Billed as a “positively ageless day full of new ideas, positive people, wonderful food and laughter,” the 11th annual Alive to Life seminar was filled to capacity Wednesday. The event is hosted by the Oneida County Department on Aging and sponsored by Rennes Health and Rehab Center and held at the Rouman Cinema.
“I think anything that stirs your brain and keeps you lively and young is well worth the time spent,” said Jane Smithback of Rhinelander, who has attended the event for several years. “You get a lot of quality speakers, and I think it’s nice that they have things for both men and women, and men should be encouraged to come.”
There were three sessions of workshops, which included one about the stories behind the tombstones of Wisconsin and another about Lake Superior, Bayfield and the Apostle Islands, both presented by author Dennis McCann. A master gardener, a gerontologist, a beekeeper, an antiques appraiser and local aging specialists presented topics of interest to attendees of all ages.
“It’s very informative on everything and I enjoy the gardening so far, and the opening speaker was good,” said first-time attendee Joseph Sheteron. He and his wife came from Antigo for the event, and Joseph said he would likely come back next year.