Wednesday, January 16, 2019
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20181227 Stroll Southern Oasis BenO Judy n Ken Boyle 3For the second year in a row, residents of Southern Oasis in Mission participated in a Christmas Stroll. It was a time for neighbors to get out and greet one another and meet new residents, while renewing acquaintances with old friends.

From 4 to 6 p.m. five residents opened their homes to host the other residents of the subdivision as they made their way to the five houses to greet their hosts and friends and to sample goodies provided by the hosts.

My first stop was at the home of Robert and Kay Sutten from Michigan, who have only been in the subdivision for three months. The home was definitely ready for Christmas with all kinds of decorations including a Christmas village.

“This is awesome... a great way for us to meet our new neighbors,” said Kay who had prepared a feast to be sampled by visitors. The entire bar was filled with treats such as bacon-wrapped chestnuts, Swedish meatballs, dips and chips and all kinds of other goodies. Her kitchen cabinet had a plethora of Christmas cookies and treats to be sampled.

20181227 Stroll Southern Oasis BO Robert n Kay Sutten 1Inside visitors munched on plates of goodie and looked around at her Christmas decorations. Outside on the patio a variety of drinks were available as other neighbors took their plates enjoyed the warm afternoon that was perfect for the stroll.

My second stop was at the home of Ken and Judy Boyle where their collection of Santas greeted visitors like Robin Premus who was all lit up with a string of Christmas lights around her neck.

The Boyles have been in the Valley 16 years and are in their third year of residency in Southern Oasis. They served guests who gathered inside and on their patio novelty drinks and hors oeuvres.

Next door, Donna Horcher hosted for her second year in a row, serving her famous jalapeno margaritas. Served with crackers, dips and smoked salmon, Horcher had guests who settled in for a long visit.

Kathy and Gary Cavallin, of Minnesota, were the next hosts. They have been in Southern Oasis three years. Kathy had a spread crackers, dips and hors oeuvres that also included bacon-wrapped chestnuts Delicious! They must be a northern treat at Christmas because this Southern girl had never had them before.

Out on their patio DuWayne Baughman and friends were commenting on what a nice event the stroll was because they seldom see their neighbors. “This is a fantastic way to meet everyone” said Baughman.

The last stop of the night included Ed and Mary Wells, of Texas, with Bob and Kay Mocha, of Iowa, as hosts. The Wells have been in Southern Oasis four years while the Mochas have been there five years.

Because they were further away from the other homes, it looked as if everyone had saved them for the last stop and the party went into overtime for the stroll but no one seemed to mind.

They had the garage and set up with tables for people to sit and eat. There were a variety of foods and lots of drinks, including soft drinks, beer and mimosas available. Mary made a Christmas tree of a cheese dip covered with olives for bulbs that was delicious! Not to be outdone, Kay made a quickly disappearing mountain of peanut clusters, her signature Christmas candy.

For some like Sam and C.J. Rodio, it was their first stroll and the first time they met many of the residents. For others who regularly get together in the club and participate in many of the activities, it was just another great way to get together with friends.

Residents are already looking forward to the 2019 stroll.

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