January 24 – February 06, 2017 – Friends – Golf – Dancing – Highland Games – Fruitville Grove Farmer’s Market – Siesta Key Beach Drum Circle and Sunset

Debbie recently commented we might have to go home to find some time to relax!  Seem like we’ve been busy almost every day since arriving in Sarasota.  However, we’re really not complaining!

In late January, Frank and Lynn Fowler, friends from our years in Naples arrived at Sun N Fun for a week’s stay.  Meantime, Joe and Jeanne Warwick, one of the couples we traveled to Alaska with in 2011 checked-in for the month of February. 

We decided on getting together with both couples and took them to Linger Lodge,

an eclectic restaurant set amid large, live oak trees dripping in Spanish moss.  Untouched by time and located the picturesque banks of the Braden River, Linger Lodge is "Old Florida" at its best.  With preserved native Florida animals

adorning every inch of the restaurant, it was also named by Forbes as one of the "Most Unusual Restaurants in the World" and Al Roker as one of the "Top 5 Weirdest Restaurants in America”.

Joe, Jeanne, Debbie, Dick, Lynn and Frank

Turns out that Jeanne worked in the school system where Lynn lived many years ago.  We’re always amazed at what a small world it really is!

 

Not surprisingly, Debbie has continued the Yoga and stretching classes as well as joining in on not one but two line dancing groups.  Meanwhile, I have been playing far more golf than I’d have a chance to play if back in Pennsylvania.

Dick, Jim DeCarlo (a frined from Cape Cod), Tom Briggs (golfing buddy from Newtown PA) and Ken Grenier (best friend for more than 50 years)

With many of our friends from Naples staying in the Ft. Myers area, we were invited for a mini-reunion … some we’d not seen on 2-3 years.

Wayne & Joyce Sorrel, Nancy & Morley Kenway, Dick & Debbie, Weldon and Nancy Wallace and Lynn & Frank Fowler

We also discovered a local Farm Stand

less than ½ mile from our campground … with incredible grapefruits and a menagerie of Billy goats,

Peacocks,

 

Sheep,

Turkeys,

Ducks,

Roosters

This past Saturday we went to the 23rd Highland Games held in Sarasota … which featured Scottish, Celtic and Irish music and dancing.

We also continue to make a trip to Siesta Key Beach on Sunday nights for the Drum Circle

with its hard-to-beat people watching,

Just an hour before the 2017 Super Bowl

Sand sculptures,

and predictably spectacular sunsets.

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