Get into the spirit of the season at the Hamlet Senior Center’s Fall Festival, held on Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is the first of its kind, and will host fun games, food, vendors and prizes.
Susan Sellers, director of the Hamlet Senior Center, said the festival originated from an intern at the senior center.
“We have an intern here through Richmond Community College and it was her idea,” Sellers said. “She wanted to do this and it had to be something measurable for her schoolwork.”
Sellers said the festival will feature a cake walk, free flu vaccinations, vendors, and games like shuffleboard, horse shoes, bocce and cornhole.
“We’ll have free hot dogs and popcorn and cotton candy and drinks,” Sellers said.
Live entertainment will also be provided by the Hamlet Senior Center’s line dancers and cheerleaders.
The fall festival is open to all seniors, ages 55 and older.
“(Participants) can expect a morning of fun activities,” said Intern Shirley Pemberton. “Come out and relax and play a few games and have a little fun. Get a flu shot and get some information about drug prevention, about the United Way and different services offered at Social Services. It’s going to be a fun morning — it’s something fun to do to get everybody out of the house before it gets too cold.”
The 49-year-old intern said she is studying Human Service Technology at RCC, and has enjoyed her experience at the Hamlet Senior Center.
“I’m learning valuable things here at the Hamlet Senior Center that involve the human service perspective on what it takes to run a senior center, as far as keeping a senior center of excellence,” Pemberton said. “I’m learning about the ways that the Hamlet Senior Center operates and how it interacts with other agencies … We were just brainstorming about something to do in October and (the festival) came to my mind.”
For more information about the festival or the Hamlet Senior Center, call 910-582-7985.
— Staff Writer Mallory Brown can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 18, or by email at email@example.com.