A Merry Christmas ‘recorded’
Published 3:00 am Thursday, December 15, 2016
The Colley Senior Complex staff honored its senior adults with a Christmas breakfast Wednesday morning at the complex in appreciation for their support of the senior center and “because we love them,” said Glenda Fayson, complex office manager.
“This is the third year we have hosted the breakfast for our seniors at Christmastime,” Fayson said. “We want them to know how much they are appreciated and loved.”
The seniors enjoyed the breakfast, the fellowship and the music provided by the Colley Senior Complex Recorder Band under the direction of Jim Wadowick.
The band played Christmas music on woodwind instruments that brought back memories of flutophones.
Wadowick said many of the senior adults would remember learning to play the flutophones in elementary school as part of their music lessons.
“Those flutophones were inexpensive ‘flutes’ but the children learned something about music,” he said. “The recorders that our band plays are alto instruments and cost from $35 up to several hundred dollars. They are not difficult to play but they are not easy to play either.”
The recorder band practices at the complex and also at the Wadowick home. The band members range in age from six to 81.
“The recorder is a musical instrument for all ages,” Wadowick said.
Lucille Wright said she enjoyed the breakfast and the musical entertainment. The Colley Senior Complex is a blessing to her.
“It gets me out of the house and gives me something to do,” Wright said. “I get to meet people that I would not have known if I had not come to the complex. I just enjoy being here and thank the city for making this available to us.”
Rebecca Wilkes echoed Wright’s praise of the center.
“There is always something to do here and we enjoy being with each other,” Wilkes said. “I don’t know what we would do if we didn’t have the center.”
Wilkes said she especially enjoys the Monday movies.
“We bring a box lunch and watch a good movie,” she said. “And, I like the day trips, too.”
Allowee Johnson said trips as simple as the fishing and picnic outing to Pike Count Lake are fun.
“What is so good about the complex is that we feel special when we are here,” Wilkes said. “When you’re here, you are special.”
In addition to its regular programs, that include pottery, ceramics, exercise, needlework, painting, line dancing and board games, the Colley Senior Complex offers day trips and overnighters.
The seniors are off to Enterprise tonight to attend a dinner theater. On the third Wednesday of the month they play Bingo and the lucky ones take home great prizes.
“In February, we’ll have our annual Gala and then about 53 of us will be going on a cruise to Cozumel, Mexico in March,” Fayson said. “We do special things for our senior adults because they are special.”