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Senior picnic attracts some 200 during Acadian Festival

MADAWASKA, Maine — Around 200 people attended a “senior picnic” during the Acadian Festival on Friday during which residents of various residential care facilities, along with friends and relatives, were served a meal of hot dogs and the usual fixings, while enjoying live music.

About 200 people enjoyed live music and lunch at the senior picnic sponsored by Dolly’s Restaurant Friday at the Madawaska Multipurpose Center. The event was part of the Acadian Festival.
(Morgan Mitchell | SJVT/FhF)

The picnic for seniors has gone on for at least 15 years, according to Brenda Forbes and Bev Madore, volunteers for the event at the Madawaska Multipurpose Center. Dolly’s Restaurant provided the food Friday with residents attending from Ridgewood, High View Manor, and Country Village facilities all treated to a free meal.

“Every year, I say ‘Next year, I’m sitting down, and I’m not working it,’” Madore said. “And every year, I work it.”

Norstate Federal Credit Union served over 100 ployes during the Acadian Festival on Friday, where organizer and employee Nancy Dube said that people from all over the United States, including Texas, came to try their homemade buckwheat pancakes. While Dube was not sure exactly how many years Norstate Credit Union has put on this event, she said it has to be around 15 years. (Morgan Mitchell | SJVT/FhF)

Many of the seniors had family come from out of town to visit. Madawaska resident Germaine Caron, 88, was accompanied by her son Glen, daughter-in-law Angela, and two grandchildren, Sophia, 7, and Olivia, 5. The Caron family now lives in Amherst, New Hampshire.

“We planned our trip around the festival so we could enjoy this time together with Germaine,” said Angela.

While Glen grew up in the area, this was the first time for Angela, Sophia, and Olivia at the Acadian Festival, and Angela said she loved it so far.

“We are all looking forward to doing stuff this weekend,” Glen said.

Craft show vendors fill up one half of the multipurpose building in Madawaska Friday for the Acadian Festival as they display and sell everything from artwork to specialty local honey to homemade soaps. (Morgan Mitchell | SJVT/FhF)

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