Senior's Week event draws big crowd and laughs
Thursday, Jun 06, 2013 11:08 am
A crowd of more than 250 seniors enjoyed musical performances, refreshments and big laughs courtesy of emcee Mayor Peter Brown at the Town and Country Centre on June 4.
Brown joked with the audience and even singled out a couple as having gone out and “partied” on their birthdays.
“Describe what being over 65 and partying is all about,” Brown requested of the couple.
“Well, it’s not as fun as it was when you were 18,” the man cracked.
“I can just imagine, you put on the old Lawrence Welk tapes, you sat by the fire and you fell asleep by 7 p.m.,” Brown said to big laughs. “Don’t even lie to me.”
The afternoon provided big smiles to the crowd throughout the event, which included seniors from Bethany Airdrie, Fletcher Airdrie, Cedarwood Station and other care homes from around the city.
Ages ranged from early 60s all the way up to late 90s. One woman, Gracie Landage, was celebrating her 93rd birthday at the event.
“I’m 39 and holding,” Landage joked.
The event was held in conjunction with Senior’s Week, an Alberta-wide celebration of the difference seniors make in the community.
Musical entertainment for the afternoon included local band Ken and Friends, yodeller Miriam Dreher and an over-50 exercise group also performed.
Door prizes were drawn by Brown and guests enjoyed cake and coffee.
“It’s really important that we honour the seniors,” said Charlett Hedman, coordinator of senior’s outreach at Community Links. “It’s important to honour what they’ve given to the community and to families.
“It’s really awesome to just celebrate them and make a special day for them.”