COLLINS - The 50-Plus Seniors Dec. 13 trip to the Roger Williams Christmas Concert at the Riviera Theatre is "a go" and those who have signed up should now send the required $20 deposit if they have not yet submitted it.
There has been a special holiday addition to the itinerary for that day as the group will be making a stop en route home at a special collection of nativity sets at Ss. Columba-Brigid Church in downtown Buffalo.
The collection consists of 353 nativity sets from 52 countries and is made from newspapers, glass, wood, straw, cookie dough, coal, clay, pine needles, cloth and many other media. Some of them are beautiful and inspiring, others are humorous and clever and obviously this display will provide something different for everyone.
"We are obliged to Fr. Roy Herberger for letting us know about this unusual opportunity to visit what for some will be a spiritual experience, for others an artistic experience and for others a new and different way of viewing nativity sets during the holiday season," Joan Byrne said.
There are still a few vacancies for this Dec. 13 trip but seats are going fast so if interested call Byrne, 532-2507, to make reservations. Cost is $55 for residents of the towns of Collins, Perrysburg and Persia and $57 for all others. The $20 deposit is due with reservations and balance is due Oct. 20. Trip includes lunch at Pane's Restaurant, show at the Riviera Theatre and the newly added visit to the unusual display of nativity sets. Transportation is by school bus leaving at 10:45 a.m. from the L. K. Painter Community Center's front parking lot.
Monday, Aug. 15, is the final day to sign up for the trip to Chautauqua Institution for the Barbershop Harmony Parade on Sunday, Aug. 14. Cost is $10 for the three towns residents and $12 for all others. School bus will depart at 9 a.m. from the center. Payment is due when making reservations and will be refunded if there is insufficient interest.
Future trips under consideration are: Ft. Erie Raceway with Lunch at Green Acres Restaurant; "The 25th Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee," a musical comedy, in October at SUNY Fredonia; and an extended trip for the 2012 world premier of Jonah at the Sight & Sound Theatre in Lancaster, Pa. When plans are completed details will be announced in future issues of this publication.
Reminder: The get-together for participants on the Wildwood, N. J., fall trip will be held Saturday, Aug. 20, at 10 a.m. at the L. K. Painter Community Center. Anyone unable to attend, call Byrne, 532-2507.
Slots are still available for the Aug. 30 AARP Driving Course at the L. K. Painter Community Center. Pre-registration is required for this one day class and can only be made by calling Byrne, 532-2507. Cost is $12 for those with AARP memberships and $14 without. Payment is due with registration and can only be made by check or money order made payable to AARP and sent to Collins Town Hall, attention AARP, P.O. Box 420, Collins NY 14034.
Summer senior activities will end on Aug. 31 and include: Wednesday, Quilting with Florence, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Community Room, Collins Public Library, and Crafting with Pat Tucker, 1 p.m. senior room, Painter Center.
Cassadaga, Stockton & Lily Dale Senior Citizens
CASSADAGA - The Cassadaga, Stockton and Lily Dale Senior Citizens held their annual picnic at the American Legion Pavilion in Cassadaga with a tureen luncheon at noon. There were 41 members and one guest present. The door prize was won by Donna Meder and 50/50 winners were Buela Williams, Lois Franz and Charlie Meder. Floral arrangements donated by Ann Kaye were won by Louise Page, Fred Wing and Dorothy Reading. The blessing before lunch was given by Pastor Dick Hamilton.
The business meeting was opened by June Wollett, president with the salute to the flag and the singing of "God Bless America." July birthdays recognized were Jean Lempke, Dorothy Reading, Phyllis Buvoltz and Juanita Logan. Rich and Marge Carlson were recognized for a July anniversary. The kitchen committee for July, Dorothy Reading and Buela Williams, were thanked for the decorations and help. The secretary's and treasurer's reports were given and Ken Wise made the motion to approve both. A kitchen committee for August is still needed.
A silent auction with Ruth Swanson in charge was held.
The August meeting will be a chicken barbecue held at the American Legion in Cassadaga on Aug. 8 at noon. Those attending are asked to bring a dish to pass and their own table service. Coffee and water will be furnished. The organization will pay for the chicken for members and there will be a $5 charge for guests. Call Florine Christy at 595-2490 to sign up.
For the September meeting, an ice cream social has been discussed with more information coming later.
June Wollett read a tribute to the Fourth of July's 225-year anniversary.
Collins Center Seniors
COLLINS CENTER - The Collins Center Seniors had to move its July picnic inside due to rain. Everyone pitched in to help move everything into the hall and set up extra tables and chairs. The pot-luck lunch and hot dogs were not delayed at all. Passengers for the Wine & Roses, Castle & Cruise trip Thursday, Aug. 18, are reminded to park in the Penny Saver, toy store parking lot and the parameter of the adjoining parking lot. The motor coach will depart at 8:30 a.m.
