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Seniors celebrate summer cookout

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By Daniel Curtin
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Volunteers and staff at the Center made sure everyone was well fed. Photos by Daniel Curtin

Volunteers and staff at the Center made sure everyone was well fed. Photos by Daniel Curtin

Senior members from Medfield and from the surrounding community came out to a summer cookout at the Center last Wednesday. The cookout featured a day full of fun activities. This is the eighth year in which the Center has hosted a summer cookout.

Visitors to the Center came together to share a delicious meal while connecting with old friends. Though it was pouring rain outside, the weather didn’t stop volunteers from braving the elements to cook up mouth-watering Italian sausages served with potato salad and watermelon slices. About 70 people came out to enjoy the day.

Roberta Lynch, director of the Council on Aging in Medfield, helped set up the cookout with help from many volunteers. But she knows its more than the food that make these get togethers so special.

“We bring people together. I tell them it is not about the food - it’s about being together, the music, the dancing, the conversations, and just having a great time socializing,” Lynch said.

Attendees at the cookout were well fed. Photos by Daniel Curtin

Attendees at the cookout were well fed. Photos by Daniel Curtin

Before the seniors enjoyed an evening meal, they had a long day of fun that included a movie, bingo, and a social hour. As people connected with each other, they listened to classic hits from the 1940s, 50s and 60s.

Tad Travis was the DJ for the event and enjoyed bringing enjoyment to the attendees - not to mention giving them a chance to dance to some of their favorite songs. Travis has been entertaining people throughout the Massachusetts area for decades, but always enjoys coming to Medfield.

“I’ve been here about a dozen times,” said Travis. “Medfield is a great town. It is always a pleasure and I always look forward to it.”

To finish off the meal, the seniors in attendance enjoyed a tasty treat of ice cream sandwiches. Roberta Lynch was happy to be able to give seniors in Medfield a day they soon won’t forget.

“Summer is all about getting together and having a good time,” she said.

The Center will be holding one more cookout this summer on August 29.

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