By MIKE HUGHES, Prime Times
MARTINS FERRY — The Martins Ferry Senior Center is hosting a beach party at noon Friday at its 14 N. 5th street location in town.
‘‘Gilligan’s Island’’ is the theme for the party and center members spent the early part of the week preparing island themed decorations and attire in preparation for the big event.
Lois Kwiatkowski, who is serving as temporary director for Martins Ferry Senior Center, explained the party is a way to give the center members a bit of fun as the summer comes to a close.
Kwiatkowski, the former director of 16 years at the site, returned in June to assist.
Sandy Milovac, the current director of the Martins Ferry center, has been on a medical leave of absence since November.
‘‘Since Sandy has been gone, planning of activities has kind of been neglected, so we just wanted to have some fun and came up with this idea and thought it would be nice,’’ Kwiatkowski said. ‘‘It will be going on from noon until 3 p.m.’’
Kwiatkowski explained that Gilligan and his crew will make a full appearance as members will dress according to how the actors and actresses dressed on the show.
Members are also preparing the meal that will be served, which will also have an island-style theme to it.
Kwiatkowski explained she’s enjoying her time being in charge of the center again but is hoping Milovac continues her recover and looks for the current director to return to the center, hopefully in October.
‘‘We have a pretty nice crowd up here and some of the older people that were here when I retired are still here and it’s like I never left,’’ Kwiatkowski said.
Kwiatkowski remembers when the Martins Ferry Senior Center started out down at the Laslo Apartments and then when it moved to fourth street near the laundromat.
The center moved to its current location more than 12 years ago.
‘‘My husband and myself and other volunteers helped move the center up here,’’ she said. ‘‘We got everything remodeled and it’s been here ever since.’’
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MEMBERS?OF the Martins Ferry Senior Center prepare for their ‘‘Gilligan’s Island’’ themed island party coming up Friday. From left, are Dianna Gosney, Dorothy Litman, Janice Anderson, Lois Kwiatkowski and Mary Hanlin.