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Seniors pack community centre for Strawberry Social
Chartwell staff member Nicole Lewis with Mona Tighe at this year’s senior citizen Strawberry Social. (Brittany Carter/Niagara Now)

The senior citizen Strawberry Social is a sweet tradition more than 40 years strong.

Hosted by the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake since at least 1978 – that’s as far back as town staff could trace it – the social provides an opportunity for staff to mingle with senior residents from all over NOTL.

On Monday at the NOTL Community Centre, eager residents filtered in from 11 a.m., some for the first time and others regulars at the annual event.

Pianist Frank Krahn performed while 25 town staff and volunteers served up strawberries and ice cream, and the St. Michael Catholic School choir serenaded the group with a few songs.

There were about 300 seniors in attendance, estimated Victoria Steele, the community engagement co-ordinator for the Town.

PigOut Catering supplied lunch and the strawberries were donated by Seaway Farms. The supplies were provided by Cornerstone Community Church.

NOTL resident Yvonne McMorrough has been volunteering at the social for more than a dozen years and doesn’t plan to stop anytime soon.

“First I said I’ll stop when I’m 65, then I’ll stop when I’m 70, then 75,” she said. She’s now in her 70s and says she’s happy to continue volunteering until she is no longer able.