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Tuesday:) Toni Talks About McKinney

16 Jan

Small towns make up for their lack of people by having everyone be more interesting.     

Doris “Granny D” Haddock

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McKinney feels like a small town even though it is growing by leaps and bounds. But, it still has that small town atmosphere. There are no strangers, just people you haven’t met yet. Hang out on the Square a while, and you’ll make new friends.

Monday afternoons, I go to the Senior Center for the country line dance. Growing up and spending nearly 50 years in the Chicago area, I know nothing about country music or dancing. Hey, you’re never too old to learn. Right? I’m learning. I’m having fun. Then, I stayed after for the group line dance instruction class.

No, I don’t wear boots and a cowboy hat, but it’s never too late.

After the dance and the instruction class, it was almost time to go to McKinney Creative Community over at the Cove. I was already on the east side, so I just hung around until 5:30.

This group of talented local artists, writers, musicians, and creative people meet the second Monday of every month for a pot-luck gathering, to share, care, and stare at one another. We usually have a wonderful guess speaker. This month, Rachel Reitan, provided a very interesting presentation on portrait art and the motivational and inspirational process of an artist. Fascinating!

It is so interesting to learn about other artists and their creative process. Rachel spends hours with her clients before and during their portrait painting session, learning about their life so she can express that feeling into the portrait. If you want a photo, take a photo. Don’t expect a portrait to look like a photo. If you want the heart and soul of a person reflected in a painted portrait, call Rachel Reitan. If you live somewhere far from McKinney, find a local artist to paint your special portrait.

I love living in my little town.

Tuesday:) Tricks and Treats and Dancing at the Senior Center

31 Oct

” You’re only as old as you feel, and if you feel like dancing and singing, you’ll never feel old.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Yesterday was the Monday Dance at the McKinney Senior Center, and we celebrated Halloween with a special party, costume contest, great music, fun food, friends and dancing, dancing, and more dancing.

All these lovely folks have one thing in common. They all love to dance, they love music, and they enjoy spending time with friends, new and old.

I’ve learned a bunch of country line dances that I’d never even heard of and there are a bunch more that I still can’t get the hang of. Practice, practice. I’ll keep at it.

Here are the winners of the costume contest.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuHiSZxs8Mk

Here’s my advice. Never get old, and if you have to get old, just keep dancing! You won’t notice that you’re old.

Thursday:) Those Young At Heart Seniors

29 Jun

“The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.”

~ Frank Lloyd Wright

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I’ve been doing something crazy. Well, crazy in my mind. I’ve been going over to the McKinney Senior Center on Monday afternoons. They have a country dance venue that is such a kick. I never learned to dance when I was younger. When you think of a senior center, your mind gets all sad and sympathetic, and you envision a bunch of old white-haired codgers shuffling around. Oh my, quite the contrary.

I’ll admit, I’m probably one of the youngest people there, but these folks can move like nobody’s business. And talk about sharp. They know about a dozen different line dances that have more moves than Michael Jackson. I still haven’t mastered one. I’ve almost got the two-step down, but that was after stepping and stomping on the toes of several unsuspecting gentlemen. I did apologize.

Then, everyone takes a short break and nibbles on goodies that volunteers bring to share with the group. I made some brownies that quickly disappeared.

You only have to be 50 or older to join the McKinney Senior Center, and it costs a whole $5 a year for a resident membership, non-residents, $10 a year.

I had a great time, learned a few moves, and made some new friends. This getting old stuff isn’t all that bad when you keep dancin’ and singin’. Speaking of which, I better get moving…off to karaoke at the VFW.

Montage Monday and My McKinney Senior Center

12 Jun

“I don’t understand people getting depressed about getting older. There is nothing you can do about it, so you might as well embrace it.”

~Twiggy

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It’s been a busy week and a fun week. My friend Loretta and I spent most of Saturday at a movie and on the Square. While we were chatting, she suggested that we go over to the McKinney Senior Center on Monday. They host an afternoon dance. I love to dance. Unfortunately, it’s like my singing. I love to sing, but I don’t do it well. I love to dance, but really never learned how to dance. I was married 39 years to someone who didn’t like to dance, I guess it’s never too late to learn.

Loretta and I met at 1 at the Senior Center. It was my first time to check out the dancing, and she had only been there once before. It was a 50’s day and some of the ladies had poodle skirts and the men had rolled up jeans and white t-shirts. It was cute. Of course, as is typical of any dance, there were a lot more women than men. So, they had a couple of segments called “chair dancing” where the ladies lined up behind a chair, and the men took turns asking the ladies in line to dance. They would stroll and dance around the floor, escort the lady back to the end of the line then dance with the next lady in line. They had a sign in sheet and there were 68 people, and I guess the ratio was about 40/28 or there abouts.

I hadn’t been to a dance like this since high school, and that was 1971. I had a blast.

At 2:30, they took a break for refreshments. I guess people sign up, like a pot-luck, and serve the others. That was so nice.

Then, back to the dancing.

You’re never too old or too young. It’s like the three bears, you’re just right. Enjoy! Life is short, eat dessert first, sing out loud, and dance till your feet

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