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Elderly 'Flash Mob' Invigorates City's Monthlong Celebration of Arts and Aging

By Molly Daly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- A "flash mob" of senior citizens broke into song at noon today on the lawn of the Independence Visitors Center, shining a light on the artistic talents of older adults.

It was part of the "Celebrate Arts and Aging" program of the Philadelphia Corporation For Aging, as more than 20 seniors sporting red vests, white shirts, and red, white, and blue bowties belted out a few patriotic songs plus a sprinkling of Tin Pan Alley numbers while a sparse crowd looked on.

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(Amanda Buonomo of PCA. Credit: Bill Roswell)

"This is just showing how viable seniors are -- they're wonderful -- and we just want to showcase it," said PCA's Amanda Buonomo (right).  She says the monthlong celebration features artwork at four locations:

"There's photography, there's painting in here at the Visitors' Center, and then at the Philadelphia Senior Center we have probably about 60 pieces of three-dimensional artwork.  There's even a wood carving.  We have artwork at the Center on the Hill, up in Chestnut Hill, and we have artwork at the JCC Klein Branch, up in the Northeast."

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