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Old 10-19-2013, 02:41 PM
 
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I think it's safe to say most do, I'm sure others will chime in but always best to visit to get a feel for the individual communities. We're in FL too, our clubhouse has various poker, bridge, pinochle, mah jongg groups, hand & foot card games - there's monthly pizza & wings nites (there's an optional dice game almost everyone plays at their tables, very fast and easy to learn) - every holiday seems to be celebrated somehow at the clubhouse and it's fun - there's also the red hats, a rubber stamp club, a sewing group - not to mention an exercise room, a library, 2 pools (1 heated and 1 not), tennis etc. There's prob. other activities that I forgot to mention. Have noticed that some socialize outside the community too which I think is great - you can get in a rut only hanging out w/ your neighbors etc - you can join as much as you want or as little as you want. We have no golf course here but there's plenty around.

Curious what's going on in other communities - other ideas are always good.
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Old 10-19-2013, 06:40 PM
 
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Default Mah Jongg, Poker, etc.

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Hi --we are currently looking for an over 55 community in Delaware . Do any of your communities have people playing Mah Jongg & poker games? What other social things do you do? We are New Yorkers currently living in Florida. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
Hi, mlang5! I've been off the site for several days and it looks like you haven't had much luck re. your question... so let me toss in $.02. One of my neighbors wanted SO much to find others to play MJ with her but had little luck until she found the Modern Maturity Center not far from us. (We live at Nobles Pond.) She was still relatively new to the game, so even took some lessons to help her hone her skills. There, she met others who play and now plays outside the community. I believe, however, that she's found 2 or 3 others here at NP who were interested and have now learned enough from her to go with her to the games. First thing you know, there just may be regular games here as we continue to grow.

As for Poker, there are games at the clubhouse twice/week. There is also Canasta which is sometimes played in residents' homes and other times played at the clubhouse. Monday night is Game Night where some play Rummikub (aka, Rummy-Q, Rummy Cube, Tile Rummy and other names) while others may play Sequence or other board or card games. (Mind you, there are other game nights that just kind of form spontaneously, but Monday is the "official" game night. Thursday is 'semi-official', along with Poker and Billiards.) On Monday afternoon, there is bowling (not league... just fun) and Sunday afternoons, it's Bocce. One Friday night each month is reserved for Bingo (cash prizes).

Other social events include a monthly Pot Luck. Sometimes, it's just that; other times, there may be a theme. Next month, for example, is Soup Night since that chill in the air is staying this time around. (Of course, there will be salads and breads too.) One night a week, some of us just randomly meet-up and go out to dinner. One day/week, is Crafts day. And about once/quarter, we have the Battle of the Sexes. We currently stand at Men-2, Women-1, but we'll tie it up next time. Then there are the usual calendar-driven parties as well as occasional day trips, less-frequent overnight trips and such.

Hope that helps!

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Old 10-19-2013, 09:07 PM
 
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Hey Jude, curious about the Battle of the SExes is, is it board games or physical - ? Sounds nice, always looking for different ideas. I like the Soup / Chili idea too but not sure if it would go over here in FL given that it's so hot most of the time, I always have to smile when the servers at the nearby BOb Evans rest. ask if we want to buy their soup (take out). WIsh we had craft days here as I used to enjoy doing that, I also like the idea of spontaneously going out to eat occ. w/ neighbors, we've done that but as we're relative newcomers, a lot of ppl seem to be involved in ongoing friendships which is understandable. And like you said, a lot of times the games carry over to the homes (Mah jongg). Played bocce a few times as a kid and I think they have it here but basically I forgot about it and will have to look into it, I did enjoy it back in the day, good reminder! Actually I think they're open to most suggestions (hopefully anyway).

There's also a series of classes at the clubhouse on various red or white wines (and champagnes) - from France, N IT, S IT, Germany, Austria, US, Calif, Australia etc - also dessert wines - it's interesting and you pay a nominal amount each time and you get a taste of about 5 diff. kinds of wines - someone usually buys cheese and crackers to complement the wine and it's kind of neat (they also show a fairly short movie about the kind of wine featured that nite (usually about 5 samples in smallish plastic glasses). And there's no obligation to attend every class, they post in advance in the monthly newsletter what's going to be featured and I think it's also posted in the clubhouse sign-up sheet - we've been interested in some and uninterested in others or out of town and I think once we just forgot after signing up, duh (gotta check our calendars more than we do!)), it seems to be a popular thing and I think has lasted for months (maybe meets every 3-4 wks at the clubhouse).

