2014-07-10 / Nature

Senior Fun Summer Festivities

By Florence Archambault

Many of you will remember the Newport Holiday for Senior Citizens that was held in the mid- 1970s when busloads of seniors converged on Newport for a week of events. Carmela Geer, executive director of the Edward King House Senior Center, was so enthralled after reading old newspaper accounts of the program that she has planned a Senior Week to be held at the center during the week of July 14.

Festivities will begin on Monday, July 14, when yours truly will present a history of the King Family in Newport at 1 and 6 p.m. The talk is free and open to the public.

On Tuesday, July 15, regular activities will be suspended and tours of the house will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., beginning every 30 minutes. The presentations are free and open to the public.

HomeInstead will sponsor Wheel of Fortune at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16. The game is free and open to members of the center. An evening concert, free and open to the public, will feature John Scotti and Michael Flynn celebrating the music of Mario Lanza, Cole Porter, and the American Songbook, beginning at 7 p.m.

An ice cream social and old fashioned field day will be held on Thursday, July 17, 1-3 p.m. Puttputt golf, bocce, and more activities are on the docket. The public event costs $5.

The Annual Mayor’s Picnic will be held Friday, July 18, at noontime. The cost is $25. Blue Rocks is catering and Bill Reidy will provide the entertainment.

On Saturday, July 19, a ball will be held at the Mainstay Best Western from 5:30-10 p.m. celebrating the year 1969, the year the center opened. There will be a buffet dinner, cash bar, and the chance to dance until you can’t dance another step. Cost is $35 for members and $40 for non-members.

The Annual Memorial Tea will wrap up the week on Sunday, July 20, at 1 p.m. The cost is $10 and is by advance purchase only. At this time, we will celebrate the lives of those who came before us and honor the current volunteers who make the programs at the Senior Center so very special.

Sound like fun? I guarantee it. I was a part of the original Holiday for Senior Citizens and remember vividly the many activities that were held. I hope you all take this opportunity for a little trip down Memory Lane, as well as acquaint yourselves with the beautiful building and wonderful programming available to seniors.

For more information or to reserve, call the center at 401-846-7426.

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