Pat and Ron Melvin…From Intrigue to Amour At Brunswick Plantation

Melvin 3 Pat and Ron WedBrunswick Plantation and Golf Resort ® is a dynamic gated golf community in Coastal Carolina that lots of Friendly Folks call Home! Pat and Ron Melvin are one Happy couple that actually lived and met at Brunswick Plantation before their marriage in 2005. Theirs is a story of Intrigue to Amour that endures today!

Pat and Ron did not know each other when they each bought lots to move here in the beginning years of Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort.

Pat was originally from Wisconsin and still has family to visit there. Pat and her husband, Chuck, had bought a lot to build their house in 1994 to move here from Crownsville, Maryland. Pat had actually won the trip to another resort in this area at her health club in Annapolis, Maryland. However, after playing golf at Brunswick Plantation, she and her husband asked to see property here. Sadly, Chuck passed away from the effects of cancer before they could move into their house on Middleton Drive. Pat moved into their house at Brunswick Plantation in 1999, 6 months after Chuck’s passing.

Ron, originally from Michigan, moved to Brunswick Plantation from Kingstowne, Virginia.  Ron had worked at the Pentagon where Dave Mason, who also once lived at Brunswick Plantation, worked. The Masons have since moved to Yorktown. Ron had found out about Brunswick Plantation from a Retirement Fair in Northern Virginia….Not knowing at the time that Dave lived here. Ron’s wife, Linda, had passed away from cancer in 1996. Ron bought the lot at Savannah Greens North in 1997. His house was built in 2002, and he moved into it in 2003.

Department of Defense

usa-department-of-defenseThough they never worked together or knew each other then, both Pat and Ron worked for the Department of Defense at one time. Pat worked for the Defense Department at Fort Meade.  Ron was an Air Force officer who retired from the Pentagon. During his time in the Air Force, Ron had been stationed in Turkey, Korea, and San Antonio, Texas. So, they both served at the Department of Defense in different capacities before meeting at Brunswick Plantation. It’s a Small World After All!

Walking the Dog…Friendly Persuasion

Melvins and PutterPat, being alone since moving to Brunswick Plantation, had several single women she socialized with, as well as some couples. Pat enjoyed walking her beloved dog, Putter, a Chow and Alaskan Huskie, around the Plantation. Ron would slow down his car as he passed by to chat with Pat. Pat and Ron also met at Friday Night Bowling. They were both at a Housewarming for Eleanor and Tommy Tucker when they moved into Brunswick Plantation.  So, after several of these chance meetings and conversations, one day in August of 2004, Pat got a surprise call from Ron. They chatted,  and a week later, after returning from an out of town trip, Ron invited Pat to lunch at Toby’s…Now known as  Pat & Mikes!

Come Together…Melody of Love

Pat and Ron started to see each other and were engaged on Valentine’s Day in 2005! Amour! Pat and Ron were married at Seaside Methodist Church in Sunset Beach, NC! They had a big wedding with many Family and Friends from near and far… over 100 guests ! Bob Rodmond, pastor at Seaside at the time, performed the ceremony. Melvin 4 Pat daughtersPat’s daughters, Cheryl and Stephanie were  Bridesmaids. Melvin 12 mom sisPat’s Mom, Evelyn Rolland, and Sister, Carol Books, were in attendance. It was Pat’s Mother’s last trip East, as she is now 98 Years Young! Lorraine Usher and Ellie Allen sang at the wedding with Kathryn Parker at the piano.

 

Melvin 10(1) woody jamesRon’s son, James, and friend, Woody, stood up for him at  the Wedding! The reception was held at Brunswick Plantation! Many friends of Ron’s from the Pohick Episcopal Church in Northern Virginia, where Ron was a long-time member before moving to Brunswick Plantation, came for the wedding. George Washington and George Mason worshipped at this historic church near the nation’s capitol!

Melvin 11 KIDSThere was music and dancing for all ages at the reception! Love is truly a “Many Splendored Thing” and the Celebration was a Romantic Rhapsody enjoyed by All!

 

Mediterranean Cruise…Honeymoon

 The Honeymoon Cruise for Pat and Ron was a Mediterranean delight! They first flew from Atlanta to Rome where they spent two days enjoying the historic sights. vatican_pictures_1A Vatican visit was one of the highlights of their time in Rome.

Melvin Med Cruise

Their cruise took them to memorable places…Athens, Corinth, Turkey, Santorini, Mykonos, and Venice to name a few! Beautiful  Mediterranean Memories …What a wonderful way to begin their new life together! Amour in the Mediterranean!

 

Pat and Ron…World Travels

Melvin 6 med cruisePat and Ron enjoy seeing the world together..Twice the Fun! They have taken an Alaska Cruise on the Sapphire Princess which went from Anchorage to Vancouver through the inside passage.

