Bedford Council on Aging Message for May

Submitted by Alison Cservenschi, Director, Bedford Council on Aging

May, how glorious it is. Just feeling the warm sun on your face can make such a difference, and I hope you are taking full advantage of the warmer weather and the lovely spring blooms it brings.

We are grateful to have welcomed so many of you in the last few months. We are up to 80 visitors a day and counting! Thank you for making our time, and each other, so happy and enjoyable. Time flies when you are having fun and it certainly has for us recently.

First off, I give a big thank you to the Throckmorton family, friends and Bedford Arts and Crafts volunteers who made another great art show possible, in honor of Jacob Wren. Each year we showcase and celebrate the many talented artists in and around Bedford. 2023 Greetings Cards from the show are available at the COA and thank you to the wonderful artists who submitted their amazing work.

This month we are excited to offer our first Ukulele program with funds in Jacob’s name, from this year’s show. Please see the latest COA newsletter for more information and how to join the group, no experience necessary.

We are also looking forward to the MCOA Walk-Mass Challenge where you can walk for the COA by logging in and counting your steps through October. Walk alone or join our upcoming ‘Walkie-Talkie’ group to meet others interested in walking and step out together! For more information on this program see the COA newsletter.

I am also very pleased to bring back the popular, nutritious, and affordable Monday, Wednesday, and Friday lunches provided by Carleton Willard Village. Special thanks to Anil, Charlie, and Kim who are volunteering their time to deliver the great meal to us. If you, or someone you know of any driving age, are interested in being a volunteer driver now, or in the future, please call the COA and leave your name and number. We will call you back with the details of this ongoing opportunity for the community.

I would like to congratulate another wonderful volunteer, Heather Day, and her Scottish Dance group in being accepted into the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society. This Royal Society, founded in Glasgow, Scotland, was established in 1923 to promote and develop Scottish country dance and music worldwide for the benefit of present and future generations.

Thanks to Heather and her amazing group of dedicated dancers, we have another feather in our caps to celebrate. If you would like to learn to ‘Dance Scottish’ or watch this group as they reel and jig, feel free to come on over. Kilts optional.

You are also very welcome, and encouraged to join us and attend any program we have to offer this May. We have many great opportunities to learn, take part, engage, and enjoy. Please come on over, meet new people and try something new. We are always happy to see and serve you. Enjoy and have a happy and healthy spring. Hope to see you soon

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