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Senior Slant 01.18.13

IRISH KEMP ■ Contributing Writer

Kemps to celebrate birthdays this month and advice welcome

(Jan. 18, 2013) Should “old” acquaintances be forgotten and never come to mind? Not in my book. The Kemps are birthdaying their way over the physical cliffs of the late 80s this month. Any advice from the folks who have “been there done that” would be welcome.

We’re so lucky to have chosen Ocean City to live out these so-called golden years. It has truly been the land of pleasant living for us. Old and new friends abound around our town. Unbelievable that we met many of these folks at the MAC Center, aka senior center. As first recipients of social security, and thanks to company retirement plans, we were the first generation of retirees to be able to leave the big city and retire in this year-round vacation city. Fortunately for us, in the days of yore, “senior “was not considered a dirty word. Think social security is this large sum of money given to us by the government? Think again, or ask a recipient.

New in town and wanna’ be found? Get out and circulate and congregate. The Kemps met many of their and old and new friends by joining in the activities around town and by volunteering with their peers at various events. I urge newcomers around town to volunteer, circulate and congregate. Check out the area’s nonprofit clubs.

Joining the Senior Bowling League is a real door and eye opener. You’re privy to all activities going down around town, including the local gossip. Not athletically inclined? Join your mate at the after-bowling get-togethers. Growing old with active people is so much more fun than coming down with reclinitus or boob-tube-itis. Ask folks who, through no fault of their own, are confined to their living quarters, albeit a nursing home or their own home.

This month’s AARP meeting was such a breath of fresh air for the members, thanks to guest speaker Tom Brown. Tom loved baseball and was on the Washington Senators team in the early ’60s. Ironically, Tom was also a starting defensive back on Vince Lombardi’s great Green Bay Packers team and the first Major League Baseball player to play in two Super Bowls. How lucky for Salisbury to have such an excellent motivational speaker involved in their local Rookie League nonprofit organization. This retiree is in the right place at the right time.

Coming up, Ocean City’s annual Valentine’s Day dinner and dance at the beautiful midtown Clarion for the area’s seniors is “de place to be” on Thursday, Feb. 14. Reasonably priced, thanks to town support, this event has always been a very popular sell-out. What more could you ask for? Starting with a cocktail hour at 5 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m., choice of three entrees (chicken beef or fish) and open bar from 7-9 p.m. What an excellent chance to socialize with your peers while dining, dancing or listening to the music of the live Fabulous 50s Band. You must choose your entrée when you buy your ticket. Call Anne Brent at Northside Park, 410-250 –0125, for more information. Tickets cost $28 for residents and $38 for area seniors.

If you’re a senior, new in the area, this offer is too good to pass up.

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