Halloween may be over, but senior citizens in the Northern Shenandoah Valley still got into costume for the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging’s Fall Festival in Berryville, Va.
Seniors from Clarke, Frederick, Shenandoah, Page and Warren Counties, as well as the city of Winchester gathered for the festival, playing games, seeing friends from other areas, and competing in a costume contest.
“We like to just get all the senior centers together,” said Marsha Lebrecht, SAAA’s Director of Human Resources and Senior Center Operations. “They all have friends, they like to see each other, so we kind of look for any excuse to have fun with each other.”
Each of the six senior centers brought their own decorated jack-o-lanterns to the party as well.
About 100 seniors came out for the festival, including Jean McDaniel, 91, of Winchester.
“I enjoy doing this. Years ago I was involved in crafts with the senior center, and I’m just so proud that at my age, I can enjoy the simple things in life,” said McDaniel, who was dressed as Rip Van Winkle.
Also in attendance were Frederick County royalty, Jack and Bonnie Vickers.
The two, dressed as a king and queen, were married in August after meeting at the Frederick County Senior Center.
“We were crowned king and queen, Valentine’s Day,” said Jack Vickers. When asked what the best part of the Fall Festival was, Bonnie replied with a smile.
“Reliving the other one. Coming back again, we’re still king and queen,” she said. “And this time, we’re actually married now.”
Although, Jack noted, they’ll have to give up the title in February. But he says Bonnie will always be his queen.
This was the agency’s first year holding the event, but it likely won’t be their last.