Sundance 1 RV Resort
Manager’s Notes –
We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and are excited for what 2022 has in store for all of us!!
I’m sure anyone who ate dinner at the park Christmas Dinner, prepared by the Dynamic Duffie Duo, left with full bellies and satisfied tastebuds!! The New Year’s Eve menu looks amazing and I am sure will be equally satisfying!!! We are very blessed to have the Duffies here and offering more dinners and luncheons as season continues!
It is that time of year that the park gets busier – More Activities and Events and lots more people too.
The park is going to be full for January and February which means not only more people but more vehicles, bicycles, pets, and golf carts out and about — We just want to remind everyone if you are out after dark, please, please, please make sure you carry a light of some sort to make you more visible. Any and all Bikes, Golf Carts and Vehicles need to have lights if out after dark. EVERYONE needs to obey ALL road signs — Please stop at ALL Stop Signs and obey the 15 MPH speed limit. NO OVERNIGHT PARKING ON THE STREETS IN SUNDANCE 1 OR SUNDANCE 2! If you are unable to park on your driveway please come to the front office where we can give you a parking pass for your vehicle and assign a location to park.
Beginning January 3rd, the Front Office hours will be 9 am – 4 pm Monday thru Friday. Payments can still be made via the Office Drop Box located in the mailroom hallway across from the mailroom to help avoid too much activity in the front office.
Mailroom hours will remain the same – 9 am – 3 pm Monday thru Friday and 10:30 am – 12:30 pm on Saturdays. Mail and Packages can only be retrieved during mailroom hours.
~Anyone who has a 3 month or longer reservation this season will be able to make a reservation of 3 months or longer for the 2022-23 season beginning the middle of February. More information will be provided by early February. RV Annual’s must also pay a $200 deposit if wanting to keep their site for the next season including those with a shed on their site. Reservations for storage will be taken at this time – that includes all annual storage!
~ January is a good time to change the battery in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms – it is always better to be safe than sorry. It only takes a few minutes and you could save a life!
We are wishing everyone a very blessed New Year – May all your wishes be granted in 2022!
Tom & Kate Ebert – Managers
Happiness is not by chance, but by choice. Jim Rohn
Important Phone Numbers
911 for all police, medical and fire emergencies
Sundance Main Office 520-426-9662 (Non-business hours calls will transfer to Host)
APS 1-800-240-2014 City of Casa Grande 520-421-8600 AireBeam 520-510-0909
AED’s (Automated External Defibrillator) are located in the Laundry Room in Sundance 1 and in the Ladies Room in Sundance 2 by the pool.
Slow down, enjoy life, and let the good times roll!
Happy New Year everyone! The Activity Team is looking forward to meeting each and every one of you! Stop in at our office to see what great things you can get involved in. Our helpful team of Ronda, Lori, Karen, Glenda and Ruth are always willing to answer any questions you may have. Michelle keeps a handle on the Weekly Schedule and generates posters, tickets, sign ups and just about anything else our team needs. When you’re attending an event, make sure you thank our set up/tear down teams; Ambriah, Jo, Linda and Steve for their hard work! Kathy and Rennie will be seen at various events helping with concessions and ticket selling. We want each of you to have a very enjoyable time at Sundance 1 RV Resort!
The deadline for the February Smoke Signal is Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. All guests, Coordinators, and Groups are encouraged to submit news to the Activity office or email email@example.com.
We are such a mobile society and this is a perfect time to update your emergency contact information. We have an easy to complete form available in the Activity office and it can be dropped off in the Main office drop box located in the Mail Room hallway. This does apply to all of our Sundance community and we thank everyone who has already returned theirs.
If you are not receiving the emailed Morning Message, you’re missing out on park news and events! We have step by step instructions available in the Activity office on how to subscribe!
Did you know that you can go paperless and receive the monthly Smoke Signal by email only? If you prefer this method, please come to Activities and put your name on our list and you will no longer receive the Smoke Signal in your mailbox.
We have the following vendor events in January and sign-up sheets are available in Activities.
