Harvesters is our connect group for people who are 50 years +. Our purpose is to provide a way to connect with the Harvest family, to meet new friends, to study the Bible, and to serve the church and community. We gather once a month for a fellowship activity like museum visits, movies at the church, train rides, and live theater performances. A meal is usually included with each gathering.
If you have any questions about Harvesters and/or would like to be included on the Harvesters’ e-mail list, please contact Bob and Mary Stark, Harvesters Coordinators, at 231-564-0677 or .
HARVESTERS IN DECEMBER
Afternoon on “Broadway”
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT
On Saturday, December 1, Harvesters will attend Sarasota Baptist Church’s Broadway-style Christmas production. Reviews say that this yearly, family-friendly event is as a “must-see.”
This year’s show, Catering Christmas, begins when the caterer for an office Christmas party cancels at the last minute. A well-known, celebrity chef steps in to provide the food as a favor for his old friend. While in town, the chef decides to buy an old diner and transform it into a fine dining restaurant. Problems arise when people aren’t thrilled with the changes, and the reviews from a local food critic aren’t helping. Perhaps this makes a recipe for disaster!
If you have questions contact Bob and Mary Stark at 231-564-0677.
HARVESTERS IN JANUARY
In January the Harvesters are going to do something radical (oh no, not a change?). Instead of doing our usual monthly off-site visit with a meal, the Harvesters will have an opportunity to complete the AARP Smart Driver program. What is the AARP Smart Driver Program? We’re glad you asked:
Participants in the course receive a comprehensive course workbook, which provides a thorough review of the “rules of the road” with an emphasis on safety strategies for older drivers in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment.
It covers defensive driving techniques, as well as normal changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time associated with aging, and provides practical techniques to adjust for these changes to ensure the driver’s own safety and that of others on the road.
The State of Florida requires six hours of instructional time to receive a certificate that can be presented to your insurance company in order to receive a discount on your auto insurance. The six hours will be broken out into two three-hour sessions that will be presented on two different days:
The first two classes, Session A, will meet on Monday, January 7 and Wednesday, January 9 from 9:30-12:30 in the west wing at Harvest.
The second two classes, Session B, will meet on Monday, January 14 and Wednesday, January 16 ) from 9:30-12:30 in the west wing at Harvest.
At the completion of the class on each Wednesday you are invited to join the rest of your group for lunch at 1 p.m. at MacAllisters Grill & Tavern on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch.
At the time you register you don’t have to pay anything. However, the fee for taking the class (which covers the 120-page course workbook) is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members payable to the volunteer instructor at your first meeting in cash or check only.
You can register Session A or B, but you must attend both days of your session to receive a certificate of completion. Registrations for each section are limited to 25 persons, so register early and be sure to check the “add-on” if you plan to join your group for lunch. The deadline for registration is December 28.
Please call Bob and Mary Stark at 231-564-0677 or email us at if you have questions.
HARVESTERS IN FEBRUARY
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.
REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.
The motor coach from All Aboard Charters is reserved, and the Harvesters will be on their way for a day-long visit to Tarpon Springs on Friday, February 8, 2019.
The day will start with an 8:30 AM departure from the Harvest parking lot. We will travel north with plans to arrive in Tarpon Springs around 10:00 AM. The day’s first stop will be at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral where we will be given a guided tour by the cathedral’s sexton.
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral was founded in 1905 and is the first and original Greek Orthodox Christian parish of the Tampa-St. Petersburg area. As you walk inside the cathedral, completed in 1943, you will be greeted by the miraculous weeping Icon of Saint Nicholas, over 60 stained glass windows, 4 large chandeliers from Czechoslovakia, and a 60-ton altar of Greek marble.
Much of the interior marble, including the iconostasis, is from the Greek pavilion of the 1939 World's Fair in New York City. The Cathedral contains actual relics of St. Nicholas of Myra and is a point of pilgrimage for those who seek the intercessions of this most beloved of Christian saints. The Cathedral tower is the tallest architectural structure in Tarpon Springs and serves as the heart of the downtown and city. In the plaza to the north of the Cathedral is the famous "Cross Diver" statue which captures the pinnacle of the annual Epiphany Day celebration for which the St. Nicholas Cathedral parish is known the world over.
Following the tour, the Harvesters will travel a short distance to Dodecanese Avenue, the heart of the world-renowned Greek sponge-diving industry and fishing village.
Reservations for lunch have been made at Hellas Restaurant and Bakery by the sponge docks. Since 1970 Hellas Restaurant has been a proud cornerstone of the Greek community in Tarpon Springs. Owned and operated by the Karterouliotis family, Hellas Restaurant strives to provide you with the finest Greek dining experience. Other selections, besides Greek food, are available as well. You will be ordering from the menu and cost of lunch will be on your own.
Your visit will not be complete without a visit to the Hellas Bakery which is part of the restaurant. The bakery offers a large variety of rich, buttery and delicious authentic Greek pastries to top off your delicious dinner. Their pastries are so delectable you'll want to gobble them up right on the spot or take a little bit of Greece home with you.
Following lunch, the Harvesters will have the opportunity to learn about the development of Tarpon Springs’ sponge industry with a cruise on the Anclote River with the St. Nicholas Boat Line. The 40-minute cruise is a sponge diving exhibition tour through the historic sponge dock area. The tour includes a narrative of the history of sponge diving. You will be treated to a demonstration of sponge harvesting by a live diver in traditional diving equipment.
For the remainder of the afternoon, you will be able to explore the many quaint shops and museums or just take in the ambiance of this Greek enclave. Don’t forget to stop by the bakery for that last-minute treat!
At 3 p.m. we will board the motor coach for our return trip to Harvest with an anticipated arrival by 4:30 p.m.
Cost for the day in Tarpon Springs is $40/person. This price includes motor coach transportation, donation to St. Nicholas Cathedral, boat cruise and gratuities for the motor coach driver and boat crew. It does not include the cost of lunch. Cost of the transportation portion of the trip is non-refundable.
Registrations are limited to 55 people, the capacity of the motor coach. The registration deadline is December 28. The early deadline is due to the need to finalize arrangements with All Aboard Charters.
If you have any questions contact Bob and Mary Stark at 231-564-0677.