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Pancake Fest and Senior Expo
Friday from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
General Admission tickets are $5.00 per person and include breakfast and entrance to our Senior Expo. Entrance to the event will be located off of Winona St. with volunteers along the street and parking lot to assist with questions and traffic flow. Upon entrance, you will be greeted by a ticket vendor. Drivers will need to turn in their tickets and receive their order form. Drivers will receive a car marker and will follow traffic flow through our Senior Expo. Breakfast will be given on the North side of the building. Cars will be directed to exit on Jessamine Street. For patrons who would like, there will be a "Park and Eat" area located at Ridley Hilton Baseball Park at the end of Jessamine Street. Weather permitting, there will be music and live entertainment during the hours of 10 am- 12 pm. For those who would prefer to take their food home, we will happily direct you back to Magnolia Avenue upon exiting the parking lot.
The John T. O’Connor Senior Center, located in Caswell Park, is an activity center that provides a place where seniors can not only add years to their lives but add life to their years. The Center serves Knox County residents age 50 and over. There is no membership fee to attend the Center, although some classes may have a fee to support the cost of the class. Programs at the Center focus on health services, physical fitness and exercise, recreation, and education.
The effects of COVID-19 have been felt in our facility and all of the lives of our participants. It has always been our goal to be a support system for the older adults in our community and that need has been predominant over the past year. During partial closure of the O'Connor Senior Center we have answered the call of seniors in Knox County who are in need of resources such as tax preparation assistance, health related screenings such as toenail clipping and blood glucose checks, exercise, food assistance and social interaction. Staff have remained in the facility to answer these calls and provide essential services safely.
The O'Connor Pancake Fest has become an annual event that spotlights our activities and amazing participants while giving an opportunity for community fellowship. To protect everyone involved, we have decided to turn this year's event into a drive-thru expo! General admission tickets will be $5.00 per person and include a box of pancakes (gluten free and sugar free options available), sausage and choice of juice, water, milk, or coffee.
After receiving your breakfast, we will have a designated "Park and Eat" lot with musical entertainment for your enjoyment, weather permitted, located at the end of Jessamine St.. This is a rain or shine event and all are encouraged to attend. General Admission tickets are available until Thursday, April 15. Curbside to go orders are also available and will be located at the Caswell Park baseball field complex across from the O'Connor Center on Winona St.. Volunteers will be located throughout the event to answer questions and direct traffic.