Quicksilver's Marge Wydro: A Tribute

On Wednesday, October 21st, Arts for the Aging lost a bright star from our constellation of talented teaching artists and volunteers.  Marge Wydro, 95, had been a member of AFTA’s senior improvisational dance company Quicksilver for more years than we can remember.  Marge stood out in a group of remarkable women for her physical fitness – and most of all, her ability to do the splits, even in her 90s!

Marge was committed to staying active. A retired physical education teacher, she regularly golfed and bowled with friends, in addition to dancing weekly with Quicksilver.  In fact, she was crossing the street to reach her duckpin bowling league when she was struck by the vehicle that took her life.

Quicksilver members reflect on their memories of Marge:

“Marge will always have a special place in my heart. She will of course be remembered as a role model for how to age with style.  I also admire her ability to change. Thanks for the opportunity to learn from her.”

Judith Bauer

“Marge was a very special woman. I admired her strong personality and her delightful sense of life and humor, and I grieve that she was taken from all of us who loved her.”

Betty Shuford

“I loved dancing with our wonderful Marge.  I will miss her so much and will cherish the moments we had together.”

Nancy Harris

We’ll always remember Marge as she was in this video clip, taken from Quicksilver’s 2014 performance at the Atlas Performing Arts Festival, alongside her friend and long-time Quicksilver dancer Ruby Chapman.


OCTOBER 27, 2015: AFTA Gala, Creating New Horizons

AFTA’s 27th Annual Gala, Creating New Horizons, was held at The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati, also known as Anderson House, where Trish and George Vradenburg (left) were given the 7th Lolo Sarnoff Founder’s Award, celebrating their humanitarianism and philanthropy, their dedication to addressing the impact of Alzheimer’s disease, and their lifelong engagement in the arts. Chairs of this year’s gala were Olga and Bob Ryan.  A silent and live auction was held of original sculptures by Lolo Sarnoff and vintage haute jewelry from her collection; works were exhibited created by seniors (like Maebell Saunders pictured right) in Arts for the Aging programs responding to the Founder’s body of art.  View the full gala program here, photos from the evening here, and coverage from the Georgetowner here.

Fall Program News

We’re sad to see the summer go but excited about new opportunities fall brings!  Our summer kicked off with the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA) National Leadership Exchange and Conference, which featured performances by our senior dance company Quicksilver and the Silver Singers from the Terrific, Inc. Asian and Pacific Islander Senior Center.  Now as the weather chills we anticipate our annual Gala, a workshop for professional caregivers, and two exhibitions! Read our most recent program newsletter to catch up.

JULY 30, 2015: 3rd Annual KevinMas

Arts for the Aging trustee Kevin Bryan invited a group of  friends and fellow AFTA supporters to help him celebrate his birthday by making a donation to one of his favorite causes, AFTA. The rooftop at I Ching Restaurant and Bar provided the perfect backdrop for watching the sun set over the city while sharing an evening with old and new friends–and all for a great cause! View more photos from the evening here.