Social Corner articles

Social Corner – (May 2021 Splasher) by Meera Desai, V.P. Social

Hi Neighbors!  The Social Committee has been busy planning for our Summer at the Cabana.  The pool will officially open for the Summer Season on May 29th to all Members and Associates. We have planned a short Memorial Day Program on Monday May 31st to honor those we have lost.  Since it won’t be a Shadow Brook Memorial Day without burgers and hot dogs, we will have Grillzilla, the Dudes Sandwich Makers and Road Dog food trucks parked on Orangebrick Way from 12 pm – 2 pm on Memorial Day as well.   We hope you can join us for the Ceremony and stay for the food!

In place of Wednesday Night Socials this summer, we will be having Food Trucks every Wednesday at the Cabana beginning on June 9 and running until August 11th.  As the summer progresses and we have a better understanding of capacity and social-distancing requirements please stay tuned for the 4th of July Events Schedule.

Look forward to seeing everyone at the Pool this Summer! Enjoy this recipe for my favorite summer salad.

Social Corner – (April 2021 Splasher) by Meera Desai, V.P. Social

Hi Neighbors!  The Social Committee had our first Summer Kick off meeting on April 6th.  Our recommendation to the Board was that for now, we should continue to refrain from gathering on the Pool Deck until the Tiering System is lifted by the Governor.  That being said, the Social Committee will be meeting again in early May to revisit the plan and discuss if any changes are necessary with a final recommendation going to the Board ahead of the May Monthly Board meeting.  Regardless of the final outcome of our discussions, we have already made plans for a modified Memorial Day Celebration on May 31st:

Memorial Day Events:

  • Food trucks at the Cabana – Look for additional details on our website.
  • Ceremonial Ringing of the Bells from 12 pm to 12:30 pm on May 31st at the front of the Cabana near the Flag post. This ceremony will commemorate our fallen soldiers as well as the loved ones we have lost due to COVID.  If you are Bell Player or Trumpetist (who can play Taps) please contact social@nullshadowbrook.org to find out how you can participate.  We welcome our neighbors to join us on the front lawn for this short ceremony.  However, we must ask that you wear a mask and maintain social distance.
  • Pool will be open from 12-8 pm using the Sign-Up Genius platform for reservations.
  • We are also looking for volunteers to help decorate the neighborhood ahead of the Memorial Weekend festivities.

Our next Social Committee meeting will be held on May 4th from 7 – 8 pm via ZOOM.  If you would like to join in and find out how you can help, please feel free to dial into the call.  Details will be on the website.

Look forward to seeing everyone this summer in some fashion.  Enjoy this delicious cocktail recipe!

Social Corner – (March 2021 Splasher) by Meera Desai, V.P. Social

Hi Neighbors!  Happy Spring!  Hope you have been enjoying the decorations at the pool.  It’s been fun to have neighbors volunteer to help make our cabana look so festive. Thanks to all who have participated!

We will continue to be offering Food Trucks at the Cabana every second Wednesday of the month.  Make sure to check out our website for the latest news and events – www.shadowbrook.org.   As we approach the Summer Season, we are hoping that with vaccinations and the loosening of Public Health Mandates we may be able to have limited social events at the Pool.  As you will read in this issue, we do plan to have a Sharks Swim Season so that will certainly bring some much-needed family fun for the neighborhood.  The Social Committee is planning on having a Summer Kick off meeting on April 6th from 7 – 8 pm via ZOOM.  If you would like to join in and find out how you can help please feel free to dial into the call.  The zoom invite follows:

Weblink: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83944279039?pwd=aG1lM3Q5S2Q4TkhnNXlKUitJU2ZKUT09

Dial in: (669) 900 – 6833

Meeting ID: 839 4427 9039

Passcode: 262589

In the meantime, make some yummy Deviled Eggs with Capers and on behalf of the Board we wish everyone a Happy Easter! Hope the Easter Bunny brings you lots of treats!

Also Ramadan Mubarek to those observing Ramadan!

