2017-06-22 / Local News

600 folks stop by Senior Expo


DENNIS BUSHEY and Linda Linguar at the manicure and hand massage station at the Senior Expo Tuesday. DENNIS BUSHEY and Linda Linguar at the manicure and hand massage station at the Senior Expo Tuesday. The Senior Expo annually draws crowds looking to learn about resources, products and services available to senior residents of Leelanau County. This year was no different.

The 26th expo held Tuesday featured local vendors and drew around 600 community visitors.

Two of these visitors were Sandy Prause and Karen Watson, who traveled from Maple City. Prause also attended the expo in 2015.

“We’re checking it out today,” Prause said. “We’re looking at information that might benefit us and anything we might need or come across in the future.”

The event also drew interest from vendors and community members, said Cathy Hartesvelt, finance coordinator of Leelanau County Senior Services.

Good weather helped.

“Today was perfect,” she said. “There’s no rain and it’s not too hot.”

Vendors included local health care providers and other businesses that had resources and information available to seniors in Leelanau County.

“The goal is to share information regarding resources and opportunities for seniors,” Hartesvelt said. “We try to keep it responsive to what they want and what they are looking for so it evolves every year with a little bit of a different spin.”

Food samples from area restaurants for the “Taste of Leelanau” section were a hit inside, while a steady stream of admirers looked over a collection of historic cars lining the parking lot.

A bonsai tree display also drew interest.

“This is a chance for seniors and their friends to have a bite to eat, hang out and chat and look at all there is to see today,” Hartesvelt said.

The event provided an opportunity for local seniors to socialize and chat with people they might not otherwise see, Hartesvelt said.

“They like to come here and see their friends and talk,” she said. “It’s a good social event and just a lot of fun.”

– Story and photo by Hannah Lentz

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