Senior Games close, but the fun, it will continue

Published 11:31 am Sunday, June 4, 2023

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By Carrie Miller

Davie Senior Services

Davie Senior Games and SilverArts closed out the 30th season on May 25 at the Senior Games Closing Ceremony and SilverArts Follies.

The 30th season was record-breaking with 178 registered participants, surpassing last season by 38.

At the closing ceremony, the participants entered the room and all of the Literary, Heritage, and Visual Arts were on display. Each person took a sheet of paper and voted on their favorite piece of the night for the “People’s Choice Award.”

As  p.m. approached, the audience was invited to take their seats for the Silver Arts Follies Performing Arts Showcase. This year, the selections featured line dancing group “The Boogie Brigade”, Judy Phillips with a vocal solo, and tap dancing group “The Happy Tappers”.

Volunteer judges were Shanda Smith from the Davie County Arts Council, Brian Barnett, county manager, and Kelly Funderburk, register of deeds.

Following the show, participants enjoyed a cookout featuring hamburgers, hotdogs, abaked beans, and potato chips. Miller’s Restaurant catered.

As the participants were eating, results were totaled for the acts and the People’s Choice Award.

The winner of the SilverArts Performance competition was the Happy Tappers.  The Boogie Brigade took second and Judy Phillips took third with her vocal solo. Performances can be viewed on the Davie County Senior Services Facebook page.

The winner for the People’s Choice Award was artist, Carol Huffman, with her acrylics piece “The Lenten Rose.”

This event also highlighted participants who were chosen to be a part of the 2023 Piedmont Senior Champions Tour against Piedmont Plus Senior Games and Yadkin Valley Senior Games. The top scorers in Bocce, Cornhole, and Horseshoes were invited to attend, and they will be participating in late August for the trophy.

Senior Services would like to thank each of our community partners – Adventure Landing, Bermuda Village, Camp Manna, Cooleemee Recreation Center, Creekside Lanes, Davie County Recreation and Parks, Davie County High School, Davie County Public Library, Davie Family YMCA, Pudding Ridge Golf Course, RISE Indoor Sports Complex, and South Davie Middle School for not only hosting events, but for promoting and honoring senior health and fitness in Davie County.

In addition, Senior Services would like to say thank you to each and every volunteer who was in high school, college, a community member, a family member of a participant, county staff personnel, and staff at the locations for all of their dedication, time, and efforts to make the 30th season of Davie County Senior Games and SilverArts a successful one.

Looking forward to next season, stay tuned for information about the 2024 Davie County Senior Games season starting in the New Year.

Although the official Senior Games and SilverArts competitions are complete for the 2023 season, be on the look-out for our year-round senior games programming that all folks 55 and older are able to attend.

Upcoming in June is a Bocce Clinic and a Cornhole Tournament with more fun activities upcoming in the July-August quarter.

For more information about Senior Games and SilverArts, contact Senior Services at 336-753-6230.