The Big-O Anniversary Party Celebrates It’s Own “Big-O”

On March 3, 2016 the Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge celebrated their 40th annual Big-O Anniversary party.  Always one of the biggest highlights of the year, the play and dance are a chance to get together and celebrate love and laughter with our guests.

The play, titled “The Hall of Fame of Marriage” was written and directed by Astrid Garber. Astrid is one of the outstanding writers that make up our 5 Star Productions team.  As always, Astrid did an amazing job celebrating the unique love stories of our honorees. This year, those honorees include:

Diane and Frank Giorlando, 40 years
Nancy and Mike Walkowski, 40 years
Shirley and George Leppa, 50 years
Kathy and Mike Conley, 50 years
Joan and Jim Platt, 50 years
Linda and Steve Svarckopf, 50 years
Joanne and Barry Estey, 50 years
Joanne and John Brundage, 50 years
Shirley and George Clauss, 60 years

Each of our couples entered through the traditional palm tree arches to be announced by24872453623_2fbf2dcc2f_o our own event MC Hans Hoffman while listening to the sounds of their special song. Once on stage honorees were interviewed by our crack reporting team made up of Diane Sawyer (AKA, Judy), and Penelope Didwald (AKA, Connie). During the interview they shared the secrets to their longevity with the audience, as well as great stories from their lives together.

After the interview, Brian Gladwell presented the couples with a special card (handmade by our own Vicki Gladwell) and a bottle of champagne to commemorate the happy occasion.  At that time, our couples were officially sworn into the Hall of Fame in the following categories:

Diane and Frank Giorlando – Presidential Hob Knobber
Nancy and Mike Walkowski – World Travelers
Shirley and George Leppa – Mile High
Kathy and Mike Conley – Third Time’s a Charm
Joan and Jim Platt – Mystery Mailer
Linda and Steve Svarckopf – Secret Identity
Joanne and Barry Estey – For the Rest of My Life
Joanne and John Brundage – Repeating Vows
Shirley and George Clauss – A Match Made in Heaven

24868626234_fb6c30a479_oThere is a long-standing tradition of presenting couples who celebrate their 50th wedding
anniversary with us with a special Golden Key to the front gate. These keys are presented by Joan herself, and the couples receiving a key this year are:
Shirley and George Leppa, 50 years
Kathy and Mike Conley, 50 years
Joan and Jim Platt, 50 years
Linda and Steve Svarckopf, 50 years
Joanne and Barry Estey, 50 years
Joanne and John Brundage, 50 years

In addition to those celebrating a Big-O anniversary this year, we have many guests at the BPKFL that have been married for more than FIFTY YEARS. It only seems right to recognize this outstanding achievement. Our golden couples this year are:

Diana &Gary Betzold – Sterling Heights, MI
Shirley & Marvin Bohnen – Stillwater, MN
Hilde & Tom Champion – Newburyport, MA
Pat & Rusty Clauss – Hale, MI
Sarah and Rudy Kronbichler – Nanuet, NY
Barbara & Bill Cross – Sevierville, TN
Patsy & Steve Painter – Cary, NC
Joyce & Ron Stocking – Oregan, IL
Lois & Tom Woolsey – Ft. Myers, FL
Jean and Ragnar Midtskogen – Fishkill, NY
Judy and Tom Stykemain – Defiance, OH
Debby and Howard Belknap – Grayling, MI
Pat and Jerry Ostler – Frankfort, IN
Sue and Joe Rabidoux – Mason, MI
Char and David Sawyer – Olcott, NY
Jill and Brian Smith – Ft. Myers, FL

Special thanks to everyone who came out to share this special evening with us.  You are truly the heart and soul of the BPKFL and it would not be the same place without each of you!

 

 

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