Blue Moon/Full Moon Party Kicks Off Rock and Roll Weekend
n Friday, August 31st, members at the Ranch assembled on the deck by Lake Wanda, to celebrate and party as the beautiful Blue Moon rose over the trees. The deck was adorned with hundreds of tiny lights that illuminated the water as members gathered to drink wine, eat fruit and cheese, and prepare for a festive weekend planned around a Rock and Roll theme. In honor and memory of Neil Armstrong, all winked at the moon as it became visible over the treetops and the party weekend was officially started.
Saturday morning started off with slightly overcast skies, but as the morning progressed, the sun came up, and it became evident that Rock and Roll still lives. Bloody Mary's at 11 got the party started for the day and by the time the Rock and Roll Golf Cart Rodeo was held at 2, all were ready to participate in this fun event. A new format was used and names were place in a bucket and partners were selected at random. Imagine the hilarity of a blindfolded driver receiving instructions from a person on how to maneuver a course around cones in the open field. The same golf cart was used by everyone to level the playing field and the games began. Although a little tentative at first, most were able to complete the course with no mishaps. The most entertaining leg of the race was completed by Susan and Tim. They hit cones, which sparked uncontrollable laughter by Susan, who then becam e unable to give succinct instructions to the blindfolded Tim. They then proceeded to make their own course, heading to the volleyball courts, taking out a horseshoe stake, and creating hysterical spectacles, before finally crossing the finish line in last place.
The fun was only beginning. The entire group then returned to the pool area to play a game of Double Rock Volleyball. Using two huge playground balls, the object of the game was to keep two balls going at once. If you hit the ball out of bounds or it dropped in front of you, you were out. This short, fun, game was designed to get everyone involved and allow everyone to cool off while having a blast.
Lime Daiquiris, Mudslides, Love Potion #9, Hurricanes, and a myriad of other concoctions kept the Rockers rolling throughout the afternoon. The holiday meal was served at 5 and everyone enjoyed lasagne, salad, green beans and a wide variety of desserts. Visitors, returning and current members and guests enjoyed the meal and continued to party into the night. Several members played pool, some enjoyed board games in the clubhouse and others headed back to their cabins to get some rest before the festivities of Sunday started.
Ed and his crew prepared a delicious brunch of pancakes, waffles, sausage and bacon on Sunday morning and the party was underway once more. Clean up ensued and with everyone's assistance, the clubhouses and pool areas were ready for the afternoon activities.
Blenders started at 1:00 and Dreamcicles, Hippy Juice and Bahama Mama's were just some of the beverages that lightened the spirit and loosened the limbs in anticipation of the party atmosphere.
The afternoon entertainment was the group Mood Swingz. Bob and Elizabeth set up by the pool and provided music for our enjoyment from 2 until.... Although originally scheduled to play until 5, they were persuaded by members to stay until 7. Having enjoyed an afternoon of dancing by the pool, in the pool and singing to the tunes, no one was quite ready for them to leave. Everyone was totally thrilled by the Mood Swingz and a great time was had by all. The "mood" set by Mood Swingz lasted well into the night as Rockers continued to dance in the club house in spite of the storm that raged outside.
Labor Day dawned and many came to the clubhouse early to help with clean up. Some decided to head for home since the weather looked threatening, but all commented on the success of the weekend. The weeks of planning, shopping, decorating, organizing, cooking, and cooperation paid off as the members and guests at the Ranch enjoyed another successful holiday weekend. Rock and Roll lives but rockers have to rest so relaxation was top on the agenda for the remainder of the day.
A special heartfelt thanks to all who planned, organized, shopped, made donations of time and money, manned the bar, decorated, cooked, cleaned, hauled trash, vacuumed the pool, contributed, and dedicated themselves to make sure that the Rock and Roll weekend was the success that it was. You are all to be commended on a job well done. Another example of our motto...If it is to be, it is up to WE.