It is Christmas time again and that time of year when we are all set to party. As always, the Golden Years Christmas party was a tremendous success with over 140 members and guests attending. The hall was beautifully decorated in traditional Christmas colours of Red, Green Gold and Silver. The party had a mix of fun, good food and dance.
On arrival members were greeted warmly and given a piece of traditional Christmas cake made and beautifully wrapped by Rena Henderling either in gold or silver as well as a welcome drink of sweet sherry. It was nice to see so many familiar faces and at the same time welcome new members to the Silver Fawn Club family.
An entrée of patties and cutlets was followed by a sumptuous buffet lunch by Jeremy Henderling of Dutch Burgher favourites – Ghee Rice, Chicken Curry, Ceylon Roast Pork, Eggplant Pahai, Leg Ham with mustard sauce to name a few was enjoyed by all followed by the dessert buffet which was a treat one would not want to miss. This was followed by Breudher, Cheese and Iced Coffee.
Our Compere for the day was Dennis Arnolda who ensured that everyone participated in the sing a long of old time favourites and Christmas Carols with Laurensz Manricks on the piano and Egerton de Franz on guitar.
Our DJ, Ty Fox entertained all present with a great selection of music and a number of members and guests danced which was followed by a session of old time favourites usually reserved for the mid night session at a New Year’s Eve Dance.
The raffle was a huge success which helped greatly to defray some of the costs and we must thank all those who supported this by donations of prizes and the purchase of tickets. Although there was some hiccups on the day with the air conditioning as it was a very hot day, we have received many comments from those who attended this function on what a great time they had.
The Club’s annual Children’s Christmas party on 15th December was an enjoyable evening for the kids and grand kids of members who graced the occasion.
The evening commenced with the children enthusiastically participating in several games and activities.
During the break, the children were provided with a sumptuous meal, ice cream and drinks.
The children’s Christmas party culminated with the arrival of Santa Claus played by Glen Tucker, who played the role at short notice, and the distribution of the gifts which were purchased and wrapped by Susan Fahir.
The MC and the festive music was provided by Dennis Arnolda. Deborrah Jansz-Cox and her children decorated the hall and creating a seasonal atmosphere which was enjoyed by all and Samantha Loos and her children organised the games, takeaway gifts and the sumptuous meal.
In the tradition of the Club an evening of Christmas Carols was held at the Mitchelton Senior Citizens hall following the Children’s Christmas Party.
Approximately 80 members & guests partook in the event, most dressed in the spirit of the season.
The hall was simply but tastefully decorated thanks to the talented Deborrah helped by Davenal, Margot, Carlton & Shania.
Gerard Cabraal on keyboard provided accompaniment and led the carol singing along with the dulcet tones of Aruni Cabraal. They were ably backed up by the choir comprising Ben Simmons, Rena Henderling, Mario Stainwall, Becky Misso, Sangitha Cabraal and Dennis. There were solo items performed by Ben, Sangitha and Dennis. MC duties were shared between Sangitha and Dennis. It was good to hear the guests rendering their vocal support to the ever-popular items.
Dinner was in the form of an assortment of Sri Lankan finger food and was enjoyed by everyone by all reports.
Gerard and Aruni provided some music for dancing and soon had the floor alive and Dennis continued with more dance music. All in all it was an evening enjoyed by all in the spirit of the season.
Big thanks must go to chairperson Davenal for taking on the task followed by all those who helped – too many to mention – to make what was a successful event. Thanks also to Jeremy who supervised the distribution of the food.
The Dance was held at the Mitchelton Community Centre on a warm Brisbane night.
The Club was happy that many members and guests attended the dance. Due to a small problem with the seating there was some confusion, but within about 20 minutes, this was sorted, and attendees made their way to the nominated tables.
The night commenced at about 715 p.m. with the “Cool Daddies” duo and a new Songstress. The members and guests took to the floor and in no time the ample dance floor was packed. Then the maestro DJ, Ty Fox, took up the beat and kept the members and guests entertained, till the session ended. The music was well accepted by many, but it was sad to mention that the build up for the birth of the new year did not appear to have the punch that was expected. However, overall the Music was tremendous, and it played to the benefit of everyone, young and old. The New Year dawned with everyone wishing each other. Many guests who attended our Ball for the first time said it was a wonderful experience. It was a wonderful night with balloons, streamers, whistles and all the Fun of a NEW YEAR 2019.
I have kept the best part of the evening to the last. The dinner was sumptuous and catered for in an exciting fashion by Jeremy Henderling and his staff. There were several dishes to choose from and there was plenty of food on the serving table with people going for seconds. However, the ultimate was the array of desserts, prettily laid on the tables so Members and guests had a large choice of foods to select and choose. Thank you, Jeremy, for a wonderful and exciting dinner and dessert.
I must commend the decorations and Hall décor skilfully done by Deb Jansz-Cox, our Secretary and her team of helpers, her two children and the Committee members. This time we hired a professional group to arrange tables and provide chair covers— a job well done, which helped the committee to call it a night after the dance as the Event group, packed and cleared the hall without tiring the Committee. A word must be said of the ticket sellers namely Deb Jansz-Cox, who sold 76 tickets. Our thanks go to these members who did a fantastic job.
Lastly, I wish to thank other members like Patrick Maloney our ever-popular member and Ray Anthonisz from the band, who gave up their time to help us during the day. To Gerard our surprise MC for the night, Thank you.
To Deb, a big thank you for purchasing the hampers, and the others, Margot and Thomazine who helped in the other jobs during the day, your work was most appreciated. Finally, many thanks to our Gift donors and Dot the hall manager who was always ready to help us.
Without the many members and guests, the Club would not have had a grand evening, the Club is very appreciative of your presence and look forward to seeing you next year.