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Super Seniors lounge gets makeover

KINGSTON — When new resident Fern Larsen first strolled into the Kingston Super Seniors lounge in the basement of the Kingston Community Center late last year, she was utterly disgusted.

The carpet was stained, none of the furniture matched and the decor hadn’t been updated since the mid 1980s.

“Because she said how bad it looked, we had to look at it ourselves,” said Kingston Super Senior Board co-president JoAnn Cratty.

After hearing Larsen out, members of the lounge reviewed their social environment and agreed that something needed to be done.

The old chairs were various shades of green and orange, with duct tape holding them together. The blinds needed to be washed. Old board games, puzzles, magazines and books were piled in the corner. An unused organ, stereo and freezer were collecting dust.

After discussing what changes and colors the 50-member group preferred for the lounge, Cratty and her daughter Sue Cratty rolled up their sleeves and worked for three months to clean up and add a splash of color to the senior hot spot.

“(Sue) has a knack for sewing and putting things together,” said board co-president Roddy Reynolds.

“We shopped bargains for three months,” JoAnn Cratty added.

Using funds donated to the senior group in honor of the late Sammy Quinn and Phyllis Fairchild (who were both regulars at the lounge), money that Larsen raised through a basket raffle she held, plus donated materials and labor, the lounge is now painted and decorated with a maritime theme and with various hues of blue.

The carpet was cleaned, a new couch and armchair were donated and old chairs were reupholstered with ivory and navy checked fabric. Curtains with sailboats and lighthouses were hung. New pictures of various waterscapes now hang on the walls while the old pieces of art and photographs were sent home with their previous owners or donated to the Kingston Historical Society.

Used puzzles were donated to North Kitsap Fishline Food Bank and dozens of leftover coffee cups were given to an organization to use as make-shift planters. The kitchen also received a fresh coat of paint, thanks to Louise and Ernie Lien.

“It was just a labor of love for us, because we really needed it,” JoAnn Cratty said. “It just takes a personal touch and someone who cares and a talent and that’s what Sue does.”

The seniors meet regularly for weekly and monthly events, including card games on Mondays, Chuckwagon lunches on Tuesday and Thursdays, foot care on the first Wednesday of the month and the senior luncheon and blood pressure checks on the second Wednesday of the month.

Reactions from the seniors have been nothing but positive.

“The seniors who habitat the place every week just love it,” JoAnn Cratty said, noting it feels more homey.

“Like you upgraded, up classed yourself, because we did nothing for so long,” Reynolds added.

“I’m just hoping (seniors) will want to use it more,” Sue Cratty commented.

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