Get Out There!! – Content by Judy

    New Age???

    New Time???

    New Start???

    Do any of us know what to call this time we are now living? I can’t figure it out myself. I just know I’ll never live a ‘normal’ life again. That was before COVID. Now I just know things a different and I need to create the life I want to live.

    Things will be different because we are different. But how do we want this new ‘different’ to look? Should we be making a new plan? Finding new avenues? Reassessing those things we wanted but didn’t do before?

    My husband and I started a list several months ago of things we were going to do after COVID. On it I added go to bars. My husband said, “But we don’t go to bars!” “No, but we’re going to start because it’s something new and different. Who knows we might even like them!” So, we’ll see…

    That’s sort of a silly example of trying something new. Going somewhere we might be uncomfortable. Experiencing a new environment. But it will get us engaged in a new way and who knows we might even make new friends or find people we used to know.

    I want all of you to experience that new day. A new start. For you to act and move forward. Even if you don’t know what ‘IT’ is. Work on ‘IT’. Figure ‘IT’ out. Make a plan. Pick a day of each week to try something new.

    It can be as simple as enjoying a cup of coffee in a new place. You’re not alone. There will be others looking for the same things you are looking for. Say hello as you walk by. You just need to get out there.

    The next day maybe go for a walk. Then reach out and ask someone to go out to eat or visit a museum. Even if they can’t go then, see if they want to meet up another time. I can almost guarantee they do! They are lonely too. Invite a few friends and family over for a game night or a cookout. Reach out to an old friend you haven’t seen in a while. Put yourself out there. Volunteer. Go to the library. Join the gym. Sign up for a class at the Senior Center.

    And if a few things don’t go as you thought they would, remember it’s ok. You’re trying. Finding a new path can be hard and it will take time. But you just might end up in a totally different place than what you thought you wanted. And it can be even better than you ever imagined!!

    So be sure to remember aging is a privilege. A time to explore. A time for growth. A time make new connections with new people and places.

    As we travel into this new world don’t forget to reinvent yourself and your life!!

    Programs and Services Update

    Starting July 6th we will hold exercise classes and art workshops inside if participants
    wish. Participants WILL be required to wear their masks for the entirety of their time
    inside INCLUDING during the class. Only registered participants will be allowed in
    the building and space will be limited.

    NEW FUN “TO GO” OR IN PERSON LUNCH- Join us for a Boxed Lunch Day! Wednesday July 28th 12:00-12:30pm

    We will be ordering boxed lunches from Subway to include a 6-inch cold sub, a bag of chips, a
    cookie, and a bottle of water. Sub options are cold cut combo (Bologna, Salami, and turkey),
    Ham, Turkey, Tuna, BMT (Peperoni, Ham & Salami), Ham & Turkey, Spicy (Peperoni and Salami)
    and Veggie Delight. You will also be able to pick out veggies (lettuce, tomatoes, spinach,
    cucumbers, pickles, olives, hot peppers, banana peppers, sweet peppers, red onion, green
    peppers), type of cheese (provolone, American, swiss, pepper jack) and sauces (chipotle,
    honey mustard, ranch, Caesar, buffalo, parmesan, vinaigrette, sweet onion, BBQ, mayo,
    mustard), and bread (Italian, Herb and Cheese, Wheat). All orders and payments will be due
    by July 20th. As a thank you to all our wonderful members from the Board we will be charging
    $5.00 for this meal valued at $8.50. Meals can be ordered to pick up drive thru style OR you
    can reserve a place to eat under our tent. All those wishing to eat under the tent will need to
    let us know at the time they place the order. Tent eating will be limited to 12 Pods and no more
    than 2 people can sit together in a pod. Tables will be socially distanced at 6+ feet apart from
    one another.

    Day Trips

    Thu, Sep 16th – There is another cool exhibit that is currently running at the New York Botanical Gardens –
    Kusama: Cosmic Nature. Come explore the Gardens and marvel at Yayoi Kasama’s out of this world art work
    sprinkled within the property. Lunch will be on your own on Arthur Avenue with some time to explore the
    shops. Trip fee is $72pp. A lot of walking. Registration begins July 1st.

    Overnight Trips and Tours

    Registration begins on the dates noted. Register as soon as you can.
    Payments will be made directly to the Tour Company arranging the trip. Checks can be dropped off to the
    Senior Center office or mailed directly to the Tour Company.
    In most circumstances, departure will be from the East Lyme Community Center Parking lot.

    Sep 8 – 17, 2021 – 10 day Shades of Ireland. 13 meals. Explore Ireland. Depart from NYC. $3629pp double
    occupancy, $4329pp single occupancy, or $3599pp triple occupancy. Trip insurance strongly encouraged for
    an additional $399pp.

    Sep 20 – 28, 2021 (New Date) – 9 day adventure in the Painted Canyons of the West. 11meals. Other dates
    available later in the year. Call us with your interest. Enjoy the beauty of the west. Depart from NYC. $3529
    double occupancy, $4429 single occupancy, $3479 triple occupancy. Trip insurance strongly encouraged for an
    additional $299pp.

    Oct 6 – 8, 2021 – 3 days/2 nights in Lancaster, PA to see “Queen Esther” at The Sight and Sound Theatre. Visit
    the Appalachian Brewing Co., Kitchen Kettle Village, and the Mount Hope Estate and Winery as well as see
    the fabulous production of “Queen Esther”. $565pp double occupancy, $715pp single occupancy, or $515pp
    trip occupancy.

    Oct 4 – 12, 2021 – 9 day trip to Tropical Costa Rica. 14 meals. Depart from NYC. $2229 double occupancy,
    $2429 single occupancy, $2199 triple occupancy. Trip insurance strongly encouraged for an additional $399pp.

    Mar 27 – Apr 5, 2022 – 10 day tour of the British Landscapes. 12 meals. See Wales, Scotland, and end in
    London. Depart from NYC. $2998pp double occupancy, $3598pp single occupancy, $2968pp triple occupancy.
    Trip insurance strongly encouraged for an additional $399