Traditional Holiday Meal Brightens Seniors Day

Last Wednesday’s light snowfall did not dampen holiday spirits at JASA Starett Senior Center when members of the community gathered for a pre-Thanksgiving lunch.

“The atmosphere was so lovely, almost like a restaurant,” said a smiling Rosalyn Klein who was immediately drawn into the center’s dining area by the enticing scent of roasted turkey. The senior center served a traditional holiday meal of turkey, string beans, baked sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie.

The usually quiet dining room, where lunch is served on weekdays, was abuzz with lively conversations. Happy JASA members sat, ate and talked at tables decorated with yellow tulips in glass vases placed on harvest patterned tablecloths. “I look forward to these celebrations,” said longtime member Jean Robertson, thankful for the opportunity to enjoy a special lunch with friends.

Close to 80 people attended. Ludmilia Berkovsky, a new member of JASA, was impressed by the warm atmosphere that prevailed and helped her to make new friends. And like others pleased with the tasty food, Berkovsky exclaimed, “I packed two lunches to take home with me.”

By Amanda Moses