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I had the best Alaska Day that I can ever recall this year!
Along with a full house at the Juneau Senior Center, I celebrated while partaking of prime rib, ham, potatoes au gratin, cheese strata, stuffed mushrooms and an array of vegetables and fruit, sauces, dips, desserts and beverages.
All the while, live music from the Dale Wyganp Band wafted through the room. The band - which included Dale Wyganp on accordion, Jim Rogers on trombone, Russell Strandtmann on alto horn, Steve Tada on violin, Nathan Bastuscheck on tuba, with Dick Garrison sitting in on the trombone - provided the entertainment as their gift toward this fund-raising effort for the senior meals program at the center.
The fund raiser was organized by Ellen Northup, Juneau Senior Center manager. Her regular staff and the volunteers from Meals on Wheels and Gastineau Human Services donated their time in preparing and serving the food at this all-volunteer affair. Head chef Jackie Schoppert, chef Gerry Donohoe and assistant Christine Tolman cooked up the beautiful and delicious food which was donated by Food Services of America, Costco and C. J. Enterprises.
After a singalong, a little dancing and the Alaska Flag Song, the event ended with a raffle for beautiful needlework and a quilt crafted by Ruth Rew.
Many thanks go out to all those who helped to make this a success, including all those who purchased tickets. Because of individual participants doing their part, the Juneau Senior Center will, for the present, be able to continue meals for a low voluntary contribution or free for those who are unable to pay. Thinking back on how best to describe the Alaska Day Brunch: If I didn't look out the window, I would have thought I was dining on one of those "Love Boat" cruises, with an Alaska theme!