, Newburyport, MA

December 24, 2013

Food, fun, music for elders

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

Although there was a blustery start to the day, the holiday spirit filled the Trestle Way Community Room with plenty of warmth and cheer as several town departments and community groups joined together to provide Georgetown elders with a holiday party at Trestle Way last week.

With holiday lights twinkling in the festively decorated community room, the afternoon featured good food, fun and music as the Housing Authority and Council on Aging (COA) hosted the party for more than 60 local elders.

The afternoon event illustrates the holiday spirit, but also demonstrates the partnership that exists between town departments and community groups as they serve the lives of elders in Georgetown.

Filling the room with the scent of evergreens, boxwood tree centerpieces created by the Georgetown Country Gardeners brightened festively clad tables that featured Georgetown glass mugs filled with hot chocolate and candies donated as favors by a former COA board member. Elders attending the event enjoyed a luncheon buffet prepared and served by COA staff, COA board members and the Friends of the Council on Aging.

Along with providing volunteer support, the Friends of the COA funded the cost of the luncheon. COA board members and other talented volunteers provided homemade desserts. U.S. Rep. John Tierney, D-Salem, and staff visited with guests as organist Chandler Noyes provided a backdrop of holiday music, funded by the Georgetown Cultural Council.

On behalf of the Georgetown Council on Aging, I would like to thank Housing Authority director Diane Drinan, U.S. Rep. John Tierney, the Friends of the Council on Aging, the Georgetown Country Gardeners and the Georgetown Cultural Council as well as all of the volunteers who worked so hard to make the event an enjoyable afternoon for elders within our community.

Colleen Ranshaw-Fiorello, Director

Georgetown Council on Aging