Saturday 1/8 10:20am MASA Lunch Seminar Hole in the Wall
Tuesday 1/11 11:30am SkyMed Lunch Seminar Hang Out Room
Friday 1/14 9am Hearing Life Free Hearing Screenings Ranch House
Chair Massages will be offered on Thursday Jan. 13 beginning at 8am at the Ranch House Meetin’ Room. Appointments are required and are filling fast! Fee of $10 payable at time of sign up.
Our Christmas Decorating Contest provided our guests with beautifully decorated RVs, Park Models and Homes to vote on. We do appreciate everyone who returned their ballots!
Our winners for RV ( travel trailer, 5th wheel and motorhome) are:
1ST Place #307 Marvin & Joann E. 2nd Place # 382 Bob & Sharon A. 3rd Place Phil & Kathy l.
Park Model winners :
1st Place #270 Collen Gahr 2nd Place #32 Andy K. 3rd Place # 407 Rachel M.
& Kathy Anderson
Decorated home in Sundance 2:
1st Place #62 Gary & Michelle T. 2nd Place #24 Sassy S. 3rd Place Charles & Margie J.
This was a very competitive event as there was a four-way tie for third place in the RV category and only two votes separated first and second place winners in the home category. Great job everyone!
We invite everyone to our Activity Expo that will be held on Saturday Jan. 15, 9am-Noon at the Hole in the Wall. This is the perfect opportunity to check out the amenities that we offer to keep our guests busy and entertained! Many of our groups, shops, clubs and game players will be on hand to explain what they do and why you should learn a new hobby or come and fun with them!
Come early to the Activity Expo to enjoy breakfast or arrive a bit later and enjoy lunch at the Sundance Café with cooking by Dining with the Duffies! See you there!
Billiards – You’re invited to join us for organized play at 9am on Monday and Thursdays and tournament play on Tuesday and Thursday. Women and men are welcome to join in on the fun, make new friends, and pick up some pointers as well. The room is open until 10pm for your enjoyment. Need more information call Bud Drake 307-746-5416 Site 678 or Randy 507-327-6739 Site 209.
Cactus Needles – We meet every Monday 10am-Noon in the Hang Out Room. On Monday Jan.10 we will be in the Ranch House Meetin’ Room 10am-12pm as the Hang Out Room has another event. If you like to knit, crochet or use a crow hook, you are invited to join us. We work on hats, scarves and blankets to donate to local charities. We do have easy to follow patterns and donated yarn to share with anyone who would like to help make a difference in the community!
Casino Night – We are looking forward to seeing you at this exciting event at 5-9pm on Friday, Jan. 28 at the Hole in the Wall and the Hang Out Room. We have planned a fun night for everyone with games, food and prizes! Gaming will be $5 for $5000 of play money. Please bring the exact amount when possible. Tables will be available for you to sit and socialize. Our volunteers are working hard helping to plan a great evening at Sundance. If you have any question, please free to contact Michelle T. at SD 2 #62
Ceramics – We’ve had busy little elves trying to finish Christmas projects. We have a new supply of greenware on our shelves….stop in to see what is new! Remember we have a Monitor to help with any questions you may have. Thank you to the folks that have dropped off towels and donations to our shop as they are much appreciated. Everyone is invited to stop in and say “Hi’ and check out what everyone is working on. Happy New Year! Ruthann Lindgren, Coordinator
Church – All guests are invited to attend nondenominational services at 8:30am at the Hole in the Wall held every Sunday through April 10.
Country Store – We hope to see you at our monthly craft show which will be Friday, Jan. 07 at the Hole in the Wall and outside around Pool 1 from 9am – 12pm. We are anticipating 60 vendors and we encourage you to patronize these small businesses who will be selling a variety of handmade items, woodworking, jewelry, and more! Delphine Becker
Computer Lab – You will find us on Tonto Street on the back side of the building that houses Ceramics and Stained Glass. Our room is run by the Computer Club and is open five days a week 9-11:45am and 1-3:34pm. We have nine computers with Window 10 and Microsoft along with four printers and three of them are wireless. WI FI is available in the lab at a $1 a day or join our club at $20 for the first season and $10 next season. We are able to print address labels and business cards. Watch for an announcement of upcoming classes in January and February on Windows 10 and Excel. Our next club meeting is Wednesday Jan. 5 at 9am in the Hang Out Room.
