Good food, good desserts, good music and good company were the order of the day on Saturday, November 24, when the annual Seniors Christmas Party took place at Matilda Hall. The party was jointly planned and hosted by the Morrisburg and District Lions Club and the Iroquois-Matilda Lions Club.
Nearly 250 seniors from the area enjoyed homemade food and some serious toe-tapping music from Good Time Country.
And dropping in to enjoy the festivities, despite a very busy schedule at the North Pole, were none other than Santa and his charming wife, Mrs. Claus. They greeted seniors throughout the hall before they had to rush off and catch an early sleigh back to the workshop.
The Iroquois-Matilda Lions president Steve Wilson and Morrisburg and District Lions president, Bob Bechard, were on hand to greet guests.
“The party has gone very well,” Wilson said. “We have over 30 Lions and spouses helping out today.”
“People really seem to look forward to this celebration,” added Bechard.
“At 1:30 p.m. the Hall was packed even though the party didn’t start until 2 p.m.”
The presidents praised the committee members who planned the event, including Paul and Ruth Robertson, Keith and Linda Robinson, Brian Erratt, Shirley Pettinger, Evonne Delegarde, Carol Thompson and Earl Wood. Members of the Morrisburg Leos, standing in for Santa’s elves, were lively additions to the party.
Morrisburg Lion Wayne Domanko acted as MC for the party. Judging from the laughter (and one or two groans) he was in fine form with his jokes and commentary.
“This party would not have been possible without a lot of area support,” Bechard said. “McEwens in Morrisburg has been sponsoring us for years, and the Hartford Retirement Centre also supported us. But many businesses and individuals donated food, or time or helped out financially with the celebration. We are very grateful to them all.”
Christmas must be just around the corner: the area Seniors Party is recognized as the unofficial ‘official’ start to the holiday season.