If you think 25 is a lot of people for Thanksgiving, or 100 at a wedding, then how about over 200 people at The Greens at Cannondale’s annual Holiday Gala which took place this past Friday evening.
Guests started arriving before the traditional 5:30 p.m. opening and residents were waiting for them, decked out in spiffy outfits. The gala quickly becomes a celebration of families, as sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, grandchildren and great- grandchildren gather. Many have flown in just for this occasion.
It seemed as if every inch of the main floor of The Greens at 435 Danbury Road was transformed into a bountiful buffet: appetizers, entrees, a welcoming bar, and a choice of desserts that made calories a thing of the past. There was music and chimes by the Resident Choir, Frank Porto’s band and squeals of delight as families and friends greeted each other, with much kissing and hugging.
Andrew Krochko, The Greens executive director, said “I don’t know how they did it! They started setting things up before sunrise!”
Photographer Gretchen Yengst had a steady stream of families, wanting a photograph in front of the mammoth decorated Christmas tree and she carefully positioned each person in each group to create a memorable family portrait. There was also a fun photograph booth in the upstairs library, with silly props to wear.
The Greens is known for its food and chief Chef Biaggio beamed as he saw guests fill their plates and then happily empty them. “If this is assisted living,” a man from Massachusetts remarked, “I need assistance!”
The Greens Gala gives the holiday season special significance: friendship, trust and caring can help overcome any handicap.