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Lunch at the GATE

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Bring your appetite and enjoy a program and luncheon Wednesdays at Water’s Edge Methodist Church Fellowship Hall in New Buffalo.

Area seniors are all invited to partake in the delicious fare and enjoy a mid-day social hour, along with a short program.

Coordinator of the GATE (Gathering at the Edge) event, Mike Keffer, invites all those who are more than 50 years old to attend.
On Wednesday, May 3, the group was entertained by karaoke singer Bob Fischer, followed by a sing-a-long and dancing. Fischer hung up his fishing pole and picked up a microphone, crooning old favorites from country artists, Elvis and others. Fischer said he got started singing on a trip to Florida after attending an event, and thought that it would be fun to bring it home to Harbor Country. When not fishing, Fischer performs at various area senior center venues, as well as the New Buffalo American Legion Post.

The GATE activities begin with a program designed for senior interests at 11 a.m., followed by lunch from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The menu consists of a fresh salad bar, a sandwich, homemade soup provided by Skip’s Restaurant and luncheon coordinator Mike Keffer, and a homemade dessert, along with choice of a beverage: coffee, tea or lemonade. For those who choose two main items, the cost is $4, while three main items are $5. Carry-out is also available for a nominal price. The luncheon is held in the beautiful fellowship area overlooking the church gardens and grounds.

“It’s about getting together and enjoying fellowship and lunch with friends,” ticket taker and volunteer Fay Bowen said of the luncheon.

Following the May 3 luncheon, children from We Play and Learn joined attendees for a few dance numbers with Pastor Brad Bartelmay and their teachers.

“It’s all about creating community, both for the lunch and the day care center at Water’s Edge,” Pastor Brad Bartelmay said of the luncheon and art exhibit.

The Water’s Edge Methodist Church campus is located at 18732 South Harbor Country Drive (M239).

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Linda Henderson

Correspondent Linda Henderson, AKA Lois Lane, has been passionate about staying on top of late breaking news, ongoing municipal projects and local social events for the past eighteen years. Prior to joining New Buffalo Times, she was a Realtor in Bucktown and Lincoln Park in Chicago, Il. She says, “Waking up and seeing the beauty of Lake Michigan everyday keeps me going, along with my labradoodle and sidekick, Scruffy.”