Karaoke With a Twist
September 26, 2005
Ketchikan, Alaska - The recent Karaoke event at the Pioneers'
Home had a twist... a young twist. Members of the Boys and Girls
Club spiced up the evening last Tuesday with their favorite Karaoke
tunes and received a lesson in true Karaoke from Pioneers' Home
residents and VFW Karaoke specialists Ken Horn and Dennis Spurgeon.
Ken Horn, Stella Mackie
and Dennis Spurgeon
Horn and Spurgeon have been throwing Karaoke parties at the Pioneers'
Home for over two years, said Priscilla Barnett. The atmosphere
invited fun, and both groups forgot about their age differences
she said. Old and young alike shared a love of Karaoke which
blended the event into a common focus. When asked said Barnett,
many party goers said they were excited and looking forward to
the next Karaoke event.
Aurora, Wilma Sande,
Elizabeth and Felicia
This party was more than a night of Karaoke said Barnett, of
Alaska Community Services. "It was fertile ground for friendships
to grow between the youth and elders." The youth learned
a practical reason to work on their reading skills as they tried
new songs said Barnett. "These songs were actually the Oldies
but Goodies that the seniors knew from their youth. In a familiar
setting the seniors got to meet young people they would not have
otherwise met," said Barnett.
Barnett said Alaska Community
Services, the Pioneers' Home, Sea View Terrace, and Boys and
Girls Club all hope to foster relationships into mentorships
for both the youth and elders. These parties are an introduction.
They are meant to give an opportunity for elder mentor matches.
Ken Horn and Mary McDonald
Every third Saturday of the month from 1-3 p.m. an intergenerational
event is scheduled. Barnett said, "Come join us!"
For more information about
intergenerational events call:
E-mail your news &
photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
Bett Jakubek - Pioneers Home
at 225-4111 ex. 322
Amy LaSage - Boys and Girls Club at 247-4256
Priscilla Barnett - Alaska Community Services at 617-4685
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