Fall means it's time for Oktoberfest

Well, it’s Sunday, Nov. 1. Did you remember to turn your clocks back an hour last night? Today is Oktoberfest at the Esplanade, where food, fun and music will be on the menu today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. This Greater Marco Family Y fundraiser is always very popular and well-attended. The Stratton Mountain Boys will be performing on the main stage starting at noon, and will play throughout the afternoon. I’ll be your host and emcee for the event. There will be a 50/50 raffle, a children’s play area and fun, fun, fun!

Only $5 gets you in the gate and kids 12 and under are free. Between 6 and 7 p.m. I’ll be playing the greatest dance oldies of all time, so make plans to attend the Oktoberfest this afternoon at the Esplanade, which is located on North Collier Blvd. on Maarco Island, just two miles from the Jolley Bridge.

I want to thank everyone who attended the farewell luncheon for Greater Marco Family YMCA Tennis Director Connie Kormanyos. The luncheon organizers, Carol Hillenbrand, Maureen Arzig and Joe Clark, did a great job in putting this event together. A special thank-you goes out to Mac Chaudhry and the Hilton Marco Island, for their support.

Another thank-you to all the children and adults who attended the Boo-tacular at the Y on Friday, and the cycle benefit and Parent/Junior Tennis Tournament held at the Y yesterday.

Sign-ups continue for two popular programs returning to the Y in November. The first is Learn to Play Mah Jongg. This four-week series for beginners is scheduled for every Monday in November from 12 noon to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $30 for members and $50 forothers. Registration and payment is required in advance. Call Dottie for more information at 394-3144, ext. 204.

The other program is Coed Basketball Fitness, Skills, Teamwork and Games. Learn from the pros, Scott Stewart and Roger Raymond, with assistants Andy Delgado and Dale Rod. Program fee is $40 member/$55 others, with late fee of $10 charged.

New classes also scheduled in November is Tai- Chi, Ai- Chi. This class will meet every second Sunday in November from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. at Miss Dottie’s Pool Pavilion and in the pool itself. The program is free to Y members and $10 for others.

It’s not too early to think about Thanksgiving Drop-In Days at the Y, scheduled for Nov. 25 and 27. Join us for this mini-camp from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost is only $20 for members and $25 for others.

Attention, all Black Friday shoppers. Drop your child off at the Y and catch those Black Friday deals. The date is Nov. 27, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fee schedule for 2-5-year-olds is $25 members/$30 others and for grades K-5 it’s $15 members/ $20 others.

Buy a chance on a Santee 100 Kayak. Only $10 a ticket and only 100 tickets will be sold. The drawing will take place when all the tickets are sold, available at the customer service desk.

Hope to see you at Oktoberfest this afternoon and at the Y! Thank-you for your support of the Greater Marco Family YMCA.

The Greater Marco Island Family YMCA provides this column to keep you the readers informed about the group. If your club or organization is interested in submitting a column or content, please contact Editor Bill Green at bgreen@marconews.com.

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