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Now that I have a bit more time on my hands, I’ve been contemplating just where I am in life. Last month I arrived at the “three-quarters of a century” mark – OMG! Where did time go?

Looking around I see that a whole bunch of my fellow travelers, who have reached or exceeded that mark, are still “kicking” around. We are recognized by various amounts of gray hair and/or practically no hair at all. How does calling ourselves “perennials” sound?

It is abundantly clear that the communities of Salida, Buena Vista and Poncha Springs – as well as all of Chaffee County – have reaped huge benefits from the presence of perennials. Having accumulated various amounts of wisdom along the way, you can find us donating quantities of volunteer hours keeping the Heart of the Rockies’ “good life” ticking.

So I got to thinking – wouldn’t it be fun to celebrate just “being alive” with a party? But shucks, there’s not enough room at our house, so let’s get together and party at the Rotary Scout Hut Thursday, Aug. 2. All Chaffee County citizens, ages 65 years young and above, are invited.

The party will happen in mid-afternoon, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. (nobody needs to drive home in the dark), preceding the Thursday@6 Concert at Riverside Park (we won’t have to walk very far). Let’s share friendship and laughter, rubbing elbows with like-minded elders who just won’t or can’t stop giving of themselves.

Bring your sense of humor, neighbors, friends, hors d’oeuvres/finger food to share and music (including live) that might revive old memories. Soft drinks will be provided, and a cash bar will be open.

Many of us have collected humorous expressions related to our current status in society. Do bring such statements on posters or wearable costumes. Storytelling will be encouraged.

Some of you “underage” folks might be thinking: “Can we come too? This sounds like fun!” So, okay baby boomers, generation X and millenniums, there will be no age discrimination. Celebrate with us. IDs will only be checked at the bar!

Eileen Rogers and a few like-minded friends