Residents celebrate Memorial Day with BBQ & Pool Party

Steve Weiss

Where can you go to have a Memorial Day barbeque/pool party without planning, shopping, setting up, grilling, serving or cleaning up? Nowhere else but at La Hacienda Club with the Bistro staff handling all of those details. The Bistro staff did a wonderful job putting on the Memorial Day party on Monday, May 25, beginning at 4:00 p.m. and lasting until 8:00 p.m. After setting up tables, chairs and decorations with flags and festive items having red, white and blue colors, the staff served barbeque chicken, hamburgers, potato salad, coleslaw, fruit salad, chips and cookies. Libations were served at happy hour prices including a Peachy Dirty Shirley (peach vodka and grenadine). Music, which added to the fun, was provided by Karl Arvizu from Desert DJs. In the beginning his music was smooth during the cocktail and eating portion of the party. After eating, his music motivated those young at heart and young in body to dance. The dancing began with line dancing and then went to the jitterbug, the twist and the stroll. Husbands were seen dancing with their wives! When the dancing steps were exhausted, some decided to do Zumba steps to the music. While all this dancing was happening there was a volleyball game going on in the pool. What a wild and crazy group! This party was not for the faint of heart.

The Memorial Day activity was originally proposed by the SaddleBrooke Ranch recreation and social committee at the beginning of the year. The activity was then planned and implemented by a collaboration between Caroline Reis, Bistro manager, Danielle Herbert, Bistro supervisor, and Andrea Marchus, LaHacienda Club administrative and facilities coordinator. Caroline Reis was very passionate about the Memorial Day commemoration. She said, “I like to see everybody having a good time and coming together as a community while giving our thanks for those who served in the military giving their lives as well as those who continue to serve their country.” The residents also acknowledged their thanks by wearing shirts and hats with the colors of the American flag.