Parcel Post: Creative Exchanges Between Older Adults in North Carolina

A project of the Center for Creative Aging - North Carolina

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Boxes at the ready!

Site Visits

Hello! And welcome to the very first Parcel Post! We are excited to get started.

This blog is intended to serve as a meeting place for staff, volunteers and participating artists as we embark on our collective journey. Beginning in January 2010, over the course 12 weeks, each of 6 very distinct and unique sites will come together for an experiment in creative engagement.

In late October I had the pleasure of visiting each of the project sites to meet staff and participating artists for the first time. I invite you to meet them here and to come back again in January to share in the adventures ahead.

First stop ... Autumn Care of Biscoe just outside of Biscoe in Montgomery County. Note the fishing pond! I felt right at home thanks to the warm welcome of Imogene Cagle, Activities Director (far right) and Connie Greene, Assistant Activities Director (middle).

Next I visited the wonderful duo Lori King, Activities Director (left) and Julie Allred, Activities Assistant (right) at United Healthcare of Ramseur over in Randolph County.

After some (mis)adventures with Google directions I arrived at Wayne County Senior Center in Goldsboro, Wayne County. Entering into the former bank, I was greeted with a warm lunch and even warmer smiles from members of the Memory Loss Respite Program.

Program Assistant Liz Dawson is on the far left, and Senior Center Director Eryn McAuliffe is in the middle with participating artist Amelia Sanchez on the right. We'll be sure to get a picture of Beverly Williams next time.

Next meet Carolyne Everett, Program Director at Grace Martin Harwell Senior Center in Washington, Beaufort County. Carolyne is on the right in the next picture with her assistant Beth Harrell on the left.

Heading on to Greenville, Pitt County we come to the Pitt County Senior Center, a very facility on the outskirts of town.

Meet Maureen McNamara Senior Center Program Director

Our last stop is Adult Center for Enrichment at River Landing in Colfax, Guilford County. Look for the entrance under the red awning.

Multi-purpose program room

And Gwen Flowers in her office stacked high with projects-on-the-go and supplies-at-the-ready.