The Charlotte Senior Center, built through the generous bequest of Walter Irish and opened in 2002, is the successful hub for senior (and not so senior) residents of our community. The Board of Directors of the Friends of the Charlotte Senior Center manages the Senior Center; Center staff includes the Director, Carolyn Kulik, and the Volunteer Coordinator, Peggy Sharpe.
Operating under the Charlotte town budget, the Senior Center provides a wide range of activities for the 400 to 500 participants who walk through the doors each week to take part in classes, visit with friends, exercise, play bridge and mahjong, hike, bird watch and kayak among a variety of other activities.
The Senior Center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday with scheduled activities and on Sunday afternoons for board or card games. Classes, programs and activities are detailed in the schedules distributed quarterly in The Charlotte News and the Shelburne News, and on the Program Page. Classes change from time to time, and the Center staff and board encourage suggestions from the community for new offerings.
Meals at the Center are enjoyable events. Drop in for Monday Munch, served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday menus usually include soup, salad and dessert (reservations not required). Wednesday’s lunches are served at noon and reservations are easily made by calling the Center at 425-6345. Gents’ Breakfast, cooked and served by the men, is at 7:30 am on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. Sign up by calling the Senior Center at 425-6345. The suggested donation for a meal is $5.
A key component of the Senior Center’s continuing success is the hands-on involvement of many volunteers, without whose work the Center could not operate as it does. Hosts greet and direct participants, cooking crews dish up delicious weekly lunches as well as the special Thanksgiving dinner, dishwashers wash the dishes for these meals, treat makers prepare for Halloween, and others maintain our lovely garden areas, present special lectures and programs, and staff the plant sale, the summer barbecue, and Red Cross blood drives. This past year we applauded the efforts of more than 100 volunteers at our annual volunteer dinner.
As a member of our community, the Center also works cooperatively with the Charlotte Library, Champlain Valley Union High School, Charlotte Central School, the Charlotte Children’s Center and other town groups, as well as serves as a Red Cross blood donation site.
We strongly encourage folks of any age to participate in the many activities offered here and to join our crew of volunteers. Stop by during the day to visit, read the newspaper, enjoy a cup of coffee, meet others and find out for yourselves what’s happening at your Senior Center.
The Center can be reserved for public meetings or rented for private gatherings at other times.
Monday- Friday: 9am–4pm
The Senior Center is closed on:
- Memorial Day
- July 4th
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day (2 days)
- Christmas Day
- New Year’s Day
- Selected dates between Christmas and New Year’s to be announced in the Winter Program
The Senior Center also closes on days Charlotte Central School announces a snow day.
212 Ferry Road
Charlotte, VT 05445
Director: Carolyn Kulik
Volunteer Coordinator: Peggy Sharpe