Southern Meadow

July 2017 Newsletter

Happy 4th of July

Quick look at what’s going on in July

July 4th Party – There is a signup sheet for the 4th of July Party at 12 pm in the clubhouse.  Community is providing Fried Chicken from Redner’s, so please bring a side.  In order to continue to have wonderful, fun parties at the clubhouse the community needs everyone’s help.  Tables are set up and broken down by Bob (THANK YOU!) but there is still work that needs to be done.  If everyone can pitch in it makes a world of difference.  Tablecloths need to be placed on the tables, (thank you to Joady, Sharon, Inge, and Sharyn for doing this on Memorial Day), supplies need to be brought out, clean up needs to happen.  Everyone cleaning up after themselves helps a ton (but that is not the only thing that needs to be done!!!).  Please dispose of your garbage, wash, dry and put away the glasses that you use and ask what else needs to be done!

Ladies’ Luncheon

The June ladies’ luncheon will be on July 17th at noon. The ladies will be going to Abbott’s Grill at 115 Delaware Avenue, Laurel, DE. The contact for the Ladies is Judy Rantala and her number is 302-751-1597.

Exercise in the Clubhouse

Core and Stretch Class. Jessica is on vacation the first week of July, so none of her classes are available Tues, Thurs, Friday. Jessie’s 3 classes will change slightly for summer. Thursday is the Toning class at 10:00 and Friday at 9:30 she has Zumba. There is a $5 charge for the Thursday and Friday classes. Southern Meadow is going to pay for the classes on Tuesday. We are going to alternate weeks. 1 week will be core Stretching and the next week is water Aerobics.


Volleyball at the pool continues every Saturday at 2 PM. All are welcome to join us as a spectator or a player. Point of contact is Sharon and Jay Cowart.


This is a loosely organized group that gets together on Thursday afternoons from 1 to 4 pm. The group is very flexible and fluid, it’s come and go as you please, work on whatever you like. There are knitters, crocheters, cross-stitchers, card makers and all sorts of crafters. There even those who stop by just to chat and see what’s happening … So feel free to come over!


“SENIOR LEAGUE BOWLERS” meet at 1:00 pm every TUESDAY at Brunswick Zone Doverama Bowl, 1600 S. Governors Avenue, Dover, DE.If any Southern Meadow residents would like to join, just show up. Any questions,
e-mail or call Darlene – or 302-335-8444.


American Mahjong will meet on July 11th and 25th. POC is Joan Jensen.

Recent Reads

This month we will be meeting on July 5th at 7:00 pm. Come and share the books you have read to help prepare for the lazy days of summer by the pool. People share their own books, eBooks, and some borrowed from the shelves of the clubhouse library. POC Ellen Ainge


Please note that there will be no woodcarving in July and August but will resume in the Fall. Woodcarving will be on Wednesdays from 1:30 to 4:30 pm in the Clubhouse. For more info, feel free to contact POC Fred Ainge at 302-751-1575 or stop by at 179 Daffodil Drive.

June 2017 Newsletter

SMe Solor Plunge June 10th

Quick look at what’s going on in June

10th &11th – Wedding memorabilia: Display your wedding pictures and keepsakes at the clubhouse. POC Anita Eckhard

10th – Solar Plunge at 1 with Volleyball at 2

21 – Summer Solstice – 6 pm Cocktails at the pool.  BYOB and a snack.

24th –5:00 The Covered Dish on June 24th will have a 50/50 to benefit Alzheimer’s.  The POC is Linda Synden.

26 – AARP Refresher Course at the clubhouse from 12:30 – 4:30. Cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

ARP Driving Safety refresher course will be Monday June 26th at the clubhouse 12:30 – 4:30. A lot of us took a course in August 2014 so check your records. This class is for ALL who need the refresher.

Pool Get Together

Pool get-togethers are from June through September. Sharon hopes to plan some informal evening BYOB gatherings at the pool this summer. Stay tuned to your email for pop up fun.  Wear swimsuits, dance, float around and watch the sun go down.

Southern Meadow Covered Dish Dinner

Let’s start summer off right with a great meal together! The signup sheet is on our clubhouse bulletin board. Please don’t forget to mark down what you’ll be bringing on the menu sheet. Linda Synden is the POC and will need volunteers for setting up, clean up and help with the 50/50’s.

Ladies’ Luncheon

The June ladies’ luncheon will be on June 19th. The ladies will be going to Vincenzo’s in Dover. The contact for the Ladies is Judy Rantala and her number is 302-751-1597.

Want a night out at the horse races?

The scheduled “Horse Race Night Out” for Harrington Race Track is Tuesday, June 13. We will leave from the clubhouse at 4 pm. There is a buffet at the Clubhouse Restaurant ($12.95). A signup sheet will be placed in the clubhouse or you can call Bill Chaney (302) 335-4951. Deadline to sign up will be June 12.Future dates include August 29, September 12, October 10. There will be no date during July.

Grotto Pizza Dine Out on Tuesday June 27th

Join your Southern Meadow Neighbors and support Alzheimer’s. 20% of everyone’s check will go to Team Johnny’s Angels and The Walk to End Alzheimer’s. I will put a signup sheet and vouchers in the clubhouse. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU PICK UP A VOUCHER WHICH YOU NEED TO PRESENT WHEN YOU PLACE YOUR ORDER. Vouchers will also be available to download and print on their website, under events. Come out and enjoy a delicious meal with your neighbors and friends while supporting a great cause.
Thank You for your support!

