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News Release    

May 13, 2010      

For Further Information, Contact:
William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
(845) 486-2000

Dutchess County’s 2010 Senior Citizen Picnic Schedule Announced

~ See the Schedule of Picnic Dates ~
(Make Your Reservations Now!)

Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus and Division of Aging Services Director John Beale have announced the 2010 Senior Citizen Summer Picnic Schedule.    Residents age 60 and over are invited to mingle and enjoy a free chicken bar-b-que lunch at a picnic in their local area.  The Senior Citizen Picnics are a great opportunity to learn more about the programs and services offered by the Division of Aging Services as well as other County departments such as Veteran Services Agency and Consumer Affairs.  All picnics begin at 12 noon.

“There is positive correlation between socialization and healthy aging,” said County Executive Steinhaus.   “Dutchess County has been recognized at both the national and state for our creative and innovative programs for seniors.   Our successful Senior Picnic Program is just another great example of the good work going on at the Division of Aging Services.” 

The summer picnic program is part of the Division of Aging Services’s federally funded nutrition program.   County Executive Steinhaus kicked off the picnic program in 1993 as a fun way for seniors to get together and enjoy a meal in a social atmosphere.  

Each year, the picnics are also used as an outreach tool to inform seniors of the services provided by the Division of Aging Services, other County Departments and local community organizations.

Division of Aging Services Director John Beale said, “Our staff is on hand at each of the picnics to answer questions and assist seniors.    Many people may not think about the issues involved with aging, but we want our seniors to know that when the time does come and they need help, they can turn to the Division of Aging Services.”

Last year the Division of Aging Services served approximately 6000 seniors during its summer gatherings.     These summer picnics were made possible through private and public partnerships, including support from many of the local municipalities as well as local businesses.

There are approximately 19 picnics throughout the summer held at various parks in the county.  The picnics are open to senior residents and their guests of the village/town(s) where the specific picnic is held (i.e. the picnic held at Robinson Lane Recreation Park is open to the senior residents of the Town and Village of Wappinger).    Space is limited, therefore reservations and proof of residency are required.    There is a $4 charge for anyone 59 or younger or non-residents guests for all local picnics.


The 2010 Senior Citizen Summer Picnic Schedule is as follows:

June 2   Hyde Park - Reach Out Family Worship Center, 241 Crum Elbow Rd. 
June 9   Town of Washington – Mabbetsville Park  (677-8278 for reservations)
June 11  Pleasant Valley – Cady Field Park
June 16  Beacon – Memorial Park
June 18  Unionvale – Tymoor Park (724-5600 for reservations)
June 23  Rhinebeck – Dutchess County Fairgrounds
June 25  Dover – Boice Park Pavilion
July 8   Town of Poughkeepsie – Bowdoin Park (Rescheduled from 7/7 due to heat)
July 14  Wappinger – Robinson Lane Recreation Park
July 21  Towns of Clinton, Northeast, Pine Plains, Milan & Stanford – Wilcox Park
Aug. 5   East Fishkill – Whortkill Rod & Gun Club, Route 376
Aug. 11  City of Poughkeepsie – Riverfront Park
Aug. 18  Fishkill – Sarah Taylor Park
Aug. 25  Pawling – Lakeside Park  (855-1131 for reservations)
Sept. 1   Lagrange – Freedom Park
Sept. 8   Amenia – Wassaic Fire House
Sept. 15  Red Hook/Tivoli – Tivoli Recreation Park
Sept. 30  Beekman – Beekman Recreation Park (227-5783 for reservations)

Additionally, the Division of Aging Services will host “Senior Day” at Dutchess County’s Bowdoin Park in the Town of Poughkeepsie on July 28th starting at 12pm.  This picnic is open to ALL Dutchess County senior residents and their guests.  There is a $4 charge for Senior Day regardless of age and residency.

To make a reservation for a picnic that does not have a phone number already listed, call the Dutchess County Division of Aging Services at (845) 486-2555 or toll free at (866) 486-2555 or email ofa@co.dutchess.ny.us.  For more information about any of the services offered by the Division of Aging Services, visit  www.dutchessny.gov/CountyGov/Departments/Aging/AGIndex.htm



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