Written by Linda Reck
Whether it’s dining out in a restaurant or dining in, ANV loves to share food, conversation, and companionship. On Friday night November 20, more than 50 ANV members and volunteers, aged 16 to 103, filled the basement of St. Andrew’s Church to enjoy together a Thanksgiving-themed, home-cooked potluck dinner. The event was organized by the West End 50 group, which consists of members living in Arlington Forest, Boulevard Manor, and Glencarlyn neighborhoods. Organizers provided several home-roasted whole turkeys, along with traditional trimmings and desserts. Guests brought a wide variety of dishes to share. Bottles of wine were spotted on more than a few tables, helping to spread holiday cheer throughout the festively-decorated hall. Tables demonstrated a mix of new members, long-time members, and volunteers, who were able to get to know one another better and forge new friendships.
Particular thanks are due to the West End 50 members who planned and executed the event (Jean Anderson, Bob Anderson, Pax Baker, Ann Connell, Jim Connell, Gloria Johnson, Gail Kutner, Nancy Lowenthal, Pete Olivere, and Linda Reck), to Events Committee co-chairs Elise Burns and Donna Pastore, and to Cornelia Frasier, who roasted one of the turkeys. Caity Enroth, daughter of interim Operations Manager Patty Sullivan, took many beautiful photographs of the event. In addition, she interviewed members and volunteers about their ANV experiences for a project. Caity is planning to help organize her fellow students at the Yorktown High School National Honors Society for future intergenerational events. ANV was pleased to have Caity with us.
There were even plenty of leftovers so that everyone who wanted to could take home a plate for later, along with memories of another good time with ANV friends!