Many of us may be invited to holiday parties with people we
don't know, a big something that is drinking and singing with
strangers but the beauty of Vermont is that there are still places
where people come together who have known each other for years and
they do the same things in the same ways every year. In this area
the Killington Active Seniors potluck holiday luncheon is this
place. This year George Lyons and Louise Hanson stepped in and made
it really perfect.
At the Sherburne Memorial Library in the children's reading room
on the left were desserts, coffee and tea, milk and cider, platters
of freshly roasted turkey, sliced by George; and cranberry sauce,
hot vegetables, pasta and lettuce salads on the right-plenty for
everyone. In the Community room tables were set up covered in red
with fancy paper plates and raffle numbers for nicely wrapped
prizes. Everyone got a prize. You could just squeeze into a seat
and listen to the Potluck Trio.
Dorothy and I came from Rutland. Someone passed old photos of
earlier Holiday Parties: One from 2004 with a lot of people sitting
at a table including George. Another from 2011 with Ann Wallen
smiling on the left, Louis Hansen on the right, and Mike and
Barbara Young and Helga Cognato beaming in the middle. Ann
Wallen was still with us in spirit. She was born on Christmas
Day and this was always her birthday party. We had the same red
tablecloths, the same green tree decorations and napkins.
Lauren Wilder sent pictures of Pot Luck 2012 to me. One of these
showed Bernie Martin and Jack Harrington, originators of Pot Luck,
playing music. Looking at all of them I realize that all these
pictures could have been taken any year.
There were so many Killington Arts Guild members I couldn't
count them. Just as Dorothy and I were leaving the audience
was beginning to entertain-what lovely music! Lynn Maynard's little
red felt candy holders went home with each one of us.
Thanks to Louise and George, it was a celebration not to be
Happy Birthday, Annie!