FOrgot to mention that there's a once a month optional Koffee Klatch which is nice - you have to sign up in advance so they have an idea how much to buy - and they pass around a jar for donations - usually the main table has bagels (butter, cr. cheese) and donuts and there's a couple of toasters right there too (you help yourself) - there's coffee and juices there too - and usually one of the men makes pancakes (no bacon yet, darn!) - it's a good way to mingle w/ ppl who may not go to the other activities.

Have learned that ppl are verrry punctual to most of these events - esp. the Koffee Klatch and PIzza / Wings nite which are very popular - you really have to get there a bit early or on time or risk missing out, lol (well, I dont know anyone who went hungry but will just say, get there on time!)

PS THe Pizza / WIngs nite is a good way to try diff. kinds of pizza that you might not ordinarily try, ie veg. pizza, white pizza w/ spinach, I think they even had a meatloaf pie once that went in the blink of an eye, lol - and they always have serve salad too - also usually dessert (something simple, cookies and/or cake etc) - and usually there's a raffle w/ 3 inexpensive money prizes (they sell tickets which makes it fun, again no obligation but I think most ppl buy the tickets)

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Old 10-20-2013, 06:20 PM
 
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Thanks so much for your info. We may be up in a few weeks. I wish i knew your e-mail. Thanks again.
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Old 12-13-2013, 04:23 PM
 
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An update on Spring Arbor, a 55 plus community in Middletown. We now have approximately 170 homes occupied. There are 310 total lots that have been approved. We now have two of our residents on the board. Building new homes is at an all-time high. Prospective home owners now sometimes have to make appointments to see one of the sales people. Amazing.

We are celebrating our fourth year here on January 1st. Having moved from the suburbs of NY City, we weren't sure that we could adjust to living in DE. We quickly learned that there was no reason to be concerned. We now have many friends here. We share many activities together. Right now, my wife and another woman are working on a very complex jigsaw puzzle and I can see that this will go on all winter.

My wife (attempts) to bowl, does line dancing and takes lessons, is planning for us to take couples dancing lessons beginning in January, and has figured out how we can go on a cruise in a couple of weeks. I play golf in the warm weather and generally play poker and read in colder weather. In case you didn't know, legal gambling on-line is now provided by the three casinos in the state through an arrangement with the state. You can play poker, 21, slots, etc.

We have a new movie theater opening in a couple of weeks. Twelve screens, latest and best sound system anywhere, extra comfortable seats, a special theater space for 3D movies, and room for 1200 vehicles. In an area near the theater, we will soon be seeing construction on new restaurants, retail spaces, condos, and who knows what else.

To say that Middletown is growing does not adequately explain the nature of the growth. With Amazon's distribution center and 74 truck bays, we all thought that the trucks would tie up traffic. In fact, we never see the trucks. They send them out at night. However, we are not keeping up with the results of the growth, i.e., increased cars and pickups (does everyone own one in DE ?) on roads meant for less traffic. So we locals have had to learn the local shortcuts so we can get out to Route 1, 3 1/2 miles, in ten minutes, for example. I'll give you the latest traffic times from Middletown if you drive five-ten miles over the speed limit: downtown Newark: 20 minutes up Route 896 across Old Baltimore Pike to Route 72 N. Christiana Mall- non holiday is about 20-25 minutes using Route one. The Delaware bridge is 30 minutes easy. Dover is 30 minutes using Route 1.

I'll only take a minute on this but the hunting and fishing in DE is excellent if you know where to go and how to do it. Obviously, salt water fishing is huge since we are a peninsula with water
everywhere. Fresh water fishing requires some knowledge of where to go, when and what to use; no different than any other place. Hunting is very popular, especially in the southern parts of the state. You need to know how to do it, where to go, and a considerable amount of information re. hunting in DE.

