Christ the King 50+ Club
The mission of the 50+ Club is to foster friendships with other people in the parish community in various activities that provide satisfying social, spiritual and cultural experiences for those “over 50” in the greater Mashpee area.
The 50+club welcomes new members. To become a member click “registration form” to print. Fill in and mail to the address included. For additional information please call or email Peter Levesque, (617)281-8550, email@example.com or Joan Levesque, (617)827-9658, firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 12 ~ Winnipesaukee cruise, Wolfeboro Inn, Gourmet Luncheon served on the train,
Wright WWII Museum. click for flyer ~ Reservation Form
September 15 ~ “Surftones” Mens Chorus – Barbershop Style click for flyer
October 7 & 8 ~ Ogunquit ~ registration and flyer
November 3rd ~ Music of Father Pat -1:00 PM, parish hall. ~ click for Father Pat’s CV
December 7 ~ Christmas Luncheon. click for flyer
50+ Club NEWS and REVIEWS…
The July Rail-and-Sail event came near disaster when we were told that the train with our gourmet lunches aboard was stalled five miles up the track and wasn’t likely to move. So plan “B” was initiated. The tour bus took us up the line to the disabled train where we were served an elegant lunch. After lunch we moved into an even more elegant rail car and were treated to a leisurely ride along Narragansett bay while we enjoyed our dessert. Our bus then whisked us from the train to the boat dock where we had the cruise boat “Amazing Grace” all to ourselves. We were treated to the spectacle of new and old America’s Cup yachts, yachts and mansions of the rich and famous, the gentrified Newport waterfront and the Jamestown bridge. Tall-tales and detailed descriptions of the sights were provided by the continuous patter of our guide. Everyone agreed it was a great trip.
June is supposed to be summer in spite of the 45 degree temperatures on Cape Cod. In keeping with the calendar the 50+ club celebrated the arrival of summer with a lobster luncheon. Yummie lobster rolls, beverages, chips and desserts were served to 76 hungry 50+ club members. Equally yummie chicken salad rolls were available for non-lobster-lovers.
We were entertained by the Ex_iles, a steel band with a Caribbean flavor. The Ex_iles Calypso reminded us of the days of Harry Belafonte, Bob Marley and Bobby McFerren.
After everyone was stuffed a drawing was held. Lucky winners went home with wine, restaurant gift certificates and lottery tickets.
DAY ONE of the adventure was spent on the bus, ending with a “Manager’s Welcome Dinner” at the hotel in Richmond.
DAY TWO we traveled South from Richmond arriving in Colonial Williamsburg late in the morning. Our visit began in the visitor center where we enjoyed the orientation film, “Story of a Patriot.” Then we went on to explore the city of George Washington and Patrick Henry. We met tradespeople, shop keepers, and others who “experienced” these revolutionary times.
DAY THREE in Williamsburg our guides presented the Governor’s Palace, home of His Majesty’s Government, where the Crown’s business took place in the 18th century. There were plenty of period restaurants for an historical lunch setting. Then, on to Jamestown to learn about the hardships faced by the early settlers. The welcome center provided a museum quality review of life in the 17th century. The reconstructed Indian village and fort came complete with natives who were happy to share with us their way of life. Finally, an elegant period table was set for our supper at Christina Campbell’s Tavern.
DAY FOUR we turned North and traveled to Historic Philadelphia. A very knowledgeable docent guided us on a tour including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Betsy Ross house, Ben Franklin’s house and Elfret’s Alley. The group posed for pictures at the statue honoring Rocky in front of the Museum of Art. .
DAY FIVE was a relaxing bus journey back to CTK – Home sweet home.
The 50 + Club Annual Christmas Party was held at the Coonamessett Inn on Dec. 15, 2014. Dinner started promptly at 1:00PM. As usual our dinners came on time, and piping hot as well as delicious.
Music during the meal was provided by our songstresses’ background taped music equipment. As dessert was being readied on our tables, our songstress, Liz Saunders, started her hour long song fest, going around the hall and visiting each table and helping us all remember the words to all our Christmas songs. A fun time was had by all.
As the music came to an end, we were reminded of the Christmas Spirit with a host of Prizes drawn by numbers from our guest list.
We all departed for home with another great Christmas Party in our memory books.
ELVIS AT CHRIST THE KING
November 4, 2014
On November 4th Elvis came to Christ the King Parish Hall in Mashpee, MA. He was really Vic Solo a super good impersonator from Taunton, MA. “Elvis” put on an hour and a half of great songs with all the gyrations appropriately beating out the songs and music made famous by Elvis. There was much stomping of feet from one and all.
Vic has been an Elvis Impersonator for over 20 years, and has honed his craft well.
It was not only entertaining, but educational as Vic told about Elvis, and his various styles as he started each set of songs.
It was really a tough act to follow. We are sure we will get to see Elvis here again.
