PECAN PLANTING WICKS

Originally from Mississippi, transplanted to Texas for 28 years, Diane Long is a wife, mother and English teacher who wrote Pecan Plantation Bits for a total of 15 years. She spends her time gathering neighborhood news and teaching students how to avoid the passive voice.

The Pecaners celebrated America’s birthday a day earlier on Sunday, July 3 when its annual parade lined up at the Nutcracker clubhouse and made its way to the Pecan clubhouse with great fanfare. Our community’s emergency service vehicles (topped by Pecan’s youngest residents) led the way, followed by golf carts, bicycles and festively decorated antique cars. Residents of the Pecan Equine Center completed the procession, and a flyover by Pecan riders added to the fun.

The parade took a victory lap around the clubhouse circle where live music was in full swing, food prepared by clubhouse staff was available for purchase, members of the Pecan’s Community Garden led games of Carnival style and people from the Tennis Association were serving snow cones and Popcorn. A full pool with a lively disc jockey completed the evening. Friends and neighbors danced, visited and enjoyed the fabulous atmosphere of camaraderie that the Pecan Plantation provides for holiday gatherings.

GOLF TIME

Pecan’s Ladies Golf Association play begins Tuesday, July 12 with an 8:30 a.m. tee time, and Men’s Golf Association play begins Thursday, July 14 in the same manner. Contact the Golf Pro Shop for complete golf game information: 817-573-2645.

ART ENCOUNTER

The Pecan Plantation Art Guild will gather for their next meeting on Tuesday, July 12 at 10:30 a.m. at the PAC. Pecan residents ages 18 and older are invited to join the day for arts affairs followed by a program on criticism presented by Beth Eschbach.

BREAKFAST CLUB

The hugely popular Pecan Breakfast Club will meet again on Wednesday, July 13 at 9 a.m. at the Pecan Pavilion when guests will hear JM and Michele Simmonds discuss family and home care options. All Pecans are welcome, and reservations are requested by noon Tuesday, July 12: 817-573-2641.

SUMMER PLEASURES

“Let’s Sing and Act” comes to PAC from Monday, July 11 through Friday, July 15 with two classes (one for participants ages 6-11 and the other for ages 12-18) with instructor Rebecca Faiola. Participants will study musical theatre, singing styles, learn monologue coaching and practice improvisation. Registration is required: 817-573-7952.

THEATER TIME

The Missoula Children’s Theater made its inaugural appearance at Pecan in the summer of 2013, and every year since then has anticipated the arrival of this group.

Summer 2022 will see the MCT team begin preparation for “The Emperor’s New Clothes” on Monday, July 18 with two performances on Saturday, July 23. Students in grades 1 through 12 are invited to participate. Registration for auditions is done at the PAC.

WOMEN’S CLUB

The Pecan Plantation Woman’s Club will be holding its next Chit Chat Luncheon on Thursday, July 21 and reservations are due by noon on Friday, July 15. Reserve a spot by contacting Gerta Howell at [email protected] or 817-964-3139. Ladies can also visit www.myppwc.com to complete membership renewal for the 2022-2023 club year.

GREAT CATCH

The annual Pecan Children’s Fishing Tournament was a great success with 39 participants enjoying a great morning of fishing. Congratulations to all of the winners, especially big fish title holder Jackson McGee who won an ugly stick fishing rod. Thank you to everyone who facilitated and participated in this fun summer event.

INTERNATIONAL CONNECTION

Pecan resident Ross Carnes is a zone coordinator for Greenheart Exchange Organization and called this week to bring the exciting news that the residents of Pecan Plantation are hosting two young women from Greenheart for a few weeks this summer.

Ross and his wife Mary (a retired teacher) took a student into their home years ago at the request of their then high school age daughter. The experience was positive, and after Ross retired from his career as an insurance executive, he began working with Greenheart placing students in the metroplex, a role he has held for 13 years.

Ross has placed approximately 120 students from around the world, most of whom live in the United States for an academic year, but some placements are short-term. Students attend local high schools while they improve their English and learn about American culture. Host families provide accommodation and three meals a day; students pay for all their personal experiences.

Ross and Mary and the young woman they hosted from Germany still stay in touch. In fact, Ross and Mary are celebrating 50 years of marriage in 2022, and when they embark on a road trip later this year with their children and grandchildren in honor of the milestone, their student and her husband will join them.

If people would like to discuss further with Ross about hosting an exchange student, they can contact him at [email protected] or 817-874-2459.

SYMPATHY

Our deepest condolences go out to the family of Jim Sauernheimer, who passed away on June 1.

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