Cooking with Friends
One of the most popular activities at ORA is the Cooking with Friends gathering. Members sign up to present a meal which is prepared in part or fully in the RecHall kitchen and served in the adjacent diningroom. Only 24 attendees are allowed, and the sign-up list fills quickly. Great meals and lots of fun.
Each morning members gather in the rec hall for aerobics for about an hour, followed by much discussion. Men and women join in the fun.
A small group of members enjoy a relaxing session of Yoga each week. They meet in the RecHall and try to decompress from the busy ORA life!
Several days each week, members join for doubles games on the two ORA courts. They rotate players in and out so that everyone plays and everyone rests.
The gym is located upstairs in the rec hall. It includes various exercise machines and free weights and is free for members to use.
Another popular exercise option is water aerobics in the main pool three mornings a week.
Each week the ORA golf group organizes foursomes for travel to Naples Links for 18 holes of golf, followed by lunch and or beer. On the way, members have breakfast at The Island Cafe.
To raise a little money for park activities and enjoy a luncheon together, volunteers cook burgers, hot dogs, and chili dogs each Wednesday. An inexpensive, very popular, and tasty outing at the main pool and Rec Hall. Everyone invited. Ice Cream for dessert, $1 a scoop!
The ORA Book Club meets every other week to talk about books from their ever-growing reading list. Good discussion; good fun, too.
Poker and other Card Games
ORA members play various card games, including men's and women's poker and ochre. These are scheduled each week in the RecHall open to anyone who wants to play.
Dinners and Holiday Gatherings
For holidays and special occasions, members organize and run special dinners. These are often potluck gatherings, but the RecHall kitchen provides cooking facilities for some major events: Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Valentine's Day among them.
Fabulous roasted whole pig with many fixings highlights at park-wide party with food for all and singing by the park's numerous talented musicians.
Bingo each week brings together a group of avid players. Some of them travel to other venues, bringing back great gobs of winnings.