Gage brings flamboyant jazz act to Boomer Guide Expo


Adam Palumbo

Sybil Gage performed three scintillating mini-musical jazz shows with her Merry Band of Royal Catahoulas to highlight Senior Life’s Boomer Guide Senior Expo on Feb. 18 at the King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne.

The free 2020 Boomer Guide, a perennial award-winning publication in the North American Mature Publishers Association’s annual contest, was unveiled and distributed during the expo. The theme of the expo was “The Magic of Broadway.’’

“I thought the expo was outstanding. I could not have been more pleased,’’ said Gage, who performed songs honoring Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Pearl Bailey, Janis Joplin, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll, Fats Domino and Betsy Smith. “The people here were energetic at 10 o’clock in the morning. I could not have enjoyed it more. It was a fantastic event.’’

Gage performs regularly at Heidi’s Jazz Club in Cocoa Beach.

Beth Dunlop bought a place to live in Cape Canaveral 13 years ago, and she lives six months of the year in Florida and the other six months in her native Chicago.

“I loved Sybil’s show,’’ Dunlop said. “It was phenomenal. “The expo has a lot of brochures and stuff on travel. We love to travel. I’ve traveled to Europe multiple times, Alaska and the Caribbean.’’

More than 60 exhibitors were set up in the King Center’s main lobby, rotunda, Black Box Studio and a nearby classroom.

John Welch, 81, moved to Brevard County from Connecticut on Nov. 9, the day after his birthday.

“I’m enjoying the expo; it’s very informative,’’ Welch said. “I didn’t miss the winter in Connecticut.’’

Michaelene Sinkavitch, a resident of Scranton, Pennsylvania, has been visiting Cocoa Beach for the past two months.

“I got certain information from all the brochures that will be very helpful,’’ Sinkavitch said. “I like it that the magazine says Boomer and not Senior. That makes me feel young.’’

Nancy Sauter of Melbourne regularly attends the various expos put on by Jill Blue, the CEO of the Bluewater Creative Group. It is the company that publishes Senior Life, the Viera Voice and the Boomer Guide.

“I like all the available resources for seniors and boomers. I always find a table that interests me with subjects that I wanted to know more about. I also like all the friendly people that I meet.’’

The Boomer Guide Senior Expo was presented by William A. Johnson PA and the event sponsors were Palm Point Behavioral Healthcare, Cedar Creek and the Art Gallery of Viera.

Other sponsors included VNA Home Healthcare, BrightStar Care, ClearCaptions, FROSH Gadabout Travel, AAA, All About You Travel and the Melbourne Regional Medical Center. Humana was the main sponsor of the Veterans area.

Claire Steinbock, a native of Massachusetts, has been a resident of Cape Canaveral for the past eight years.

“I like the various health information (tables),’’ Steinbock said. “They cover all the different parts of the body.’’

Bill and Barbara Dubois moved to Palm Bay from Sioux City, Iowa in September.

“This expo gives me specific information about products and services,’’ Bill Dubois said. “I find that it’s easier to go from table to table than to look it up on the internet. I have a better idea about what things are all about.”