River Run Cruise

The first River Run cruise on Thursday, June 8th is already full. There will be another dinner cruise on June 29th and a sign up sheet will be on the club house bulletin board. The cruise will be an evening dinner cruise with River Run cruises out of Denton, Maryland. The cruise will last approximately 2 to 2 ½ hours along the Choptank River. There is a restroom and a cash bar onboard the large pontoon boat with a canopy. We will leave the clubhouse at 4 pm and the cruise starts at 5 pm. The menu is chicken, ½ lb. of steamed shrimp, baked potato, coleslaw, roll and dessert. The cost is $26.50 with a $10 deposit due to Patti or Ron Papineau due by June 1st. Transportation is on your own, but many of us will carpool and follow Ron and Patti. The sign up sheet is in the club house. There can be no more than the allowed number of people that boat can hold (17) to sign up. In case of bad weather, the cruise will be postponed.

Hand and Foot

Hand and foot will be the first and third Tuesdays at 1:30. This month the games will be held on June 6th and 20th.  Hand and Foot is a card game played with multiple decks of cards. It’s played for points and lots of fun with more people. POC Ginny Stewart.


Woodcarving is Wednesdays from 1:30 to 4:30 pm in the Clubhouse. If you are curious about this craft or think you might like to give it a try, stop in and check it out!

Our woodcarving group will be enjoying a class with Bob Hershey from Lancaster County in our Clubhouse from 6 to 9 pm on Tuesday evening June 27 and from 9:30 am to no later than 6 pm on Wednesday, June 28.  Bob is well-known for his bark houses, animal caricatures and much more.  He has been featured in national publications including an article in this month’s “Woodcarving Illustrated”.

The cost of the class is $50 plus materials if you have not already signed up.  Our friends and neighbors are welcome to stop by the Clubhouse during the class to see the outstanding work being done by the carvers!

Please note that there will be no woodcarving in July and August but will resume in the Fall.

May 2017 Newsletter

SMe May 2017 newsletter

Quick look at what’s going on in May

Garden Plots

The garden plots are assigned and people are planting their favorite vegetables and flowers. Bob Chagaris, Ron Papineau, and P. J. McGill tilled the garden.

Lunch with Friends

Come and meet your friends and enjoy what Delaware has to offer. Come for lunch at the Maple Dale Country Club Tuesday April 25th. Meet at the Club House at 11:30 leaving at 11:45. For info, call Dan at 302-593-7637.

At the Club House

May 5th – 6th – Yard Sale weekend 8th – 1:30 pm – Party Planning Meeting 19th – Friday starting at 5:00p.m.

Hor d’Oeuvres/Cocktail Party

Pull out those recipes of your favorite and tastiest appetizer and sign up as soon as possible for that category. We need a variety of finger foods so there will be plenty to choose from. Start time is 5:00pm on Friday, May 19. This is a BYOB. Help with the clean up will be needed. Hope to see you there!
Betty Z

Let’s get together!

Pool get-2-gethers from June through September. I hope to plan some informal evening BYOB gatherings at the pool this summer. Stay tuned to your email for pop up fun. Wear swimsuits, dance, float around and watch the sun go down.

Ladies’ Luncheon

The May ladies’ luncheon will be on Monday, May 15th. It will be a brunch at 11:30 at 103 Begonia Lane. A signup sheet will be in the clubhouse.

Coffee with Friends

Coffee with Lady Friends will be held at two o’ clock pm on Thursday 25 May at the Governor’s Cafe 144 Kings Highway, Dover DE. Please RSVP to if you plan to attend or call 751-1133. I will make the group reservation. This will be the last afternoon Coffee as summer and pool weather is just around the corner. We may have Irish coffee at the pool some evening!


Horseshoes will begin again for May starting on May 3rd at 5 pm. Horseshoes will continue every Wednesday at the same time.

Bower’s Beach 5th Annual Buccaneer Bash – Arrrrrr

Save the date! Come one, come all to the Bowers Beach Maritime Museum’s 5th Annual Buccaneer Bash will be held on May 27th and 28th at Bowers Beach. The Bash starts at noon.


For older Americans Month, CHEER, Inc. is hosting and Observance Lunch Celebration on May 23rd at the CHEER Community Center at 20520 Sand Hill Road of US 9 east of Georgetown. Activities will take place from 10 – 2. Cost is $6 for those 60 and older. Entertainment will provided by the Jones Boys and DJ Sky Brady. Call Robin Greene at 515-3063.

The Dover Days Festival is an annual even

WHEN: Friday, Saturday and Sunday – May 5, 6 & 7, 2017 (84th annual)
WHERE: The Green,
55 the Green, Dover DE 19901
The Green is a National Monument.
(Kent County Delaware Festivals.)
DESCRIPTION: The annual Dover Days Festival celebrates Dover Delaware, the Capital City of the first state, its history, culture and the arts.
This event draws approximately 50,000 people and is the largest festival in Kent County DE. The Dover Days Festival is a jam-packed weekend with fun for the whole family including carnival rides, a Kids Zone, car show, more than 300+ artisans, crafters and food vendors, Maypole dancing, a huge parade, a pet parade, Revolutionary War, Civil War and World War II encampments, live music, fireworks Friday night, and more.