December 7, 2009

Greetings from GITA



December 7 is Pearl Harbor Day, which I don’t remember. It is also the
Sunday in 1958 that a 5 foot snowfall began in Oswego NY. I was in high
school at the time and I do remember that we had several fun “snow days”
as a result. Hard to believe there could be that much snow. It was quite
an adventure.

Many of us seem to have gotten through Thanksgiving by eating too much
and are now bracing for the Big Holidays coming in December. Thanks to
all of you who took advantage of our fabulous Thanksgiving Dinner at
Primavera. We had a delightful turnout. We’ll be doing a similar event
for Christmas. Make your reservations early.

It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of a good friend and
longtime Gita member, Gilles Bertrand. We already miss his affectionate
smile and genuine good cheer. Our condolences and good wishes to Dominic
and to Gilles’ family.

And so we come to the end of another year and that’s also pretty hard to
believe. Juan and I want to thank you all for your wonderful support
during the past year and we want to tell you how much we enjoy your
joining us for the monthly Gita Dinners. It has been a lot of fun and
we’re looking forward to your company in the coming year. Enjoy your
holidays and good luck and good health to all of you and best wishes in
2010. Count your blessings.

GITA DINNER MEETING on Monday, December 14, 2009

Our next dinner meeting will be on Monday, the 14th of December at 7 PM
at Primavera. Primavera is located at 830 E. Oakland Park Boulevard just
east of KMart. Cost is $20 payable at the door. There is currently space
available for this dinner. We’re now featuring “Singles” tables for
those who’d like to meet new people. Hope to see you there.

RESERVING SEATS AT DINNER

We are now accepting reservations for parties of ANY SIZE up to tables
of 12. When you make a reservation, please give me the names (both first
and last) of those in your party. ALL seats will be reserved. When you
make a reservation by email I ALWAYS respond. If you don’t get a
response I probably didn’t get your email.

PRIMAVERA

Thanks again to all of you who joined us for Thanksgiving. We plan to be
open on Christmas Eve from 5 PM to 10 PM with our regular menu and
Christmas Day starting at 4 PM with our special prix fixe $19.95 menu
featuring all of the holiday treats.

Don’t forget we’re right across the street from The Rising Action
Theatre, which is featuring Christmas with Christopher Peterson’s
EYECONS – North America’s Foremost Female Impersonator. The show runs
through December 20. Dinner at Primavera and then the theatre turns out
to be a very nice evening. For ticket info call 943-815-8826 or visit
Rising Action Theatre. Everyone has been raving about the show. They all
claim he’s the greatest!!

Don’t forget we have banquet facilities for all occasions.

REAL ESTATE CHAT

The Realtors I’ve talked with are reporting an upsurge in activity.
Although prices have not risen this is still good news for sellers who
want to buy. Those who want to move and are reluctant to “take a
beating” on their properties need to remember that what they’ll be
buying is similarly reduced in price. That’s not exactly “having it all”
but it’s not bad.

OPERA GROUP

The Opera Group meets frequently to view operas: Some live and others on
film. The opera group meets at the Stonewall Library at 1300 East
Sunrise Blvd. This new location is larger than the previous venue. We
are grateful to the Stonewall library for its support of this activity.
To get more information and to get your name on their email list you
need to get in touch with Dominic Bisignano at [email protected]

BALLET

The Ballet Group meets on the 2nd (second) Sunday of the month and the
Opera Group meets on the 4th (fourth) Sunday of the month.

BRIDGE

Quick Tricks Duplicate Bridge Club continues to meet on Tuesday evenings
at 6:30 at the Fort Lauderdale Bridge Club located in Holiday Park at
700 NE 6th Terrace in Fort Lauderdale. Mike Donnelly continues to direct
these sessions. All games are now charity games. Triple masterpoints are
awarded and a portion of the entry fee for all games is donated to
Tuesday’s Angels. All games are sanctioned by the American Contract
Bridge League and the entry fee remains $6.00. Come out and enjoy
bridge, earn triple points and support Tuesday’s Angels all at the same
time.

