Thursday, January 27, 2022

Newcomers Celebrate Halloween With Fun, Frivolity & Friendship

Photos by Jodi Pree | Costume winners, from left: Jaye Spencer, Michele Senda, Caitlyn Robinson, and Jan Zilch.

Five years ago, I was announced as a new member of Newcomers of Marco Island and experienced my very first Newcomers Halloween Luncheon, where I was in awe of the club’s sense of whimsy and camaraderie. This month, I was sad to experience my last one. You see, to be a member of Newcomers of Marco Island, one must be a resident of Marco Island, Isles of Capri, or Goodland, but after five years in Newcomers, you must leave (“spin out”) and become a part of Just Friends. October’s meeting marked the last time I would see the A&E groups parade in their themed costumes, which they secretly plan throughout the summer and ceremoniously reveal at this annual club tradition. The Hideaway Banquet Room erupted in uproarious laughter as the ladies paraded the room. This year, the ladies’ creativity was astounding, making it difficult for the judges to choose winners. The wide array of costumes included: a rollercoaster, beauty contestants, butterflies, sunflowers, a surgical center, and Carmen Miranda lookalikes.

2018 Newcomers Halloween Costume Winners included:

  • Best A&E Costume: Sea Gals as a rollercoaster.
  • Classiest: Michele Senda as Carmen Miranda.
  • Cutest: Caitlyn Robinson as beauty contestant, “Sex on the Beach.”
  • Most Creative: Jan Zilch as beauty contestant, “Happy Hooker.”
  • Honorable Mention: Jaye Spencer as a nurse at the Island Girls Surgical Center.

Life is hard. Life is serious…but, oh, our girlfriends keep us young. They help us find the fun, especially when we have lost it. They remind us to keep smiling, to keep going on, and to get out there…and most importantly, they stay by our side every step of the way. Newcomers is women supporting women through friendship. If you are new to the island or are simply interested in meeting a great group of women to connect with, I strongly encourage you to attend a luncheon and meet the Newcomers.

Guests are welcome to attend the Welcome Back Luncheon and Fashion Show “Take a Walk on the Wild Side” held on November 14 at Hideaway Beach Club featuring the latest fashions from Beach Daisy, Patchington and Tonga, along with a jewelry exhibit by Kathein Jewelers of Marco. Reservations are required to attend.

For more information about joining Newcomers of Marco Island, contact Debbie Kelly at 732-915-6318 or Camilla Sawick at 847-302-9231. To make luncheon reservations or for more information about attending a Newcomers luncheon, held on the second Wednesday of every month at Hideaway Beach Club, contact Susan Wolfe at 812-499-7301.

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