Cooleemee Senior Citizens Luncheon still a hit

Published 8:40 am Thursday, December 29, 2022

Getting your Trinity Audio player ready...

By KC Smith

Cooleemee Correspondent

Judy Webb, the host of the annual Senior Luncheon here, was tickled to see everyone back for good food and entertainment from Santa.

This year would have been the 20th year Webb has hosted the luncheon, but with COVID restrictions, two years were lost.

Judy Webb enters with Santa.

Seeing everyone gathered together, the sheriff’s department there again serving the guests, and in the background volunteers helping it all come together was worth the wait, she said.

Barbecue, ham, slaw, potato salad, baked beans plus an assortment of desserts were to be had by all.

Santa made his entrance after everyone had eaten and the applause and laughter erupted for they knew what was to come.

Santa had his way with the guests – as usual – with jokes, laughs, handshakes, kind words and a moment with the youngest there, Aubrey Steele.

With a hug and gift from Santa, it was an experience that little guy will likely never forget.

Webb does a wonderful job with much help, handing out free tickets to seniors. The tickets are collected at the door and in turn a winning ticket is handed out.

Gift cards, candy and more are awarded and the last person this year with the last number called out was lucky enough to receive Ann Spry’s homemade cake.  The look on Gary Allen’s face says it all.

Judy, the community thanks you for taking the time to organize such a successful luncheon each year.  This event is something many look forward to and without it, the Christmas season would not be the same.