GREENSBURG – Area seniors gathered for a day filled with friends and fun at the Greensburg Adult Center for game day Wednesday.
The Greensburg Adult Center moved to its current location on Main Street in 2004 and has been offering meals, services and entertainment to adults over the age of 50 ever since. The Adult Center offers a daily lunch at 11:30 a.m., which is often followed by some kind of activity.
The Adult Center also has a bus service that runs daily between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for adults over the age of 60 to help get them around town for shopping or appointments. The bus service operates on free-will donations. Additionally, the center offers a number of clubs that meet for games and activities, such as Scrabble, euchre, bridge, bingo and a weekly exercise program geared toward people over 50-years-old. There are usually several monthly trips as well as monthly lunch time and night time pitch-in meals.
Several years ago, Diana Robbins started the yearly game day as a mini fundraiser. With a fee of just $5 per person, the full day of games and activities provided entertainment and companionship to all involved. The proceeds are split down the middle between the Adult Center and the nutrition program in which they partner with Thrive Alliance to provide daily meals.
After enjoying coffee, tea and donuts, the group of roughly 25 began the game-filled day with “Name That Tune” hosted by Cheryl Johnson from Morning Breeze Retirement Community. Snippets of tunes from the 1950s were played for the four teams and members had to guess the name of the song and the artist who performed it.
Following “Name That Tune,” Penny Dolph from Grace Lutheran Manor led the group of seniors in a game called “Penny Ante.” Large piles of pennies were set on all the tables and statements were made. For each statement that applied to a player, he or she took one penny form the pile. Some of the statements required a player to return a penny to the pile. For example, most players gained a penny for taking a vitamin every day and knowing the words to the National Anthem. Some players lost pennies for not having made their beds that morning or never having written a thank you note. Players were tested when asked to take a penny for every pet they had through their lives. The winner of the game was 92-year-old Belva Stapp, with 120 pennies.