Couples and Pattern Dance – We are back from our short hiatus and will return to the dance floor on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022 at the Hole in the Wall with Couples Dance at 10am. Thursdays are Pattern Dance, same time, same place. Sandi & Kent Reedy
Crafty Ladies – Do you want to join a group who like to create things or just have a laugh or three? Need a place to just sit and work on an unfinished project? Want to get started in a new craft but need guidance? Crafty Ladies is the place for you. Come see what we’re all about on Mondays and Fridays from 1-4pm in the Hang Out Room. Stop in for a visit or bring your project and stay awhile. We’re always looking forward to meeting new people! Rosie Creger
Dessert Theater – The players have been casted and rehearsals have started. After a year off, the Sundance Dessert Theater will be happening this year! Our show will be Fortunes Read $1 by Kamron Kiltgaard. The show will be presented on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, Feb. 22-24th at 7pm at the Hole in the Wall. Tickets will be on sale through Activities in early February. Alice Neuok
Dining with the Duffies located at the Sundance Café – We specialize in serving homemade, quality, comfort food to all of our guests. Please let us know in advance if you have food sensitivities and we will do our best to accommodate you. We hope to see you at the Hole in the Wall at one of our lunches or at the Country Store and Activity Expo where we will be serving breakfast and lunch!
Wednesday Jan. 05 Lunch 11am-1:30pm
Thursday Jan. 06 Lunch 11am 1:30pm
Friday Jan. 07 Breakfast and Lunch 7:30am – 1pm for the Country Store
Saturday Jan. 15 Breakfast and Lunch 8am – 1pm for the Activity Expo
Wednesday Jan.19 Lunch 11am-1:30pm
Thursday Jan. 20 Lunch 11am-1:30pm
Friday Jan. 21 Lunch 11am-1:30pm
Front Gate Greeters – Thanks to all the member of this group for your commitment and dedication. You are the best! There are a few shifts available as follows: Fridays, Jan. 21 and Jan. 28, 10am-Noon. March, each Wednesday and Friday, 8-10. We are looking for volunteers who like people, are friendly and outgoing. The work is easy, and it’s a great way to meet new people. Training for new volunteers will be provided prior to your first shift. We also have “on-call” positions to fill shifts as needed. If you are interested or want more information, please call Fritzi or Bob at 818-519-1171. Feel free to stop by site 665 to chat with us or sign up in Activities.
Gourd Shop – January will be a very busy month for gourds. We will have a Thunder Gourd class plus other popular classes and Beginner classes will be offered as well. Space is limited, so sign up early. The January calendar is on the Gourd Shop clipboard showing our hours and when classes will be held along with sign-up sheets. We hope to see you there! Lynn Olson
Hardanger – This is a form of Norwegian embroidery which uses wrapping and cutting of material threads to form intricate designs and it’s easier than it sounds. The group meets on Tuesdays from 1-3pm at the Ranch House Meetin’ Room. Stop in to see what’s happening and lessons are offered starting on the first Tuesday of each month with lots of help to get you started. No sign-up is needed just the ability to count to five. Though we are the Hardanger group, we welcome anyone working on cross stitch, cruel, bargello or any other charted embroidery. We don’t work in silence but we do offer a basically quiet well-lit atmosphere in which to work.
Lapidary – We hope to offer more open hours in January as our Monitors return for the season. We are located behind Ceramics on Tonto Street. Bring in your own rock or purchase a slab for a small fee from us to create beautiful pieces of jewelry, wall hangings and more! We are open half days during the week and Wednesday evenings 6-8:30pm. You can always stop by Activities to see if we are open. Thanks, Dave Yelton
Library – If you haven’t visited the library, please do! We are located in the Ranch House in Sundance 2. We offer a nice variety of reading material and are currently accepting donations of gently read books and DVD movies. Large print and westerns are greatly appreciated. We cannot accept cook books, Reader’s Digest Condensed books, bibles, etc. Barbara Newman
Line Dance – We will be back on the dance floor Tuesday, Jan. 04. Join us at the Hole in the Wall every Tuesday and Thursdays, 1:30-3:30pm. Fee is $2 per person per class.
