Fall means ‘trip time’ at Colley Complex

Published 7:32 pm Monday, October 6, 2014

When the weather begins to have a little nip to it, the desires of many people are to settle down in their dens and stay there until the daffodils signal the coming of spring. But, not so, for the senior adults of the Colley Senior Complex in Troy. For them, it’s “trip time.”

The Colley Senior Complex trip committee met Monday afternoon and planned several excursions for those who love to travel. No matter the season – fall, winter, spring and summer – there’s something worth the trip.

Catherine Jordan, Colley Senior Complex director, said the committee planned local trips and road trips.

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“Our seniors love to travel and they love to travel extensively,” Jordan said, laughing. “We want to support our local arts organizations and we enjoy supporting them. But we also like to get up and go and we do that, too.

“The trip committee has a great lineup of events for our seniors this year. We’re going to events right here in Troy and then we’re going to load the van and travel.”

The most distant trip is to Atlanta where the travelers will see ‘Motown the Musical,’ the story of Motown founder Berry Gordy, who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and many more.

“‘Motown the Musical’ will be at the Fox Theater and just being there is exciting,” Jordan said.

The Colley senior trippers will attend Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at the Shakespeare Theater in Montgomery and Faulkner University’s dinner production of “Man of LaMancha.”

“The trip committee’s list of ‘to do’s’ includes season tickets to the Red Door Theater in Union Springs,” Jordan said. “We’re all excited to see ‘Always, Patsy Cline’ over there.

“Our seniors always enjoy going to the We Piddle Around Theater. So, we’ve got two trips to Brundidge planned, to ‘Come Home, It’s Suppertime’ and to ‘A Chili Country Christmas’ with storyteller Michael Reno Harrell.”

Jordan said no matter where they are going, the first thing the seniors ask is where they are going to eat.

“We love to eat,” Jordan said, laughing. “And we like to eat a lot and they always have good food and a lot of it at the We Piddle Around Theater.”

Jordan said there’s no place like home and there’s no better cultural arts entertainment than in Troy, Alabama.

“The Troy Arts Council brings some of the best entertainment anywhere to the Claudia Crosby Theater,” she said. “Our seniors are excited about their entire calendar but especially about the Harlem String Quartet and the Vienna Choir Boys. And, we’ll load up several vans for Shelia Jackson’s Christmas concert. We look forward to that concert every year. It wouldn’t seem like Christmas without Shelia and company.”

Tickets are still available for all of the Colley Senior Complex trips for 2014-2015 but seating is limited for several of them.

Anyone who is interested in any of the trips is encouraged to call the Complex at 334-808-8500 or visit the Colley Senior Complex on Elm Street in Troy.