by Vicki F M
On the Saturday evening after Thanksgiving our members celebrated turkey day at Graceland restaurant in Altona. As you can guess, Graceland specializes in southern-type American food. And those of us who know southern cooking were not disappointed in the cornbread dressing and gravy, southern yams and pecan pie! (Huge turkeys roasted on spits next to the live country music band, and a long buffet was set up for those hungry to be a part of our traditional holiday.) A warm, welcome drink was served and lots of mingling was possible in between the buffet line trips. Even more possiblities to have a nice conversation was available to parents who brought along the kids. A creative corner was set up in the extra room outside the main dining room. We hired a wonderful woman, Sabine Dittler, to entertain the children. She did a great job with airbrush tattoos, painting, and even though the core group of participants was 7-year-old boys, they really enjoyed making homemade placemats and aprons! We all had a really lovely time and look forward to more family events.
originally published in Currents Jan/Feb 2010