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The cars and vans kept rolling in as hundreds of people of all ages arrived at the Soprema Senior Center, 617 School Drive, Wadsworth, for the third annual Wadsworth Old Fashioned Day. The July 19 family friendly event was hosted by the Center, Wadsworth Older Adult Foundation, and Professional Friends.

This much-anticipated gathering offered something for everyone. The tasty, five-dollar lunch of jumbo grilled hot dogs and summer sides prepared by the Center kitchen staff was topped off with the elaborately-decorated cupcakes supplied by those who entered the cupcake baking competition. Guests could eat either inside or out on the patio.

Inside, guests found a room full of interesting local memorabilia displays provided by the Wadsworth Area Historical Society, High School Alumni Association, Library, and the Center's recently formed genealogy class.

A section of the parking lot was reserved for the Car Cruise-In that featured beautifully restored vintage cars along with muscle, sports, and racing cars, among them a '36 Ford, a couple of Mustangs, Firebirds, Corvettes, and even an MG.

Out on the lawn, children (as well as some adults) were attracted to fun games and activities such as hula hooping, lawn Jenga, face painting, bubble blowing, corn hole, and duck pond fishing that earned them prizes.

Also out on the patio, the always popular singer-songwriter Jim Gill (sponsored by CapTel Outreach) delighted the visitors with live musical entertainment.

Senior Center Executive Director Nancy Likens was glad the event was once again so well attended, and was quick to acknowledge the valuable efforts of the many sponsors and volunteers who so readily and generously give of their time.

Table hostess sponsors were Beltone Hearing-Lindsay Perkins and Connie Carney, Health Insurance Option-Patricia Hudak, and Heritage Crossing-Shelly Septer; patio door sponsors were Altercare of Wadsworth-Danielle Lohr and Copley Health-Sandra Bougher; food leader sponsors were CapTel Outreach-Lori Rosenberg and CarePatrol-Lori Vrcan; games sponsors were Todd Vrcan, Caring Transitions-Jody Schweiger, The Loewler Law Firm-Kathy Mocarski, and Medicare Advisors of Ohio-Wendy Morgan; game leader sponsor was Sanctuary Wadsworth-Kelli Hilton; group assistant sponsors were Transitional Design-Stephanie Pulling, Autumnwood-Bob Brooks, Senior Helpers-Tracy Lilly, and Summacare-Christine Thwing; face painting sponsors were KAZ Company-Stacey Ries and Brian and Wade Ries; car show sponsors were The Village of St. Edward-Annette Walters, and Oasis Senior Advisors-Kevin Hohlefelder; grillmaster sponsor was Wadsworth Pointe-Erin Campbell; cupcake sponsor was The Village of St. Edward-Mindy Keller; and floater sponsors were Berkshire Hathaway Home Services-Johanna Perrino, Elmcroft-Jill Bell, and Crossroads Hospice-Kelly Fogel.

The Soprema Senior Center is a constant hub of inviting activities. Throughout the year themed events are planned such as the 25 Days of Christmas fundraiser, senior expos, a senior prom, the WOAF senior advocate hall of fame, fall festivals and sock hops, exciting bus trips, volunteer appreciation lunches, classes on many topics of interest, and so much more. In addition, the Soprema Cafe is open for lunch weekdays, providing a comfortable gathering place for friends.

To learn more about how you can get in on the fun, contact the Soprema Center at 330-335-1513.