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Seniors gather for a holiday meal, music and friendship

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  Photos by Liz Cezat
An early Thanksgiving dinner was enjoyed by 100 seniors who gathered at the Northville Community Center at noon on Nov. 15 for this lively annual event sponsored by Northville Senior Adult Services.

Seniors ranged in age from their 50s to 90-plus. Younger seniors sat at round tables conducive to conversations and filled their plates from the bountiful buffet line. Seniors who needed assistance from aides or family members sat at two long tables, where friendly volunteers delivered plated meals.

The meal was turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, vegetables, rolls and pumpkin pie with whipped cream for dessert. Many commented on the fabulous food, which was both nutritious and delicious.

Residents from two local homes, Star Manor and Addington Place, attended. About 12 residents from Allen Terrace, the City-owned senior apartment complex, were there too. Others came from their own homes or apartments in Northville, Novi, Farmington Hills and other nearby communities.

Senior Services Supervisor Pam Cameron was the master of ceremonies, and also stopped by each table to talk with seniors. Senior Services employees Debbie Luterek, Erin Dobson and Sue Wilson kept the party flowing. The Mike Wolverton Band duo played with Mike on drums and Eddie squeezing sweet sounds from the accordion. Guests enjoyed the music and many sang along and danced.

“The seniors and their families look forward to this event every year,” said Cameron. “Everyone was in great spirits and had fun celebrating together. It’s such a great way to start off the holiday season, giving thanks for another year of blessings.”

Among the volunteers were Senior Advisory Commissioners Jerry Mittman, Dick Brown and Lesa Buckland, along with professionals who work for companies that cater to seniors. Kristin Kolasa, owner of LoveWell, donated the pumpkin pie and plated it. She started her business six years ago because she “always had a passion for serving seniors.” She is proud that she provides “good jobs and great care.” Event sponsors were Waltonwood, with Heather Laskos serving meals to guests, and Griffin Funeral Home, with David Griffin lending a hand.

The next senior get-together will be the Winter Wonderland Holiday luncheon on Dec. 13. It features a meal and a sing-a-long with Dave DeClark. The cost is $13 per person. Sign up by registering online, calling 248-305-2852 or registering in person at the Community Center or the Parks and Recreation office at Hillside School.


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