On Dec. 23, a potluck was held in the community center, and Nancy Huey and several helpers arranged the whole thing. The helpers consisted of Rachel Gamache, Karen Donlon and Carol Jones.
There were approximately 88 Grand Horizons residents, friends and family who attended. Nancy Huey and her helpers did a marvelous job.
The afternoon started with Jim Leitzke giving ‘Grace,’ while the people in attendance bowed their heads in a moment of silence.
Each table had a number on it, and Nancy called each individual table to get their soups and sandwiches.
There were several varieties of soup such as minestrone, broccoli cheddar, chicken tetrazzini, chowder and others. The soups were delicious, and nice and hot on a relatively cool day.
The sandwiches included turkey, ham and roast beef.
The meal was really good, and the social club provided it.
The meal was topped off with desserts. There was peanut butter pie, chocolate chip cookies, cherry cheesecake, apple squares, candy and so much more. We could go back for seconds on the entire meal. Needless to say, everyone was quite contented.
Nancy Huey had a special surprise for us. The women got in a circle, holding the gift they brought in, and passed it around the circle to a specific song that was playing. When Nancy said to stop, the gift you were holding was the one you got. If, by chance, you got to hold your original gift that you brought in, then it was exchanged.
Then the guys did the same. It was loads of fun and our thanks go to all who helped.
After the gift exchange, horse racing, hosted by Rita Gattos, took over. Each horse was named after a reindeer, such as Cupid, Vixen, Blitzen and others. It was played with three die, and that distinguished the amount of spaces the horse moved. There was a jockey for each horse. We stayed for the first race and it was pretty exciting. The game was still going on after we left.
On Dec. 31, 2018 a New Year’s Eve dance was held in the community center, and 56 friends, neighbors and residents attended a fantastic show with Billy Cole performing.
Ron Gamache was the host for this dance and, from what I understand, everyone that attended had a great time.
Billy Cole took requests and did a variety of songs, including rock n’ roll, country, easy listening and more.
Everyone who attended brought something to share with the table and, therefore, had a huge variety of goodies.
From what Joyce Bell told me, the decorations were superb, as they had chair coverings in black with a red ribbon on the chairs and banners saying, ‘Happy New Year,’ hanging on the walls, and a Christmas tree gaily decorated in the corner of the community center. There also were noisemakers and hats on the tables at each individual setting.
It sounded like everyone was in a party mood and had a great time. Our sincere thanks go to Ron for the planning.
By Helene Rubenstein, Grand Horizons