Lorna Johnson (left) Judi Maulding, Char Mitchell and Mary Quinn at the Center 50+ Ladies Tea on Friday, July 23. (Mary Louise VanNatta/Special to Salem Reporter)

Salem’s Center 50+ will open Sept. 7 and soon seniors will be crafting, working out, learning and socializing again. 

To begin the process of reopening, the center held its Ladies Tea on Friday, July 23.  The event, usually held during the holiday season, was postponed multiple times during the pandemic.

Ladies in hats and gloves noshed on petite croissant sandwiches, cheese and crackers and scones with lemon curd.  Randy Byrnes, the only gentleman in attendance, played popular tunes on the piano.

The tables and seats were properly distanced from one another. One was filled with Center 50+ supporters Mary Quinn, Lorna Johnson, Judi Maulding and Char Mitchell.

Guests visited about all the plans and activities that will be coming up when the center opens.  Rosita Garvin shared a little about her life in Guam.  Sharon Ingram was looking forward to upcoming city festivals.

Marily Daily-Blair, Center 50+ director, served tea in the donated teapots and gave a thank you to sponsors Prestige Senior Living, Southern Hills, Orchard Heights, and the Red Hat Group.

Center 50+ is a nonprofit that provides life-enriching opportunities for adults 50 and older through activities, services, and involvement in the community.

The Welcome Back & Moving Forward Event is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 7 and the schedule:

8:30 a.m. - doors open

9 a.m. - continental breakfast

9 a.m.-2 p.m. - WOW van and canine corps in the parking lot

Open House and tours until 5 pm

A park lot sale is planned for Saturday, Sept. 11.

Visit the  Center 50+ website for details.

Marilyn Daily-Blair serves tea at Center 50+ Ladies Tea at the Center 50+ Ladies Tea on Friday, July 23. (Mary Louise VanNatta/Special to Salem Reporter)

Randy Byrnes plays piano at the Center 50+ Ladies Tea on Friday, July 23. (Mary Louise VanNatta/Special to Salem Reporter)

Sharon Ingram attends the Center 50+ Ladies Tea on Friday, July 23. (Mary Louise VanNatta/Special to Salem Reporter)

A guest is served tea at the Center 50+ Ladies Tea on Friday, July 23. (Mary Louise VanNatta/Special to Salem Reporter)

Some of the treats served at the Center 50+ Ladies Tea on Friday, July 23. (Mary Louise VanNatta/Special to Salem Reporter)

Mary Louise VanNatta is a Salem public relations professional, writing regularly about events for Salem Reporter.

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