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03/04/16 10:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO Winding down, Henrietta Roberts will end her long career as coordinator of senior services on March 11. There will be a brief hiatus for the Silver Circle program that will return by mid-April.

JULIE LANE PHOTO| Winding down, Henrietta Roberts will end her long career as coordinator of senior services on March 11. There will be a brief hiatus for the Silver Circle program that will return by mid-April.

Silver Circle participants on Shelter Island aren’t losing the program they value.

That’s the word from Councilwoman Chris Lewis, who is liaison to the Senior Activity Center. (more…)

01/17/12 9:00am

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO A toast ‘To life’ at Silver Circle party.

Friends and family of Silver Circle Club members and supporters from the community gathered about noon last Wednesday at the Senior Activity Center to toast the New Year, old friends — past and present — and the gift of life.

Town Councilpersons Ed Brown, Peter Reich and Paul Shepherd were there as well as recently retired Superintendent of Highways Mark Ketcham; SCAC Chairman Ron Lucas; Sy Weissman, president of the Senior Citizens Foundation of Shelter Island, Inc.; and Bob Costanzo, president and CEO of Be Safe at Home. Bob has been a regular monthly visitor at the Silver Circle for years.

The artists who have loaned their “treasures” to the Senior Center were represented by the nationally recognized environmental artist, Janet Culbertson.

After brief opening remarks by Program Director Lois Charls, Peter Reich and Ron Lucas, Lois introduced the club members present. Kay Corbett, Karoline Kilb, Jean Tuthill and Joe Salsedo commented on their participation in the Silver Circle, best summed up, perhaps, by Kay, who wished “every day was Wednesday.”

A buffet lunch, catered in part by the Eagle Deli, was set up in the “Portrait Room.” Guests sampled the party punch, a tart and tangy concoction prepared and donated by Jeanne Woods.

Pastor Tom Charls’s thoughtful New Year’s meditation moved the program towards its rousing close —  a sing-along featuring vocalists Vivienne Lindemann and Mel Mendelssohn and guitarist Mark Krauss. Their final number, now a tradition, was “Auld Lang Syne”; the final moment, a toast — the sweetest toast of all — “to life.”

The Silver Circle is a social and activity club for older Island seniors. Ages, which are confidential but not in this context, range from 80 to 94. The club meets every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Senior Activity Center. Dues are $10 a week. Call Program Director Lois Charls at 749-0276 for information and enrollment details.

10/19/11 5:00pm

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Some of the Silver Circle members and friends taking their ease on the Camp Quinipet deck. From the left, Gail Holm, Vera MacDonald, Bob Carlson, Greg Nissen, Diane Anderson and George Dawson.

For some Silver Circle Club members and staff, the September 14 trip to Camp Quinipet was a chance to relish and review their recollections of Quinipet’s history with Greg Nissen, the camp’s director. For most of the members, it was an opportunity to rock away an hour or so on the new deck and let the waterviews of Shelter Island Sound take them, in reverie, wherever they chose to go.

We plan four or five outings a year for the Silver Circle, a social and activity club for Shelter Island’s older seniors. Some are informative, like last year’s trip to the Mashomack Preserve. We visited the fields to see the bluebirds and their nest boxes and to learn about their return to the preserve.

Another outing is the now annual excursion to the Tuck Shop, the ice cream emporium on Menantic Road, where we are treated, thanks to proprietor Pat Sulahian, to all the ice cream we can eat.

Our trip to Camp Quinipet was very different, and we shall take advantage of Greg Nissen’s standing invitation to return and rock away an hour in reverie.

05/04/11 11:21pm

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Linda Betjeman, the Easter bunny (aka Cathy Raymond) and Mollie Numark at Silver Circle.

The Silver Circle’s Easter celebration on Wednesday, April 20 was one of undiluted joy. Mollie Numark read, Linda Betjeman played the keyboard, and Cathy Raymond, our very own Easter bunny, renewed old friendships with members and staff of the Island’s premiere program for older seniors.

Reflecting on her inspiration for the reading, Mollie said, “Marshall [her beloved husband] and I visited Dove Cottage, the Wordsworth home in Grasmere, England many years ago. When we were there, we could see (in our mind’s eye) what he must have seen — ‘a crowd, of host, of golden daffodils beside the lake, beneath the trees, fluttering and dancing in the breeze.’”

Several years ago Mollie found a rare book in an antique store in one of the Hamptons — “Wordsworth, Days with the Poet.” This was the book she read from in a setting artfully designed by Marshall — a flower bedecked chair and a side table with a vase of daffodils.

Linda Betjeman provided the musical background for Mollie’s reading, a delicate romp through “April Showers” and “Tiptoe Through the Tulips.” This was Linda’s second visit to the Silver Circle in as many months. In March she accompanied the St. Patrick’s Day Irish singers and performers. Perhaps she will become a “Minister of Music” for the club.

It took days for Mollie to prepare the materials for her reading. “I really enjoy doing it. They [the club members and staff] are so lovely, so receptive, so easy to please.”

As one staff member said, “I love to listen to Mollie.” We all do. Please come back soon, dear Miss Mollie.