For perfect picnic, a picture’s worth a thousand words

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IRON MOUNTAIN – Summertime – and the living is easy. Or so it is depicted in the current issues of home and garden magazines. They make elegant, backyard suppers (“for eight to ten of your closest friends”) look so casual that any fool can pull it off effortlessly – except, it seems, this one.

The articles make the parties seem so appealing. A glossy cover sucks you in with an attractive, outdoor setting in which a festive table is adorned with garlands of flowers (that you pick that morning and stitch together with raffia). In the center is a 14 layer cake (containing the surprise ingredient of lavender). Apparently, all that garden work is also effortless because the only sweating shown in the additional photographs is on the glasses held by the smiling guests.

But something is wrong with those picturesor rather, too right. First of all, all the guests are wearing clothes that coincidentally coordinate with the party’s theme: pink roses. Variations of that hue do not stray farther than pink-orange, worn by one female who conveniently poses next to a man with dark pink pants. I’m not sure what the man in the bow tie is laughing aboutmaybe he just heard the host tell them that the cocktail table is a “mix-it-yourself-free-for-all.” Or the tie is a trick one that squirts water.

By now I find myself reading the description of this engagement party. I wonder which couple are the bride and groom-to-be. It could be the “pink-orange” and “dark pink,” but the bow tie guy looks pretty happy. According to the host, the festive occasion began with everyone joining him in a merry jaunt across his estate for berry picking. Berry picking. Really? Those women in cocktail dresses and high heels just came from the berry patch? Maybe they brought extra clothes and changed for the party part? Were their berry-picking clothes also pink? All I know is that when my husband returns from a morning of picking strawberries at a nearby farm, the last thing I want to do is celebrate. He is so berry-stained, he looks like he ruptured an artery.

I move on to the recipes. Sure I’d like to serve “lemon-thyme-peach lemonade,” in a crystal pitcher, but that would mean another trip to the garden for fresh thyme, and I know I would be too exhausted from making a 14 layer, lavender cake. Instead it will be yellow Kool-aide in my trusty Tupperware again. (My special ingredient is always “saving thyme.”)

I suppose I could host a sophisticated, outdoor party. All I need is the grounds of the Biltmore Estate, the culinary finesse of Martha Stewart, and an assortment of attractive friends, one of whom wears a bow tie. Well, maybe next summer.




Sunday: Word Scramble, 10 a.m.; Protestant services, 2:15 p.m.; Pokereno, 3 p.m.

Monday: Resident council meeting, 10 a.m.; Resident birthday party, 2 p.m.; Ice cream, 3 p.m.; Bingo, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday: Uno, 10 a.m.; Line Dancers, 2 p.m.; Gardening on the patio, 3 p.m.

Wednesday: Room visits, 10 a.m.; Rosary, 11 a.m.; Horserace game, 2 p.m.

Thursday: Bible study, 10 a.m.; Pokereno, 2 p.m.; Sit and Be Fit exercise on the patio, 3 p.m.

Friday: Coffee and Pamper and Polish Nails, 10 a.m.; Golden K Bingo, 2 p.m.; Happy hour, 3 p.m.

Saturday: Mingle and munch coffee social, 10 a.m.; Bingo, 2 p.m.; Brainteasers Trivia, 3 p.m.


Iron Mountain

Coffee and cookies social daily, 10 a.m.

Sunday: Easy Listening music and movie, 10:30 a.m.; Bible Church, 2:30 p.m.; Visitation and Reminisce, 3 p.m.; Card Club and Sit and Be Fit, 3:30 p.m.

Monday: Pet therapy with Kathy and Toby, 9:30 a.m.; Trivia, 10:30 a.m.; Bingo, 2 p.m.; Social hour and Card Club, 3 p.m.; Sit and Be Fit and movie, 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday: Reading and reminisce group, 10:30 a.m.; Birthday party with piano/sing along with Denyce Hansch, 2 p.m.; Social hour and Card Club, 3 p.m.; Aroma therapy and movie, 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday: Rosary group with Margaret and communion, 10:30 a.m.; Birthday party with music by Boyd Thomas, 2 p.m.; Social hour and Card Club, 3 p.m.; Sit and Be Fit and movie, 3:30 p.m.

