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PHOTOS: A Christmas Story at the Senior Center

All were welcome as seniors gathered early to celebrate Christmas with their friends.


The Ledyard Senior Center opened its doors to residents and guests Wednesday for to spread holiday cheer with a pot roast lunch, a chocolate cake dessert, Christmas decorations, a gift exchange and a visit from Santa.

“We’re trying to get the word out that our doors are always open,” said Director Lauren Rapp. “It’s about connections.”

This is the first Christmas party organized by Rapp and Program Director April Sauchuk who joked, “it really feels like Christmas; we were up all night decorating and we were up early and we’re still going.”

The two started working at the Senior Center less than a year ago and their efforts were a big success and greatly appreciated by attendees of the party.

“I had a very good time,” said Marnie Reubelt. “My tummy’s full, I’m fine.”

Friends Lucille Paulk and Carla Sinnett both nodded that the food was delicious and that the party was fun.

“It was beautiful meal and we’re just happy to be here,” said Paulk.

Music was provided by Dayne Rugh, of Groton. He dressed in his “most prized possession” which was a red wool coat and black top hat and played classic holiday songs on the piano.

Sinnett had expressed a wish for more singing early in the lunch and by the end, she got her wish. The lunch finished with a sing-a-long to We Wish You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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