By Roberta Krieger
These past twenty months have been hard on us; illness and loss of lives due to COVID, being the most prominent of factors. Unfortunately, too many people, myself included, have lost loved ones due to NON-COVID related reasons. It was a bittersweet experience when I finally worked up enough courage to return to the Senior Adult Club. When I walked into the Mary Sachs, it felt like my "homecoming", evoking many happy memories. However, this feeling was tinged with an emotional turmoil when I looked at the tables and had vivid pictures of our many friends, who though physically are no longer part of our group, will forever remain in our hearts.
On a happier note, it was so nice to see people in a 3D state as opposed to a face on Zoom.
As usual, Lox Tuesday, more formally known as our Business Meeting, always brings out a good crowd. We spoke about a few plans for the future and upcoming programs after our lunches, as well as shows on our "must-see" list.
On Thursday, November 11th, our favorite Nutritionist, Pat Dodd, spoke about dehydration and how important it is to recognize its signs before it's too late. Keeping oneself properly hydrated is one of the most important ways we can take care of our bodies. As if seeing and hearing Pat Dodd wasn't enough of a reason to enjoy our afternoon, we were served an amazing lunch of pasta and meat sauce, salad, garlic bread, freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, and cut up cantaloupe and honeydew, prepared by our very own caterer extraordinaire, Norman Gras. How Norman manages to improve on perfection is something I cannot figure out. We surely are lucky to have him as our caterer.
On Tuesday, November 16th, a member of our very own Senior Adult Club, Natalie Damrauer, was kind enough to volunteer to teach us Line Dancing (hope to have pictures of this as part of my next article). Lesson took place at 11am.
After lunch, Retired Army Colonel, John Maietta, who never ceases to simultaneously educate and entertain us, will give a presentation on "The Romantic Rhine River."
On Thursday, November 18th, we heard from Rabbi Ron Muroff, from Chisuk Emuna. Rabbi Muroff spoke about "Preparing for Thanksgiving exploring gratitude in the bible and beyond." I know that I am one of MANY who always look forward to listening to him.
On Tuesday, November 23rd, Our Annual Thanksgiving Membership Luncheon took place. This year we were lucky to have pianist Clint Edwards entertain. Many of us were fortunate to have seen him on one of our Senior Zoom Check-Ins. Not to deviate from the past, this is the time when we get to sign up for the shows that our FANTASTIC CHERYL YABLON (without whom none of the above would be possible) has chosen for us. Needless to say, the Thanksgiving luncheon catered by Norman Gras, gives us another reason to be THANKFUL!!! We are never disappointed with his yummy mouth-watering offerings.
Our month ends on Tuesday, November 30th with our fun-filled afternoon playing bingo. Our high-end prizes once again come from Tiffany's Outlet, aka Dollar Tree...At this point, have no idea if name of store will be changed or if a disclaimer will be affixed to their logo...
FYI – Jeff Jacobs is once again hosting current events the first Tuesday of each month.
Hope you all stay well, are PROPERLY VACCINATED, and WEAR MASKS.