ITALIAN LANGUAGE CLASSES

The Italian Language Classes generally meet on Wednesdays in one of the
banquet rooms at Primavera Restaurant. John Ritter is doing the
teaching. As in the past there is no charge for these lessons but a
modest voluntary donation to Tuesday’s Angels will be accepted. If
you’re interested in attending please contact Bobby Caruso at [email protected]

MAH JONGG

Mah Jongg anyone? this ancient game from China combines skill and luck
and is played with tiles. If you like cards or board games and a
challenge, you will probably enjoy it. Beginners welcome. Contact Keith
at 954-446-5666.

BOOK BEAT

My years living in Manhattan in the 70’s are some of the happiest years
of my life. Before moving there I had spent occasional weekends in the
city staying with my good friend Fran, who was a dance student at NYU.
Most of her male dance friends were, of course gay, and that was very
helpful for me in my pre coming-out days. While living in Manhattan I
was as much a bicycle fanatic as I am now. I lived on the upper west
side and bicycled to work on the East side. We bicycled to Riis Park. We
bicycled up Riverside Drive and rode over the GW Bridge and up into New
Jersey. We took our bikes on the ferry and biked around Staten Island.
On weekends we bicycled uptown, downtown, and crosstown. There wasn’t a
part of the city we didn’t explore. I really loved all the different
neighborhoods with their diverse personalities. I love New York.

All of this is to tell you about the new book I just finished called,
New York: The Novel, by Edward Rutherford. It’s a hefty 880 pages if you
read the book and over 30 hours if you listen on an iPod, as I did while
bicycling. If you like historical novels and like New York City you’ll
find this book fascinating. It follows the intricately woven lives of a
number of people and families from colonial times to the present. The
characters are interesting and believable and, as it happens, history is
happening all around them. 400 years fly by. It’s a wonderful book and I
highly recommend it.

Kane and Abel is not the best book I’ve read by Jeffrey Archer.

Half Broke Horses, by Jeannette Walls, on the other hand, is well worth
reading. This book is called a True-Life Novel about the author’s
grandmother, Lilly Casey Smith who was born early in the 20th century on
a ranch in the Southwest and by age 6 was helping her dad break horses.
At age 15 she left home to teach in a frontier town – riding 500 miles
on her pony, alone, to get to her job. An incredible woman with a well
written story.

Thanks to all of you who have suggested some of your favorite books.

PICTURES

Pictures from all previous dinners since 2003 can be found on the GITA
website. From the home page select “Photo Gallery” then select GITA-Dinners.
If you’d like prints, suitable for framing, of any of the photos on the
website just let me know.

UPCOMING GITA COOKING CLASSES

Chef Giacomo presents cooking classes frequently. For news about
upcoming classes or to make reservations call Primavera at 954-564-6363.
Remember you need to tell them that you are a Gita member to get the $10
discount. Giacomo is a most amusing and entertaining teacher and really
knows his stuff. Class is delicious.

BUSINESS CARDS

We are hoping to add more member’s business cards to our website. If
you’d like us to add your card you need to either send me a card or
email me a scan of your card. The more the merrier.

DINNER RAFFLE

Each month at our dinners we have a raffle and give away modest prizes.
There is no charge to participate in the raffle. Again this month we
will be accepting modest raffle gifts from interested members who choose
to promote their business in this most entertaining way. Thanks to James
Nyquist from Royal Cakes, David Malatesta and his Italian Cleaning
Service and Richard Frederick and the Delray String Quartet for bringing
donations to last month’s dinner.

Thanks for your continued support. Hope to see you on the 14th.

Chuck Murabito

Primavera Restaurant
Real Estate and Title Insurance
both Residential and Commercial

954-629-5525

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