Wyalusing Seniors Get Together for Night Out Event
Approximately 40 mature and distinguished Wyalusing-area residents gathered for the first-ever Senior Night Out, which was held at the Wyalusing Senior Center from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on May 19. The event, which was sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging (AAA), provided an opportunity for regular senior center patrons to try something new and for them to make new friends with some party-goers visiting the center for the first time.
Helpers included longtime senior center volunteers and several youths who assisted caterer Cheri Butler and Holly Raymond in the kitchen. Guests enjoyed a ham dinner and desserts.
Bob and Linda Lee of Towanda Township entertained the group, lending their guitar playing and vocal talents to a well-received selection of country songs and spirituals.
Wyalusing Valley High School junior Jen Sentz and her friend Justin Gardner, who was in from New Hampton, NY, were among the volunteers. Sentz will continue to work at the center on occasion to earn her required community service credits for graduation from high school next year. She chose the senior center because her mother is an AAA benefactor.
“My mom gets Meals-on-Wheels from here,” Sentz related, “so I feel good about giving back to the center that helps my mom.” Jen will most likely be playing games with members, as well as assisting with other activities a couple days per week once school lets out for the summer.
Center director Connie Wilson was pleased with the number of tickets sold in advance of the event and hopes that the Senior Night Out will grow as an annual affair.
“I just think that the people were happy to do something together at night,” Wilson stated afterward.
“It was a nice turnout, and the food was good. That was for sure.”
In addition to some stuffed animals, Lorelei Colton, Senior Center Director of Area Agency on Aging, donated some prizes for a gift bag that was given away via a drawing during the course of the evening, which Sentz helped to distribute.
“It was extremely satisfying to see the senior citizens come together and have a great time,” Sentz related afterwards. “This event was a huge success in my opinion.” One of the most memorable moments from the Night Out for her was when one of the party guests got up to teach her and Gardner some dance steps.