There are tons of clubs and activities, but they are held during the day when the Seniors can stay awake,
Through some savvy internet searching I found a book club about 20 miles from home. It was a squeeze to get there on time, and the few times I went there were only one or two people attending, and the last time I was all alone. Granted I really enjoy my own company, but book clubs are boring as a Party of One.
Last month, the love of my life and I weaved our way through the streets of Crystal River and enjoyed the annual Manatee Festival. When our feet were tired, we popped into a really cool local pub called Burkes of Ireland to grab a cold beer. There on the wall behind the bar was a note that said "Books & Beer". Whoa, whoa, whoa! Books AND beer? They sky opened up and I could hear the Angels sing! Books & Beer.
People who know me well, know that I love to read and that I love beer - not necessarily in that order. Could this really be true? I asked the bartender, and absolutely it was true! (happy, happy dance) He directed me to the end of the bar where I met the leader of this group. I was so in! I was so there! Books & Beer! Life in the Sunshine State just got sunnier!
I grabbed the book a little late and got about 25% of the way through it, but still attended the club meeting. I figured it would be nice to hang out, drink beer, and meet some new people and see if this book club was something that I wanted to continue with. I arrived, grabbed a pint of Harp from the bar and headed outside. About 13 of us sat in a circle around a couple of tables, there were introductions, there was food, and there was intelligent conversation about the book.
I think what I liked most was that not everyone agreed with the conversations and opinions about the book. No one stomped their feet and crossed their arms because someone had a differing opinion. It was like a group of adults got together for the sole purpose of one thing - discussion about reading. Hmmmmm, what a novel idea. Who the hell am I kidding, I like the beer the most!
I will most definitely attend Books & Beer at Burkes of Ireland again. It was a great group of men and women who all have one thing in common - reading.