Senior Center’s Thursday potluck & entertainment

Carol Skinner, Miller, won the 2002 & 2003 Women’s International Whistling Contest.

Members of the Pierre Senior Center held their Thursday noon potluck on Oct. 24, with 70 members and guests attending. “We had another delicious meal with so many items to choose from that it is hard to decide what to eat. And, there are always lots of desserts,” said ,” said Don Zeller, the center’s director.

“Our musical entertainment was Carol Skinner from Miller. Carol won the Women’s International Whistling Contest in 2002 and 2003, held in Louis Burg, NC. Eight women competed for the top title. The men’s contest in those years had 40 top contestants.

Skinner started whistling as a very young girl, with her mother encouraging her to develop her skills and participate in public musical events. One of our members, Sandy Nelson, and Carol graduated from Miller high school together about 60 years ago. Skinner read about the International Whistling contest in the Reader’ Digest magazine.

At the potluck, Skinner demonstrated her whistling skills with the songs “Listen to the Mockingbird,” “Moon River,” “Twilight Time” and “Brown Eyes Blue.” She then sang and whistled “My cup runneth Over,” which she dedicated to her husband for 52 years, Warren. She continued with “Amazing Grace,” “All I Ask” from ‘Phantom of the Opera’, and finished with “On Eagles Wings.”

For next Thursday’s potluck and entertainment, Oct. 31, the center will hold its annual Halloween party.

“Every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., we have coffee and caramel rolls,” said Zeller. “On Tuesdays at 10 a.m., we have been doing chair Yoga with our instructor Mindy Cheap. We have also done chair Tai Chi, and next we will be doing chair Zumba Gold. These are great exercises for better health, and they require no previous experience — you just have to know how to sit on a chair. These exercise sessions are free to Pierre Senior Center members and only $24 to non-members. On Saturday, Nov. 9, we will be having a bake steak dinner.”

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