Resident camaraderie makes Horseshoe Cove special

January 2, 2014 

Just a thank-you note for the wonderful coverage given by the Bradenton Herald to the residents in our community.

Horseshoe Cove is a unique community of retirees. Our 15h Annual Horseshoe Cove Christmas Parade is a small example of the camaraderie in our Cove.

Horse Shoe Cove is comprised of hundreds of unpaid volunteers who make up our community. Newcomers to Horseshoe Cove are immediately welcomed to join in our numerous activities. And join they do!

Our life-sized manger -- complete with Mary, Joseph, the Baby Jesus, three wise men, donkey, sheep and angel -- are housed under our barn-like enclosure during the Christmas season. The huge pieces of our display are erected, repainted and stored by our retired residents year after year.

It is a prime example of the caliber of people Horseshoe Cove attracts.

Our manger was discovered seven years ago by Mim Turner, one of our recently deceased residents. She found it on eBay and knew it would be perfect in the Cove. It was missing Joseph so we used one of the wise men as a stand-in. Last year one of our residents found a Joseph on eBay so now our set is complete. I am sure Mim is smiling down on us now!

Our beautiful fish pond in front of our community center was the idea of a resident who organized a group to build a huge pond, which houses 25 beautiful, colorful koi. Residents who didn't physically help with the building of the pond were encouraged to purchase and name their fish. I paid for a cute white and gold 8-inch Koi I named Leader of the Pack. Ten years later I still visit him. He's 30 inches in length today!

I could go on and on about the things that go on in HSC due to the enthusiasm of our residents -- all in the name of camaraderie. It's a wonderful place to live. Thank you for giving our enthusiastic HSC resident some much deserved recognition.

Ann Jerman


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