Things to Do for Seniors in Merritt
“I’m a senior on the go, never knowing what I’ll decide to do next.”
What an adventure! Starting a blog will be easy and fun, I thought. Right? Well, it’s not just about writing. It’s about things to do for seniors in Merritt!
Things To Do For Seniors In Merritt:
-the Seniors Spring dance
-the “new” path along Voght Street
-a visit to the Community Garden behind the hospital
The Seniors Centre was not somewhere I had been before. Honestly, I thought it would be a place where really old people sat around, played cards and gossiped. Not so!!! When I walked in, there were a number of women around tables decorating hats. When I asked why they were decorating them they told me it was for the spring hat dance contest on Saturday night. Now, I have to admit that I haven’t been to a Saturday night dance for umpteen years, so I decided I needed to go.
The Spring Hat Dance was a lot of fun
May 12/18 Two smiling, beautifully hatted ladies greeted me at the door and took my ticket. Punch, both alcoholic and non, sat on a sideboard where we could help ourselves along with coffee and water. I enjoyed the three- piece band (music by Randy Chillihitzi) that played good old country dance music, a bit of rock n roll and tossed in a few modern tunes to boot. Since I grew up with these songs it was a trip down memory lane for me. One thing for sure, we seniors really know how to dance and wow can some of us rock!
The food was tasty pot- luck appetizers. Yumm.
Would you believe admission was only $10.00?
Will I go again? You betcha!
For more information about what real seniors do and to find out what other fun is planned including:
- carpet bowling
- floor curling
- pot luck suppers
Have yourselves as much fun as I did.
Enjoy A Simple Walk – The Path
On the way up to the community garden I remembered reading an article in the Merritt Herald about the new path that ran along the edge of Voght Street. I was thinking it might be fun to walk there, particularly on a hot day. It looked shady, cool and interesting- especially from the inside of the car as we flew by, always a quick way to check out new stuff.
So here I am on the wide, paved, smooth path with greenery, trees and some recognizable plants at the edges of the pavement. The sun is smiling down on me, a few fluffy white clouds are floating by and a cool breeze is blowing away the heat. Life is good. Some wild pea plants that grow back a little from the edge looked tempting so I confess to pulling a few shoots for a nibble. They taste exactly like fresh peas if you get them very young and their little purple flowers are good too. Just be absolutely sure you know what you’re eatin
If you make a mistake, the path starts across the street from the hospital.
Well! The path went only about ½ a k and ends too near Mickey D’s for my own good. Still, it is pretty and the peas were tasty. Enjoy!
Fellow Seniors – Dig This! The Community Garden
Come with me today to visit Merritt’s community garden. It sits quietly behind the hospital in an alfalfa field, with parking on Reid to avoid crowding the hospital parking lot.
We are in the process of starting some new projects. By the end of summer we will have:
- a gazebo
- a pollinator garden
- a possible beehive
- planters for the food bank and soup kitchen
- a public area under the sign for people to pick a few samples
Most of the above are started already, the food bank and soup kitchen gardens are planted and our personal gardens are growing well. I feel happy to see the tiny plants popping up out of the ground despite the cold, hot, rainy, dry weather we are getting. Very unpredictable this year.
Visitors are always welcome
Anyone who happens to be working that day will be glad to show you around and tell you how we got started. The part of the garden outside the fence is for public use so pick a few strawberries, snip some chamomile for tea or try the swiss chard.
The gazebo is a cool place to have lunch on a hot day, not only for the shade it provides but because there is usually a cool breeze too. Please bring your own chairs and enjoy some peaceful down time.
By July, the height of the blooming season, the pollinator garden will be gorgeous. Right now we are discussing which plants would give the best results and make the bees and other pollinators happy.
To protect our little plots we do request that visitors leave their pets outside the garden and thank you for not smoking in the area.
If you would like more information or would like to join the community garden contact us at:
I’m a senior on the go, never knowing what I’ll decide to do next. And with lots of things for seniors to do in Merritt, what would you like to do?