Ernie and Bev Cartwright of Little Fort lead the buffet line at the annual Little Fort Christmas Dinner held Dec. 16.                                Judi Klontz photo:

Ernie and Bev Cartwright of Little Fort lead the buffet line at the annual Little Fort Christmas Dinner held Dec. 16. Judi Klontz photo:

Seniors enjoy Little Fort’s annual Christmas Dinner

The Little Fort annual Christmas Dinner was held on Sunday, Dec.16, with over 81 attendees.

When the doors opened at 5 p.m., everyone was personally greeted and had assistance as their coats were taken and checked. Next stop was the Name Tag station with everyone’s name written in 90 font on the tag so seniors can see it and remember the name of the person they are talking to.

The tables were beautifully decorated with boughs of greenery, candy canes and chocolates. The festive season was enhanced with Christmas lights throughout the Little Fort hall and red bows everywhere. A drinks table with ice water, punch, coffee, and tea was situated next to the piano. You one could hear the melody of Christmas music above the steady hum of conversation as old timers and newcomers mingled between the tables.

Soon after 6 p.m., grace was said by Bob Mumford and the table of Ernie and Bev Cartwright (our most senior seniors) were encouraged to hurry up and get the dinner rolling. The sumptuous buffet was amazing, it was laden with turkey and ham and all the fixings: gravy, stuffing, mashed potato, mashed squash, peas and carrots, peas and corn, numerous pickle dishes, homemade buns and a wonderful salad. My most favourite was the smoked salmon (there was even a bit left for when I snuck back for seconds).

Just when one thought they couldn’t eat any more, dessert was brought out – Nanaimo bars, cheesecake, black forest cake, the best Christmas fruit cake and numerous types of squares.

A big cheer goes to the Little Fort Recreation Society for not only funding this dinner but sponsoring the entire evening. Thanks go to all those involved in donating the food, and to those that worked tirelessly in the kitchen, both before and after this fun filled evening. It is a wonderful feeling to be part of a community that has events such as this.