Palencia Ladies Day Out
PLDO-Our History

It began with lunch at The Cheesecake Factory in Town Center...

My husband and I moved from Michigan to our new home in November, 2007.  We chose Palencia for its natural beauty, community amenities, and proximity to St. Augustine and Jacksonville; however, we knew no one in the St. Augustine area.

One of the best decision I made was joining Sally Brady's water aerobics class because one day after a refreshing water workout, Nancy Coan, Tricia Cross, and Clare Gregorek invited me to join them for lunch at The Cheesecake Factory in Town Center.  There's is nothing more welcome than an invitation to lunch when you're "the new girl in town!" Over lunch, I enjoyed getting to know my new friends and received  insider information on Palencia and the St. Augustine area.

Since we were having such a good time, I wondered aloud, if there would be enough community interest to start a small monthly ladies' group to explore the area and sample local restaurants.  I received a "thumbs up" from all present and the honor of organizing the monthly outings. 

Since launching Palencia Ladies Day Out ( PLDO) in October, 2008 with a visit to Lightner Museum and lunch at the Alcazar Restaurant, PLDO members have enjoyed a wide variety of interesting monthly outings, including tours of St. Augustine historic sites, Jacksonville Zoo, Kingsley Plantation, JAX MOCA, Maggie's Herb Farm, Shakespeare's Tea Room, Limelight Theater, St. Augustine Wild Reserve, and hands-on Holiday Centerpiece Workshop, just to name a few.

In the summer of 2008, the "PLDO First Ladies" told their friends about PLDO, who told their friends and neighbors.  Now the PLDO email list is over 100 and continues to grow!  Thanks to the many active PLDO members who help plan our outings, we continue have fun, make new friends, and enjoy interesting experiences in St. Augustine/Jacksonville areas.

Kathy Schutzman

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