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Partners in Living Well: Summer is a time to celebrate

From Arna Rennan

My husband and I have an ongoing discussion about “what is the norm.” I insist that winter is the norm and spring and summer are an exceptional gift, celebration, color extravaganza, a very long party, an extreme – but definitely not the norm. My husband, on the other hand, insists that there is something fundamentally wrong with winter and that summer is as life should be. Mind you, he’s a golfer.

I do sense there is a feeling of excitement and joy in getting together. The fresh newness of nature makes me feel like a child experiencing it for the first time. It’s a celebration of returning leaves, flowers, soft ground to walk on, friendlier temperatures, and smiling friends. I hope you’ll agree that it is time to celebrate the end of our winter hibernation.

The SAS Spring Tea is a perfect opportunity to celebrate the season. It will be held on Wednesday, May 28, at the Evangelical Free Church. The cost is $6 for a lovely luncheon and dessert. The musical entertainment is my favorite guitarist and husband, Brian Dack. He has his own unique style of playing called “classical folk.” His songs are his own compositions and I hope you will enjoy them. Do wear your favorite hat from any era. Also, bring your special tea cup and perhaps share your story about it. If you plan on coming, I need to hear from you by Sunday, May 25. Please call 218-525-4534 to reserve your place.

On Friday, June 20, Socially Active Seniors will welcome marathoners, friends and family to its annual spaghetti dinner. It will be served from 4- 8 p.m., at the Two Harbors Community Center, so if you are hosting out of town guests, make it easy on yourself by treating them to this delicious meal. The cost is just $8 per person, and $5 for children six years old and younger. The meal includes spaghetti, cole slaw, bread, a beverage and dessert.

On Wednesday, June 25, there will be a watercolor demonstration at the Two Harbors Community Center at 1:30 p.m. There is a slight change from the description in our recent newsletter; the demonstration will be by one of our local artists. It can be fun to watch flowers emerge from a blank sheet of paper. Perhaps this event will inspire you to paint some of your own! Refreshments will follow.

Feel free to invite friends who may be in the area for the summer. SAS is for everyone who is 55 or older; no membership is required. We welcome one and all.

Arna Rennan is the activity director for Socially Active Seniors. She writes the Partners in Living Well column with Community Partners director Kirsten Cruikshank.