The smell of barbecue chicken wafted through the summer air. It’s a smell that creates memories and brings them back for residents of Winterset RV Resort in Palmetto, Florida. The empty clubhouse was decorated in bright summer colors, sombreros, maracas and streamers. It was time for a fiesta.
Each year, Newby Management hosts a summer BBQ as a way to give back to the residents in their communities. Winterset has hosted this event for many years, and it’s one that residents have come to love. Soon the clubhouse began filling with people, dressed in Hawaiian shirts, bold festive colors and smiles.
Within minutes chatter, laughter and music brightened up the room even more. Today, everything was special, even the music. Classic country tunes rang through the air with a smooth, beautiful, captivating voice. That voice was one of Winterset’s own guests, Sarah Getto. Born blind and with a severe cleft palette, Sarah let nothing stand in her way. She sings covers, but also writes many original pieces from adult contemporary and country to Christian and instrumentals. You can check out Sarah’s music at www.sarahgetto.com.
Other distinguished guests at the BBQ included Pastor Harry Bush, and his wife Barbara. From November to April they offer an inter-denomination church service in the clubhouse starting at 10 AM on Sundays. Wonderful events like this are just some of the activities offered during the winter season at the resort.
One Winterset resident is spending her first summer at the resort. Her and her husband came to the resort last winter season and never left. Although they hadn’t planned to be full-time residents they decided after just 5 days that they wanted to stay. Last season she watched friends reunite joyously, and this year she is excited to do the same with friends she made.
Coming to the park and never leaving is a common trend at Winterset. Harry and Martha Hudak came to the resort 41 years ago and have been there ever since. In fact, they are some of the first residents to ever stay at Winterset.
In their front yard they have a special goose that was ready for the summer BBQ in her poncho and
sombrero. That goose, Martha said, has outfits for many holidays and frequently has a festive wardrobe change. It’s not uncommon to see beautiful yards at Winterset, as residents take great pride in their homes and their communtiy. Once a month, one resident is awarded “Yard of the Month” and is given a $25 gift card to Lowes to continue beautifying their yard.
With such a great community and so much going on, it’s no surprise that the room didn’t quiet down. Even with BBQ chicken, potato salad, baked beans, rolls and cake filling everyone’s plates. If you’re interested in purchasing a park model home or in making an RV reservation at Winterset, feel free to visit them online or in person!