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Gulfport Spring Fling rescheduled for Thursday

JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALD/FILEBarksdale Pavillion at Jones Park will host the Senior Spring Fling on Thursday.
JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALD/FILEBarksdale Pavillion at Jones Park will host the Senior Spring Fling on Thursday. SUN HERALD

GULFPORT -- A community picnic Harrison County for seniors had to be rescheduled after torrential rains postponed the Jones Park event.

The Spring Fling, originally scheduled for April 28, will instead be Thursday at 10 a.m. It is sponsored by the city of Gulfport and Boyington Health and Rehabilitation Center.

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Gulfport spokesman Chris Vignes said Thursday will be the first time Jones Park has hosted the picnic.

"We are pleased to host this with Boyington," he said. "This is a free event and it is an excellent opportunity for the seniors of Harrison County to socialize over lunch at Barksdale Pavilion in Jones Park."

Leslie Buckler of Boyington Health and Rehabilitation said the Spring Fling will feature vendors, live music and a light lunch of sandwiches and fruit. She said about 350 seniors are expected to attend.

Vendors on hand with information

The vendors will provide a variety of information for seniors such as information on affordable health care, insurance and hospice care.

"This is the second event we've done with the city of Gulfport," Buckler said. "We had the Mardi Gras Mambo at the Lyman Community Center in January, and it was very well-attended."

Harrison County resident Ginger Seaborn said she is looking forward to the picnic.

"It will give us seniors an opportunity to see other seniors in the community and to fellowship with each other," Seaborn said.

Brenda Salloum, director of the Charles Walker Senior Center in Gulfport said the Spring Fling will provide an opportunity for seniors to get together that is both fun and informative.

"It gives the seniors an opportunity to socialize, enjoy the music and gain information from the vendors -- all in the setting of beautiful Jones Park," Salloum said.

Boyington and the city are also making plans for a cookout for seniors in the summer. Last year, it was in August and featured hamburgers and hotdogs.

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