MGN Sales – Mark your calendars for our Open House on Saturday, Feb.19, 2022. We are asking for volunteers to help us throughout the day and promote our wonderful resort! There will be a sign-up sheet in the Activity office starting in January for areas where volunteers will be needed.
RC Racers – If you like to be competitive, and like doing a little tuning and maintenance on a “toy” car, you should consider getting involved in racing 1/10 scale radio-controlled cars. The RC track here at Sundance 1 is the best in the area. The hobby is challenging and a lot of fun! We race every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday starting at 1:30pm The racers are broken into classes depending on skill level. As you improve you can move up a class and race against tougher competition. We race 1/10 scale Traxxas Rustler VXL cars that can be purchased at the hobby shop or on line. You also might be able to purchase a complete used setup from one of the racers at the track. If you are interested in getting involved stop by the track. We would be happy to let you take one of our cars out for a test drive, discuss what you need to get started, and the costs involved. It’s really inexpensive. Andy Karlsnes Site #32
Senior Stretch – This is a great, fun workout for guys and gals that are unable to do the more strenuous exercises. It’s important to keep moving and use our muscles to remain fit and healthy. We meet at 10:30am on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays for a good workout mainly in chairs. Give us a try and you may really like it! Nancy Bittinger
Shuffleboard – Scheduled play is Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9:30am. Tuesday is our bowling pin shuffle and Monday, Wednesday and Friday is regular shuffleboard where you play for yourself. Bowling Pin Shuffle is a team event with all the yellow against all of the black. This is really a fun time with lots of cheering and encouraging your team! We encourage anyone wanting to learn the game to ask and we will teach you during any scheduled day of play. Proper care of the boards is important and we will explain how to properly care for them before and after play. Our group loves a good time and all suggestions on how to improve the shuffleboard program are welcome. We will be having our annual single elimination shuffleboard tournament starting Monday, Feb. 21. Sign up sheet for the tournament will go up on Monday, Jan. 24 and come down on Friday, Feb. 4. It is a luck of the draw for teams and it does take four sessions to complete, Monday through Thursday. If you sign up for the tournament you need to commit for the entire week and sometimes weather will cause a delay. If additional play is needed to fill brackets that will be on Friday Feb. 18. You must wear your name badge and be a Sundance resident/guest to play in the tournament. Joe & Carolyn Hess #611
Stained Glass – We are buzzing with activity and projects are being created at amazing speeds! We hosted our first mosaic class on Monday Dec. 13 and those projects are “home” with their creators. We started a second class on Monday Dec. 27 and those projects are progressing nicely. The response to this class has been tremendous and we are working our way through the list of those who signed up. If you have not been contacted yet, we promise that you are on the list and will be included in one of future classes. Look for notices of your class in your mailbox. If you have not signed up yet but are interested, please stop by the shop and add you name to the list. We remind all of you that we are open Monday through Friday from 9am-12pm and 1-3:45pm as well as Wednesday nights 6-8:30pm. We have a number of beginner projects that you may choose to create and they are offered at a flat fee of $10 and any of our Monitors are able to teach you these skills. For those who would like to learn the craft of caming or leading, we offer that class on Wednesday evenings and Friday mornings. For those with some experience in glass please feel free to come into the shop anytime we are open as we are equipped with all the equipment and supplies you need. Congratulations to the winner of our December raffle. We appreciate your support and will be offering a traditional stained glass piece for our January raffle. Monday afternoons are great for Mosaics. Wednesday day is good for stepping stones and the evening for caming or leading. Life is filled with opportunities! Steering Committee Cindel Nelson, Jim McBride, Harriet Reed
Sundance Book Club – Our fiction reading club meets the third Wednesday of the month. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 9:30am in the Gamblin’ Room. Our next book discussion we will share our thoughts about The Round House, a book by Louise Erdrich. We hope you will join us and let us know about your favorite reads as we are open to hear about new titles and authors. A posit is in Activities with more information and we plan on having a table at the Activity Expo on Saturday, Jan. 15. Submitted by Lajla Hood on behalf of Sherry Robertson
Sundance Softball – Softball had a very successful fall season where the Sundance team placed third in the league and finished second in league tournament! Sundance will have TWO teams, the Mustangs and the Colts in the 2022 Winter league. Schedules are available in the Activity office. The first three games are noted below.
