Dusten Rader/Express Editor
Attendees dance to music by Brad Hayner of Twisted Tunes DJ Service. From left, Judy Bryant, Beverly Lowenthal, Marge Croucher, and Debbie Gibson, all of Willing Helpers of Johnstown.
By DUSTEN RADER
GLOVERSVILLE — Although many things have changed over the past 30 years, one summer celebration has remained largely consistent: the Fulton County Office for Aging Senior Picnic.
Hundreds of area residents gathered Thursday at the Concordia Club in Gloversville to celebrate the 30th annual Senior Picnic.
This year’s event featured some new activities along with staples such as lunch a bagged lunch raffle, the Senior Challenge, music and dancing.
Attendees danced to music by Brad Hayner of Twisted Tunes DJ Service, or had their picture taken inside his photo booth. They also snacked on free donuts, popcorn, snow cones and enjoyed lunch by Kingsboro Catering. Some left with a caricature by Carol Jordan, owner of Kitenkaboodle Arts and Crafts. Miss Fulton County Heather Graves prepared a special dance routine for the audience. Fulton County Sheriff K-9 unit’s Sadie also made an appearance with Deputy Lisa VanAlstyne.
According to Andrea Fettinger, director of the Fulton County Office for Aging, in addition to fun, the event sought to pair the aging county population with local services and businesses, of which nearly 200 were represented.
“This event is held as a health and wellness community event for people 60 years of age or older,” Fettinger said. “We try to incorporate all avenues of our county so that individuals who come here will learn more about what services are available.”
In recognition of this year’s milestone, Sen. Jim Tedisco presented Fettinger with a Senate citation marking the 30th annual Senior Picnic.
“On behalf of the New York State Senate I have citation commending all of [Andrea Fettinger’s] service and leadership, honoring the Fulton County Office for Aging and all of you on this 30th anniversary,” Tedisco said. “You make this county and all the communities within it the great area that it is.”
Other officials in attendance who spoke to attendees include: Assemblyman Marc Butler, Johnstown Mayor Vern Jackson, Gloversville 5th Ward Supervisor Greg Young, County Clerk candidate Linda Kollar, Gloversville Mayor candidate Bill Rowback, Gloversville 6th Ward Supervisor Warren Greene, City of Johnstown councilman-at-large candidate Craig Talarico, and City of Gloversville Workforce Supervisor Charles Potter. Each official expressed their love for the county as well as the picnic itself, which has been held at Concordia Park since 1988.
According to an OFA release, the first picnic was held in 1987 at the Fort Johnstown building where the office was originally located. The first picnic drew more than 100 seniors, and since then it has seen between 500 and 700 attendees each year.
“It’s a milestone for us,” Fettinger said. “For me, this event culminates all of the work that we do, it allows us to be with people in on a very nice fun day, and it also makes people forget some of the things that are not so good in their life.”