By Tina Taylor
Seniors from Fair Park Senior Center recently joined hundreds of other seniors from all over the state in Nashville. The Tennessee Association of Senior Centers joined together for Senior Day on the Hill, an event held at the state capitol to meet state representatives. They used the opportunity to educate the legislators about seniors' needs and concerns in the booming generation.
The seniors also enjoyed having Peggy Houston, executive director of Fair Park, take them on a tour of the grounds and the historical structure, which was built in 1859. They were treated to a wonderful barbecue meal and had wonderful day.
Tommy Cole will also be taking one van load a month to the Smokies baseball games. The next trip to the games will be Buck Night, as the Smokies go up against Montgomery April 23. The van will be leaving the center at 4 p.m., with a van cost of $10. So get signed up.
Pianist Dusty Craver will be the special entertainment this Friday, starting at 9:45 a.m. at the center. He retired from the Navy and is also a retired anesthesiologist who moved here about two years ago with his wife, Linda, from Western Oregon.
Carver’s favorite hobby is playing Ragtime and jazzy gospel. In Oregon he was a member of a Ragtime Society Group, which used to practice in diners. The customers enjoyed their music so much, they started coming to their meetings. More recently, he has been playing at the First Christian Church. You are invited to come and hear him.
Fair Park first got to hear this talented man at the first Crossville’s Got Talent Show. The third annual Crossville’s Got Talent Show will be Friday, May 17, and they are currently looking for talented people in Crossville to sign up, audition and be in the this year’s show. It is free to enter. All talents and all ages are welcome. Don’t wait! You need to get signed up today.
The judges, along with the audience, will decide and vote for their favorites to be the winners. Cash prizes will be available from the sponsor, Caris Health Care in Crossville. Prizes include passes to Six Flags over Georgia, Wilderness in the Smokies and Cumberland County Playhouse.
Ladies, if you love designing and making your own jewelry, there is a workshop you do not want to miss. Lynnea Donai will be leading a workshop to make either a sterling silver and stone pendant or earrings for $20. Her class will be Monday, April 22 at 1 p.m. with those who get signed up.
So what are you doing this week? Plan to come to the Fair Park Senior Center. It is open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with some extra activities at night. It is located across the street from the Cumberland County Fairgrounds, 1433 Livingston Rd., Crossville. You can also visit the center’s website at http://www.fairparkseniorcenter.org to keep up-to-date on the latest programs and activities that are being offered, as well as online versions of the center’s monthly newsletter, “Newsline.”