Rooney Bin: Branching off into a informed Christmas-time subject – Florida Times

December 16, 2015 - garden totes

Oh my goodness, my mother’s doll looks so flattering unresolved in a distinguished mark on a Rooney Bin Christmas tree. As a finishing touch, it outlines an finish to a annual quarrel about either or not to adorn a 8-foot pre-wired, synthetic sight that has a territory of dark lights. Scrooge a Binmeister resists environment adult a Bin’s arrangement of holiday spirit, and a comparison we get a some-more demure we am to go by a annual onslaught to get a lights to work and hang a gazillion ornaments acquired over 48 years of Rooney Bindom. Nevertheless, No. 1 daughter urges us to put adult a Christmas tree, assuring she will help. Who started this stupidity anyway?

Blame it on 7th-century priest St. Boniface, who trafficked Germany converting people to Christianity. One day he encountered a organisation of pagans worshiping an ash tree. Appalled, he ran to Home Depot to buy a sequence saw and some gas, that as we remember was about 15 cents a gallon behind then, and returned to a woods. By then, a heathens had changed on to rite a boulder. Switching his boni-face to a Grinch-face, he struggled to get a sequence saw working. When he cut down a descent oak, a tiny fir tree sprang from a roots. The good saint knew a spectacle when he saw one — it was a spectacle he got a sequence saw operative — and announced a fir a pointer of Christian faith, since a triangular figure represented a Holy Trinity. Nevertheless, it took German wives several hundred years to remonstrate their husbands — tell me about it — to pierce in evergreen trees to be flashy with candles and lovable ornaments they got on vacations.

Christmas tree pleat harks behind to a 16th century. Martin Luther is credited with decorating a initial tree with white candles to perform children. Early trees also were ornate with apples, candy canes, paper flowers and cookies done like stars, hearts and flowers. Hans Greiner of Germany constructed a initial potion baubles; he done potion stone garlands and tin total to hang on trees. The trend widespread to other countries, and by a 1800s Americans had adopted a tradition, surrounding their trees with prolonged strands of cranberries or popcorn. Today, people emanate thesis and elaborate decorator trees. However, many families reuse ornaments year after year, combining collections that paint family story as they are upheld on to destiny generations. Likewise, any attire on a Bin tree has a story and story to tell.


TPC Storytellers have many tales to tell about a story of a pretentious TPC Clubhouse and Stadium Course as good as a famous golfers who have played there. At a Dec. 7 awards luncheon during a clubhouse, they talked about their possess story and this year’s 5 nonprofits that they respected with donations.

Storytellers are volunteers who chaperon visitors around a hall and to a famous 16th, 17th and 18th Stadium Course holes, all a while spinning yarns about fascinating things that have happened there. Nine volunteers shaped a initial organisation in 2007. Now there are 52. About 95 percent are late group and women from a accumulation of professions — many are former troops — trimming in age from 62 to 84 years old, second-in-command Russ Girolamo said. Visitors come from all over a universe to see a Players Championship course. “The famous Island Green is a Mecca for golfers,” he said.

“The approach we schooled all a stories we tell was we went to a Internet, afterwards told any other what we learned,” Storyteller boss Paul Larson said. “Our pleasure is to pierce people in and make this come alive … we did it so well, people gave us rewards.” They motionless to put a rewards in a account and give it to smaller nonprofits, where it creates a large difference. Since a Storytellers’ inception, $112,000 has been given to area charities.

Bob Kastner headed a cabinet that comparison a 2015 awardees: Hart Felt Ministries, that provides services to assistance thin seniors stay in their homes; a St. Johns County Veterans Council, that will use a endowment to assistance buy a new outpost to ride county vets to Gainesville VA facilities; Seamark Ranch, that provides a caring home for children from families in crisis; Wreaths Across America, that places wreaths on headstones of depressed heroes in inhabitant cemeteries; and Art with a Heart, that takes art to a bedsides of critically ill children during Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Nemours Clinic and Ronald McDonald House.


