Christmas Tea brings merriment, joy, laughter |

Christmas Tea brings merriment, joy, laughter

Noelle Leavitt Riley

Senior Social Center member Nina Lawton enjoys the Christmas Tea event hosted by the center on Tuesday. The joyous occasion brought more than 50 seniors together to celebrate the holiday season.

The Christmas spirit came alive at the Senior Social Center's Christmas Tea event on Tuesday, where more than 50 seniors enjoyed laughter, food and friendship.

A winter storm moved in Tuesday, but it didn't halt holiday cheer.

"We're delighted to see so many seniors out in the storm willing to participate," said Senior Social Center Treasurer Norma Levitt.

Her husband, Carroll Levitt, smiled from ear to ear as he congregated with other participants.

"I think it's a pretty good deal," he said. "We have so many seniors in Craig that aren't involved. We need to get them involved."

The event was held on the second floor of the Bell Tower Building, which currently acts as the Senior Social Center headquarters.

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The center is embarking on its third year in existence, growing from an idea into reality — all with the help of dedicated Moffat County residents.

"We decided we didn't want to go to the public and ask for a tax increase, so we did a grass roots effort," said Kelly Knottingham, one of the founding members of the center.

Ask any of the center's members how they feel about the group, and they'll all say the same thing.

"The seniors need a place to congregate, to visit, to get out of the house, to play cards and games and socialize," Norma Levitt said. "It's good for our well-being."

Christmas for Seniors donated $200 to the group so they could host Christmas Tea, she said.

"We're continuing to grow slowly," she said. "We are funding primarily from the American Aging Act."

Seniors ate, drank coffee, solved Christmas riddles and sang carols. The center's Program Coordinator Jackie Camp even brought her violin and played holiday tunes as the group sang along.

A couple seniors got up and danced.

The dream for many is to continue expanding, and hopefully having a place that they can permanently use for the group.

For now, the group remains grateful for the space they currently have, where activities take place almost each day of the week.

The center was also able to purchase treadmills and exercise equipment to keep their bodies healthy.

In the New Year, safe cooking classes, hair and skin care classes and exercise classes will be held.

The annual membership fee is $12.

"It's only $1 a month," Norma Levitt said with excitement.

The center encourages seniors to stop by and join the group.

Reach Noelle Leavitt Riley at 970-875-1790 or Follow her on Twitter @noelleleavitt.Reach Noelle Leavitt Riley at 970-875-1790 or Follow her on Twitter @noelleleavitt. Reach Noelle Leavitt Riley at 970-875-1790 or Follow her on Twitter @noelleleavitt.