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Seniors enjoy acoustic concert

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By Daniel Curtin
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Senior members of the community flocked to the Center at the Heights last Thursday evening for a get-together that featured live music, food, and friends.

The Bill McGoldrick Acoustic Duo provided the entertainment, playing classic hits like Etta James’ “At Last” that had attendees dancing away. Those that didn’t dance sat down and listened as the acoustic music filled the room.

“It’s terrific. I wish more people were dancing,” said Florine Strauss after returning from the dance floor. “[It’s great] to be with people, to socialize, to exercise … [The Center has] great events.”

The party was initially going to be held on the roof deck at the Center, but inclement weather moved everything inside. That didn’t stop those in attendance from enjoying themselves with old and new friends alike.

The Bill McGoldrick Acoustic Duo performs as Needham’s seniors relax. Photos by Daniel Curtin

The Bill McGoldrick Acoustic Duo performs as Needham’s seniors relax. Photos by Daniel Curtin

Marcy Leiman, who works with seniors, knows that it takes more than a bit of poor weather to get them down.

“It’s so nice to see everyone happy, enjoying themselves and dancing,” Leiman said. “They go with the flow and they have a zest for life. It doesn’t matter where the location is, as long as they’re having a good time.”

While attendees enjoyed the music, they also had their pickings from a cheese plate, a selection of different fruits, and chips. Lemonade was also served to those who were thirsty after dancing to the lively music.

Ann Dermarderosian, a regular visitor at the Center, was at the concert. She was enjoying the different music and also helped prepare some of the food for those in attendance.

“I can’t say enough about [the Center],” Dermarderosian said. “The programs, the people - it is such a warm and welcoming place for seniors.”

The Center hosts various music events throughout the year and provides a great opportunity to see live music from area musicians. For further information, visit the Council on Aging’s at

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