SOLON– Monday, Nov. 21, was a beautiful fall day for the Senior Advocates’ trip to the three Ws. Arriving in West Liberty at El Patio restaurant, the group dined on delicious Mexican food, proceeding then to the Eulenspeigel Puppet Theater. The Snow Queen’s puppet show was performed by Monica Leo much to the delight of the many youngsters gathered as well as the oldsters. Monica creates the puppets, the scenery and all the necessary embellishments and has been doing so for over 30 years.
Wilton was the second destination, targeting the Wilton Junction Candy Kitchen and Ice Cream Parlor owned and run by Thelma and George Nopoulous. The building was built in 1856 as a confectionary and has been in the Nopoulous family for over 100 years, with George taking it over 60 years ago. The candy store has become famous for its homemade ice cream and through the years, many famous people have stopped there, including Gregory Peck and Brooke Shields. Although George is 91 and Thelma is in her 80s, they are still open nearly every day dipping cones, making malts and fizzing sodas.
The Hoover Museum in West Branch was the third and final stop to view 20 Christmas trees decorated with fairy tale themes. Group members wandered through the forest of trees, each tree speaking to a favored childhood story.
The three Ws trip was enjoyed by 28 seniors traveling in the Senior Advocate van, the Solon Retirement Village van and a private car. This trip was made possible through the generosity of the Solon Nursing Care Center and volunteers who share in the Senior Advocates’ mission to contribute to the senior community.