THIS YEAR has been declared the International Year of the Older Adult, but for the folks at the Taneytown Senior Center, each week is cause for celebration.
Things are always hopping at the center on Roberts Mill Road. The monthly card club meets on Wednesday, with at least 50 expected to sit down to a fried chicken platter lunch, snacks, potluck desserts and several lively hours of 500 Rummy.
In honor of Valentine's Day, married couples who attend the card party will receive boxes of candy. Libby Fuss organizes the program, which is one of the center's best-attended events.
According to center director Brenda Lerner, the monthly card parties are so popular that they're beginning to pose a problem. "We're starting to run out of space," she said.
Card playing is just one of the many activities that draw participants to the center each week. Line dancing is a favorite recreational outlet; quieter opportunities such as drawing, painting and basket-making also attract people.
Those who want to join the center must be age 60 or older.
Lerner, with the input of the Senior Center's council members, likes to plan unusual activities in addition to the regular programming. To emphasize the international aspect of the Year of the Older Adult, the meeting on Feb. 19 will feature a Chinese buffet with chopstick demonstrations. An origami demonstration will also be presented. The newly elected officers of the Taneytown Senior Center Council are Jerre Musser, president; Earl Luhn, vice president; Louise Robertson, secretary; and Mary Munderloh, treasurer; assistant treasurer Nancy Harris; and board members Ginny Henderson, Mary Davis and Helen Null.
Dance with your valentine
Get down and boogie for fun and a good cause Feb. 12 when Taneytown disc jockey Joe Ebaugh plays at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8806 in Union Bridge. A $10 ticket buys setups and the chance to dance the night away.
The post's Ladies Auxiliary sponsors the event to benefit such institutions as the VFW's National Home for Children and the National Diabetes Foundation.
Judy Wolf, president of the Ladies Auxiliary, said, "The DJ will play whatever the crowd wants. It's a fun night, I guarantee you."
Silver Fancy Garden Club
For 16 years, members of the Silver Fancy Garden Club have taken their gardening talents to the health care center at Carroll Lutheran Village.
Garden club member Maxine Dixon began her work as a volunteer at the village years ago, when her father was a resident there. She noticed that her visits, with seeds to plant or crafts to create, provided the residents with a break in their daily routine and gave them something to look forward to.
Before long, Dixon had enlisted help from fellow garden club members, who decided to share their talents at holiday times. Eventually, the events became a monthly routine.
"We do this because we enjoy it," says Dixon. "It's nice to see other people enjoy doing what we do, and it gives the residents something else to do with their days."
On Tuesday, Dixon and her gardening partners, Ann Shattuck and Shirley Prutch, will make traditional valentine crafts with nearly a dozen residents. Other popular events include a picnic on the grounds of the village and a garden party held at a member's farm.
Besides taking her love of gardening and crafts to the village's health center with her Silver Fancy colleagues, Dixon and accompanist Daisy Pearl lead sing-alongs at the village twice a month.
"We sing hymns and old popular songs," says Dixon. "And the residents love it. One woman is 96 years old, loves music, can't see well enough to read, but has all the words memorized to all of the songs. She's a regular."
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Pub Date: 2/04/99