Bettie Turner
Special to The Gardner News
Much of the conversation will center around this question when area senior citizens and guests meet at the “Chat Fest” to be held on Saturday, June 14th, as part of Gardner’s Festival on the Trails.  The Chat Fest is held in Kramer Hall at the First Baptist Church, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.
The first Chat Fest, held in 2007, was in conjunction with the first Festival on the Trails, commemorating Gardner’s sesquicentennial (150 years).  That first Chat Fest was specifically for distinguished citizens (70-plus year- old) who had resided in the Gardner, Edgerton, Antioch school districts and Gardner and McCamish townships for at least 45 years.
This year the seniors are encouraged to be sure to bring relatives and friends.  “The Chat Fest is open to the community,” said Shirley Brown-VanArsdale, chairman of the Chat Fest committee.
Distinguished Citizen buttons have been given out every year since 2007, and will be in evidence among the chatters.
Members of Beta Sigma Phi sorority will serve light refreshments to attendees.
The Gardner Historical Museum will be displaying historical photos and will have souvenirs available for purchase, as well as door prizes.  The museum is located at 204 W. Main, will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with an inside exhibit and outside event titled “Life on the Trails”.  A covered wagon will be available for rides between the Festival and Museum.
For more information, please call Shirley Brown-VanArsdale at (913)226-7741 or Phyllis Thomen at (913)856-7154.