The hugs and hellos throughout the crowded Old Timers Luncheon were such fun. Yes, the Old Timers Annual luncheon at the Kenai Senior Center was another capacity crowd. Many had not seen each other since last year, enjoying their time to visit along with the great turkey dinner and all the trimmings.
Thanks to Rachel and all her staff at the Center, especially Missy, the cook and her kitchen help. Dinner was served as quickly as 200 plus can be, all cleaned their plates, as they were taught! The kids, Janice Walker Wilsac, Ted Navarre, Gary Hollier and Gilda, Ginger Denison Kaona, Chris Morin Cook, Donna Eagle Atkins, Esther Eagle, Sherrie Stiers- Dahlen, Pat McCollum Falkenberg, Dorothy Gray, Jim Arness, and Connie Carlson, did a super fantastic job of helping out everywhere. Most of these are ‘children’ of the old timers, even though they are nigh to 60 themselves.
The Mystery Person turned out to be two truly missing persons. Emil Bartolowitz and Elmer Banta did not attend, but the contest went on with Jackie Oberg and Jean Brockel guessing who the two great and colorful homesteaders were.
Thanks to Joe Arness for the final farewell to those 88 who have ‘Crossed the Bar’ this past year, then Jean Brockel with her lovely voice leading all in Auld Lang Syne and God Bless America.
This along with a tad bit of fun was just enough before it was time to hurry home for our afternoon naps. Growing old is not always fun, so the Old Timers Luncheon is a reason for those who have helped our communities grow over the past 60 plus years to hug or shed a tear while we enjoy seeing everyone.
Joanna Hollier and I appreciate all the enthusiastic help we receive while preparing for this luncheon. We love to do it, and will continue as folks come and enjoy themselves.
Remember to circle August 15, 2013 on your calendar, see you next year.