Senior picnic scheduled by Commission on Aging

By Corey AmEnde - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Fri., Sep. 6, 2013
Paulette Nauta is a winner at a recent Bingo game at the North End Senior Center. Photos by Corey AmEnde.
Paulette Nauta is a winner at a recent Bingo game at the North End Senior Center. Photos by Corey AmEnde.

East Hartford's annual senior picnic is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Club at 200 Clement Road.  The 27th annual picnic will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with doors opening at 10:30 a.m.

“The seniors really like it,” said Debra Gaudette, the chair of the Commission on Aging. “I know we have a lot of the same people coming back, so it must be something they like.”

The picnic takes place inside and it's casual dress. The event is co-sponsored by the Commission on Aging and Mayor Marcia A. Leclerc.  Gaudette said the mayor attends and gives a little talk to the seniors, and sometimes other public officials come and speak as well.

Lunch is being prepared by Maneeley's Catering and will be served at 12:15 p.m. sharp.  The menu for this year includes BBQ chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, salads and dessert. “It's really good food,” said Gaudette.

In addition to the food, Gaudette said there will also be a singer this year and a disc jockey to provide music for people to dance to.
“t's a time to get out before it gets cold,” said Gaudette. Dial-a-ride is available for people who can't drive.

The theme for this year's picnic is crazy hats. Themes are a tradition of the picnic that draws an average of 300 attendees per year. In years past, they had a silver theme for the 25th anniversary of the picnic and they had a cardboard cutout of the Statue of Liberty so attendees could have their picture taken next to it.

Door prizes will also be awarded throughout the afternoon. Prizes include gift cards to Shop Rite, which Gaudette says are very popular with the seniors.

Gaudette said the Commission on Aging starts planning the event around May of each year, and interest from the public picks up shortly after. “A lot of times people start asking in August, 'When is the picnic doing to be?'” said Gaudette. “'When are you going to start selling tickets?' They want to know."

Tickets for the annual senior picnic are $6 each for residents and $10 for non-residents and are sold at the North and South End Senior Centers by the Commission on Aging members.  Tickets are not available at the door.  If you can't make it to the senior center before Tuesday, Sept. 17, you can reserve a ticket by calling either location at 860-895-1517 or 860-568-4281.

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