Thursday: Sit and Be Fit, 10:30 a.m.; Piano music by George Hirn, 2 p.m.; Social hour and Card Club, 3 p.m.; Activity cart and movie, 3:30 p.m.

Friday: Movie, music and activity cart, 10:30 a.m.; Bingo, 2 p.m.; Social hour and Card Club, 3 p.m.; Sit and Be Fit and movie, 3:30 p.m.

Saturday: Reading and Reminisce group, 10:30 a.m.; Jackpot, 2 p.m.; Social hour and Card Club, 3 p.m.; Aroma therapy and movie, 3:30 p.m.



Coffee time daily, 9:30 a.m.

Movie, 10:45 a.m. (Daily), 3:15 p.m. (Monday through Saturday)

Gathering place, 11:40 a.m. (Daily), 4:30 p.m. (Monday through Friday)

Protestant Church Service, Sunday, 3 p.m.

Games, 10:15 a.m. (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday), 5:45 p.m. (Monday through Thursday)

Exercises, 10 a.m. (Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday).

Maryhill Manor

Niagara, Wis.

Rosary Sunday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.

Communion service Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.

Coffee social every day at 9:45 a.m.

Pet visits throughout the week.

Sunday: Catholic mass, 9 a.m.; Price is Right, 10:15 a.m.; Exercise, 11 a.m.; Bingo, 1:30 p.m.; Protestant service, 2:30 p.m.

Monday: Cemetery outing, 10:15 a.m.; Derby day, 10:15 a.m.; Exercise, 11 a.m.; Sing along, 2 p.m.; Chaplet of Divine Mercy, 3 p.m.; Whammo, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday: Resident council, 9:30 a.m.; Bingo, 10:15 a.m.; Exercise, 11 a.m.; Horseshoes, 2 p.m.; Wii Games, 3 p.m.; Movie, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday: Bowling, 10:15 a.m.; Jokereno, 2 p.m.; Chaplet of Divine Mercy, 3 p.m.; Campfire, 6 p.m.

Thursday: Mass, 9 a.m.; Scattegories, 10:15 a.m.; Exercise, 11 a.m.; Prayer Shawl, 2 p.m.; Nickel Jokereno, 6:30 p.m.; Music in the Park, 6:30 p.m.

Friday: Derby Day, 10:15 a.m.; Happy hour entertainment, 2 p.m.; Chaplet of Divine Mercy, 3 p.m.

Saturday: Pamper and Polish and coffee social, 9:30 a.m.; Help Your Neighbor, 10:15 a.m.; Exercises, 11 a.m.; Movie and popcorn, 1:30 p.m.

Victorian Heights

Crystal Falls

Sunday: Coffee and Danish, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.; Suomikutsuu-Finnish music on Channel 6, 9:30 a.m.; Social hour with coffee and snacks, 2:30 p.m.; Oldies but Goodies movie matinee, 3 p.m.

Monday: Smear Card Game, 10 a.m.; Exercise, 11:15 a.m.; Bingo, 2 p.m.; Bible study, 6 p.m.; Movie night, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday: Catholic Mass service, 10 a.m.; Bowling, 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday: Card and stamp store, 10:30 a.m.; Exercise, 11:15 a.m.; Jubilee shopping trip, 2 p.m.; Night Bingo, 6 p.m.

Thursday: Christ United Church service, 2 p.m.

Friday: Exercise, 11:15 a.m.; Happy hour, 4 p.m.

Saturday: First Annual Auxiliary Flea Market with food and craft vendors on site, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Social hour, 2 p.m.; Bingo, 2 p.m.; Trivia, 5:30 p.m.; Lawrence Welk Show on PBS, 8 p.m.

