Soldotna seniors serve up big portions of food, fun during weekend festivities

Posted: Friday, July 21, 2000

Looking for great food, prizes, a display of antiques and a sale of local crafts? Try the Soldotna Senior Center's celebration of Progress Days, Friday and Saturday.

Seniors will serve a lunch menu of sandwiches, chili, hot dogs, nachos and burgers. If you're still hungry after that, visit the bake sale and find a tasty homemade dessert to take home. If you're looking for the perfect gift for that special someone, you'll find it at the bazaar of arts and crafts by local artists, offering everything from homemade mustard to dolls. Antique enthusiasts will want to check out the display of antiques assembled by senior center members.

A special event will be the Winners Circle Quilt show, an annual display held at the center for nine years.

"This show gets bigger and better every year," said Jan Fena, the director at the senior center. "The whole place will be draped in quilts from all over the peninsula."

The quilts in the show aren't for sale, but two other quilts will be offered as prizes in a raffle. A Triple Irish Chain quilt was made by Eileen Edler of Soldotna. "Everyone wants to win this one," said Fena. "It's one of a kind."

The Endowment Wall Hanging, made by Soldotna residents Carleen Ducker and Jean Evenson features a design of a bear and wildflowers with the Kenai Mountains behind it. Fena describes it as "absolutely gorgeous."

Also offered as a raffle prize is "The Lighthouse," an original oil painting by Soldotna artist Boyd Shaffer. Tickets are $1 each, and the drawing will be held Saturday at 4 p.m.

Also held Saturday, in the center parking lot, is the annual endowment fund barbecue, featuring great food and a petting zoo for kids, with animals raised by members of the 4-H club. 4-H also will hold a wool-spinning demonstration.

The endowment fund helps pay for maintenance and equipment for the senior center building.

For more information, call the senior center at 262-2322.

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