The week before the Super Bowl – Jan. 28 – Feb. 1 – was Spirit Week at the Annapolis Senior Activity Center. Seniors showed their support of area teams by their apparel, by donating soup cans to Food Link, and by attending a tailgate party at the center.
On Crazy Hat Day, the seniors saw a crab hat with the claws holding itty bitty little Ravens cheerleader pompoms. They saw a hat with horns to either prod the Ravens on to victory or to stop their opponents in their tracks. Ravens purple hats and turbans were also popular, mixed in with Red Hat Society hats, rain bonnets and shower caps. At least one beautiful, red hat was made by a senior!
Wear Your Pajama Day was characterized by purple and a mix of other assorted nightwear.
About 75 seniors turned out for the tailgate party Jan. 30. That’s when you could really tell what teams the seniors support. Most wore Ravens colors, but some were decked out in Redskins outfits.
The seniors enjoyed cold cuts, a vegetable platter with all kinds of dips, and other munchies while watching “Super Bowl Follies and Highlights” on a big screen.
Party attendees also got a head start on the Jan. 31 event – the Souper Contest. Seniors bought cans of soup to donate to Food Link. Each can they brought was used to vote for either the Ravens or the San Francisco 49ers as the winner of this year’s Super Bowl. As of close of business on Thursday, the vast majority of the cans were used to vote for the Ravens, but the 49ers did get some votes.
In fact, it was rumored that one senior – in the interest of equality – donated two cans and used one as a vote for each team.
Center director Becky Batta said she would accept soup donations for Food Link through Feb. 6 but would cut off the votes on Feb. 1.
The week ended with the seniors wearing their team colors on Feb. 1.