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Croquet and coffee cake

Saturday mornings are a lot more fun at Fox Run

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October 14th, 2016
Fox Run neighbors gather on Saturday mornings to play croquet under the sunshine. Pictured here is croquet club member Fred Bernstein.

Fox Run neighbors gather on Saturday mornings to play croquet under the sunshine. Pictured here is croquet club member Fred Bernstein.

Allen Zondlak has been playing croquet since he was a young boy. Now that he’s retired and living at Fox Run, he has a whole new group of friends with whom he enjoys playing the sport. 

Allen and his wife Patricia moved to Fox Run from Wixom, Mich., a little over a year ago. Once they settled in their new home, Allen started talking to his neighbors about getting together to play croquet. 

Other residents were interested, and now a group of about 12 people gather every Saturday morning in Fox Run’s picnic area to enjoy a few rounds of croquet and some friendly conversation.

Social atmosphere

“You’re out getting exercise in the fresh air, and it’s great for socializing—we will talk a bit prior to playing,” Allen says. “Anyone can play croquet, as long as you can walk and hit a ball. The main thing is the enjoyment we have.”

Allen had a croquet set, as did another resident, and Fox Run purchased a third set, so that several residents can play simultaneously. 

Allen says the croquet club plays according to the United States Croquet Association’s rules but with a few modifications to make the games a bit easier. 

While the physical exercise is a benefit, what’s even more important is the time spent in the company of friends and neighbors. 

“There’s a lot of good conversation during the game,” Allen says. “It’s a friendly group, and afterward we will sit and talk. And last time one of the members made a huge coffee cake and brought it to share.”

Friends everywhere you turn

Allen and Patricia live in Edgewater, Fox Run’s newest residence building. They have formed close friendships with the people who live on their floor. The friendly gang gathers every evening for happy hour before dinner. 

Allen says Fox Run is a fabulous place to live. He likens the community to a “cruise ship that doesn’t move.”

“You have all the food you can eat, all the activities, and the socialization and friendship with all the staff and residents,” he says. “You walk through the halls, and sometimes it takes 15 minutes to get somewhere because you are stopping to talk to so many people.”

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