Monthly Archives: December 2014

Start Your Holiday Tradition In A New Home!


Your new TidalWalk home is the perfect setting for the cherished holiday traditions your family will carry with them. And you can unwrap a new home in time for this holiday season. Our carefully chosen holiday homes are move-in ready and waiting for your family to create the memories that last beyond the season.

  • Homes are Available Now from the $300s
  • Gated, Waterfront Community
  • Resort-Style Amenities

Featured Homes:


7900 Flip Flop Lane – 4 Bed • 4 Bath • 3,172 Sq. Ft. Bonus Room • Elevator Shaft $509,900

This four bedroom home boasts an open layout from the cozy family room with fireplace with built-in shelving to the gourmet kitchen with its large island. A spacious master suite with large walk-in closet and 2nd and 3rd bedroom are situated on the 2nd floor and the 4th bedroom with its own bath on first floor.


7816 Bonfire Drive – 3 Bed • 2.5 Bath • 2,274 Sq. Ft. $347,500

This charming 2-story cottage style home features 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, a well-appointed kitchen with great amenities, a formal dining room, laundry room, screened porch, and 2-car garage.

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948 TidalWalk Drive – 4 Bed • 3 Bath • 2,258 Sq. Ft. $359,900

This unique home offers an open first floor plan with a spacious kitchen, breakfast nook and family room plus a formal dining room, and a bedroom. The second floor features a large owner’s suite, two additional bedrooms, and a bonus room.

For information on any of these great home options, please visit us online or call us at 910-899-5000.

**Prices and specifications are subject to change without notice. Photos are representative**

Canasta: Fun For All Ages


If you’ve never played Canasta, you truly don’t know what you’re missing. A cousin of Gin Rummy, Canasta has been played for over 75 years and is both fun and challenging to play.

The game of Canasta was created in South America in 1939 and spread like wildfire before being introduced to the United States in 1948. The game quickly became a card-craze boom in the 1950s providing a sales avalanche of card sets, card trays and books about the subject.

Canasta uses two regular decks of cards, including the jokers (two from each deck). Each player is dealt eleven cards. Players across from each other are partners and play cards to a common area, so each partner can take advantage of the other’s play. Canasta is usually played over several hands; the first team to reach 5,000 points wins.

Rules Summary

On your turn, you either draw a card from the draw pile or take the entire discard pile (there are special rules for picking up the discard pile.) You can then play melds and canastas. At the end of your turn, you must discard a card to the discard pile. Either you or your partner must make an initial meld for your team. Once your team has made its initial meld, both of you can play as many melds and canastas as you want on your turns. If your team has made at least one canasta, either you or your partner can go out if you can play all the cards in your hand.

Tools of the Game
Two decks of cards (108 needed)
Canasta Deck Tray (revolving is good)
Canasta Score Cards (helps keep tab)
Card Shuffler (optional – easy on the hands)
Card Holders (optional – also easy on the hands)

Some Game Time Tips
Nibbles – The menu items should be easy (think finger foods) and clean up should be super-fast so you can get started on your melding strategy.

Drinks – Soda and iced-tea are great, but some fun and flirty cocktails make Canasta way more fun.

Etiquette – While sometimes card games can be raucous, good etiquette should be encouraged.

Where to play
Looking for people to play with? Meetup is a good way to look for people near you who love card games or you may want to form your own Canasta group. You’ll be glad you did.