This week was a busy week here at the Newport Senior Center with many surprises throughout the week. When we walked in on Monday morning, we had many ghoulish ghosts flying around, a gigantic pumpkin and grim reaper hanging from the ceiling, many spooky sounds, several fall displays, a werewolf at the water cooler and skeletons just sitting around.

Outside, a graveyard grew over the weekend, ghosts are playing ring-around-the-rosie and a witch had fallen into the flowers with only her feet left hanging out. All of the gremlins and goblins and scarecrows have definitely made it to the center and are ready for our upcoming Halloween Dance.

Join us on Oct. 27 from 2-4 pm, for a spooktacular time. Music will be provided by Joe Jennings of JJ’s Music. Costumes are encouraged but not mandatory. Dressing up will be fun and prizes will be given to specific categories. There will be games with prizes during intermission.

Entry fee for the dance is $5 per person. Beverages and light refreshments will be available for purchase.

If you are looking for ideas to decorate your home, a white ghost will light up your life and a purple witch floral arrangement will bring smiles and giggles to all those who see your creativity. Let your imagination get your painting juices flowing while joining us for a Halloween painting class on Oct. 15.

Paint an ordinary wine glass into a ghost and paint an ordinary mason jar into a witch. The wine glass, mason jar, witch hat, paint and lesson are available for $5. Yes, that is only $5 for two adorable Halloween projects. Class begins at 1 p.m. and is designed for beginners.

We know there are some talented individuals out there who are trying to share that talent with others. We are trying something new this year as a fundraiser. The NSC will be holding its first ever Holiday Craft Fair & Bake Sale on Nov. 9 from 9-2.

Talented crafters are needed to make this a success. Vendor spaces of 10x10 are available for only $25. There are five spaces left to meet our goal of 20 vendors. Volunteer bakers will be needed to bake some delicious goodies to be sold that day. Anyone interested in renting a space or baking treats should call 863-4422.

Another pleasant surprise this week was a visit by Gov. Chris Sununu. This was made possible because of Newport Town Manager Hunter Rieseberg. The governor spoke during lunch and answered questions from all of those in attendance. This time was important to be able to express areas of concerns and to hear incentives the governor is working towards. Thank you Hunter for making this happen.

While the governor was here, he presented a check to me, on behalf of Roy Malool, for $10,000. What a shock! I have been talking with Roy about our Meals-on-Wheels program, congregate meals and transportation programs. This generous donation is to ensure all eligible residents of Newport will receive a daily meal. It is because of Mr. Malool and his foundation, and others like him, that we are able to continue to serve older adults. I do not have the right words to show our appreciation for his generosity.

A great new program taking off at the NSC is the game of cornhole. With the two new cornhole games on-site, we have started a sign-up sheet for those interested in some friendly competition. The response has been overwhelming. Stay tuned for upcoming details on how this challenge will play out.

There have been discussions about holding a cornhole challenge on a Sunday with a pot luck luncheon or pizza party. If you have ideas you would like to add into the discussion, please contact Larry Eaton at 863-4422.

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