SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Earlier this month, 26 members of the South Plainfield Senior Center packed their bags and headed north for a five-day getaway in the Pocono Mountains. 

From Sept. 10 through Sept. 14, members vacationed at Woodloch Pines, an all-inclusive resort located on Pennsylvania’s Lake Teedyuskung. There, the seniors danced, relaxed at the indoor pool, took yoga classes, got pampered at the spa, and even played the bongos. 

Although they experienced a bit of inclement weather, breaks in the rain allowed many to take paddleboat rides and dips in the lake. There was even an opportunity to skate around the resort’s year-round rink. Additionally, n the evenings, the seniors enjoyed themed dinners and live entertainment in the resort’s theater.

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“It may have rained but there is a lot of stuff to do there,” said Frank Lemos, a senior center member who, along with his wife Laura, visited Woodloch for the second time this year. “The place is spotless, the food is exceptional and there is a lot of it. “

Evenings brought professional entertainment in a very beautiful theater on premise. The food was plentiful, three meals a day, which we all enjoyed. Needless to say, our clothes were a bit tighter on the way home,” said Nancy Belardo, who visited Woodloch for the first time this month with her husband Joe. 

During the trip, the South Plainfield seniors also played miniature golf, bocce ball, and bingo, as well as took home gold medals in Family Feud and You are the Jury. They took home gold medals for their success in both Family Feud and Your are the Jury, a game in the seniors serving as a jury and worked together to decide the verdict in real-life legal cases. 

“Even though it rained on and off during the days we were there, there were plenty of activities indoors, which we all enjoyed and did together, as most were team themed,” said Belardo, adding, We loved being with our fellow seniors from town that we already knew and made some new friends as well. It was a great bonding experience talking about the jobs we had before we retired, our children, and grandchildren. We were never at a loss for words.”

“It is really a nice place to go; last year, we went for the first time and had such a great time and before we even left we asked about signing up for the following year,” said Lemos. “If you ask us if we’d go again the answer is ‘absolutely.’”

The Woodloch trip was organized by the center’s director Tree Olano with member Grace McGinnis attending and serving as trip leader. Plans, said Olano, are currently being made for a return trip in September 2019. 

Additionally, the seniors will head to Resorts Casino on Wednesday, Oct. 3; the cost is $25 per person and the bus leaves the center at 9 a.m. There will be a Halloween Party with a DJ on Wednesday, Oct. 31 and, throughout the month, several health care programs, including free flu shots for Medicare recipients, are planned. For a full list of upcoming special events and weekly activities and programs, visit http://www.southplainfieldnj.com/spnj/Senior%20Center/.

“Every senior in town should join the senior center,” said Belardo. “What a bargain for $10 a year. Lots of activities, classes, and friendships to be had.”

According to Lemos, trips such as Woodloch, along with the monthly activities, programs, and special events are what make being a member of the South Plainfield Senior Center so special. 

“When people ask me what I like about the senior center and I tell them that it is thriving and one of the best in the entire state,” he said, adding, “I always ask people if they belong to the senior center and often they say ‘no’ because they are by themselves. That is more the reason to join. When I go down there I feel at home. The thing I like the most is the people. You don't have to know anyone. Just talk to others and participate. It is so nice.”  

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