It was Woodstock revisited, 50 years later.
On May 21, more than 500 area seniors filled the Community Center at the Medina County Fairgrounds, 735 Lafayette Road, for the much anticipated annual Senior Day gathering presented by The Medina County Office for Older Adults, under the leadership of Executive Director Laura Toth.
This year's theme celebrated the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, the then-radically different event that personified a new generation of people known as Yuppies.
Peace and love signs and symbols were evident everywhere, including painted on faces. Flowers, beads, and headbands were a dominant part of the day's attire for staff members, vendors, and senior guests, many of whom had first-hand recollections of that historic event.
The attendees streamed in early and enjoyed refreshments as they visited the more than 80 exhibiting vendors who, in addition to handing out treats, provided vast amounts of useful, valuable information pertaining to living well during the aging process. To date, this was the biggest number of vendors to participate.
Among the many subjects addressed were legal, medical, social, religious, financial, living accommodations, retirement planning, final arrangements, and entertainment options that are available in this area. Information on resources pertaining in almost any way to seniors was availlable.
Live entertainment sponsored by Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging, was provided before and after lunch by "The Pop Tarts," a quartet of women in theme-appropriate outfits who sang the music of the '60s. Guests also had the opportunity to stop by the free photo booth, A Moment in Time Photography, to capture the memories of the event.
Prior to serving lunch, the Color Guard, Marine Corps League, presented the colors, Noah Toth, of Brunswick High School, performed the National Anthem, Medina County Commissioner Pat Geissman presented a Senior Day proclamation, and Chaplain Ray Notarianni delivered the invocation.
The "Outta Sight" Supporters were Avenue at Medina, Brookdale Hospice, Brookdale N&S, Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnson, Danbury of Brunswick, Echelon of Medina, Forest Meadows Villas and Elmwood Court, Medina County Fair Board, Ohio Department of Insurance (OSHIIP), Roni Bell-Health Markets, and Western Reserve Masonic Community.
"Groovy Givers" were ABC of Greater Cleveland, Berkshire Hathaway Kovack Realtors, Brunswick Pointe, Clear Captions, Copley Health Center, Marie Mirro Edmonds, Harbor Woods Living, HMC Hospice of the Western Reserve, The Koewler Law Firm, Life Care Center of America, Max Potential Chiropractic, Medina County Public Transit, Midwest Everlasting Memorial, Pajevic Chiropractic, PG Associates LLC, Samaritan Care Center, and Willowood Care Center. In addition, there were more than 34 "Far Out" Friends.