Monday 1/3 Palm Creek Field
10:15am Mustangs vs. Titans 11:30am Colts vs Bison
Thursday 1/6 Palm Creek Field
10:15am Colts vs Titans 11:30am Mustangs vs Bison
Thursday 1/13 Palm Creek Field
9am Mustangs vs Colts
We will try to keep everyone updated on scores and the next games through the Morning Message email. We hope you will come out and cheer on our teams as your support does make a difference. We still need help with scorekeepers for games. If you are interested, please contact Jim Meyerhoff 253-848-1735 firstname.lastname@example.org .
Sundance Solos – We will meet on Thursday, Jan. 13 at 1pm in the Hang Out Room. If you are single and looking for new friends and things to do, please stop in and see what we are planning. Delphine Becker
Sundance UTV Group – If you have a quad or UTV and would like to ride with a group, you should consider going out with the Sundance UTV Group! We ride every Tuesday and meet at the McDonald’s in Florence at 8:30am and leave from there. We ride in the mountains east of Florence or on the washes and trails south of Florence. The rides range from 30 to 50 miles and we try to return to Sundance before 5pm. We do take several breaks during the day and stop for lunch on the trail around noon. If you have questions, contact Andy site #32 or email me at email@example.com .
Veterans of Sundance/Fairways – Join us at Sundance on Monday, Jan. 10 in the Hang Out Room, 9:30 – 11:30am. All Veterans from all branches and spouses of Veterans are invited to attend our meetings. Congratulations to our December raffle winners! Sundance residents, Glenn Killen won the crocheted throw and Tony Tomski won the quilt. Fairway’s winners were Rex Pugh won the beaded bracelet and Sue Logemann won the stained glass picture.
Wood Carving – We meet every Tuesday and Friday in the Gamblin’ Room at 9am. Men and women alike are welcome to join us and try their hand at a beginner project. We have several talented individuals that would love to show you how to carve and provide you with guidance on your creation.
The Secret Ingredient food trailer will be located in pull through site 688. They will be here on Tuesdays in January for lunch 11am – 1:30pm. Menu and food options change often. Stop by and have a bite.
Correction – In the December Smoke Signal under Billiards, Randy’s phone number was incorrectly typed. It should be 507-327-6739. We apologize for the error.
Anyone interested in playing or learning to play Bocce Ball can come to #105 in Sundance 2 on Tuesdays and/or Saturdays at 1pm. Everyone is welcome. Joyce and Tim Jones
Thank you – I will start out by saying that living in the Sundance community has been one of the best experiences in my life. This past weekend the city of Casa Grande had the 35th annual Toy Parade and in typical fashion the AZ Punishers Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club participated. As most of you know I am the President of the Casa Grande Chapter and I live at site #452 in Sundance 1. Chrissie and I moved into our home in March of 2021 and in August 2021, I lost her. This community surrounded me and helped me through one of the toughest things anyone will ever have to go through. Thank you for all the support, well wishes, and prayers.
On Sunday the 5th of December, we had a celebration of life for Chrisse and a toy collection for the Toy Parade. Once again, the Sundance community pulled together and showed great support for me and the Casa Grande community. I would like take this time to thank you all for everything you have done for me and my family, I look forward to many more years of enjoyment with all of you. We will be coming through park again in 2022 so be prepared to donate toys. See you around the park. Bill Ames “PINz” AZ: PLEMC Desert Central President
The Activity office would like to thank our small, but talented worker bees for all of their efforts to bring together our display for the Casa Grande Electric Light Parade held on Saturday, Dec. 4. Cheri O’Brien, Kathy Jax, Bobby Camden, Judy Crosby and Dave Yelton. While no awards were received, we were the only RV resort/park represented.