Seniors live it up at CG Festival

Haze and fog coated the early goings of Senior Day, but it was perfectly clear the annual Coast Guard Festival event is a bright spot in the lives of many.
Marie Havenga
Jul 31, 2014


Several hundred seniors converged on Mulligan's Hollow to boogie, play bingo and be with their buddies on Wednesday.

With a bright-red flower in her hair, a matching sweatshirt and a pin that proudly proclaimed “I've survived damn near everything,” Edie Demock sat in a chair at the end of a table, smiling broadly. Demock has more experience being a senior than most — she's 101.

“I just got here, but everyone seems to have a smile on their face,” she said Wednesday morning.

Demock missed the seniors gliding through the grass during line dancing, but she got there in time to listen to North Ottawa Community Hospital doctors compete in a trivia game. She also saw throngs of seniors get free manicures and hand massages, pick up brochures, and get their blood pressure checked.

Fred Ekdahl's blood pressure checked in at 138 over 72.

“This was real convenient,” the Ferrysburg man said after the cuff came off. “There are a lot of good things going on here. I can get informed about a lot of things. I'll be playing bingo and everything. It's always a good time to come down and see all the people you know.”

And those you don't know — many seniors reported fondness for the event because of the new friends they meet.

Nancy Becker, who moved from Virginia to Spring Lake two years ago, sat at a table with friend LaVerne Winters, also of Spring Lake.

“I'm trying to meet new people,” Becker said. “There are good people here. They're very friendly.”

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I can only hope I look as good as Edie Demock if I am blessed to reach the age of 101. What a great event!


Good to see those Seniors Jazzing it up at the GC Festival!!


Sure is nice to see our community involved with its seniors.


"I just got here, but everyone seems to have a smile on their face,” she said Wednesday morning."

Hell, I'm a senior and have a smile on my face every day I wake up, I don't need a gathering to be happy; just my bride and good scotch.

Glad you had a good time.


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