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Senior Center travel program enjoys trip to Tennessee

Published 7:51pm Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Alexander City Parks & Recreation 50+ Program hosted a Veterans Reception on Sunday, Nov. 7 at the senior activity center. It was our first time to host such an event. We wanted to do something a little extra to show our appreciation to our local area Veterans who serviced in the armed forces.

The program was a success and a very special thank you to those who helped to make it possible. We plan to host this event again for next year’s Veterans Day celebration month and look forward to seeing it grow in the year’s to come.

The ACPR 50+ Travel Program recently took a trip to the beautiful Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg, Tenn. The travelers left out on Monday, Nov. 8 at 7 a.m. and arrived in Gatlinburg around 3:30 p.m.

Our group experienced their first group dinner and show at the Black Bear Jamboree on Monday night. We dined on a country style dinner and enjoyed a wonderful Christmas show that inspired the start of the Christmas spirit within us all. After the show, we stopped for a sweet treat at a local donut shop before we retired for the evening. Everyone was in high spirits and was looking forward to the next day’s events.

Tuesday morning after breakfast, the group had a free day to explore the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area. There was a trolley stop within walking distance of our hotel and everyone got to choose were they wanted to go for the day. The group met back at the hotel around 4 p.m. for the second scheduled group dinner and show.

We got to take pleasure in another good home style cooking meal and a delightful Christmas show at the Dixie Stampede. After the show, we had the benefit of seeing the amazing outdoor Christmas lights on display while heading back to our hotel for the evening.

On Wednesday morning after another good hot breakfast, we checked out and headed to spend some time at the famous Christmas Place and additional stops en route before our journey home. Our final “look about” stop was at the Apple Barn. We had a group meal together at the original Apple Barn Country restaurant and got to see some more charming Christmas displays.

We arrived back in Alexander City around 7:30 p.m. We had great traveling fun time and we enjoyed one another during the adventure. Of course, there is no place like home, but we do look forward to our next outing together in the future. We welcome anyone that is 50+ to join us on our next escapade!

The ACPR 50+ Quilt Memory Makers held a wonderful gift giving party on Monday, Nov. 8 at the senior activity center.

The group presented Mr. Jerry Thomas with a beautiful quilt on behalf of his wonderful donation of materials and other crafting supplies. The group then presented our local Safe a Life foundation with 35+ baby quilts! This group really knows how to give back to our community. Great job ladies!

The ACPR 50+ Quilting program greatly appreciates any donations of materials and supplies. They do put it to good use in deed!

Make plans to attend the Annual Thanksgiving luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at the activity center starting at 11 a.m. Invite your neighbors and friends and join us for fun, food and fellowship. Bring a side dish and a $2 donation.

The Charity Rook Tournament will be held on Dec. 2 at the activity center starting at 6 p.m. Registration has begun and the final sign-up day will be on Wednesday Dec. 1. This is a partner tournament of your choice. There is no age requirement. Entry fee for a team is $20. Proceeds will go to sponsor a family through our local Salvation Army foundation. You do not have to be a top notch player to give. Come experience fun and fellowship among other Rook players!

The Annual Christmas Dinner and Dance will be on Dec. 17. Mark your calendars and look for more details in our upcoming articles.

Until next time, keep a smile on your face and love in your heart.

Corley Holt and Lucille Thompson are columnists for The Alexander City Outlook.

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