Our group boarded the bus early on Oct. 1, and left for New Hampshire promptly at 8:00 AM. After a few hours of travel, we made our first stop at “The Merrimac Premium Outlets”. A few hours of buying and strolling, and we took off for the next stop for lunch at the “”Common Man Restaurant”. Then on to our final destination at “The Common Man Inn and Spa” in Plymouth, N.H. A great meal was served, and then plenty of time to stretch our legs and rest up for our next day’s activities. Breakfast in the Common Man Restaurant, and a short ride to the picturesque “Gondola Ride” to the top of Loon Mountain. Wonderful vistas at all angles. Then off to another Common Man Restaurant, and a marvelous lunch. Well rested, we went for a cruise on “Squam Lake” and a visit to the cottage used in the movie “On Golden Pond”. Our guide has been on Squam Lake since before the movie was made, and had intimate knowledge of how the movie was made, and the history of the many islands that dot the lake—-a wonderful and enlightening cruise. Then off to a very scenic ride on the “Hobo Railroad”. More great scenery from every window. All good things must come to an end, and so did our day with a pleasant and relaxing ride back to Mashpee. Click to view photo’s
METEOROLOGIST TIM KELLEY AT SEPT. 3,2014 HRIST THE KING PARISH HALL
On Wednesday afternoon, Sept 3, 2014, Meteorologist Tim Kelley from the New England Cable News in Newton, MA spoke to the 50+ Club about:”The Prevailing Weather Patterns Here on Cape Cod, and Why Our Weather is so Interesting, and so very Difficult to get the Forecast Right.”
Tim spoke to our largest group ever, and spoke for over 1 1/2 hours and then answered questions and had some one on ones with some more people. A Super, wonderful and very informative afternoon.
Everyone left feeling well informed about our “crazy Cape Cod Weather”
Leaving the parking lot at CTK at 8:00 AM , the very comfortable motor coach quickly transported one and all to Salem, MA and the National Parks Visitor Center where everyone learned about Salem’s maritime history and the Salem Witch Trials. Then, off to Gloucester to board the “Beaufort Princess” for the two and one half hour cruise around Gloucester Harbor and its environs. During the cruise there was the Jazz Trio playing live music for the enjoyment of one and all, and to help savor the “New England Clambake” provided by the ships great chefs and crew. Then, off to Rockport and a few hours of shopping and sightseeing.
After that, a pleasant ride back to Mashpee with another magnificent trip to put in our memory bags.
ESSEX VALLEY STEAM TRAIN AND CONNECTICUT RIVERBOAT JULY 9, 2014
The group left the parking lot at CTK a little after 7:30 AM. The super comfortable motor coach transported one and all to the Mall in Essex, CT. After a few hours of bargain hunting, we were treated to a lovely luncheon at the “Got Fish Restaurant”. Then, on to the Essex Steam Train, and to the grand old days of the railroad train, and to its destination at the “Connecticut Riverboat”. Once on board we experienced a lazy cruise on the Connecticut River and the return to the days when that was the only mode of travel in that area.
We returned to the train and another pleasant ride thru the countryside and to the waiting coach.
A nice ride home with another bunch of great memories to savor.
Another good crowd for the annual 50 +Club’s Lobster Luncheon showed up on June 3, 2014 at Christ the King Parish Hall. Luncheon was served at 1:00PM. Music was provided by “The X Isles” headed by John Sippell and his steel band. The music was a wonderful collection of songs from Trinidad and the islands The lobster rolls were again provided by the “Eat Your Heart Out Caterers of Falmouth” with their usual overflowing, and very delicious helpings of lobster filled rolls. It was another great afternoon filled with great music from the islands, and marvelous lobster rolls from our nearby waters.
Wonderful, just wonderful! Those words spoken by the 50+ Club attendees, summed up the 4 day, 3 night trip to Ottawa, Canada’s capital. Accommodations for the visit were at the lovely Lord Elgin, in the heart of the city, close to the impressive Parliament building complex and numerous other historical treasures.
Guided tours included Capital highlights, Embassy Row, residences of the Prime Minister and Governor General and an impressive visit to the Canadian Museum of Civilization. All enjoyed the visit to the Royal Mounted Police training facility, complete with riders and horses on their parade field and subsequent tour of the stables. The big hit for the day was observing the full bloom of Ottawa’s 1 million plus tulips all over this cosmopolitan city.
The 3rd Day was a busy one, with a continuing tour of Capital highlights. Members especially enjoyed a scenic cruise on the Rideau Canal, which winds through the Capital, flanked by stately residences and stunning fields of tulips. A final stop for the day was at the Canadian War Museum, which featured Canada’s military involvement in wars during its history. Evening dinner, served overlooking the Rideau Canal, capped the trip and after a final night in this wonderful city, it was time to bid adieu, head south and cross the bridge to our Cape Cod homes.
In April, Michael Connelly addressed the 50+ club members in the church hall. Michael is the author of several books that take more than the usual philosophical look at sports. In his talk, Michael focused on the Boston Marathon. Until he decided to run the marathon Michael was a sometimes jogger – not a runner. A year after he and his mid-life buddies decided that it was about time to run as “bandits” in Boston he completed his only marathon run. Michael entertained club members with history and first-hand stories from the world’s most famous road race. But he pointed out that the moral of his personal story is that if you want to do something, get your act together. You can DO IT.
We all left with CAN DO attitude heightened by a sugar rush from the goodies tables.
MARCH 2014 – SAINT PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION
The Celebration of Saint Patrick’s day was hosted by the Catholic Women’s Club, The Knights of Columbus and our own 50+ Club. Saint Pats decorations on the walls and tables transformed the church hall into a festive banquet venue. Lots of corned-beef and cabbage was consumed. No one left hungry.
Music was by Jack Wyatt. Jack also lead us in several traditional Irish songs. What members lacked in tone and finesse was made up for with joyful enthusiasm.
2012 -2013 Executive Board Members
Co-Presidents – Peter and Joan Levesque 617-281-8550
Co-Vice Presidents – Sharon and Paul Ross
Recording Secretary – Eleanor Howard
Corresponding Secretary – Kay Thissell
Treasurer – Jane Mullenhour
Advisors – Dick and Peg Fraser
Hospitality – Carol DeVincent
Membership – Elizabeth Thompson
Communications – Jim Livingston
Program Committee: Rick and Joan Hoffman