And... A Good Time Was Had by All!

Mature Lifestyles

By Norma Bixler Publisher/Editor

As a weekly newspaper editor many moons ago before moving to Lebanon in 1974, the newspaper I was associated with,  like most weeklies in those days, reserved space each week for communities to report on the ‘comings and goings’of the folks who lived there. In reporting an event of their community, correspondents would always conclude their columns by saying, “And, a good time was had by all.”

I used to chuckle at this pronouncement wondering if the writer did a poll in order to make this claim.   Well, folks that is just what happened July 17 at the Mature Lifestyles Senior Boomer Extravaganza’s Purity Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social held at the Gallatin Civic Center...”A good time WAS had by ALL!

And, “No” I did not have to take an actual poll. You could see it in their faces, hear it in their voices and see it in the spirit that filled the air.  It was a fun day for learning.

Seniors and boomers turned out in numbers of nearly1,000 and took advantage of visiting 60 booths representing a wide variety of information about services and products available for living a happier, healthier, legal and long term care insurance advise, housing options, home improvements, health care, hospice care, and pet adoption.

When Cindy and Randy Moore were not performing with their impersonations of country music legends and other celebrities, Main Street Media’s very own VP John Bryan and brother, known to us as simply “Tick” kept the show moving at a high spirited pace energizing and engaging the crowd. Attendees were observed clapping, dancing and swaying along with the entertainers with many spending the entire day.

There was a whole lot of “dipping and scooping” going on around the Purity Dairies’ booth space which offered eight different flavors of Purity Ice Cream free to all attendees and participants along with discount coupons.  Check out this new website – - for new recipes using Purity products and for free discount coupons.  Thank you Randy Moody, Sales Manager of Purity Ice Cream, for helping make this a successful and enjoyable event.

If we had given an award to the “Best Ice Cream Dippers” it would have to go to Main Street Media employees, Ken “Hawk” Davis and Jessica Glover. Wonder how many scoops you scooped? Have you worked out those sore muscles yet? You were real troupers and I appreciate you. 

I send a big thank you to two members of the beloved Lebanon Red Hat Society chapter, The Dazzlin’ Darlings,’ Queen Razzle Dazzle Jane Cravens and Madam Fancy Pants Peggy Beavers. Regally dolled up in their colors of red and purple they helped greet and register our attendees. The day before the event a few workers were unable to help. It took only one phone call Jane and my woes were a thing of the past.

This chapter has shone strong support of this magazine from the get go. They literally rolled out the red carpet shortly after the first issue of Mature Lifestyles came off the press. On the magazine’s first anniversary the chapter presented me with a framed picture of all the past 12 issues cover pages in miniature, a treasure I will always cherish. This chapter is to be commended for all the wonderful things they do for our community many of which go unsung.

Our gratitude is extended to the entire staff of the Gallatin Civic Center. Elaine Hudson, assistant director, with whom we worked closely, did not leave one stone unturned to meet our needs in bringing a great event to the Sumner County area.

A word to all you seniors in Gallatin, if you have not taken advantage of what all the Gallatin Civic Center has to offer you, do so today. It just takes a little visit and a phone call 615-451-5911. The Silver Sneaker program is there for you and many other programs to help you obtain and maintain a healthier lifestyle. Check it out and see for yourself.   We also wish to thank the Volunteers of Sumner Regional Medical Center, Sumner County Chamber of Commerce, Sumner County Convention Visitors Bureau for their assistance and to the local radio station WHIN for helping us to publicize it and Larriviere’s On The Square, a restaurant and catering service in Gallatin.  Last but certainly not least, thanks to staffers of The Gallatin Newspaper and The Hendersonville Standard, two of our sister publications, and Tony Ashley of Ashley Enterprises, our master event consultant and coordinator for his untiring efforts. 

So I’m told ... you know it’s a good party when the hosts and hostesses are having as good of a time as their guests...AND THAT WAS THE CASE!

See a pictorial review on a separate page of this issue or our website

We hope to bring another Senior Boomer Extravaganza to Sumner County next year. We will see you there!

‘til next month!

Mature Lifestyles is Middle Tennessee's Newest Monthly Publication dedicated to living fully after 50! The publication serves Rutherford, Sumner, Wilson, Williamson and Dekalb Counties. Mature Lifestyles features articles on Senior Healthcare, Area Senior Events, Mature Real Estate News, Travel, Gardening, Food and entertainment with many of your favorite columns such as Boomer Beat, Veteran's Corner and our newest column - Assisted Loving. With Mature Lifestyles there is no time to rest! With a large distribution in five counties in Middle Tennessee and an active website we are dedicated to ensuring an active and exciting lifestyle after 50!

Norma Bixler is Mature Lifestyles Editor in Chief and Maturle Lifestyles is published by Main Street Medial, LLC.