, Gloucester, MA


September 4, 2012

Letter: Rockport's senior center thriving with activity

To the editor:

The board members and director of the Rockport Council on Aging would like to take this time to thank those who have helped to support our new Senior Center. Because of you, we are well on our way to being an active Senior Center, used by many of the town’s residents.

We have started lots of new ongoing programs including, but not limited to, painting, exercise, laughing yoga (stop by and try it), quilting/knitting/sewing group, scrabble and more. We also offer single day events, like wreath-making for Christmas, ice cream socials, a visit from the assessors office to explain ways to save on your taxes, Traveling Chef, Senior Mobile Market, and more.

Bus trips have been very popular. This past summer we went on a boat trip around Boston Harbor with lunch, and will be going to Nantucket and Rhode Island soon. The Nantucket trip is so popular we have added a second bus, and it is full. Our day trips fill very fast, so if a trip to Merrimac Outlet Malls for Christmas shopping interests you, call and reserve your space now.

Lunches are served daily, thanks to SeniorCare. The Senior Center also offers special luncheons; the lobster rolls provided by The Folly Cove Lobster pool filled the center to capacity. We have also had a luncheon provided by The Red Skiff that was very popular. We anticipate continuing to offer luncheons provided by local restaurants and civic groups in the future, and a monthly birthday party for those 70 and older is held each month.

Don’t forget we have treadmills and other exercise equipment available daily on a first-come, first-served basis. What a great way to stay fit during the coming winter months. The Senior Center would like to acknowledge Portsmouth Naval Base for helping us obtain this equipment. We list all of our activities on the town of Rockport website, the Rockport Senior Center Facebook page, and various bulletin boards around town. We also mail out a quarterly newsletter, “News on Broadway,” to most seniors in town.

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