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Let’s Go Clubbing

Fox Run’s resident-run clubs get airtime

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September 15th, 2016
Alice Lyons and Hal Hudson enjoy a game of bocce under the sun on Fox Run’s bocce ball court.

Alice Lyons and Hal Hudson enjoy a game of bocce under the sun on Fox Run’s bocce ball court.

Fred Bernstein spent his career as a podiatrist. But, back when he was in college, he minored in radio and has always enjoyed public speaking. 

“I’ve had experience of working in front of groups, and I’m not one of those people who is shy,” Fred says. 

Now living at Fox Run, Fred has discovered a cool new opportunity to explore his interest in broadcasting. Shortly after he and his wife Sandra moved to Fox Run a little over a year ago, Fred started volunteering in the community’s in-house television studio. He has cohosted the daily news show and also done on-air weather forecasts. Recently, Fred started hosting a new show called Let’s Go Clubbing, in which he profiles Fox Run’s dozens of resident-run clubs and committees. 

Inside look

“I originated this program with the idea of showing the time clubs meet and what they do, and taking [viewers] into a club, with the hope residents will see what’s going on and want to join,” Fred says.

So far, Fred has done segments on the table tennis club; German club; hobby shop; water volleyball league; Wii bowling club; the poetry & prose group; croquet club; Unity in the Community group; travel club; and Your Own University, a group for lifelong learning. Other volunteers from the TV studio operate the video camera, while Fred handles the on-screen action. Fred says his neighbors are enjoying the new program, and some of the resident-run clubs have gotten new members as a result of it.

Fred and Sandra lived in Farmington Hills, Mich., before moving to Fox Run. Now they live in the community’s Edgewater residence building, which opened in 2015. They selected a Summerton-style apartment home, which has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a bay window that lets in plenty of natural light. 

Fun with the neighbors

Fred says the best thing about their new home is their neighbors. All of the residents who live on the Bernsteins’ floor meet for happy hour every evening before dinner. They gather in a common area at the end of their hallway to chitchat before heading down to one of the on-site restaurants.

“You can bring your own drink,” Fred says. “But, it’s really just a fun social thing.”

Fred, Sandra, and their neighbors from their floor were also planning to have a picnic over the summer in one of the communal outdoor areas that has tables, chairs, and grills for residents to use. 

When Fred isn’t busy hosting segments for Fox Run’s TV station or socializing with his new neighbors, he enjoys exercising at the on-site fitness center. He is also a member of the history club and the veterans club, and he is one of the volunteers who visits with residents in Fox Run’s continuing care neighborhood. He and Sandra also volunteer to answer questions about Fox Run for prospective residents who want to learn more about the community.

“This is best place around,” he says. “My wife and I just love it.”

Bringing bocce back

Fox Run has dozens of resident-run clubs and committees ranging from golf and water aerobics to mah-jongg and Wii bowling to political awareness and memoir writing. You name a hobby, and Fox Run is bound to have at least a handful of residents who are interested in it. The newest group to come to the community is a bocce ball league.

Traditionally an Italian game, bocce tends to be popular among people in Italy, as well as Italian immigrants in other parts of the world. Bocce is the plural of the Italian word boccia, which means bowl. The laid-back sport is typically played between two teams on natural soil or asphalt courts with eight balls and a smaller ball, which is called a pallina.

With bocce’s roots in Italian culture, the new bocce league was a spin-off from Fox Run’s Italian Club, a group that organizes fun events to celebrate Italian food, culture, history, language, and art. 

Their own court

Resident Cindy Candela, president of the Italian Club, says some members, as well as some non-Italian residents, were interested in playing bocce together. The group worked with the fitness center staff to paint a bocce ball court on the on-site putting green and set up a bocce scoreboard. 

Since June, about 12 residents have been meeting every Friday morning to play bocce and enjoy the gorgeous summer weather. 

“We keep adding people to the group,” Cindy says. “We had a 91-year-old who was our champion last time we were out there. Fox Run put out a picnic table with an umbrella for shade. We go out there and play, and we have a really good time.”