­duc­tion, to ship wreck sal­vage, a naval base and pres­i­den­tial retreat, to tourism. Its a com­bi­na­tion of his­to­ry and a funky present day tourist des­ti­na­tion. We spend the morn­ing and into ear­ly after­noon tour­ing, sight see­ing and vis­it­ing shops. After a late lunch at a cool side street restu­ar­ant we returned to Sun­set Key to relax for awhile.

After relax­ing on the beach we set out for the sun­set celi­bra­tion on Mal­lo­ry Square where tourists and local char­ac­ters gath­er for a coc­tail and enter­tain­ment by street per­form­ers. There are gym­nasts, jug­glers, for­tune tellers, uni­cy­clist, and musi­cians all per­form­ing as the sun goes down. Its a real hap­pen­ing and we enjoyed the show.

Back to Sun­set Key, anoth­er great din­ner at Lat­i­tudes, then in the morn­ing we fly to Fort Laud­erdale to cel­e­brate Joyce’s birthday.

In Fort laud­erdale we have lunch with Jen­nifer and then the girls enjoy some spa time. We pick up Alexan­dra from school and she wears us out just watch­ing her play­ing. We have a very jol­ly birth­day din­ner in Joyce’s hon­or. The next morn­ing we fly to Sara­so­ta for a “Gath­er­ing” of some of our NCR alum­ni friends.

Dan Ennek­ing, Elton White and Joe Stephan along with help from oth­er retired NCR Florid­i­ans, orga­nized a great get togeth­er. There is golf for two days for the men and one day for some of the ladies. We have cock­tails and heavy hors-d’oeu­vres at Elton and Gordie’s fab­u­lous apart­ment over­look­ing Sara­so­ta Bay. Joyce and I are priv­i­leged to be house guests at the Stephan’s equal­ly lux­u­ri­ous apart­ment with a great view and incredal­ble hos­pi­tal­i­ty. The sec­ond day is golf at the Ritz Carl­ton Golf Course or sight­see­ing. We end the day with cock­tails and din­ner at the Ritz Carl­ton Beach Club. Fri­day, golf for the men at Prestancia TPC, ladies lunch on St. Armand’s Cir­cle, then cock­tails and din­ner at the Field Club. Every­thing was done per­fect­ly with great food, drink and friendship.

In atten­dance at The Gath­er­ing were:

Bill and Nan­cy Eisen­man, Bob and JoAnn Tiffee, Dan and Barb Ennek­ing, Dan and Pat McCarthy, David and Lou Laws, Des and Vivian Ran­dall, Dr. Rich and Lin­da Miller, Elmer Brad­shaw, Elton and Gordie White, Hugh and Edna Lynch, Jack and Nan­cy Poole, Joe and Nora Stephan, Leo Har­ty, Paul and Joyce Lap­peti­to, Rex and Pat Fleet, Chuck and Car­ol Exley, Phyl­lis Sch­ene and Gil and Joyce Williamson.

After anoth­er one of Nora’s great break­fasts, Joyce and I fly the two hour flight back to Hilton Head. Our lit­tle air­plane is tru­ly a mag­ic car­pet, allow­ing us to expe­ri­ence the tip of Flori­da, fam­i­ly and friends in a leisurly week. Break­fast in Sara­so­ta and lunch in Hilton Head, it does­n’t get much bet­ter than that.

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