Essex Junction Senior Center

Peggy Pearson Essex Junction Senior Center

Peggy Pearson
Essex Junction
Senior Center

“What kind would you like?” asked Stan Carroll as he and his wife, Mary, scooped ice cream for the crowd of people who enjoyed an ice cream social recently at the Center. With a large variety of toppings, the most difficult part of the afternoon was choosing what to put on our sundaes.   Thanks to the generosity of Carl Houghton and Sam’s Scoop Shop at Maplehurst Florist, there was plenty of ice cream so everyone could have their fill. We also appreciate the toppings donated by Brooke Conger, Connie Marshall, Lou Ann Pioli, and Donna Powell and the help serving from Mary and Stan Carroll, Brenda Rathe, and Mary Witten.   Everyone had a most enjoyable afternoon.

Our next major event is a luau on Aug. 8, which begins with a potluck at noon, followed by special games and entertainment. Everyone gets a lei. Wear your grass skirt or Hawaiian shirt and be prepared to do the Limbo. Enjoy island music, relax, and try the hula. It’s free if you bring a dish to share or $5 otherwise. This is a joint event of the Senior Center and Essex Senior Citizens. The senior van runs that day. Seating is limited to 60 people, so please sign up at the Center or call Lou Ann at 876-5087. Don’t miss the luau!

Lots of fun things happen every day at the center.   The week begins with Mah Jongg at 10 a.m.on Mondays, followed by bridge and other games at 12:30.

Stan Carroll, Brenda Rathe, Mary Carroll, and Mary Whitten had kitchen duty at the ice cream social at the Senior Center. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

Stan Carroll, Brenda Rathe, Mary Carroll, and Mary Whitten had kitchen duty at the ice cream social at the Senior Center.
PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

Tuesday morning at 8 is Jazzercise Lite and Penny Bingo begins at 12:30. Each card is a penny, so if you play 15 cards, each game costs 15 cents. Usually 20 games are played, so the most you would spend would be $3. Nobody goes broke, and nobody gets rich, but everyone has a good time.

On Wednesday from 10 – 11a.m., Sandi McGowan leads Seated Yoga.   At 1 p.m., there is a choice of bridge or duplicate bridge. If you don’t play bridge, never fear.   At a round table near the front door, friendly folks will take you under their wings. Enjoy Skipbo, Mexican Train, Rummicubes, or other games while you chat, laugh, and get to know each other.

Thursdays begin with Jazzercise Lite at 11 a.m. followed by New Canasta or other games.   On Fridays, people play Mah Jongg as well as other games.

The book club discusses To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee July 23 at 10 a.m.

The Genealogy Group is taking July off.

Due to popular request, in a few weeks, we will offer exercise classes at a time when people who work can participate. Coming up in August: a nature walk and a luncheon on the Spirit of Ethan Allen. See this column in three weeks for dates and details.

Special thanks to Ally Vile, Pat Scheidel, and all the Essex Selectboard for the recent increase in Lou Ann’s hours.   Since she began work last fall, more and more people are enjoying many different activities.  We are grateful for municipal support.


Anyone 50 years of age or older is welcome at the Essex Junction Senior Center. Located at the Five Corners between the fire station and the Brownell Library, the Center is open weekdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For information, call 876-5087 or visit essexvtseniors.org. To make a reservation for the Senior Van call 878-6940.