Seniors party in style at Valley Park picnic

August 31, 2018

Patsy Blake of Hurricane is ready for some hula dancing.

HURRICANE — It was easy to imagine oneself being in Hawaii with all the brightly-colored flowered shirts and leis at a countywide, luau-style senior picnic at Valley Park on a perfectly hot summer day, Aug. 16.

Senior citizens and their families were invited to in the join fun in the sun and enjoy food and games, vendors, live music and prizes at the annual picnic, which was hosted by Putnam Aging WV in collaboration with the City of Hurricane.

According to Jenni Sutherland, who is the Executive Director of Putnam Aging, the event “is a great way to bring the seniors in our county together, allowing them to socialize with each other while having great fun.“We also have a lot of vendors here that offer senior services and programs, so it is an opportunity to find out what is available in the community,” Sutherland continued.

All senior guests got a chance to enter their name into the drawing for a grand prize: A one-night stay at the Mardi Gras Casino. Other great prizes included lawn mowing services, Cracker Barrel gift cards and a free paddle boarding session for two from the Appalachian Boarding Company.

Couples showed a lot of enthusiasm dancing to the lively tunes by Rachael Rae and the Roadrunners band. A “special guest” made an appearance to offer further entertainment: the one and only “Elvis” performed several songs, announced the Luau King and Queen and stayed a while for a fancy photo shoot. The event’s program also included special addresses by Hurricane Mayor Scott Edwards and U.S. Rep. Alex Mooney, R-W.Va.

The Senior Picnic has been an annual event for more than 20 years and sponsored by the City of Hurricane for the last nine. To find out more, visit www.putnamaging.com, or call 304-755-2385.

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