BY AMANDA MOSES
Thanksgiving is a time of reflection and giving. In honor of this holiday, Spring Creek Senior Partners (SCSP) hosted their annual Thanksgiving International Food Festival at the Brooklyn Sports Club’s café. SCSP Director, Theodora Ziongas believes this event is important because it allows seniors to socialize, exchange recipes and learn about healthy food.
On Tuesday, November 22nd, the delicious aroma of turkey, sweet potato pie, and an assortment of multicultural dishes emanated from the café, attracting a large group of visitors. About sixty people turned out to celebrate and enjoy the cultural heritage of the community’s residents by sharing and eating favorite homemade dishes.
This joyous occasion was sponsored by Senior Partners, and assisted by a group of volunteers. The festival was held two days before Thanksgiving and embodied the holiday’s spirit, offering seniors an opportunity to gather, eat scrumptious food, dance, and laugh as one big happy family. Jean Wade looks forward to this event every year. “It’s like a reunion with friends. It gives me an opportunity to enjoy the holiday with my friends and then a few days later I can celebrate Thanksgiving again with my family,” Wade said.
Among the many gustatory delights, there were opportunities to share recipes. Longtime SCSP member, Lenora Osborne’s specialty is dessert. She baked two creamy sweet potato pies for the festival— one using diabetic friendly sugar, Splenda, and the other regular sugar. “After several years of baking and using different recipes, I found one that I really like and only bake for the holidays,” said Osborne’s who generously shared her pie recipe. Making everything from scratch, Osborne said she grates nutmeg, squeezes fresh lemons, uses fresh milk, eggs and boils a handful of sweet potatoes.
One of the highlights of the mid-morning event was entertainment performed by Grigori Gontmacher, a violinist who played classical ensembles and old school favorites, such as Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.”
Senior Partners’ food festivals – held annually for the past 12 years, are a very popular community event that Spring Creek Towers’ senior community looks forward to with gusto. In addition to a delicious free meal, all attendees were given a crotchet butterfly magnet as a party favor at the end of the event created by SCSP crotchet instructor Joanne Codner.