Senior Center News: June 1

Volunteers Kris Herlyn, left, and Elizabeth Chambers prepare food for the Christmas luncheon last December. They will be among the volunteers being honored on June 7.

Volunteers Kris Herlyn, left, and Elizabeth Chambers prepare food for the Christmas luncheon last December. They will be among the volunteers being honored on June 7.

Volunteers honored

On Wednesday, June 7, at noon, the Wilton Senior Center and Wilton Social Services will honor and thank its volunteers at a luncheon at Ogden House. More than 100 volunteers are invited to the festivities.

The senior center has come a long way since 1973 and the basement room in Center School that was designated the Adult Social Center. In the years following, Adele MacGregor and Dot Tracey initiated a program of weekly luncheons prepared and served by the Wilton Presbyterian, Zion’s Hill Methodist, Wilton Baptist, and Our Lady of Fatima churches. The Wilton Woman’s Club supported  the early venture by arranging programming for lunch-goers. Cis Cohen was named the first official volunteer director.  Dorothy Wright and Jody Heussner followed in her footsteps.

In 1983 the group moved to Ogden House where they paid rent to use the great room, library, kitchen, and craft room for activities. In 1992 came the next move to Comstock Community Center where a single room, the present day café, was dedicated to seniors. Several years later, the name changed from Wilton Adult Center to Wilton Senior Center. The first town-employed coordinator, Marie Key, was hired in 1990 for 14 hours per week. Usage of the senior center increased under the direction of successor coordinators Tessa Donnelly and Jan MacEwen. Lizabeth Doty became the first full-time coordinator in 2002.

In 2010, First Selectman Bill Brennan designated space at the community center for the exclusive use of the senior center. These rooms became the café, lounge, game room, and crafts and arts studio. The new space was dedicated in March 2011.

As a result of the Comstock renovation project completed a year ago, the senior center has been refurbished with new ceiling tiles and energy-efficient lighting; enhanced handicap accessibility and security; improved heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning; remodeled café and kitchen; and additional restrooms.

There has been one constant throughout the years: the volunteers who have contributed time and talent regardless of where the senior center was located or how much space the senior center occupied. Whether leading a book discussion, giving a series of talks, planting flowers, painting, conducting an activity, or preparing a meal, volunteers have contributed to making the senior center a place with stimulating and creative opportunities for the social, physical, emotional, and intellectual enrichment of Wilton’s senior citizens.  

Play reading

Andrea Ragusa will lead a reading of the one-act play, The Flattering Word, by George Kelly, on Monday, June 5, 12:30. Copies are available in the senior center café. Call 203-834-6240 to reserve a place.

Chair yoga

Ever wanted to try chair yoga? Now’s your chance to take advantage of this free session compliments of Visiting Angels Senior Homecare. Join Adriana Caravakis from Visiting Angels Senior Homecare on the second Friday of the month beginning June 9 at 11:15 for a mindful session of chair yoga. The class will focus on proper breathing and muscle stretching. The session takes place at the senior center. Call 203-834-6240 to reserve a place.

Coming events

Friday, June 2, 10, Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 10, Jewelry Workshop with Viola Galetta; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 1:30, Intermediate Bridge with Michael Hess; 1:30, Free swim at the Wilton Y.

Monday, June 5, 10:30, Line Dance Fusion with Beatriz Araujo; 11:30, Nature’s Sketchbook; 12, Movie; 12:30, Play Reading with Andrea Ragusa; 1, Bridge; 2:15, Wilton Woman’s Club Book Discussion.

Tuesday, June 6, 9:45, BeMoved with Phyllis Hirschfield; 10, Oil and Acrylics with Althea Ericksson; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12:30, Five Crowns with Nerina Klobas; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House.

Wednesday, June 7, 10, Open Bridge with Michael Hess; 10:30, Tai Chi with Joe Alampi; 12, Volunteer Luncheon at Ogden House; 1, Mah Jongg.

Thursday, June 8, 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Lunch; 12:30 to 2, Blood Pressure Screening by visiting Nurse and Hospice at the wilton Y; 12:45, Bingo; 5, Social Service Commission.

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