Seniors Celebrate Thanksgiving at Fall Ball Food Festival

BY AMANDA MOSES

The smell of freshly cooked turkey and the sounds of laughter emitted from the Brooklyn Sports Club’s (BSC) multi-purpose room, during Spring Creek Senior Partners’ (SCSP) annual Fall Ball International Food Festival on Tuesday, November 24th.

Over 100 of the community’s seniors turned out for an early celebration of Thanksgiving, where they were able to enjoy the company of friends. Many of the seniors were happy to see the BSC’s multi-purpose room transformed into a restaurant like atmosphere with tables covered in fall themed decorations and a delicious buffet section.

There were many gustatory delights from all parts of the world to choose from. There was an assortment of Spanish and West Indian rice, curry chicken, sliced turkey meat, salad and eggplant parmesan. Attendees were able to enjoy a wonderful meal, which was served by SCSP volunteers and student interns from Touro College.

Some residents cooked their own special dishes, while others brought their appetites to the banquet. Director Theodora Ziongas prepared several healthy dishes, like peas and carrots, sweet potatoes, and cranberry sauce. “This festival celebrates the diversity of our community,” Ziongas said to the group of seniors.

Alex Franco and her friend Isabel Ramirez are continuing participants at this annual event, and much to the delight of the attendees, they brought their favorite dish, pernil. This Puerto Rican delicacy takes days to marinate and hours to cook, so the duo divided the task of preparing the pernil (pork shoulder). “It takes a long time to make, but it always tastes great,” Franco said.

Assemblyman Charles Barron, who represented himself and his wife, Councilwoman Inez Barron, attended this fantastic annual event because they are continuing supporters of SCSP. In light of the festivities, Barron wanted to applaud the organization for their wonderful efforts. “It’s good to see the diversity of our cultures because we are one human family of many, many cultures. Thank you for your hard work,” announced Barron, as he addressed the crowd of seniors.

The entire affair resembled a large family gathering, one that involved people from various backgrounds enjoying freshly cooked food and sharing funny anecdotes. The day culminated with an assortment of desserts such as sponge cake, apple pies, sweet potato pies, pumpkin pies, flan and a variety of fruits.