Seats are available on a full size motor coach for a trip to the Black Hills of S. Dakota Sept. 6-15 featuring Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial and many other points of interest. Non-members are welcome.
On Sept. 21, a trip will be taken to the Station Dinner Theater in Erie, Pa., for "A Salute to the Crooners." This show is a tribute to renowned artists such as Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. The trip includes dinner and show as well as a stop at Presque Isle Casino. Payment is due Aug. 15.
On Oct. 4, a trip is planned to see the show "Diva and the Italian Guy," as well as lunch at Tillman's Historic Village Inn and Watt Farms. Payment is due Aug. 29.
Several other upcoming trips are planned, including "The Lion King" at Shea's Oct. 27, the Fabulous Food Show in Cleveland Nov. 11, and the "Halos and Holly" Christmas-themed trip to Buffalo Dec. 12.
For complete details on trips or to sign up, call Irene Pfeifer at 532-4268 or Bridget Farner at 532-9586. Make checks payable to Collins Center Seniors, 13851 Quaker St., Collins, NY 14034.
Dunkirk Senior Center Directors
The directors of the Dunkirk Senior Citizens met recently at the Senior Center on 45 Cliffstar Court.
Final plans were made for the "Ice Cream Social" to be held on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 6 p.m. at the center. There will be a 50/50 drawing followed by live entertainment. Reservations are required and may be made at the center or by calling Larisa Aldrich at 366-9886 by Aug. 9. There will be a bus going to the Chautauqua Institution on Sunday, Aug. 28 at noon to listen to the Army band. The cost will be $5. Sign-up dates will be announced soon.
Plans were also made for several bus trips to be scheduled throughout the fall months. In addition there will be a rummage-craft-bake sale at the center on Sept. 24. Tables will be available for $5. Interested senior vendors should reserve their space by calling Larisa Aldrich at 366-9886.
The next gala will be held on Sunday, Sept. 11. A Senior Citizens carnival will be held in October followed by a Randy and Randy Antique Show to be held in November. The VNA staff will be providing a flu immunization clinic at the center on Oct. 7 from noon to 2 p.m.
The community room has received a coat of paint and valances are being made by Nancy Crandall, chairman of the house committee. The directors are pleased to welcome the AARP group who will begin meeting at the center in September.
All seniors are encouraged to take advantage of the lunch site. Hot and cold meals are served Monday through Thursday for a very reasonable price. Monthly menus are available at the center.
Dunkirk Federated Seniors
The Dunkirk Federated Seniors met at the Dunkirk Senior Center on Tuesday. President Loretta Hemink led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of "God Bless America."
A reading entitled "Our Fathers Knows Best" was given by Hemink.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read by Hemink, in the absence of Secretary Josie Wierczynski. They were accepted as read by Charlene Hallmark with a second by Irene Christopher.
The treasurer's report was read by treasurer Ruth Mackowiak. It was accepted as read by Kitty Lehnen with a second by Jean Kubera.
Attendance prizes were won by Christopher, Marian Genovese and Hallmark.
Helper of the day was Hallmark and others who assisted. The kitchen committee for Aug. 9 is Betty Korzenewski.
Share and Care Seniors
The Share and Care board of directors met for their monthly business meeting on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at 32 Moore Ave., Fredonia. Margaret Larson gave the secretary's report and Mayme Joy gave the financial status report. Both reports were accepted as presented. Lucille Rizzo, sunshine chairperson, sent a sympathy card to the family of recently deceased Share and Care member Margaret Mac Vittie.
Rose Cerrie is in charge of taking reservations and memberships for the indoor picnic to be held on Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Fredonia Beaver Club. Doors will open at 3 p.m. for card players. Hors d'oeuvres and punch will be served during the social hour from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Live music will be provided by Bill Kane playing and singing "popular oldies," at 5 p.m., Beavertail Caterers will serve the buffet meal. The board voted on the following menu: baked chicken quarters, Italian sausage, bread, rigatoni tossed salad and dressing, ice cream for dessert, coffee, tea and a cash bar for other drinks. Bingo will follow the meal with $5 prizes for 10 games.
Reservations for the indoor picnic are due by Friday, Aug. 19. The cost per member is $5. Make check payable to Share and Care Seniors and mail to P.O. Box 446, Fredonia, NY 14063. Non-members may attend and are encouraged to join by signing up for $10 ($5 will go toward 2011 membership. Send us your date of birth and telephone number). In other business, the board expressed its appreciation to Betty Klawon for the very successful and enjoyable theatre bus trip on July 26 to the Riverside Inn to see the musical comedy "Honky Tonk Angels." For more information, call 673-1049.