Young and old celebrate Valentine’s Day in Trigg County
by Hawkins Teague
Feb 20, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Valentine’s Day is such a hugely recognized holiday that even backlash against it has become a cliché. So what are young and old romantics supposed to do to make it fun?

The Trigg County Senior Center always makes the most of the occasion. Last Thursday, the majority of the people eating lunch there were dressed in shades of red, white and pink The center’s director, Carolyn Bland, said that they had been playing games that morning, which was followed by Bingo after lunch.

As always, the Senior Valentine King and Queen were crowned. This year’s recipients of the honor were Joe Rogers, 94, and Winnie Tooke, 99. Although the two are among the oldest patrons of the Senior Center, Bland said this was not a standard, and that everyone simply voted for whom they wanted.

“It can be anybody,” she said. “It can be Joe Blow and Sally Snow.”

After lunch ended, names were drawn for gift certificates from grocery stores. Tooke and Rogers then took their seats and were given their paper crowns and baskets of goodies with balloons tied to them.

“This year’s Valentine’s Day Queen is Ms. Winnie Tooke,” Bland said over the P.A. system, “who is 99 years, nine months and … have you counted the days?”

“No, ma’am, I haven’t,” Tooke said smiling.

After several people shouted for Tooke to put her arm around her king, she did. When Bland noticed, Tooke laughed, saying, “They told me to do it.”

After posing for pictures, Tooke said, “I’ll be so happy, I’m going to pass out tonight. I’m very blessed, and I want to thank everybody because you’ve kept me alive.”

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