 

Hawaiiroyal-aloha-vacation-club-waikiki-4They have been to Hawaii several times, as they go to a Royal Aloha Vacation Club Time Share in Oahu, Maui, and the Kona Coast of the Big Island. Pat had been to a Time Share in Hawaii with Chuck to celebrate her 40th birthday in 1982! So, Hawaii is a favorite destination for Pat and Ron!

Melvin 1(1) Great WallIn 2007 Pat and Ron took a 2 week tour to China. They traveled with Brunswick Residents, Janet and Al Anderson. They cruised on the Yangtze River in China. Some of the amazing sights they saw were the Three Gorges Dam,

Terra cottsthe_warrior_emperor_and_chinas_terracotta_army_set_to_conquer_montreal_in_february_201149df013dfd249e844fa5Xian – Terra Cotta Soldiers (History of China Centuries… Over 2000 Years ago) ! They also experienced the Great Wall of China!

Avalon river cruisesPat and Ron’s latest big trip in October 2012, was an Avalon river cruise from the Moselle River in France through the Rhine Gorge to the Main River and ending up in Prague.

Future Trips

PicMonkey Collage New YorkThough Pat and Ron have been to New York many times, they will be visiting again for Pat’s birthday to see Broadway Show (Kinky Boots),  and the 9-11 Museum Tour. There may be a stroll in Central Park! Pat and Ron also have tickets to a Radio City Music Hall – Back Stage Tour followed by a Show! Happy New York Birthday, Pat!

Orlando, Florida is also on The Melvin’s Trip agenda in the future when they will be spending time with friends at their Kissimmee timeshare in February.! Of Course, there are also visits to family in Wisconsin and Michigan! Daughter, Cheryl and her husband Mike, now live in Silver Springs, Nevada…Another family visit! The Melvin’s grandchildren from Cheryl’s family are Brooke , Bethany, Chad, and Jackie.  Jackie lives in Wilmington and works near-by as a dental hygienist in Calabash! Brooke is a 1st Lt. and military policeman in the Army stationed at Ft. Stewart in Georgia.  Pat’s daughter, Stephanie, lives on Hickman Road.  Drew and Alyssa are her children and Pat & Ron’s grandchildren.  Ron’s son, James, lives in Alexandria , Virginia…A familiar destination for Pat and Ron! Their families remain Close in Spirit and Close -in-Heart!

Pat & Ron’s Brunswick Plantation Favorites

Brunswick Activites Views CollagePat and Ron Melvin call Brunswick Plantation Home! They enjoy the friendliness of folks living here and being involved in activities with the many friends and neighbors in this dynamic community.  Brian TiernanThey like getting together with friends at the 19th Hole and have enjoyed the entertainment offered there…Such as Brian Tierman, Ventriloquist and the Tropical Jammers Steel Drum Band. Pat and Ron also enjoy activities offered at the Brunswick Club House like the upcoming Italian Dinner offered through the busy Brunswick Plantation Social Committee! Pat and Ron also enjoy golf at the Brunswick Plantation Golf Course and being so close to the beautiful beaches!

seaside methodist703918_120313984795253_1381184614_oThe Seaside Methodist is also a very friendly church and buzzing with a variety of activities! Pat and Ron are very active in the church…Both have been Communion Stewards and on the Board of Trustees. Pat belongs to the United Methodist Women and is a singer in the Soaring Angels. The Soaring Angels are a group of 6 women, 5 of whom live a Brunswick Plantation, who sing occasionally at Sunday morning services at Seaside Church, as well as for a variety of other events. They sing church anthems, and offertory, as well as for funerals and memorial services.  They perform programs for community groups and even sang the National Anthem for many years at the Pelican games. The group does Caroling for Shut-Ins, sings at nursing homes, and at the Myrtle Beach Mall.  You can hear The Soaring Angels perform in an Old Bridge Society Christmas Program at Sunset Beach on December 8th!  Music to everyone’s ears…Hopefully, the Angels will agree to a Future Blog!

Ron is a treasurer for the United Methodist Men.  He served on the Board of Directors for 7 years for the Brunswick County Literacy Council. There is much to get involved with at and near Brunswick Plantation and the Melvins are quite Happy to Call it Home!

Fibbers-Deck-2There are many good restaurants in the area and some Pat and Ron mentioned are: Fibbers-on-theWater (Owned by the Carbone family at Brunswick Plantation), Snooky’s, Clarks, Villa Toscano, and for special occasions…Ruth Chris Steak House!

long Bay SymphonyPat and Ron like attending concerts by the Long Bay Symphony and shows at the Theatre of the Republic! They also enjoy going to Wilmington, recently voted the Best Riverfront area! An evening on a Casino cruise on the BigM adds a little variety to the Fun!

It is easy to see why we say Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort ® is the Two State Solution to Fun! There is a lot to choose from to do right at home on the plantation…OR go North or South to a variety of activities and entertainment! It is easy to see why we are Happy to know that Pat and Ron Melvin are our neighbors and among the Great People of Brunswick Plantation!

 

 

 

 

 

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