MVSeniorCenterBy Susie Heller

Thank you, everyone who came to the Houser family benefit last weekend. It was magical!

Randee Colyar transformed the Methow Valley Community Center into a lavish ballroom with black table linens, and towering floral arrangements of tiny fairy lights encased in glass calendars sprouting tight red rose bouquet topknots. The servers, all clad in black aprons, tempted diners with a banquet of roast beef, salads, vegetables and bulging platters of decadent finger desserts. Bill Colyar’s good humor was in excellent form as he auctioned several high-ticket items as well as being our silent auction timekeeper.

Attendees browsed tables laden with every kind of auction item. Donations of services, eatery certificates, hotel stays, and name brand items showcased a plethora of exciting finds. Sprinkled among the store-bought items were charming examples of artistic handmade treasures. At last count, we had 136 donations.

Unfortunately, Keith was not feeling well, but the rest of his family reacted with pure emotional appreciation for the donations received from friends and new friends.

Hank Konrad reigned as the king of donations. Not only did he give us the beef, potatoes and salads free of cost, but spent money on auction items. Linda Knight volunteered to do many auction tasks. She was an angel sent to us. Ladies from the Methow Valley Senior Center volunteers manned the kitchen, with Connie Austin and Lois Chavey mashing mountains of potatoes while Liberty Bell High School students bused tables. A fine time was had by all.

Our supreme leader of this event, Margaret Rosenstine, kept us all on track. Words cannot convey how wonderful our valley is when there is a need. Not only is the valley beautiful, but so are its inhabitants. We are fortunate to live in such a place. When all the funds are tabulated, I am sure your efforts will bless the family with much needed money, and comfort them with your love and generosity.

Senior Menu

Thursday, Feb. 27: Spaghetti and meat sauce, tossed vegetable salad, California blend vegetables, chilled pears, garlic bread, cookies.

Friday, Feb. 28: Italian meatballs in marinara sauce, rice, Italian vegetables, Caesar salad, fruit cocktail, garlic bread, pudding.

Monday, March 3: Hamburger steak with grilled onions, mashed potatoes and gravy, tossed green salad, green beans, whole wheat bread or roll, chilled pears.

Thursday, March 6: Sloppy Joes, tossed vegetable salad, potato salad, banana, carrot cake.

Friday, March 7: Country spareribs, baked beans, carrot raisin salad, coleslaw, peaches, whole wheat bread or roll, lemon bars.

Meals are at noon in the Methow Valley Senior Center on Highway 20 in Twisp. The suggested donation is $3.25 for seniors over age 60; cost is $8 for those under 60. For more information, call 997-7722.