Beautifully written by Aspen Kern, Pickleball Forum:
I have spent nearly 12 years traveling around the country and playing Pickleball every chance I could find. I have made some realizations that I would like to share with you. Pickleball is a very unique sport for several reasons, at its core it is not about the strive for excellence, the motivation to achieve a higher rating or even about winning. For most people it is about filling a void. Having something positive to think about as we drift off to sleep at night. Seeing friends we have made and making new friends every time we play. Pickleball is about asking Nancy how her garage sale went, seeing if Fred’s surgery on his shoulder went well. Pickleball is about realizing without “you” there is no “me”. We need each other, our community thrives on friendship not medals. Sure, we like to talk about the latest paddle or that great return of serve we just hit, but what we really want is that ” connection” . The kind of connection you can only get when a group comes together under the disguise of a “sport”, a “religion” or a patriotic duty. At the end of the day Pickleball is a family, a family that is grateful for being part of a bigger thing. And an integral part of that bigger thing is a smaller thing, and that is in knowing that every time we step on the court we know someone has got our back. And that, my friend, is priceless. Yes indeed, we need each other !!
Easton Chamber Music Festival presents outstanding performances at the Immaculate Conception Church and the historic Oakes Ames Memorial Hall on June 28 – 30. Free admission.
The Easton Chamber Music Festival comes back to Easton for the 4th season. Our renowned international faculty members perform magnificent Schubert’s Octet in the concert on Friday, June 28 at 7:30pm at the Immaculate Conception Church, 193 Main St. The second concert features chamber music by Devienne, Moszkowski, and Dvorak, and is on Saturday, June 29 at 7:30pm at Oakes Ames Memorial Hall, 3 Barrows St. The ECMF students perform in a showcase on Sunday, June 30 at 3pm at OAMH. All concerts are free. ECMF is supported in part by a grant from Easton, Brockton, Norton, and Sharon Cultural Councils, by the generosity of Oakes Ames Memorial Hall, Shovel Town Cultural District Performance and Event Center, Mansfield Bank, and members of local communities.
For more information see eastonchambermusicfestival
Sun City Grand is getting recognition as one of the top adult communities in the nation.
Retirement lifestyle website 55places.com ranked Sun City Grand ninth on its recently released “Most Popular Active Adult Communities of 2019” list.
That’s a 12-spot job for Sun City Grand since last year’s list. It’s the seventh year in a row the site has conducted the list, finding On Top of the World in Ocala, Florida, as the top community.
Sun City came in 11th on the list, while Sun City was finished 16th. Sun City Festival in Buckeye was one spot behind.
The study based its ranking on user feedback and their comments. The editors wrote “Sun City Grand features a bountiful lineup of amenities, social activities and golf courses.”
One person commented how “I’ve made more friends than I have time for.”
The study found Surprise is tied for second-most adult communities with three. Only Ocala has more with four. In all, Arizona’s 17 active adult communities is second in the nation only to Florida’s 40.
Other communities in the top five include Latitude Margaritaville (Daytona Beach, Florida), Solivita (Kissimmee, Florida), Sun City Hilton Head (Bluffton, South Carolina) and The Villages (The Villages, Florida).
“We help prospective homebuyers find the community where they can imagine their every day coming alive— meeting new friends, finding a fulfilling hobby, enjoying amenities, and experiencing an enriched lifestyle,” said Todd Warshauer, vice president of sales for 55places.com. “But we also know that decision does not come easy. No matter the interest or requirement, there’s an option, and this list of preferred communities is a good place to start.”
The Easton Pickleball Club, started in 2014, continue to have fun and enjoy great exercise 3 days a week through the winter at ForeKicks in Taunton. In this photo, former Oliver Ames girls tennis coach, Claire Planeta, teamed up this week with pickleball whiz Joseph, grandson of Marty, one of our other active players.
Stay tuned for some exciting news about improved and expanded pickleball at the Union Villa field…
If anyone wants to know more about pickleball or is interested in playing, let me know…