A month of athletic events culminated May 30 with a day of celebrating the arts for seniors from Surry, Yadkin and surrounding areas.
After a delayed kick-off due to rainy weather at the beginning of May, the Yadkin Valley Senior Games had competitions in about 25 sporting and athletic events and including the annual finale Silver Arts competition Thursday saw 175 seniors participate, reported Bradley Key, program coordinator for Surry County Parks and Recreation who coordinates the annual senior games.
Winners of the various competitions have a chance to go on and compete at the state level.
“We’ve had a nice increase of participation this year,” Key said Thursday as preparations were underway for the Silver Arts performing arts portion at the Yadkin Cultural Arts center in Yadkinville. “We have a record number of performances today.”
The arts competition includes everything from live performances like singing and dancing, literary entries, painting and other fine arts.
“The participants here today come from all across the region,” Key said.
Joan King of Pilot Mountain attended the Silver Arts event to watch the performing arts, but also as a competitor in the fine arts division where she earned a ribbon for her painting of a friend’s daughter based on a photograph she’d taken.
“Last year in March I had to have hip surgery, and we missed the games,” King said of her and her friend, Ruamie Tilton, also of the Pilot Mountain area, who usually compete in pickleball. “I said, ‘Why am I just sitting here?’ So I went through my pictures and decided to paint.”
This was King’s first year competing in the arts competition. “I had painted sporadically, but when you’re laid up and can’t play pickleball, you can pick it up.”
She said she enjoyed participating in the games, because “it keeps you going and that’s what you need.”
John Hutchens of Yadkinville was joining his sister-in-law, Patty Grant, to serve as performing arts judges. This was Hutchens’ first year participating. With a 20- to 30-year background in music and drama, he decided to agree to the role of judge.
Winners of this year’s Silver Arts competitions include:
• Best in Show – Don and the Prima Donnas for their line dance to “Buona Sera”
• Vocal-Small Group – first place, Pat and Clyde performing “Never Grow Old”
• Instrumental Solo – first place, Brenda Garris with “Sheebeg and Sheemore”
• Vocal-Solo – first place, Pat McCormack with “You are so beautiful”; second place, Brenda Garris with “The Storms are in the Ocean”; and third place, Juanita Gillespie with “There is Something About a Mountain”
• Line Dance-Large Group – first place, Dreamdancers with “Stupid Cupid”
• Comedy/Drama Solo – first place, Bob Keck with “Men are from Mars”; second place, Pat McCormack with “What Goes Up Must Come Down”
• Dance-Small Group – first place, Country Partners with “Argentina Cha-Cha”; second place, Alleghany Golden Girls; third place, Sassy Seniors with “Old Time Rock and Roll”
• Crocheting – first place, Jayne Wright; second place, Nancy Edwards; third place, Ruth Johnston
• Quilting (hand-stitched) – first place, Gloria Bryant
• Quilting (machine-stitched) – first place, Ruth Johnston; second place, Ruth Johnston
• Tole/Decorative Painting – first place, Pat Weston
• Woodworking – first place, John Wetmore
• Poem – first place, Nancy Russell; second place, Nancy Russell; third place, Margaret Shore
• Acrylics – first place, Pat Weston; second place, Elaine Miller; third place, Joan King
• Drawing – first place, Pat Weston; second place, Claire Merritt; third place, Claire Merritt
• Mixed Media – first place, Larry Spangler; second place, Norma Camin
• Oil – first place, Mary Chapman
• Photography – first place, John Sturdivant; second place, John Sturdivant; third place, Ruamie Tilton
• Sculpture – first place, John McComb
• Watercolor – first place, Mary Chapman
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.