Tasteful treasures in print
The Essex Area Senior Center’s new cookbook has arrived, and it is beautiful. The Cookbook Committee did a tremendous job. Led by Anne-Marie Dennis, Connie Marshall, Polly Giancola, Martha Dimaggio and Cathy Burke, the committee developed a professional cookbook. Many thanks to those who submitted recipes. The committee did its very best, but if you don’t see your recipe, please be aware that if recipes were received without a name, they were not included. It’s a wonderful cookbook and makes a nice gift.
Don’t miss the Five Corners Craft Fest on Saturday! The Senior Center is happy to be one of the stops on this popular annual event. Essex First Congregational Church, Holy Family, St. James and the Senior Center all hold craft fairs on the same day every year. We pool advertising budgets and encourage shoppers to visit all the other stops by raffling off prizes to people who attend them all. Mark your calendars for Nov. 14 for the Craft Fest.
The next day, Sunday Nov. 15, we have our second cribbage tournament of the season at 1 p.m. For $6 enjoy an afternoon of fun and friendly competition.
The senior luncheon at the mealsite at Maple Street on Nov. 18 is a pot luck and birthday celebration. It’s free if you bring a dish to share, and $4 if you don’t. The food is always good, and the company even better. There is no senior meal the week of Thanksgiving.
Opening Nov. 20: The Perfect Blend Café! On the third Friday of every month from 9-11 a.m. the community is invited to meet up with friends and neighbors to enjoy coffee, baked goods and conversation at the Senior Center. The name comes from a quote: “Coffee and friends make the perfect blend.”
A couple of years ago, one of the ideas suggested by the Heart and Soul of Essex, was that Essex would benefit from having “a coffee shop … in the village where people might meet and linger.” The village offices ask that people park behind the fire station so parking is available for regular business. We owe a great deal to the village, so please respect that request when you come to the Perfect Blend. There is no charge for coffee and baked goods, but we will have a donations jar, and we hope to see you there.
Heart and Soul identified six community values: “education, community connections, safety, thoughtful growth, health and recreation, and local economy.” The Senior Center contributes to three of those values. Every day, we build community connections, and we hope the Perfect Blend will build even more. We offer educational workshops and lectures on a variety of topics throughout the year. We also offer exercise classes to improve physical health, and we address mental and emotional health by providing space and events to combat loneliness and depression.
The annual Rotary/Knights of Columbus holiday luncheon at the Fairgrounds is on Dec. 2. Tickets are $5 and available from Lou Ann Pioli at the center or from Donna Harnish at one of the senior luncheons.
Anyone 50 years of age or older is welcome at the Essex Junction Senior Center. Located at the Five Corners between the fire station and the Brownell Library, the Center is open weekdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For information, call 876-5087 or visit essexvtseniors.org. To make a reservation for the Senior Van call 878-6940. To register for any special activity, please contact Lou Ann Pioli, Director, at 876-5087.