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Snowbirds fly south

From Hingham to Puerto Rico, Peabody to Florida

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December 21st, 2009

Just as those at Brooksby Village and Linden Ponds enjoy active lifestyles in their home bases, many also fly south for the winter, taking their suitcases and sense of adventure with them. [caption id="attachment_7225" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Faith and Gerald Weiss have a laugh at Brooksby Village, where they live for half the year. They spend their winters in Delray Beach, Fla. "] Norman and Renee Feingold, who live at Linden Ponds, make their winter home in Luquillo, Puerto Rico, a destination they have visited for 27 years. It gives us a thrill because we go back to an environment that we love, where we re very well received, where the people and the climate are welcoming, Mr. Feingold says of life there. Adds Mrs. Feingold: We have the rainforest behind us and the beach in front of us.

Music and friends

The Feingolds fell in love with the town upon their first visit to a friend s time-share in the area, and ever since, they have returned to enjoy the warmth, natural wonders, and, of course, the music. Accomplished Argentine tango dancers, the pair relishes the atmosphere in Puerto Rico, taking to the dance floor one or two nights each week. The Latin music is all around you there, says Mrs. Feingold. [caption id="attachment_7228" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Renee and Norman Feingold have been wintering in Luquillo, Puerto Rico, for 27 years."][/caption] When they are not dancing, the Feingolds do the occasional snorkeling and hiking, and they make sure to spend time with the many friends they have made. We pick up with friends who, for the past 25 years or more, have been a mainstay in our life, Mr. Feingold says. In addition to the people, the Feingolds have embraced Puerto Rican culture, learning a good deal of Spanish and visiting the symphony and ballet on the island.

Extending culture

Culture is also an important component of the winter months for Faith and Gerald Weiss, who live atBrooksbyfor half the year and Delray Beach, Fla., for the other half. Among other talents, Mrs. Weiss is a skilled photographer, watercolor painter, and embroiderer, while her husband is polished in woodworking, wood carving, and origami. The couple volunteers at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, where Mr. Weiss teaches origami and Mrs. Weiss is a docent. They have spent winters at their condominium there for about six years, and when they are not at the museum or volunteering at the Delray Chamber of Commerce, they can be found on the golf course, at the beach, or at the theater. We just take one day at a time, says Mrs. Weiss. My avocation is having fun.

Mixed feelings

But the Weisses say they leave their Brooksby home of two years with mixed emotions because we ve made such wonderful friends. This month, old and new friends will mix, as the Feingolds plan to welcome theLinden PondsNational Parks Explorers, who will be staying nearby and traveling to various national parks over the course of a week with their leader,Linden Pondsresident Bruce McHenry. When the Weisses and Feingolds return home toBrooksbyandLinden Pondseach spring, they share their spirits and talents with their communities. The Weisses will be bringing their energy back toBrooksby, where Mr. Weiss plans to start a course in origami, and Mrs. Weiss continues her artwork and involvement with Brooksby s Theatre at the Pond group. The Feingolds host a weekly ballroom dancing night atLinden Ponds.

Two homes are better

Linden Pondshas such a wonderful assortment of activities and welcoming friends, says Mr. Feingold. And being in the Boston area provides a culture that is quite stimulating. So why leave? [Going to Puerto Rico] gives us a chance to have an extended vacation away, he explains, and also a chance to come back and be in a world we re familiar with.