On Dec. 8, a First Coast Republican Club wound adult a successful year with a Christmas celebration during Casa Marina Hotel, Jacksonville Beach. Keyboardist/vocalist Don Miniard entertained with holiday tunes and folks noshed complicated hors d’oeuvres. This year a bar asked attendees to benefaction Publix benefaction cards for K9s for Warriors, a nonprofit that trains and pairs use dogs with members of a troops pang post dire highlight disorder. The bar was gratified to benefaction K9s executive executive Rory Diamond with $1,100 in benefaction cards, bar boss Scott Wiley said. The bar hosts engaging accepted programs during Casa Marina commencement with a amicable during 6:30 p.m., a fourth Monday of any month. To join or learn more, hit Wiley during (904) 246-1719 or email


The Christmas trees are fantastic during a TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse, though a St. Johns Chamber “giving tree” was flashy with tags of wish for internal charities. On Dec. 9, members of a St. Johns County Chamber Ponte Vedra Division dignified a stimulating array of trees and garlands as they collected for a “Merriment Party” during TPC Clubhouse. Claude Nolan Cadillac was presenting unite for a dusk of hors d’oeuvres, adult beverages and doorway prizes. Division ambassadors took partial in a St. Johns Cares Giving Tree Initiative by bringing “gifts” to be distributed to giveaway organizations. Each entertain cover ambassadors name a village devise to support. In 2016, a county cover will pierce to proxy buliding during a St. Augustine Record. The devise is to eventually emanate a co-work space for an bureau as good as let space for tiny businesses. For cover news, go to


Marsh Landing Garden Club started a tradition of decorating list tip trees for Community Hospice patients 15 years ago; patients during Haven Hospice were combined 8 years ago. Club members buy trees and decorations, and afterwards get together for a tasty continental breakfast celebration to adorn about 30 trees. This year, Carol Waters and Steve Groth from Haven Hospice assimilated a celebration and talked about a fun a trees pierce to patients and their families.


Santa was on palm for a Dec. 10 Beaches Museum History Park Christmas tree lighting and holiday open house. It’s a consternation he could mount adult after 1,700 children climbed on his path during a Dec. 4 and 5 Polar Express eventuality in a park. Nevertheless, when operations manager Alexandra Klein threw a switch to light a park tree, a Jolly Old Elf assimilated newly inaugurated house boss Darby Brower in strictly welcoming about 300 guest for holiday fare, cookies and cocoa in a Cummer sight enclosing and tours of a festively flashy Foreman’s House and Mayport Depot. The evening’s party in a chapel enclosed Rev. Gabe Goodman revelation stories and singing carols as good as performances by Secluded Strings, a Polly B Dancers, pianist Mary Perry and Players by a Sea.

Next on a museum’s holiday bulletin is a Celtic Christmas unison during a chapel Monday, Dec. 21. There will be 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. performances of toe-tapping Scottish and Irish songs. Tickets are $20 accessible during, or call (904) 241-5657.


Also Dec. 10, about 100 youngsters and some oldsters collected underneath a tent during Mickler Landing Shopping Center to container glossy red totes with food and holiday dish reserve for Blessings in a Backpack, a nonprofit that provides food for children on giveaway and reduced remuneration lunch module during 17 schools in St. Johns and Duval counties. This is a fourth year a Jim Tabitha Furyk Foundation has orderly Hope for a Holidays to container food donated by a substructure and PepsiCo for needy children and their families. The substructure combined by tip golfer Jim Furyk and his mom Tabitha supports internal charities such as Blessings and Operation Shower that provides essentials for troops families awaiting a baby, Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Community PedsCare and a Monique Burr Foundation. Hope for a Holidays provides an event for children and their relatives to work together to assistance reduction advantageous families. This year 3,000 packs were bagged with Life cereal, a canned ham, stuffing, a canned vegetable, Rice-a-Roni and present potatoes.


We handmade ornaments for a initial Bin tree; others were combined by a children, gifts from friends and family, or vacation souvenirs. A few are antiques upheld down from a families. My mom gave me her tree doll before she died a few years ago. The tiny celluloid doll was given to her when she was born, and her mom done a prolonged white (now yellowed) robe for it and hung it on her initial Christmas tree. That was 95 years go. Some folks make a rite of fixation a star on tip of a tree, though during a Bin a protocol is finish when we hang a doll and contend “Merry Christmas Mom. We skip you.”

Jackie Rooney is a freelance author who lives in Ponte Vedra Beach. Contact her during

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