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    Field Trip to Ravine Gardens State Park in Palatka

    Have you ever seen 18 different varieties of azaleas in bloom? Now is your chance. We are going to visit the Ravine Gardens State Park and walk through a piece of beautiful history. This is one of the nine New Deal projects done in Florida by the WPA in the 1930s to put people to work during the Depression.  

    “In 1933, Palatka, like most other communities in the U.S., was amid the Great Depression. Local paving contractor, Thomas Byrd Gillespie saw what he described as a “prosperous community transformed by a depression into a section having many actually hungry and in dire distress. He recognized that tourism was becoming an important economic force in Florida, noting that that several parts of Florida were attracting hundreds of visitors where they “had something worthwhile for them to stop and see.” Out of this observation, the concept of Ravine Gardens was formed. The gardens were officially opened on July 4, 1933. At the time over 270,000 plants were planted in the formal gardens and along the slopes of the ravines.”  

    A 1.8 mile paved road winds through the park offering great views of the ravines and the many plantings. The park has bike and hiking trails, camping, boating, cabins, picnic areas and meeting rooms, but we are here to see the Azaleas. This is the peak season for the hundreds of azaleas left and it should be gorgeous. 

    We’ll meet by the Deercreek pool at 9am to form carpools. It costs $5 per car to enter and we need to go through the park on foot, so wear comfortable shoes . Then we will drive over to have lunch at Corky Bell’s at Gator Landing, overlooking the St. Johns River.  http://www.corkybellsseafood.com/">http://www.corkybellsseafood.com/">http://www.corkybellsseafood.com/

    Please let Brenda Edwards know you are coming so she can make reservations at the restaurant (629-0133).Membership questions? Ask Julie Howell at 519-8005

  • Women in History – Georgia O’Keeffe

    Tuesday, January 28, 2020
    10:00:00 AM
    at Deercreek Country Club

    When Ruth Pangrace came to Deercreek last February to portray Eleanor Roosevelt, we didn’t know what to expect other than she is Jan Malick’s sister and looks just like her. But she transformed herself into Eleanor Roosevelt before our eyes and held the room spellbound as she told stories and made history come alive to us. Ruth is a former teacher and has been part of the Women in History organization in Ohio for twenty years, portraying ten different notable American women. And she is really good at what she does!

    When I heard she was going to be bringing Georgia O’Keeffe to us, all I could recall was that Georgia was famous for painting BIG flowers, cow skulls in the desert and the mountains of Santa Fe, New Mexico. So, I googled her. Wow. Ruth has a lot of interesting choices of things to share with us! Georgia was born in Wisconsin, but she didn’t stay there! She studied art in Chicago and New York City and taught in S Carolina and Texas, moving through different styles: realism, abstraction, modernity shown in the NYC skyscraper series and flowers. BIG flowers. In 1929 she moved to Santa Fe, traveling extensively throughout the world, but always coming back to the NM desert scenes. In 1972, due to macular degeneration, she painted her last ‘unassisted’ painting but could still see in her mind what she wanted to put on paper.

    I don’t know what Ruth will choose to show us, but it will be fascinating and will teach us that Georgia O’Keeffe did many, many more things than just having her ’Red Poppy’ put on a stamp in 1996! Put this on your calendar and invite your friends. The meeting is open to all.

    And while you are at your calendar, go to March 31 and write 'Home and Garden Club Fashion Show'. It is always wonderful and always a sell-out, so be sure to contact Julia Watkins as soon as we tell you the tickets are available. More information will follow.

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    Holiday Open House

    Tuesday December 10th 
    3 – 6pm

    Barbara Smith has graciously opened her home at 7804 Blakeford Mill Lane for our annual Holiday Open House.  Take the second right after the Guard House and then the first right into her cul-de-sac.  This is a great way to start the holiday season with festive decorations, no agenda and no work assignments.  The Deercreek Elves will again provide a gorgeous spread of drinks, hors d’oeuvres and desserts so that you can sit and relax with friends before the holiday rush begins in earnest.  Come anytime between 3 pm and 6 pm and stay as long as you wish.  There is no need to RSVP.  You might pick up some decorating tips or snack ideas for your own parties!
    In Deercreek, we celebrate many different holidays from many different cultures during this season and we are blessed with the diversity and caring between all our neighbors and friends here. So put on your holiday outfit and come along for a lovely afternoon of food and fun.

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