From the issue: July 2010 Quarterly
It’s the Fair—Country Style!
Skagit Senior Day in the Park
Thursday, August 19, 2010, 10 am to 2 pm
Burlington Senior Center/Maiben Park
1011 Greenleaf Avenue, Burlington
Ever been to a good, old-fashioned county fair? Step into the summer scene with the hustle and bustle of exhibitors, the smells of animals, and fried food. Can you hear the bands, the cattle, the babies, and the teens on carnival rides? These are great memories both of long ago and of recent years, but remember all the walking? How far away from the fair gates did you park? How much was the parking fee? What about the ticket price? It was worth the cost and excitement as a teen or with a young family in tow, but for Senior Citizens?
Enough of all that! Step into the scene of Skagit Senior Day in the Park. For the past three years, this event has given Skagit County Seniors an alternative to wading through acres of crowds, animals, and wild rides. From Birds, Birds, Birds, to Garden Fair, yearly themes have brought interest and variety. Attendees have helped to judge quilts and garden baskets, by voting on their favorite display. Last summer’s SSDP also brought a handmade birdhouse display contest, amongst friendly, competing exhibitors. An assortment of live music has also aided in drawing a wonderful crowd, who received optional free health screenings, canvas totes, prizes, and information from exhibitors. Our guests had a chance to observe and learn about a peregrine falcon and an owl from the Sarvey Birds of Prey bird sanctuary. For those who wanted to treat their own backyard feathered friends; a table was provided with supplies for making handmade bird feeders on the spot – including a main course of bread and peanut butter. It was a good day for neighborhood birds!
Many of our senior guests participated in drawings for a variety of prizes, and were those prizes worth filling out a ticket for…from beautiful gift baskets, birdhouses, gift cards, and more! That was last year though, and this year promises to be even more inviting! You’ll have the chance to meet old friends and new, at our 2010 Skagit Senior Day in the Park. The theme this year is Country Fair. Guests will again have an opportunity to step inside the Burlington Senior Center to observe and vote on favorite quilts, crafted by artistic regional quilters. Browse around outside at the clean, well-constructed health exhibits, get a free health screening, and take home any of the offered information that matches your lifestyle and needs. Of course, one cannot attend a country fair without lunch…again, free of charge!
To top it all off, you will enjoy the entertainment lined up for our Country Fair. Square dancers from several different dance clubs will show us how square dancing is done with style, and they come complete with a caller, costumes, and country flair! Also, look forward to hearing the Blankenship family of five, including parents and their children ages 14, 13, and 7. You will appreciate their youthful, country voices! Does anyone remember John Denver? If so, you will certainly enjoy his music, brought by a man who has taken it to heart. Ted Vigil not only sings Denver’s music, but also looks like him! From his clothes, hair style, and guitar, down to his personality and love for country music, Ted brings an exciting tribute to a past favorite country musician. For all you Denver fans, this is a treat not to miss!
Come on out to the Burlington Senior Center, adjacent to Maiben Park on Thursday, August 19, 2010, for Skagit Senior Day in the Park! There will be nearby parking for those who enjoy a short walk, and there will be a shuttle to bring our guests from a parking lot only a few blocks away. Just find and follow the balloons. It’s clean, it’s entertaining, it’s educational, and it’s free! For directions contact Kim Kelley at the Burlington Senior Center at 755-0102. We look forward to seeing you there!
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