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“Celebrate Colorado” With Family Fun at Salute on May 14

Grandchildren, baby boomers, and mature adults can enjoy family fun and pay tribute to “all things Colorado” as the Colorado Gerontological Society presents the Salute to Seniors, with the theme “Celebrate Colorado!”

The Salute to Seniors has become a staple event over the years for Colorado Baby Boomers and their parents, making its 27thappearance this year at the Colorado Convention Center on Saturday, May 14, 2016.  The longest running resource expo of its kind, the Salute to Seniors will feature approximately 100 exhibits with over 200 aging experts to answer questions for older adults who are making decisions for the future.  Admission is free for all and the event promises a day of free-flowing information, fun, and entertainment!

Headline entertainment for the day includes a tribute to the great singer, song-writer John Denver presented by Jim Curry and His Band.   The music of the late John Denver is like an old friend, outlasting trends and standing the test of time.  Tribute artist Jim Curry, whose voice was heard in the CBS-TV movie Take Me Home: The John Denver Story, has performed John Denver’s music at Red Rocks Amphitheater and in sold out shows throughout the country.  Jim Curry’s uncanny ability to mirror John Denver’s voice and clean-cut look takes you back to the time when “Rocky Mountain High” (one of the two Colorado official state songs) “Sunshine” “Calypso” and “Annie’s Song” topped the charts, and his popular music had the heartfelt message of caring for the earth and caring for each other.

Also taking center stage will be the Flying W Wranglers with their saddlebags full of great songs of the American West, world class yodeling and a touch of country wit.  The group has been making music for over 63 years and they are famous for their Western Stage Show that was performed at the Flying W Ranch located in the scenic foothills of Colorado Springs.  The Wranglers are the world’s second oldest cowboy band.  They specialize in three-part harmony and sing about the American cowboy while entertaining with their own style of western humor.  In 2009 the Western Music Association inducted the Flying W Wranglers into the Hall of Fame.  The group has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry.

What’s more Colorado than the Square Dance?  Named the official dance of the state of Colorado, a square dance demonstration, performed by the Mountaineers Square Dance Club will bring a smile to viewers as the dancers swing their partners ‘round and ‘round.  Other dances of Colorado are planned for the event as well, celebrating more aspects of Colorado’s history.

Along with a lineup of exciting entertainment, event attendees will enjoy a number of exhibits that spotlight Colorado, its’ great beginnings and progress through the century.

In recognition of the large part the aeronautics industry has played in the growth of our state, a NASA exhibit, direct from the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston will feature a space suit, moon rocks, space food, an extravehicular space glove and more.

Highlighting the heritage of the state, Active Minds, popular provider of educational programs, will make two fascinating presentations:  “Women of Denver History” and “The History of Colorado”.

Presenting interesting information about the growth of the telecommunications industry in our state, The Telecommunications History Group will be on hand.  From their museum, the group will provide information and display vintage to modern telecommunications equipment.

Vintage car enthusiasts will enjoy a classic car display provided by the Forney Transportation Museum.  The beautiful, authentic vehicles will take you back to a day gone by when “taking to the road” had a whole other meaning.

History buffs of all ages will enjoy a look at artifacts from early Colorado at the Colorado History exhibit.  Salute goers can stop by to see tools and items crafted and used by generations before us.  A salute to the Centennial State will include familiar state symbols that represent Colorado.

Adding to the excitement of the day, attendees will enjoy Bingo, door prizes and food samples.

Admission to the Salute to Seniors Expo is free and the event is open to the public.   Free parking will be provided at the Pepsi Center.

The Salute to Seniors will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Four Seasons Ballroom at the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th Street, Denver, CO  80202.  Reservations are suggested online or by calling 1-855-880-4777.

About the Author

Eileen Doherty

Eileen Doherty, MS has been the Executive Director of the Colorado Gerontological Society since 1982. She has more than 40 years of experience in education and training, advocacy, clinical practice, and research in the field of gerontology. She is an adjunct instructor at Fort Hays State University teaching non-profit management. She can be reached at 303-333-3482 or at doherty001@att.net.

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