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Waccamaw rec center: Senior programs now closer to home

By Jason Lesley
Coastal Observer

James Hughes banged a tambourine against his hand to keep time with guitarist and singer Isabel Boyd at the senior center in the new Waccamaw Regional Recreation Center at Parkersville Park.

Hughes was among a half-dozen residents who came to the rec center early Wednesday for the program and morning devotion or to get some light exercise before lunch. Hughes had been taking a bus to Georgetown for the senior lunch program but has quickly adapted to the new facility, even though he’s not able to exercise.

“I love it,” he said.

Bill and Wilma Smith had finished their morning workouts before the singing began. Bill had walked the indoor track, and Wilma had ridden a stationary bicycle in the facility’s weight room.

“The place is beautiful,” Wilma said.

Bill said he had enjoyed a lunch of chicken patties, collards, candied sweet potatoes and fruit salad on Tuesday. Spaghetti, beans, buttered squash and apple sauce were on the menu Wednesday.

Program coordinator Cynthia Brunson-Wright said there were 22 people at the rec center for opening day of senior programming. “They had a nice time with the activities,” she said.

Michael Diem will present a program of old radio commercials for the seniors next Tuesday at 10:15 a.m.

Business is beginning to pick up at the newly relocated farmers market in the rec center’s parking lot, according to vendors. It was moved from the sheriff’s substation on Parkersville Road. A steady stream of customers were coming and going Wednesday after looking over fare that included tomatoes, potatoes, broccoli, squash and strawberries.

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