Old timers enjoy turkey dinner

Old timers enjoy turkey dinner

The 20th Anniversary of the Old Timers Luncheon packed the Kenai Senior Center to its capacity August 20th for a delicious turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Under the command of Kenai Senior Center head cook Missy Bailey, over 230 dinners were prepared and served by “The Kids” who were also mainly senior citizens. “It’s a time for fun and fellowship and that’s all we do, no speeches we just have fun,” said Joanne Hollier who along with Peggy Arness has organized the annual event for the last two decades. According to Arness it all started over a cup of coffee with old friends, “We were having our Thursday lunch and we thought it might be fun to get all the old timers together for some fun once a year and that’s how it started,” Arness told the Dispatch.

Interrupting all the visiting going on to start the games Peggy took the microphone and asked for a show of hands of everyone who remembered VJ Day (Victory in Japan WWII) and many hands went up. She then asked who kissed someone when they heard the news (millions celebrated across America by kissing someone, even perfect strangers on VJ Day.) Peggy then asked if anyone in the room married the person they kissed on VJ and only one hand went up and that was the hand of Mildred Evenson who then won a fresh homegrown dozen eggs from Arness. Peggy also had the distinction of being the only person in the room who and lived all 90 of her years in Alaska. Jim Arness did the traditional “End of the Trail” reading of the names of those who had passed on during the last year which was followed by Jeane Brockel leading everyone in sing Auld Lang Sein.

The Old Timers mystery guest is always a closely kept secret by Arness who reads clues until someone guesses the person or persons. This year’s lead clue was that all three were 95 years of age and living in the Central Peninsula. “This year’s mystery guests were Marge Mullen, Alex White and Mary Quinell, Mary didn’t make it so we hope she is doing well and we missed her,” said Peggy. And then it was revealed that the 20th Old Timers luncheon would be the last the dynamic duo of Arness and Hollier would be organizing the event, “There was a lot of moaning and groaning but I hear that Pat Porter is going to recruit some of the kids to do it next year and that’ll be nice, because it is a lot of work, but a lot of fun too and it’s

Old timers enjoy turkey dinner
Old timers enjoy turkey dinner
Old timers enjoy turkey dinner
Old timers enjoy turkey dinner
Old timers enjoy turkey dinner
Old timers enjoy turkey dinner
Old timers enjoy turkey dinner
Old timers enjoy turkey dinner
Old timers enjoy turkey dinner

More in News

Raymond Bradbury preserves his salmon while dipnetting in the mouth of the Kenai River on Saturday, July 10, 2021. (Camille Botello / Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai River dipnetting closed; Kasilof to close Sunday

The Kasilof River dipnet fishery is reportedly slow, but fish are being caught

Silver salmon hang in the Seward Boat Harbor during the 2018 Seward Silver Salmon Derby. (Photo courtesy of Seward Chamber of Commerce)
Seward Silver Salmon derby runs Aug. 13-21

Last year’s derby featured 1,800 contestants competing across eight days

Rayna Reynolds tends to her cow at the 4-H Agriculture Expo in Soldotna, Alaska on Aug. 5, 2022. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Animals take the stage at 4-H expo

Contestants were judged on the quality of the animal or showmanship of the handler

Emily Matthews and Andy Kowalczyk pose outside the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies headquarters on Friday, July 29, 2022, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Charlie Menke/Homer News)
AmeriCorps volunteers aid Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies

The 10-month commitment pushed them outside of comfort zones

People gather in Ninilchik, Alaska, on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, for Salmonfest, an annual event that raises awareness about salmon-related causes. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
All about the salmon

Fish, love and music return to Ninilchik

Alaska State Veterinarian Dr. Bob Gerlach gives a presentation on Avian Influenza Virus at the 4-H Agriculture Expo in Soldotna, Alaska, on Aug. 5, 2022. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
State looks to outreach, education amid bird flu outbreak

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza is spreading in Alaska

Fencing surrounds the 4th Avenue Theatre in Anchorage, Alaska, on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022. Demolition will begin in August 2022 on the once-opulent downtown Anchorage movie theater designed by the architect of Hollywood’s famed Pantages Theatre. The 4th Avenue Theatre with nearly 1,000 seats opened in 1947, and it withstood the second most powerful earthquake ever recorded. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
Efforts fail to save historic Anchorage theater from demolition

Anchorage entrepreneur Austin “Cap” Lathrop opened the 4th Avenue Theatre, with nearly 1,000 seats, on May 31, 1947

Mimi Israelah, center, cheers for Donald Trump inside the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage, Alaska, during a rally Saturday July 9, 2022. Two Anchorage police officers violated department policy during a traffic stop last month when Israelah, in town for a rally by former President Donald Trump showed a “white privilege card” instead of a driver’s license and was not ticketed. (Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News via AP, File)
Alaska officers violated policy in ‘white privilege’ stop

The top of the novelty card reads: “White Privilege Card Trumps Everything.”

Ashlyn O’Hara / Peninsula Clarion file 
Alaska LNG Project Manager Brad Chastain presents information about the project during a luncheon at the Kenai Chamber Commerce and Visitor Center on July 6.
Local leaders voice support for LNG project

Local municipalities are making their support for the Alaska LNG Project known

Most Read