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Sunday, January 7, 2018 

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So sometimes, even the Daily Sun can come up with some useful information.  In their December 31, 2017 edition, they showed what The Villages has and more.  For instance:

182     Pickleball courts

 86      Rec Centers

 86      Swimming pools

 11      Softball fields  (4,782 games were played)

   4      Dog parks

While any of the recreation centers have tennis courts, there are really three main places to play in The Villages: Glenview Champions Tennis Club, Nancy Lopez Legacy Champions Tennis Courts, and Hacienda Hills Country Club Tennis Courts.

Not too shabby for an area with only 123,966 residents, is it?  Then there's the stat that 62 % are married, so that leaves 38% that are single.  Let's see . . . 38% of 123,966 is . . .  well that means that there are over 47,000 single people living here (and they're all over 55, no kids here).  Afterall, the median age is 66.6 years old.

So let's talk entertainment.  The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center sold 72,250 tickets in 2017.  That averages out to almost 198 seats sold per day, 365 days per year.

And the Sharon only had 102 performances.  That means that just over 708 seats per performance were sold and it's capacity is just over 1,000 patrons.  So it sounds like just about every show was a sell out.  Some of our big shows included Willie Nelson, Olivia Newton-John and The Beach Boys.  P.S.  Next time Chubby Checker is  here, be sure to buy tickets.

There were 36 seniors at The Villages High School that earned associate degrees through the dual-enrollment program and for 15 straight years The Villages Charter School has received an "A" rating from the Florida Department of Education.

Golf - yes we need to talk golf for a few seconds (or minutes, depending on how fast you read).  There were 2,947,000 rounds of golf played on courses in The Villages.  There are 648 golf holes and 2,270 holes-in-one were recorded.  That's just over 6 per day.  Not too shabby.  There are 38 Executive courses (9 hole courses) and 13 Champion courses (18 hole courses).  Of course, most of the Championship courses really consist of 27 holes (3 x 9 hole courses) with some being par-5 holes and you're never sure which ones you're going to be playing.  And every month or so, a new course will open up (do the math) so the total number of holes keeps climbing.  An article on the internet claims that the 2nd largest golf facility (Mission Hills in China) has 216 holes of golf (about 1/3 the number in The Villages).  In fact, this why I was rushed Sunday morning, trying to get the Chronicle out so I could get to one of these courses.  Then I quit after the first hole because it was too cold out there.)-

The Villages consists of about 8,000 acres and the developer plans to develop in and around the villages of Fenney and Southern Oaks in Wildwood.  The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of The Villages Metropolitan Statistical Area is $2.3 billion.

There was over 300,000 pounds of food provided to feed 4,500 families at the Wildwood Food Party.  There are 2,900 resident lifestyle groups with volunteer leaders in The Villages.  13,650 pounds of food were collected during the annual College Colors Day food drive, enough for about 15,690 meals.  

And the Dynamic Dog Club reached an all-time high of 97 therapy teams in 2017.

So when you write to old friends and relatives back home that think The Villages is just a group of elderly people in wheel chairs accompanied by their nurse or walking around with canes, feed them some of these statistics.




January 7, 2018

"Mambo No. 5" is a mambo and jive dance song originally recorded and composed by Cuban Dámaso Pérez Prado in 1949.

The song's popularity was renewed by German artist Lou Bega's sampling and vocal version of the original, released under the same name on Bega's 1999 debut album A Little Bit of Mambo.

 

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