Seasoned and Savoring in the Spices of Life!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Downtown Decatur Library Auditorium

215 Sycamore Street

Decatur, GA 30030


Gene Espy (81)

In recent years there have been many tales of life on the Appalachian Trail. The Trail has become synonymous with the call of the wilderness, the test

Gene Espy, the 2nd thru-hiker of the Appalchian Trail

Join us as we celebrate some phenomenal OPALs (Older People with Active Lifestyles) and their unprecedented accomplishments.  They are men and women in their 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's. Here is a preview of some who will

be in attendance and recognized:

journey from Georgia to Maine along the now famousAppalchian Trail. un-tested waiting to be conquered.  Come meet Gene and hear some of his story, firsthand.

of ones endurance, the ultimate escape from modern life. But back in 1951 when a twenty-four year old named Gene Espy from Cordele, Georgia, decided he wanted to walk the entire Appalachian Trail in one long hike, only one other person had ever done it. The Trail for thru-hiker was virtually untested waiting to be conquered.  in his book 'The Trail of My Life' is the story of his

Ruth Gooden (77)

Ruth has been noted as the first African American female to complete the Appalachian Trail.  She actually hiked it twice.  Once with a comrade, and once solo.   She completed the El Camino de Santiago (the way of St. James) 500 miles across northern Spain and hiked miles along the Pacific Crest trail in Southern California. Ruth continues to hike to this day.   She  is a true adventurer who has blazed trails throughout her life, including that of being a certified Alpine ski instructor.

Today Ruth is seasoned, and continues to savor in the spices of life. She is a Health Coach through Emory University. Come meet Ruth and hear about some of her exciting adventures. 

The American Hiking Society is offering an Exclusive Special Membership rate to all men and  women age 50 and older for the month of May!  Use this code OAM20 when asked 'Do you have a coupon code?' on the Membership Form.  You actually will be paying 50% less than the full membership.

L. Camear Baxter (68)

“Where did you come from?” “How did you get here?” These questions came from people who had not seen black skiers before. “Black people can’t endure cold temperatures”, is a myth that has been held by Caucasians and some black people. Black skiers enjoy gliding, sliding and riding on the cold and snowy mountains. The myths that black people don’t ski and that black people are too lazy to learn will be dispelled. There are countless stories of their experiences on the snowy mountains, their volunteer services, networking, finding love, and the friendships over the years. 

Mountains of Memories and Myths: The Living History of the National Brotherhood of Skiers by Naomi Bryson

Camear is an avid skier and travels all over the world skiing, hiking and just enjoying the cultures.  Come and hear about his adventures and and the benefits of staying active.

Alpha Bennett (78)

Alpha has spelunked in the Cumberland Caves, hiked the Bright Angel Trail at the Grand Canyon, rode the trails in Spain and many, many more adventures.  All this in addition to being an ardent bicycle rider, who participates in centennial (100 miles) and inter-state rides.  Recently she rode with a group from Durham, North Carolina to St. Augustine, Florida where they tent camped on this 2-week ride with about 20 young people, ranging from age 10 to early 20's.  She is the oldest member of the renown Metro Atlanta Cycling Club, known

as MACC Attack.  Alpha is a mother, grandmother and a great-grandmother.  Most of all, she is a great role model for all the young people in her family and all those she mentors amd meets.  Come meet her and hear her stories and help us celebrate her accomplishments.

Greg Masterson (55)

An avid cyclist, Greg has ridden more than 160,000 miles since 1990, which is equivalent to riding around the earth about 6 1/2 times ... whew!   He participates in many cycling events, mostly in the southeast region.  However, he has climbed Pikes Peak, Mt Evans, and the Triple Bypass in Colorado.  Not limited to the US he’s climbed several of the mountains of the Tour de France including the Col du Tourmelet.  He is a 2-time winner in the 40K road race at the Georgia Golden games.  He also has wins at the Georgia Games Masters Race, and the Alabama State Championship and Cheah Mountain Gran Fondo.  Greg is known as

'King of the Hill' amonst his fellow cyclists.  When the road points toward the sky, he leads the pack with a smile on his face. Greg is currently, and has been the President of the Metro Atlanta Cycling Club for the last 12 years. 

Cheryl Prince (66)

Cheryl is a true adventurer and epitomizes our OPALs ... Older People with Active Lifestyles!

As a Trailblazer, she is well educated and retired as an Epidemiologist for the Alaska Department of Human Services.  However, though all of that she never lost her zest for her escapades.  She hikes, bicycle rides, climb trees, repels walls, and even trained in Circus Arts, kayaked in Alaska, and not only does she ski, she raced in Breckenridge and came in 2nd in Tahoe in her age group. 

In addition to all those activities, she loves to dance, Detroit Ballroom and Chicago Step.  That is what she was doing at the Las Vegas Jam, when she met her future love, Harvey.  Her story is one you really want to hear!

Eddie Nelson (76)

Eddie has been featured in Ripley's Believe it or Not! twice. At age 65 he was doing pull-ups with a 45lb.plate tied to his waist, and swept the Jacksonville, Florida Senior Games in his age category earning medals for long jump, shot put and the 100 meter dash.  He has earned a myriad of gold and silver medals through the years competing in Discus, Javelin, Hammer Throw, Shot Put, Long Jump, Triple Jump and Weight Throw.


At age 75, Eddie was diagnosed with cancer.  His doctor told him because of his active and

healthy lifestyle he is now cancer free.  Today he looks and feels better than ever.  So much so he has modeled and been featured on a full-sized billboard.  Come and see for yourself and meet Eddie and hear about his incredible life.

History of Older Americans Month

When Older Americans Month was established in 1963, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthday. A meeting in April 1963 between President John F. Kennedy and members of the National Council of Senior Citizens led to designating May as “Senior Citizens Month,” the prelude to “Older Americans Month.” Historically, Older Americans Month has been a time to acknowledge the accomplishments of older persons. Every President since Kennedy has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month of May asking that the entire nation pay tribute in some way to older persons in their communities. Older Americans Month is celebrated across the country through ceremonies, events, fairs, and other such activities.

About the Event Producer

Carolyn Hartfield is the President and CEO of Lifestyle Management, LLC, a company she started in 2001 whose primary focus is to provide fun, healthy and exciting activities, including various outdoor adventures, travel, workshops, seminars, tele-seminars, webinars, retreats, and/or one-to-one sessions. She is a Healthy Lifestyle Coach through Emory University and inspires men and women of all ages to have fun, be active, get fit and lead a healthy lifestyle.  Carolyn is available to bring her extraordinary programs and services to your groups, company, church or in one-to-one sessions. Contact her by email at or telephone at 678.231.4973.