HAPPENINGS AT THE BLIND CENTER
MARCH AND APRIL
The Blind Center welcomed spring with a gala St. Patrick’s Day party on Thursday, March 16. Audrey Emery prepared a great Irish meal and Lottie Horner sang almost every Irish song known to us. It was a great way to welcome spring.
Andy Mosceri, the Blind Center’s indomitable Bingo caller, out did himself on April 6 when he called not only Spanish bingo, but Thai bingo as well. Who knows what Andy will come up with the next time that he calls Bingo for the Blind Center.
On Saturday, April 8, Reggie Lancaster, Mary Lewis and Phil Harrison manned a table at the Cape May Health Department’s Health Fair. Literature outlining the Blind Center’s programs was handed out and our representatives spoke to a number of inquisitive attendees explaining the purposes and programs of the Blind Center.
On April 20, the group enjoyed lunch at the Pudgie Pelican restaurant where Ron, the owner and long-time supporter of the Blind Center, provided a great lunch for the Blind Center participants and volunteers.
Ron continued his hospitality to the Blind Center by assisting the group on Saturday, April 22 by providing his Pudgie Pelican Restaurant facilities for the Blind Center’s annual fund raising breakfast. For the breakfast Ron provided a great home-style breakfast meal for the guests who came to assist the Blind Center with their donations and support. We thank volunteers Lottie Horner, Mary Lewis, Carol Fiore and her husband, Phil, Mike Mowrey and George Wasser for waiting on the tables and assisting customers who had come for breakfast. We also thank those loyal supporters of the Blind Center who joined us for breakfast at the Pudgie Pelican restaurant on the morning of April 22.
This spring the group was honored to hear the jazz strains of Andrew Hink, Ocean City’s premiere jazz pianist. When Andrew had to be cancelled on March 14 due to flooding in Avalon, we nevertheless were able to reschedule him for later in the month and enjoyed immensely Andrew’s renditions of many well-known show and popular tunes as well as his own creations. We look forward to enjoying Andrew’s music later in the year.
Mario Tobia, the Blind Center’s long-time computer instructor, provided classes in iPhone and lectured on various social media programs. In between lectures, Mario was able to provide individual instruction to a number of our participants. We look forward to continuing with Mario’s lessons in May and June.
We were disappointed to learn that Janet Gibbins would be unable to provide craft instruction in April due to her recent illness. We wish Janet a speedy recovery. In the meantime, Lee Savich filled in with her class on crocheting which was a big success. Even the men enjoyed the opportunity to learn the art of crocheting.
John Pekich, the Blind Center’s long-time drama instructor, continued to baffle the group with his incomprehensible riddles and patented crazy stories. We will continue to be bewildered by John as we move into spring and summer.
Pastor Dave Montanye continued to lead the group in discussions about important topics for the blind and visually impaired each fourth Thursday of the month.
UPCOMING EVENTS FOR MAY AND JUNE
- May 16 will see the return of Tom Celendine, the former professor who has entertained us with his discussions of classical movie entertainers and radio personalities. Tom will tell us all about some of our favorite vocalists from our younger years.
- On Thursday, May 18, the Blind Center will participate in the Senior Jamboree sponsored by the Cape May Department of Aging and Disability Services. Each year the group has participated in this gala spring event held at the Avalon Community Center. There are speeches, music, dancing and a lunch provided by the Department. Usually we have the opportunity to shake hands with our political representatives who attend to greet their constituents. We look forward to attending this event on May 18.
- On June 6, the Blind Center will revive a tradition from earlier years, when the group takes a trolley ride around the historic city of Cape May with a narrator from the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts providing an interesting and humorous talk about the history of this quaint town at the very tip of the State. Of course no excursion would be complete without a gourmet lunch at a local establishment.
- On June 15, Eileen Gilliner will tell us all about her adventures in South Africa.
- The Blind Center will also introduce a meeting dedicated to discussions of interesting readings provided by the participants themselves. We hope to stimulate the group into using the facilities available for audio book listening.
- The final tribute to spring comes on Tuesday, June 27 when the Blind Center attends its annual picnic at the Cape May Point Lighthouse Park. Jim Doran and Clint Adams return to entertain the group with their music. We expect former volunteer, George Wasser and his dance partner Dorothy, to show us their new steps learned at their recent dance classes. Let’s hope that Mother Nature does not drive us indoors like she did last year.
We look forward to an eventful spring program and hopefully we will have the opportunity to meet new participants in the group who are also visually impaired. All are welcome to share the friendship and camaraderie with others laboring with similar afflictions.
A SPECIAL THANK YOU!
George and Marie Walsh’s son-in-law, John Greed, has once again this year donated $2500 to the Blind Center. John’s company also has a matching donor program and the Blind Center will soon receive another $2500 from the company. Thank you John!
IN MEMORY OF BETTY HANSON
On March 28, Linda Long and her sister Barbara Hanson accompanied by Linda’s granddaughter Lilly, came to the Blind Center and provided lunch to the assembled group of participants and volunteers in honor of their mother, Betty Hanson, who would have been 100 on March 28. Betty had been one of the original members of the group when the Blind Center was founded by Millicent Saraduke in October of 2000. Betty had always been an enthusiastic participant and supporter of the Blind Center. Many of the group who had participated in the activities of the Blind Center for many years fondly recalled Betty, who loved the Philadelphia Eagles. After an Eagles victory Betty would be elated but a defeat brought an unhappy look to Betty’s face when she arrived at the Blind Center the next Tuesday. We enjoyed recalling those days when Betty was with us and joining in on the various activities. Barbara and Linda wanted to share with the Blind Center participants the fond memories of their mother on the anniversary of her birthday which would have been her 100th. All the participants and volunteers enjoyed reliving those days and remembering Betty. We note that Linda and her husband, Doug, frequently take missionary trips and this summer they will travel to Belarus to help the people of that country.