Victorian Pines

Iron Mountain

Exercise, Monday through Friday at 11 a.m.

Juice time, daily at 10 a.m.

Shopping days: Tuesdays, 10 a.m. and Fridays, 1 p.m.

Sunday: Bible study, 2:30 p.m.; Refreshments, 3 p.m.

Monday: Bingo, 2 p.m.; Refreshments, 3 p.m.

Tuesday: Popsicles on the porch, 2 p.m.; Refreshments, 3 p.m.

Wednesday: Bingo, 2 p.m.; Refreshments, 3 p.m.

Thursday: Left, Center, Right, 2 p.m.; Rosary, 3 p.m.

Friday: Bingo, 2 p.m.; Refreshments, 3 p.m.

Saturday: Movie and popcorn, 2 p.m.


Note: All centers ask for 24 hour advanced reservations for lunch. If you have meals delivered and will not be home, notify the center.

Alpha-Mastodon Center

(906) 875-3315

Meal every Monday and Thursday at noon. Reservations requested 24 hours in advance.

Amasa Center


Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Lunch at noon.

Bingo on Tuesdays.

Craft time on Wednesdays after the meal. Ladies: bring your craft to work on.

Free meal drawing on Thursdays.

Breen Center

(906) 774-5110

Meals: Monday through Friday.

Cards and games available 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Hostess on duty Monday through Friday.

Treats and coffee, 8:30 a.m. through 12 p.m.

Tuesdays, Craft class at 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Center retail store is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; volunteers and donations are welcome.

Birthday party, every third Tuesday.

Blood pressure and blood sugar testing, every fourth Wednesday.

Crystal Falls Center

Head Cook, Donna Sjoquist

(906) 875-6709

Meals: Monday and Tuesday, noon. Wednesday meal is salad bar, 4:30 p.m. and dinner, 5 p.m. Suggested donation is $4. Center is closed Thursday through Sunday. The first Sunday of each month is a card party from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. ($3 for cards of choice and lunch). Potluck dinner and cribbage on the second Saturday of each month at 5:30 p.m.($2 for cribbage). A site council meeting on third Wednesday at 3 p.m. For members, a potluck lunch at noon on the third Thursday of each month with bingo afterwards. Blood pressure taken by request anytime the center is open.

Crystal Lake Center

(906) 774-5888

The center is closed on the weekends.

Monday: Casino bus, 9 a.m. (through April); Woodcarvers, 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: Cards.

Dances are held every second and fourth Friday of the month at 7 p.m.

Spinning Spools Quilters Guild meets Wednesdays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Crafters, scrap bookers, etc. also welcome.

Transportation is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Call the center to book your ride.

Felch Center

Director: Norma Dixon

(906) 246-3559

Meals served Monday through Thursday at 11:15 a.m.

Bingo on the first and third Wednesday of each month after lunch.

Congregate jigsaw puzzle done daily.

Please call for meal reservation.

Fence Center/Town Hall

(715) 336-2980

Meal at noon on Wednesdays only. Reservations requested 48 hours in advance.

Florence Community Center/Town Hall

(715) 528-4261

Meal at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Reservations requested 48 hours in advance.

Social hour, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. Jigsaw puzzles, cards, cribbage, board games, and recreational bingo. The coffee is always on!Aging and Disability Resource Center of Florence County

1-855-528-ADRC (2372)

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hillcrest Senior Dining Center, Aurora

(715) 589-4491

Meal at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Reservations requested 48 hours in advance. Social hour from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Jigsaw puzzles, cards, cribbage, board games and recreational bingo. The coffee is always on! Walk Fit offered free on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Call (715) 589-2768 for information.

Hermansville Center

Coordinator: Pam Haluska

(906) 498-7735

Meal is Monday through Friday at noon. Suggested donation is $3.

Bus goes to Norway the first Monday of the month for dinner. Check with center for time and cost.

Monday: Rides to Iron Mountain during the day.

