Wauchula, FL - Events of Wednesday, January 25 to Sunday, January 29, 2017
Every year the SKP Co-op has a 5-day event called Cracker Capers that consists of fun, food, and fund-raising. The event was held January 25th to the 29th this year. The name for the event comes from the fact the co-op is located right along the old Cracker Trail that we told you about in our last post.
Cracker Capers kicked off last Wednesday evening with a spaghetti dinner followed by music and dancing. We decided not to go the dinner because we had just eaten out the day before at Giovanni's with Roger and Paula. Not only that, but Paul doesn't dance because he has two left feet.
Thursday was game day with shuffleboard and corn hole tournaments outside during the morning and early afternoon.
We signed up for corn hole. Although we didn't do very well (we were eliminated in the first round), we had fun. In the photo below, Margery is demonstrating how to control your throw after it leaves your hand with your tongue.
There was a break in the games at noon for a soup and salad lunch. The games continued in the early afternoon, and they finished up just in time for a late afternoon performance of the Glad Hatters. The Glad Hatters is a Vaudville-style troupe of senior citizens who perform under the umbrella of a community theater in Sebring called the Highlands Little Theater. The Glad Hatters sing old, and we do mean old, songs and perform humorous skits. Even though the skits are a little corny, some of the gags were hilarious. We thoroughly enjoyed the performance.
The festivities continue on Thursday evening with Casino Night at the clubhouse featuring games like penny-ante poker and Black Jack. We aren't big fans of games of chance so we skipped Casino Night. Instead, we went out to eat. We liked Giovanni's so much when we were there two days prior with Roger and Paula we went back. This time Margery had a small pizza ($7.99) with sausage and mushrooms ($.50 extra for each), and Paul had an Italian sub ($6.99). Everything was delish!
Early on Friday afternoon, awards were presented to winners of the games of the previous day. The awards were followed by an auction where members bid on food items (mostly baked goods) made and donated by other members. Proceeds of the auction go to the activity committee, which uses the funds to help make improvements around the co-op and to offset some of the expense of various dinners and entertainment events. Since the auction is for a good cause, bids tend to go up pretty high pretty fast.
We made and donated two batches of hickory-smoked mac and cheese for the auction. We were pleased the mac and cheese sold for a good price.
The co-op's big yard sale was scheduled to start bright and early on Saturday morning. The activity committee collects items donated by members and stores them until the time of the yard sale. They call it a yard sale even though it was held indoors because up until last year, it was held outside. Last year, they moved the sale into the clubhouse at the last minute due to threatening weather. Having the sale indoors worked so well, they decided to do it again this year.
Paul stuck around after the auction to help set up for the sale. There was so much stuff! Fortunately, there was lots of help, and it only took about an hour or so to get all of it out of the various places where it was being stored and into the clubhouse.
We headed down to the clubhouse on Saturday morning to check out the sale and were surprised by the large turnout. The committee obviously did a good job of publicizing the event to the community and to neighboring RV parks.
Paul got excellent prices on several garden tools at the sale. We passed on the plastic skeleton.
The finale to Cracker Capers was Big Bingo on Sunday evening. The co-op has bingo every week, but Big Bingo has significantly larger pots thanks to a contribution by the activity committee. We don't enjoy bingo so we stayed home and relaxed.
After a very busy week, we're looking forward to getting back to a routine, getting back to our projects, and possibly doing some sightseeing. Stay tuned.