State Parties


Washington State Patio Party

We are just weeks away from the annual Washington Patio Party. We emailed the invitation/registration forms to existing participants a few weeks ago. It’s a fun, casual event. It gives you an opportunity to wear attire from Washington – like something to do with your favorite sport team or school, winery?? If you didn’t receive your invite and/or if you would like to participate in these festivities, please email us at [email protected] Please be sure to include your name, phone number and email address so we can add you to our list and send you the information. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Maxine Palmer at 480-802-3639 or Beth Derheim at 480-883-3448. All registrations to attend this event must be received by February 26, 2019.

The Washington Patio Party will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2019. The festivities begin at 4:00 p.m. on the Palo Verde Patio with a social hour, a cash bar, then a BBQ dinner that includes grilled chicken and/or pulled pork, potato salad, coleslaw and for dessert we have brownies and lemon bars. Dinner will be followed by a raffle and door prize drawings, which will include gifts and gift cards for various Washington companies like Starbucks, Nordstrom, Costco, REI and Amazon! We had 250 participants last year, and we hope to beat that number this year. We hope you will join us!

Nebraska Dinner/Dance party

The annual Sun Lakes Nebraska State Dinner/Dance will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019, in the Cottonwood Country Club San Tan Ballroom.

The no-host cash bar will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and dancing at 6:30 p.m.

The cost of tickets is $35.00 per person with a choice of prime rib or shrimp scampi, and the deadline to purchase tickets is Monday, February 11, 2019.

Reservation forms for those on our mailing list will be sent out by the end of January. If you are new to the area, have a change of address, have never been on our mailing list or have questions about the event, please contact Sue Weinert Hull at 402-690-1582.

This is your opportunity to meet fellow Nebraskans, enjoy great food and participate in raffle drawings and a silent auction!

Please spread the word!

Michigan State Party

Are you a Michigander or a Michiganian? Do you want to meet other people in Sun Lakes from Michigan? If so, mark your calendars and get your tickets early for the annual Michigan Party. Everyone who attended last year had a great time. This year’s party will be another fun-filled event. Come enjoy a wonderful meal catered by Sun Lakes Cottonwood. There will be a raffle and a 50/50 drawing for those who want to participate.

Come join us at the Cottonwood clubhouse San Tan Ballroom on Friday, March 1. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for $20.00 per person. To obtain your tickets, call one of the following committee members: Nancy at 775-351-5375, Ray at 810-359-4045 or Pearl at 480-305-0286.

Dakotas Patio Party

Steve Perkins

North Dakotans and South Dakotans and friends from Sun Lakes and surrounding areas are all invited to the annual North and South Dakota Party held at Palo Verde Country Club on Thursday, March 14.

It is a casual format, much like the 2018 patio party. We again have an event sponsor; Dakota-based Western State Bank with branches here in Arizona. We will have nice door prizes and lots of fun.

Please spread the word. To save money, we are only doing email mailings, so please make sure all your Dakota friends know about the party. We need your help! Please don’t assume everyone knows about it. Spread the word faster than Grandma’s country party line phone.

Cost is $15 per person and includes the buffet dinner. The event will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 14. Tickets must be purchased in advance!

The drinks, well, other than Grandma’s coffee and “lemonade,” you just got to spend your own coins. That means it is a cash bar.

Don’t miss it! Act today to get a spot before those Canadians come across the border and grab your place. Ah, shucks, they can come too; everybody is welcome at a Dakota party.

For more information and reservations, contact: [email protected], Marianne Perkins at 507-227-2099, Steve Perkins at 507-920-3532, Corrine Zimmerman at 701-219-4689 or Willard Pederson at 218-791-0140.

For more information, contact Steven L. Perkins, 24415 S. Starcrest Drive, Sun Lakes, AZ 85248; [email protected], 507-920-3532.

Minnesota Patio Party

Minnesotans and friends from Sun Lakes and nearby areas are all invited to the annual Minnesota Patio Party held at the Palo Verde Country Club in Sun Lakes. Cost of $20 per person includes a buffet dinner. Come join the fun and win some raffle prizes. Event will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 23. Please contact us by March 17, as we need a headcount for dinners.

For information or reservations, contact Marge Brower at 320-248-5600; Stu or Sara Bennerotte at 612-581-3779; Ed Bader at 612-730-5098; Gary Fuchs at 952-412-0375; Carol Fuchs at 952-412-0370; or Mary Pietrini at 651-308-5717.



State Party

A Wisconsin Ol’ Fashioned Fish Fry is being held on Saturday, March 23, 2019, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Sun Lakes Country Club. Cost is $25 per person. Make checks payable to Joan Peschman, 23724 S. Stoney Path Drive, Sun Lakes, AZ 85248. Important: Please include with your payment the entree selection for each person (fish or chicken). Reserve your spot no later than March 15.

Enjoy reminiscing about your favorite Wisconsin Fish Fry with fellow Sun Lakes Wisconsinites. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., and a cash bar with Old Fashioneds on the drink menu will be available prior to dinner being served at 6:00 p.m. Included with dinner will be your choice of either fish or chicken, all-you-can-eat salad bar (French fries/fish or mashed potatoes/chicken) and dessert, along with coffee and tea. Music throughout the evening will be provided by Tony Putrino, composer, author and performer, on the keyboard and accordion. Listen to your old-time favorites and feel free to get up and dance if the music moves you.