BURTON — The games are back! Registration is now open for the 2018 Senior Winter Games, one of the most highly anticipated events of the year for area seniors, according to Jean Johnson, director of the Burton Senior Activity Center.
“The Senior Winter Games happen during a really shut in time of year when there aren’t a lot of activities going on,” Johnson said. “This is a fun, social event people look forward to!”
Table tennis will be offered as part of the event for the first time this year.
“By trying new things, we might open the Senior Winter Games up to people who haven’t tried it before,” Johnson said. “We’ve had requests for table tennis, and I’ve heard a lot of people say they’re excited about its addition.”
Another new event this year will be Yahtzee.
“Yahtzee is a long standing, fun game,” Johnson said. “A lot of people have played it through the years.”
Ladder golf will also be new this year.
“A lot of senior centers offer ladder golf on a regular basis,” Johnson said. “It’s something just about anyone can do.”
In ladder golf, there’s a piece of equipment that stands about four feet high with bars across it. The seniors will throw two golf balls with a rope between it to try to hit the bars. Based on which bar they hit, they get points.
The final brand-new game this year will be Name that Song. For it, the seniors will hear a few bars of a song and compete to see who can correctly name the song.
“Music means a lot to our community and our society,” Johnson said. “It’s something people gravitate towards. So, I’m looking forward to the addition of Name that Song.”
Last year, miniature golf was added.
“The seniors enjoyed it so much, we made it a two-session event this year,” Johnson said.
The Burton Senior Activity Center will host the baking event. There will be multiple categories: desserts, cookies and bars, breads and candy and fudge.
“People like to cook and it’s really interesting,” Johnson said. “It’s amazing to see the product that comes in; how pretty and well decorated they are and how good they taste. The baking event has grown to be a huge event! I wouldn’t want to be a judge for that event because everything is so good.”
The Burton Senior Activity Center will also host the hand, knee and foot card game competition.
“To bring all the seniors from all the centers together to play hand, knee and foot is pretty unique,” Johnson said.
Since this will be the 40th year of the Senior Winter Games, during the opening ceremony there will be a slide show presentation with interviews from past and present participants.
“That’s going to be really exciting to see how over 40 years the games have changed,” Johnson said.
Registration for the 2018 Senior Winter Games ends Jan. 11. Seniors 50 or older can pick up registration forms at any of the 15 area senior centers, including the Burton Senior Activity Center at 3410 S. Grand Traverse. Registration fee is $12 and allows participants to enter their choice of as many of the numerous events as they want, a tee shirt, the opening ceremony and a closing ceremony banquet.