Bow Island’s Golden Age Club is a place where people age 50 and older can sign up for a membership and enjoy a game of pool, a tune from the juke box or a card game.
Activities are made possible by the Golden Age Club’s entertainment committee, said president Fritz Braat.
Five entertainment nights have been held this year, while Friday Markets have been well attended so far this summer and will run until September.
“We have six ladies on that (committee) . The entertainment, they’re really good. We get usually up to 100 for the entertainment,” said Braat.
Other events have included a sock hop, Dutch related-events and games of pool.
An annual pancake breakfast is held during seniors week every year.
“Not very many (members) on a daily basis,” he said of attendance.
“Whoever is a member. If they have a wedding or a funeral, we can’t charge anything. They can do it by donation.”
He added the centre’s membership stays consistent from year-to-year and the community can find out daily activities from a card that is handed out.“It’s really nice to see all the people out when there’s an entertainment night and a Friday market,” said Braat.
“We set up 50 places and everybody’s there having fun just visiting. We don’t have too many complaints and things might be good.”
Island Art Club books the Golden Age Centre since the 1990s and has worked out for the painters.
“Some of us are on the executive of the Golden Age Centre. You just work altogether,” said art club president Carol Bergdahl.
“I just don’t know how to explain it. It’s just home. We go down there and we visit. We’ll have coffee and we can paint. I think it’s an important part of the town and just can’t see the town without having that. It’s just who we are here.”