Cindy Marino probably has her perfect job. Not everyone could juggle the scores of options available in the 50+ activities program at the Montrose Recreation Center and still seem to be having a good time!
Her eyes sparkle when she relates the many programs available for people over 50. (You could probably lie about your age if you were so inclined.)
Marino, a Western Slope native raised in Hotchkiss, graduated from CSU and spent time working in Denver. But the city life did not appeal and her husband Chris pointed out a job opening, 10 years ago, that sounded designed for her.
A good portion of her programs are located at the Senior Center with board games, bingo, billiards and exercise classes. Experts give weekly talks on esoteric subjects ranging from The Little Bighorn to the History of Greenhouses.
And there’s line dancing lessons every Monday night.
Day hikes tempt the more adventurous near Telluride, Crested Butte and Paonia. The Rec Center has two buses, one carrying seven, the other 13. Marino drives the smaller bus.
Cultural trips in August included The Telluride Chamber Festival, and a night sky viewing at the Grand Junction Observatory. September offered a fall colors drive on the Grand Mesa.
There are favorites that have been available since she began her job, but each year a new idea is introduced. She will often get calls with suggestions. “People love these trips,” Marino said, “because they meet others and make friends. The same people have been taking the trips for years.”
One of the most popular activities in Pickleball, a racquet sport which combines the elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis.
Marino is so enthusiastic about all the activities available to her 50’s community, she adds more to the list. In March and October next year, those who wish to have a deluxe vacation with every detail taken care of can sign up for the “California Rail Discovery” featuring San Francisco, Lake Tahoe and the Napa Valley Wine Train.
Oct. 5 is the departure date for a New England colors trip featuring Boston, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.
As Montrose grows and changes, the senior activities will undoubtedly expand, offering unusual, exciting and diverse things to do.