Social Corner – (Jan/Feb 2021 Splasher) by Meera Desai, V.P. Social

Hi Neighbors!  Happy New Year!  While this year’s holiday celebrations were certainly more subdued, we were so happy to see the neighborhood go all out for the Holiday Season.  Congratulations to our neighbors at 6667 Bret Harte Drive and 6784 Heathfield Drive for winning the First Annual Holiday Lights Contest.  The People’s Choice award went to our very own Communicator in Chief, Steve Ferree with honorable mentions to the neighbors at 1030 Shadow Brook and 1089 Hedgecroft Ct.  Great job to Nightfall Court for being chosen as the Best Decorated Street.  If you liked the sidewalk arches on display on Heathfield Drive, our neighbor, Colleen Kimmel has volunteered to host an Arch building Workshop next November/December.  Details to follow…months from now, of course!

We hope everyone has been enjoying the Food Trucks.  There is one more Food Truck Night on the calendar for February (02/10) from 4:30 to 7:30 pm.  Look for all the details on the Shadow Brook website www.shadowbrook.org.  We hope to have more social events, but will need to wait until the County and State have given the green light for gathering.  Fingers crossed that we can return to normalcy in the next few months.  In the meantime, make some yummy Chocolate Covered Strawberries for your Valentine and on behalf of the Board we wish everyone a Happy Lunar New Year!

Social Corner – (Nov/Dec 2020 Splasher) by Meera Desai, V.P. Social

Hi Neighbors!  The recent news of moving into the “Purple Tier” was probably not what we were all hoping for before Thanksgiving, but it’s probably a necessary step to make sure that we are all safe and healthy.  While we have to wait a little longer to gather with family and friends, we are happy to announce that back by popular demand Food Truck Night will be held at the Cabana the 2nd Wednesday of the Month for December (12/9), January (01/13) and February (02/10) from 4:30 to 7:30 pm.  Look for all the details on the Shadow Brook website www.shadowbrook.org.  Plus we have the First Annual Holiday Lights Contest this month.

We hope you enjoyed the Diwali decorations at the Cabana. We’ve got some Thanksgiving décor up now, and we are hoping to gets some more helpers to decorate for the December holidays.  We are also still looking for volunteers for the Red Bow Brigade and for delivering the Charlie Brown Trees. If interested please email social@nullshadowbrook.org. We’d love to add more lights to the Cabana so if you have some that you’d like to donate we’d be happy to have them as well.

Since this will be our last Splasher of 2020, on behalf of the Board we wish you a Happy Holidays and a fantastic start to 2021.

Cheers!

Social Corner – (October 2020 Splasher) by Meera Desai, V.P. Social

Hi Neighbors!  Your Social Committee has been working hard to outline our vision for Social Events in Shadow Brook.  We are reinstating the Welcome Committee led by our neighbor, Sneha Sowda with Lydia McClure as her deputy.  Our first Welcome event will be later this year for 2019 and 2020 new neighbors.

Heartfelt thanks to our neighbor and master planning extraordinaire, Charlotte Ferree, for organizing the first Food Truck Social on Oct 14th.  This was a great way to take a night off cooking and socially distance with our neighbors and we hope to do this again in the future at least while the weather is still nice.

We are still looking for volunteers to chair one of the Big Summer Events – Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day, with myself and Joni Landine.  Lirong Shan has agreed to chair our Wednesday Night Socials (WNS).  If you are interested in hosting a WNS feel free to email me and I will pass along your info to Lirong.

We are also hoping to bring back some favorite events of the past such as Casino Night, Wine Tasting, and Family Game Night (Bingo) and would love to have some families new to the neighbor as well as those who helped in the past join in the fun of planning and executing on these events (post-COVID, of course). Please email social@nullshadowbrook.org if you would like to participate.

And finally, a big thank you to our neighbor and newest Social Committee Member, Sharon Pope, for submitting this delicious recipe on the recipe page.  Can’t wait to make it for Thanksgiving!

 

Social Corner – (September 2020 Splasher) by Meera Desai, V.P. Social

Hi Neighbors!  We understand that during the time of COVID socializing was likely the LAST thing on your mind.  But we are hoping that someday soon, we will be back socializing as a community again.  In the meantime, the Social Committee had their first meeting via ZOOM on September 24th.  We discussed our Summer events – Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day and Wednesday Night Socials, as well as the Welcoming Committee, and potential ideas for new events.  We are looking for volunteers to chair Summer Events as well as bring fresh new ideas to the table that we could potentially do while Social Distancing.  Please email social@nullshadowbrook.org if you would like to participate.

As we dive into fall, I am reminded that the holiday season is upon us.  That’s right, it’s nearly Pumpkin Spice Season!  So, in honor of the Pumpkin Spice obsession sweeping the nation.  Check it out on the recipe page.