That's it for now. For questions, feel free to email me at drnorman123@gmail.com.
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Old 01-09-2014, 06:28 AM
 
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To say that Middletown is growing does not adequately explain the nature of the growth. With Amazon's distribution center and 74 truck bays, we all thought that the trucks would tie up traffic. In fact, we never see the trucks. They send them out at night. However, we are not keeping up with the results of the growth, i.e., increased cars and pickups (does everyone own one in DE ?) on roads meant for less traffic. So we locals have had to learn the local shortcuts so we can get out to Route 1, 3 1/2 miles, in ten minutes, for example. I'll give you the latest traffic times from Middletown if you drive five-ten miles over the speed limit: downtown Newark: 20 minutes up Route 896 across Old Baltimore Pike to Route 72 N. Christiana Mall- non holiday is about 20-25 minutes using Route one. The Delaware bridge is 30 minutes easy. Dover is 30 minutes using Route 1.

I'll only take a minute on this but the hunting and fishing in DE is excellent if you know where to go and how to do it.


All of the same amenities you mention are available here at Roesville with the exception of the traffic and noise. Dover is about 30 minutes with shopping, activities, and restaurants. Also, Camden/Wyoming and or Milford (a lovely walking town) are within 10-15 minutes. There are grocery stores, doctors, dentists, Walmarts, Lowe's, good restaurants, a hospital, etc. close by, too. We are about a 40 minute drive to the outlet stores in Lewes. Roesville is located in a more rural area. We have been able to watch nature at its best, including deer, foxes, snow geese, and a 5 minute drive will take you to Killen's Pond State Park. We moved here specifically to get away from the rush, rush, traffic, etc.
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Old 01-09-2014, 08:25 AM
 
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Goin'2DE...

May I ask how's the driving say is in the winter over there by you? Is it manageable or are you in terror when you pull out on the white stuff???...;-)....Or if I can go a bit further in the entire state itself? Personally, I have no knowledge of what it's like to drive on the roads in Del itself during the winter months. Thanks!
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Old 01-09-2014, 02:44 PM
 
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To say that Middletown is growing does not adequately explain the nature of the growth. With Amazon's distribution center and 74 truck bays, we all thought that the trucks would tie up traffic. In fact, we never see the trucks. They send them out at night. However, we are not keeping up with the results of the growth, i.e., increased cars and pickups (does everyone own one in DE ?) on roads meant for less traffic. So we locals have had to learn the local shortcuts so we can get out to Route 1, 3 1/2 miles, in ten minutes, for example. I'll give you the latest traffic times from Middletown if you drive five-ten miles over the speed limit: downtown Newark: 20 minutes up Route 896 across Old Baltimore Pike to Route 72 N. Christiana Mall- non holiday is about 20-25 minutes using Route one. The Delaware bridge is 30 minutes easy. Dover is 30 minutes using Route 1.

I'll only take a minute on this but the hunting and fishing in DE is excellent if you know where to go and how to do it.


All of the same amenities you mention are available here at Roesville with the exception of the traffic and noise. Dover is about 30 minutes with shopping, activities, and restaurants. Also, Camden/Wyoming and or Milford (a lovely walking town) are within 10-15 minutes. There are grocery stores, doctors, dentists, Walmarts, Lowe's, good restaurants, a hospital, etc. close by, too. We are about a 40 minute drive to the outlet stores in Lewes. Roesville is located in a more rural area. We have been able to watch nature at its best, including deer, foxes, snow geese, and a 5 minute drive will take you to Killen's Pond State Park. We moved here specifically to get away from the rush, rush, traffic, etc.
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Old 01-10-2014, 06:33 AM
 
Location: Felton, DE
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Goin'2DE...

May I ask how's the driving say is in the winter over there by you? Is it manageable or are you in terror when you pull out on the white stuff???...;-)....Or if I can go a bit further in the entire state itself? Personally, I have no knowledge of what it's like to drive on the roads in Del itself during the winter months. Thanks!
Delaware driving in winter is just fine. Road crews are always out treating roads whenever snow and/or ice is forecast. I have not encountered any serious problems with travel.
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Old 01-13-2014, 02:36 PM
 
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Delaware driving in winter is just fine. Road crews are always out treating roads whenever snow and/or ice is forecast. I have not encountered any serious problems with travel.
Good to hear. Adding a plus to Del in the columns...;-)...thanks
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