According to the latest available data, more than half of the population of Manitouwadge is over the age of 50. Folks who’ve reached that milestone birthday get a golden opportunity to meet up with their peers for a wide array of activities and events, with a goal of not just maintaining, but thriving in their next stage of life.
Started in the ‘80s in the old Knights of Columbus Hall on Manitou Road West, the Manitouwadge Golden Age Center moved to their new, wheelchair-accessible location at the corner of Manitou and Station Road (40 Manitou Road East) in September 2019. Unfortunately, the center was only used for a few months before COVID-19 restrictions temporarily halted activities.
In early March, after the long, lonely lockdown, the members of the MGAC were finally able to get together in person to celebrate their friendship with cake, a potluck supper, and an exciting new schedule of events. Painting, sewing, quilting, darts, Xbox bowling, and pool are just some of the activities that have already begun, with plans for movie and game nights, dances and monthly Pot Luck suppers in the near future.
The ever-popular Music Night rocked the house last weekend for the first time in a while. Local folks sing and play various instruments, showcasing their musical talents to an eager crowd every Saturday night from 7 to 9:30.
When asked what their favourite thing about the Golden Age Center is, club executives Vickie Rusard and Faye Carleton declare, almost simultaneously, “Connecting! It’s a great place to connect with other seniors in the community.” “And only five minutes from your house, wherever you live in our little town!” adds Linda, another board member. Joan Luff calls it a ‘Circle of Caring’, and says that it serves to keep older adults, including those without computer access, linked to the community and to each other.
This Thursday evening, the club will host a St. Patrick’s Day Dart Party, starting at 7 p.m. In addition to attendance draws, there will be a ‘Best Dressed in Green’ award, as well as dart related prizes for bulls-eyes, high scores, and double outs. Non-alcoholic refreshments and snacks will be available.
There is a nominal cost for membership in the Golden Age Center, which entitles you to free or discounted admission to all activities. A non-member rate is also available; non-members can pay a small, per event, fee. More information about the club and their activities can be found on their website at https://www.manitouwadgegac.org/ or on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1081414541877438
So, dust off your darts, lace up your virtual bowling shoes and pack up your craft and art supplies, then head on up to the Manitouwadge Golden Age Center for some awesome fun, fitness and friendship.