In The Villages

KC Theatrical Productions showcases talent

KC Theatrical Productions showcases talent

Story: Theresa Campbell Joan Knapton, the producer behind KC Theatrical Productions, loves to bring top Broadway shows to the local stage, and she’s now preparing for the October production of Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein” in The Villages. KC is an acronym for Knapton and Company. “I always produce the shows or direct them and have somebody with me, another director or a very strong choreographer.…
If it’s fun, it’s done in The Villages!

If it’s fun, it’s done in The Villages!

Story and Photos: Pat Jocelyn If you have seen the Blue Collar Comedy Tour—popular in the early 2000s and starring Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Engvall and Jeff Foxworthy—you know the majority of their comedy routines were based on some exaggerated form of real-life experiences. They were successful because everyone in the audience could relate to their jokes. Overbearing mothers-in-law, embarrassing bodily function mishaps, and…
Health and a long life to you

Health and a long life to you

“An old broom knows the dirty corners best.”  – Old Irish Proverb Story: Pat Jocelyn // Photo: fred lopez Irish proverbs usually make us smile or laugh, but often it’s those same sayings that carry within them some pretty sage advice. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I thought it appropriate to ask two Villagers, Ron and Colleen Froehlich, to choose one of several proverbs…
We cannot give what we do not have

We cannot give what we do not have

Like most folks in The Villages, when I think of Feb. 14, I think about love. It’s a time we celebrate loving relationships—relationships that sustain us and provide us with affection, companionship, devotion, joy, and pleasure. Story: Pat Jocelyn Villager and professional life coach Barbara Kenyon says we often forget to celebrate and dedicate ourselves to the most important love relationship of all—the one we…
Don’t put yourself in a pickle

Don’t put yourself in a pickle

Story: Pat Jocelyn About five years ago I thought I’d (excuse the pun) try my hand at pickleball. It was a match made in heaven and everything I loved about a competitive sport—fast, challenging and good exercise, and I was actually pretty good at it. I played for six months, and on a very warm, humid morning and after playing three games, though hot and…

It’s All About Choices

Story: Pat Jocelyn I’ve lived in The Villages for more than 10 years and have noticed something a little peculiar; some might say unsettling. There aren’t any cemeteries in our community. You’d also be hard pressed to find a funeral home. Sure, there are some of those businesses hugging the outskirts of The Villages like static-cling on a wool dress but none (to my knowledge)…
When Practicality Wins

When Practicality Wins

When I moved to The Villages 16 years ago, I was enamored with the Corvette Club. Mind you, I never owned a Corvette but I did love sports cars. A friend was always raving about the cool trips the club members took in their hot cars. Nevertheless, I continued to drive my boring, gray sedan for another 10 years. Last year, it was time to…
IN THE VILLAGES: Residents Helping Residents

IN THE VILLAGES: Residents Helping Residents

Story: Chris Gerbasi  Photo: Provided Most Villagers aren’t shy about speaking up on an issue. But finding the right person to listen may not be as easy for them. That’s where the Community Improvement Council comes in. The resident-run CIC works to turn Villagers’ ideas into reality by serving as a liaison to the developer of The Villages and local government. Residents created the CIC…
IN THE VILLAGES: Where Supernatural is Natural

IN THE VILLAGES: Where Supernatural is Natural

STORY: CHRIS GERBASI PHOTO: RON VANDEVANDER All things that go bump in the night are fair game for discussion at the Parapsychology Club of The Villages. Beware that after hearing some members’ tales, you may want to sleep with the lights on. Club leaders define parapsychology as “anything that falls outside the five senses.” “That allows us to talk about anything we want to,” says…
Celebrating Dad

Celebrating Dad

Like many Villagers, my father is no longer with me. But in my memories? Well, that’s another story. Decades ago, I was lucky enough to have my memory banks filled to overflowing with vignettes of picnics in the country, baseball games played in a nearby meadow, and tip-toeing around my father as he snored a Sunday afternoon away on the couch. My dad was a…
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