The splendor of the season was in full swing at Pine Run’s Community Center on Wednesday, December 13. Smiles flashed and cheeks flushed as more than 200 holiday party devotees greeted friends, blew kisses to Santa, and ate an assortment of delectable foods with abandon.
Themed as a scene of old fashioned surprises, the nostalgic sound of the Victorian carolers filled the air with anticipation for the evening’s delights while twinkling trees, a gleaming menorah, plaid linens, bountiful poinsettias, and crackling fireplaces further set the mood for a timeless event.
Doylestown Health CEO Jim Brexler and Maria Santangelo, senior director of Villager Services at Pine Run, played host to the celebrants as they circulated through the rooms full of splurge-worthy beverages, savories, and confections.
The palette of classical food included glistening shrimp nestled in ice, juicy tenderloin, roasted turkey, and rack of lamb with accompaniments of red potatoes and buttery green beans. Hot latkes with apple sauce and sour cream were a popular offering along with the colorful pasta bar. Pastries, Christmas cookies, cheesecake, and hot chocolate with a sinful selection of toppings rounded out aromatic fare while the deep dished candy bar provided even more to take home!
The antics of Santa and his elf Holly added bliss to the spirited wonderland. They indulged every request for hugs, kisses, and holiday wishes. Resident Irene Leister exclaimed to Holly, “Don’t tell your mother!” as she gleefully (and gracefully) swung a leg up from Santa’s knee to complete a playful pose for the camera.
Generous seating arrangements made it easy for guests to hobnob from table to table and to hang out enjoying conversation until the lights dimmed. “It was a beautiful spread, very well presented, and I particularly enjoyed the chocolate cheesecake,” said Marge Pettit. “Marc (Santa) is such a lovable soul and his daughter Cora (Holly) made a really cute elf!”
It seemed that our partygoers all agreed: ’Tis the season to embrace good company, indulge in fine foods, and make warm memories for years to come.