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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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