We held our annual Arlington Christmas Party luncheon at Trout Lake Community Centre this past December. Families, friends, and residents look forward to this event each holiday season. The photo booth, filled with an enormous supply of fun props to adorn oneself, is always a festive treat and provides a nice memento of the day. All good parties have an element of music and we didn’t disappoint as we had a live jazz duo that led the crowd in a participatory sing a long/dance of all the holiday classics.
This party will always be special to us as a long-time resident from Arlington, John Dietrich was able to join us. We weren’t sure if he would be well enough to come as he spent most of the year in and out of hospital. That day was a good day for him and he was able to attend, joined by his cousin. They both had an amazing time joining in on all the merriment of the day! Sadly though, this was his last big party as he succumbed to his health issues on Jan. 4th. John’s family and friends will miss him dearly and will remember him fondly as someone who enjoyed the company of others and relished friendships.
The Richmond Christmas Party was celebrated on December 10th at the Presbyterian Church Hall in Richmond on No.2 Road. There was lots of singing of Christmas Carols alongside a guest musician, and people danced up a storm to famous tunes. We all had so much fun and enjoyed ourselves. For lunch we had a full course turkey dinner with all of the timings. Every home cooked and contributed to the dinner so the kitchen crew was well organized. Many thanks to all of the cooks. We had a Selfie wall with dress-up decor for laughs and giggles. At the end of the party everyone received a small gift of appreciation. Everyone was so excited. We all look forward to this annual event as it is a time for all of to come together and celebrate being with close friends and the warmth of the holiday season. DDA’s Residential Program strongly believe in the value of giving back to the community so we encouraged the programs to donate a non-perishable item to the church food bank. Wishing everyone the very best in 2020!