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RESORT UPDATE

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Williston Crossings is many things to many people.  It is often described as quiet as depicted in this recent photo of the grist mill pond.  But, behind the scenes there is a lot of activity.  A dedicated group of volunteers generously give their time and talents to maintain and improve the beauty and functionality of the resort.   We want to thank everyone who volunteered last season and throughout this summer. 

Following are a few of the more recent projects:

  • Installation of street signs, stop signs and one way signs
  • Installation of a pergola at the Activity Center garden entrance  
  • New privacy fence adjacent to the Maintenance Building
  • Grist Mill improvements with new counters, refinished picnic tables, benches and bars
  • Additional lockers in the Sewing Room
  • Installation of a 40’ POD storage container behind the Club House to consolidate and store activity decorations
  • When Hurricane Hermine came through everyone stepped up and helped clean up the debris. Thankfully the damage was minimal.

Many projects are planned for the 2016-17 season including the continued renovation of the railroad cars and the caboose.  Over the summer, the railroad cars were given a fresh look with paint in FEC Blue, Chattanooga Choo Choo Burnt Maroon and Chattanooga Choo Choo Green.  The transformation of the caboose is nearly finished.  Early this fall we will celebrate the opening of the caboose as a coffee, pastry and ice cream shop!  The menu is being developed, so expect to be pleasantly surprised!

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BREAKING NEWS!  New this season are rentals for either 1 week, 3 day or 4 day stays, in 1 and 2 bedroom units.  The usual restrictions apply such as no pets and no children during season.  (Exceptions may apply for family members of residents.)   Weekly rates range from $700 to $900; 3 day rates range from $400 to $500; and 4 day rates range from $500 to $600.   Call our office 352-528-7100 for details and to make your reservations.

These are only some of the changes at Williston Crossings.  Whether you are returning for the season or coming to stay with us for the first time, we are sure you will be pleased with the results.  As always, Williston Crossings is a destination to remember!

FALL IS HERE! CHANGE IS IN THE AIR!

Ready for something different?  The leaves aren’t the only thing changing.  We have listened to your comments and requests.  This season our activities will feature some favorites and many new types and styles of entertainment.  We hope you will enjoy the season’s lineup.  Some upcoming events for October, November and December are:

OCTOBER:

The season official starts Friday, October 28 with the return of FRIDAY PIZZA.  Who doesn’t love Herb & Roxane’s “made to order pizza”! 

Saturday, October 29 the talented ladies of “Mid-Life Crisis Entertainers” will perform at our annual HALLOWEEN DINNER DANCE.  Come in costume for your chance to win a prize! 

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Mid-Life Crisis Entertainers debuted at Williston Crossings late last Spring and received rave reviews calling for their return in October and again in January 2017 to reach our broader audience.  Be prepared to be entertained as they LOVE “all things music”…   They perform a variety of genres, ranging from Motown, country, big band, standards, jazz, 50’s, rhythm & blues and Broadway.  You won’t be disappointed!  Go to midlifecrisisentertainers.com for a sample of their sound. 

Monday, October 31 – HALLOWEEN!!  Join us for HALLOWEEN BINGO – the first Monday night bingo of the season.  Come in costume and you will receive an extra game sheet to play an additional game of your choice giving you more chances to win! 

NOVEMBER:

Meet and greet your neighbors at a WINE TASTING on Friday, November 18.  Bring a bottle of your favorite wine or beverage to share. 

Saturday, November 19 the annual HARVEST DINNER DANCE will feature the sounds of the Rebound Band.   The three members:  Steve Barlock on the guitar, Mark Smith (better known as Smitty) on the drums and Rufus Lee King on the keyboard have been playing in the Tampa area for over 20 years!  Rufus and Smitty hail from the Detroit, Michigan area.  Back by popular demand, Rebound performs a wide variety of music we all enjoy.

DECEMBER:

Saturday, December 17, the “FireCreek Band”, from Williston Florida, will perform for our HOLIDAY DINNER DANCE (formerly called Snowball Dance).  Help us welcome this hometown band at our homespun holiday celebration.  Band members include Erik Moore on keyboards, lead guitar, vocals, and saxophone; his son Danny Moore on lead guitar, vocals; Tommy Provau on bass guitar; and his son, Dustin Provau on drums.  FireCreek is a Top 40 country, southern and classic rock cover band.  Their unique style of music has entertained thousands in the North Central Florida area for years.

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On Saturday, December 31, NEW YEARS EVE prepare to be entertained with Bo Wagner’s Sinatra.  When Bo comes out on stage, people can’t believe their eyes. When Bo starts singing people can’t believe their ears. Always an incredible evening, Bo Wagner’s Sinatra Classics will entertain guests with that same smooth, heartwarming and confident presence inspired by “Old Blue Eyes” himself. 

These are just a few of the many activities we have planned for the season.  More details will follow once the season begins.  We are excited and hope we have sparked your interest!  

DON'T FORGET TO PACK...

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While you are packing to go to Williston Crossings this season, you might want to bring a few extra items…just in case!  We are planning new themed events such as a senior prom, talent show and country/western.  Costumes for the various holidays are always fun, and ladies, don’t forget those hats and attire for the Ladies Tea! 

Our decorating committee would like your help:

  • Dust off your high school senior pictures and wedding picture and bring them with you.  They will be returned to you after the events.
  • We would like to honor all military personnel and veterans again with our patriotic holiday tree.  For this project, please bring a copy of their photo no larger than 2x2 inches.  These cannot be returned.
  • Some of our holiday decorations have been around for so long we’re putting them out to pasture.  Your donation of any new or gently used Christmas decorations will be greatly appreciated.

TO MY FRIENDS AT WILLISTON CROSSINGS RV RESORT

In June, I unexpectedly lost my best friend and husband.  In the days since I have often reflected on everything that happened and have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of well wishes, thoughts and prayers from so many.  It has been amazing as Ed really thought he flew under the radar.  Perhaps my thoughts are best expressed in this poem shared by a dear friend. 

Perhaps you sent a lovely card, Or sat quietly in a chair.
Perhaps you sent a floral piece, If so I saw it there.
Perhaps you spoke the kindest words, As any friend could say.
Perhaps you were not there at all, Just thought of us that day.
Whatever you did to console my heart, I thank you so much, whatever the part.

For those who made a donation to the Williston Crossings Wood Shop in Ed’s memory, our family extends a special thank you as your donations continue the woodturning project Ed was so passionate about. 

                                                           Janet Clark