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49erís enjoy music, dancing and fellowship
Special to The Monitor
SEVEN POINTSĖThe Cedar Creek Lake 49erís Senior Citizens Club is a place where folks from the age of 12 (with an adult) can come and dance or line dance to songs recorded by the classic country artists, such as Merle Haggard, Patsy Cline and many others.
The clubhouse is located at 1002 Channel Drive, just off Arnold Hills Road (Arnold Hills intersects with State Highway 334 on the south) in Seven Points. A dance is regularly held every Thursday night with music performed live by Chuck and the 49ers.
Charles (Chuck) Flowers leads the band on guitar, while David Williams plays the drums and Billy McWilliams from Athens offers his steel guitar. Don Oliver fills in on bass guitar and all the members sing in their find and distinctive voices. The band has a wide repertoire of classic country and western music, including waltzes, two-step and line dance music and songs from the fifties and sixties.
Not only will you hear country classics, on the second Thursday of the month, the best guest singers from around the lake take turns singing along with them.
This open mike opportunity draws people from as far as 100 miles away. It is always a special treat.
Every fourth Thursday, is Ballroom Night. The ladies really enjoy dressing up and look forward to the occasion once a month.
Also a long-standing tradition with the 49erís is a pot luck meal at each gathering, during the bandís first break. Many of the 49erís bring a covered dish to share, and a cook book has been published, featuring some of the most requested recipes.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday. The clubhouse is always beautifully decorated, appropriate to the holiday or for a selected theme. For instance, March, the decor reflected St. Patrickís Day. A nostalgic í50s dance held March 15 had many reliving the days of the poodle skirt and bobbie socks.
The ambiance of the clubhouse is always welcoming for general audiences, which means there are a few strict rules in place. First among them is no alcohol is permitted on the premises, and smoking is restricted to outside only, where a picnic table and benches are provided.
Though the club is located in a resort area, its members do not allow anyone to enter who is wearing a tank top or shorts. Our members enjoy the opportunity to mix and mingle, so they like to dress up and make an occasion of it Ė meeting with friends and new acquaintances. It is in no way a bar or a night club, the 49erís offer a unique, safe and enjoyable entertainment outlet.
Some have concluded from the clubís name that you have to be at least 49 years old to attend or become a member. Nothing is further from the truth. The name originated from a comment someone made upon seeing the long line of cars approaching the parking lot. The observer felt it resembled the Gold Rush of 1949, and the 49erís name became attached to the club, soon after it formed in the early í70s.
Though primarily a social and dance club, the 49erís also celebrate the birthdays of its members, make hospital visits when they are sick and participate in charity work, like collecting dry goods for area food pantries.
Since the 49erís is a private club (one of the oldest in the area, 39 years), its members choose its leadership, pay membership dues, and plan events. Currently, there are 150 members. Founding member Gladys Forrester, who turns 99 in August, still enjoys being active with the club. The 49erís also support the activities of surrounding service and social clubs geared toward senior citizens.
The club is one 30 organizations weekly listed on the Lake Life page of the Sunday edition of The Monitor under ďClubs & Such.Ē
For more information, please call club president Camille Oliver at (903) 451-2602.
 

 

 

 

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