SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A high spirited carnival atmosphere at Springfield’s Raymond A. Jordan Senior Center greeted the senior citizens who haven’t been inside the center for more than a year. They’ve miss the camaraderie but welcomed this opportunity.
“We’ve been in the house for so long, it’s great to get out of the house, you miss the people you left behind,” said Geneva Rucks of Springfield.
As the parade of senior citizens drove through the parking lot savoring this experience, they and Mayor Domenic Sarno shared a common wish.
“We can’t wait until we can reopen our senior centers, especially the Ray Jordan Senior Center and get us all together and forget all we’ve been through. This is one of my favorites, my favorite things,” said Sarno.
That day can’t come soon enough for these seniors and so many others across the Pioneer Valley. Until that day, a drive-through parade, a carnival atmosphere, and waving to friends we haven’t seen for much too long.
People were asked to decorate their cars, dress in festive carnival like attire to contribute to the party atmosphere. Booths with games that people can participate in, as well as information, treats and musical entertainment were at the senior center.