Tuesday: Bingo, 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday: Movie Day once a month.

Thursday: Rides to Escanaba.

Friday: Bingo, 12:30 p.m.

Iron River Center

Directors: Katherine Bortolameolli and Brian Kassa

(906) 265-6134

Meals served Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; $4 (over 60) and $5 (under 60).

Evening meal on Thursdays with salad bar at 4 p.m. and dinner at 4:30 p.m.

Bingo is on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 1:15 p.m.

Cards are played on Thursdays, 1 p.m.

Bus trip to Iron Mountain is on the third Wednesday of the month.

Dance on the second Saturday of the month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cover charge is $5.

Pancake Day on the third Saturday of the month, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Transportation Available Monday through Thursday with the bus running 8:30 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. $4 (over 60), $5 (under 60), wheelchair.

July 1: Site council meeting, 4 p.m.

July 12: Dance, music by Polly and Smokey, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., $5 cover charge.

July 16: Iron Mountain trip, $10.

July 19: Pancake Day, 8 a.m.; to 11:30 a.m.; Adults, $5 and children under 12, $2.50.

Niagara Northwoods Senior Caf & Center

Meal site Manager: Kathy Schutte (715) 251-1603

Center Director: Jill Anderson (715) 251-4154

Noon meals served Monday through Thursday.

Transportation to the meal site from the Niagara area is offered.

Wii games, cards, puzzles, and board games available to play for your enjoyment.

Outreach worker on site available by appointment for fuel assistance, Homestead tax credit, Seniorcare, and other senior resources. Please call 24 hours in advance for meal reservations.

Senior groups who would like to use our meal site as their meeting place may join us for lunch and stay to have their meeting or social time.

Norway Center

Director: Susie Slining

(906) 563-8716

Monday through Thursday: Meals served at noon with salad bar. Soup is also available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. (Suggested meal donation is $4)

Cards daily before and after the noon meal.

Craft classes: Mondays and Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Exercise classes: Monday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. All welcome.

Medical appointments to Iron Mountain can be arranged from the Crystal Lake Center.

Telephone reassurance is available. If you are a senior who doesn’t get out much and would like a friendly daily phone contact, the center will have someone check in to see that all is well.

July 2: Blood pressure clinic, 10:30 a.m.

July 7: Dinner, $4 donation, serving company chicken, soup and salad bar, veggies and desert; bingo, prizes, and 50/50.

July 8: Red White and Blue Dinner, serving cheese ravs, soup, salad bar, dessert; bingo, prizes and 50/50.

July 14: Project Fresh coupons, 2:30 p.m. (see description below)

July 14: Center board meeting, 10 a.m.

July 16: Blood pressure clinic, 11 a.m.

July 18: Center dance, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; $5 at the door. Music by Cal’s Country Classics; snacks, sweets and coffee with be provided

July 24: Birthday Club with meal of company chicken.

July 29: Summer Fun Dinner, serving chicken divan, soup and salad bar, veggies and dessert. Bingo, prizes and 50/50.

July 1 through August 5: Diabetes-Path: free program for persons living with diabetes. A workshop will be held in Iron Mountain at Our Saviours Lutheran Church from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays from July 1 through August 5. Call UPCAP to register, 1-800-338-7227 or 211.

Attention: The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides qualified older adults with free coupons for unprocessed, Michigan-grown produce from authorized farmers markets and roadside stands throughout Michigan. Sign-up date and time is at the Norway Senior Center on Monday, July 14 at 2:30 p.m.

Note: Ask about the Medicare Savings Program. This program helps people pay their Medicare part B premium. You may be eligible. Your local MMAP Counselor can be reached at 1-800-803-7174, or dial 211.

Sagola Center

Director: Bette Christian

(906) 542-3271

Meals: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 11:45 a.m.

Cards: Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday.

Bingo every third Tuesday of the month.

Commodities every second Wednesday of the month.

Puzzle table for all to enjoy.

Treadmill available during Center hours.