By Tina Taylor
Fair Park Senior Center is a 501(c)(3) organization, the first chartered senior citizens center in the state of Tennessee. Everyday 10,000 adults turn age 65 in the U.S. Cumberland County, being a large retirement community, has the fastest growing senior 65-plus population in the state. Fair Park serves more than 2,000 seniors each month and offers education in health, art, dance, music, computers, exercise classes, recreational activities and an adult day care program, just to name a few.
Donations are always appreciated. They depend on grants and funding from federal, state, city, county and private organizations, with some matching funds. As a result, they must always be creative in their events and fund-raising efforts.
Fair Park is currently planning two talent/variety shows at the local Palace Theatre in downtown Crossville. The events will be the third annual Gong Show, which will be Friday, Feb. 22, and the third annual Crossville’s Got Talent Show, which will be May 17. The last two years' shows were close to sold out.
Everyone needs and loves to laugh more. For the Gong Show, they are looking for anyone who enjoys making folks laugh. If you enjoy acting out funny stories and jokes, songs or silly skits, commercials or old comedy shows, this Gong Show needs you to be in it. It is all about humorous entertainment of almost any kind. It is not hard, just think of something funny and get your friends to join you, and everyone will be smiling.
If you enjoy cutting up and having fun, the sillier the better. Everything is funnier when it is live. It is a great way to make fun memories. You could win some nice prizes or you could get gonged. You just cannot take yourself too seriously. Everyone has such a great time.
However, Fair Park needs the community’s help. They are taking applications for this show at this time. If you are remotely interested, call 484-7416 and ask for Tina.
Later, they will be holding auditions for Crossville’s Got Talent Show in May. This show will be all about the talent, singing, dancing and more. They will let you know when later.
This Friday morning, Fair Park's own Fair Park Jammers will be playing at 9:45 a.m. This is a group of men and women who make up the guitar forum held every week at the center on Wednesday afternoons, who just enjoy playing their instruments and singing together. It is made up of guitars, banjos, fiddles and harmonicas. They are always glad to have others come and join in the melody and play along.
The senior center will be closed Tuesday Jan. 15 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
There is a lot going on at Fair Park Senior Center. The center is at 1433 Livingston Rd. and is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 484-7416, or check out the website at www.fairparkseniorcenter.org.