Rock 'n Soul Artist, Billy Buchanan
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September Rock 'n Soul Artist Billy Buchanan

The Lynnhaven Ladies gathered at Churchill Street Recreation Center on Thursday, September 8th, to enjoy getting together with friends and some rock, soul & blues music.

We were welcomed by Kathy Pumphrey and Kitty Brown offering us wrapped chocolates. Stationed inside the door, Kathy Morey was there to accept memberships and guests. Around the corner, Pam Geuss and her friend from Winifred, Doris Zackheim, were selling 50/50 tickets. After we'd gotten our tickets, we found a place to sit and and some friends to greet.


Kathy Pumpfrey welcomed everyone and reminded us to get our 50/50 tickets before Pam closed it down to determine the amount each drawing winner would receive. Kathy was standing in for Sue Peregrine and Mel Gray, who were both on vacation. Since we aren't going to have desserts anymore, we'll have 15 more minutes to finish our lunches and chat with friends.

Kathy welcomed us again and opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. She then asked Karol Clark to give her Treasurer's report. After income and expenses, the club has $2,711 in its coffers. In addition, Gary Kadow sent the club a thank you note for the club's and member's donations of peanut butter & jelly, as well as cash donations totaling $516 back in June. Our donations to Project SOS-Support Our Soldiers, Inc. help feed children of veterans living in the Ocala National Forest who are not receiving school lunches during the summer months.

Next on the agenda was Kathy Morey, reporting that we had three new members and one returning member at the meeting. She introduced each one and they told us a little about themselves. Welcome, Ladies! Joann Thibault called our attention to the fliers and envelopes on the tables. It is for next month's Sloppy Joe's luncheon with The Thrillers. We'll have Sloppy Joes, Potato Salad, Green Beans, Lettuce Salad & Cookies for dessert... all for just $5. Covid has decimated the club's funds and we need money to pay for our programs going into 2023, and we still want to be able to donate to our charities near the end of the year. Guests are welcome for $7 each... still a bargain. Put your money in the envelopes provided and drop them off on the table on your way out. After today, put your money in an envelope with your and your guest's names on the outside and drop it off at Sue Peregrine's at 938 Chester Court in the Southern Oaks Villas. Please do that by Saturday, October 8th, so we know how many to prepare for.

Kathy Giles reported that Helping Hands sent out one card and provided 10 meals. She thanked Ev Comstock, Karan Dagan & Mary Kay Willa for so generously making those meals. If you can provide a meal for a woman needing a helping hand (e.g., just getting out of the hospital or after surgery), please call Kathy at 352-750-5117. You can also call Kathy if you know of a member who is sick or who has lost someone; Kathy will contact them to see if they need anything. Kathy Pumphrey, who arranges for our entertainments, reminded us that we'll have The Thrillers with Bonnie Stein in October, The Village Chicks in November, and The Villages Elementary Choir in December. With that, she introduced today's entertainment, Billy Buchanan, the ambassador of Rock 'n Soul. When she mentioned that he was from Ohio, some cheers went up. Billy acknowledged that there were some fellow Buckeyes among the group.

Billy started off on a slow note, singing a Nat King Cole hit, "Love Was Made for Me and You," then Sinatra's "The Way You Look Tonight." We were mellow, then he upped the beat and went into the audience with "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours," stopping to sing a phrase or two to specific ladies.

A sure way to get us up to dance here in The Villages is a line dance, so he sang "Mustang Sally," followed by "Twist and Shout." An Elvis song, "Only Fools Rush In," was next, then something a little more contemporary, "Uptown Funk" and "You're a Good Girl." He didn't know what to expect when Wanda Supple got up to dance and honed in on him.

Next was the "Cupid Shuffle" which got some ladies back up on the dance floor. He did the Righteous Brothers classic "Unchained Melody" before asking for requests. If he had the music with him, he'd try to sing it. The "Happy" song had been requested, so he found the music and sang it.

To bring it down a bit, he sang "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay," without the whistling, though he proved he could whistle. Another classic was Etta James' "At Last." No matter what he sang, we sang along with him. Lucky for him (and us all), we didn't have microphones... he did. Billy switched to a fun song next, Louis Prima's "I Ain't Got Nobody." before his time with us was coming to an end.

Sadly, our time with Billy was coming to a close. His parting song was a hit by the iconic Satchmo, Louis Armstrong, "What a Wonderful World." It was a perfect ending to a wonderful afternoon, which earned Billy a standing ovation, again. But the afternoon wasn't over yet. We still had the 50/50 drawings to go, so we got out our tickets. Kathy had someone pick the first winning ticket, and Pam read the number. Waiting... yes, we have a winner! The winner picked the next winning ticket, then the final ticket. Each of these lucky ladies got $20.

Congratulations to our lucky winners. For the rest of us, better luck next time. (It could happen....)

A BIG Thank You to Billy Buchanan for the great afternoon of fun and music. If you'd like Billy for another group, you can call 352-626-4147 or go to his website at https://www.billybuchanan.org/ and click on Contact. You can also check his Calendar to see where he'll be appearing next, like The Legacy Restaurant at Nancy Lopez (Sept. 22nd, 5:00 p.m.), at Havana Country Club Restaurant (Sept. 23rd & 26th, 5:00 p.m.), or head down to Brownwood Paddock Square (Sept. 29th, 5:00 9:00 p.m.), as Billy mentioned.


Another fun afternoon with the gals. See you in the fall....


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