Samoset Resort renews tradition of senior luncheon

By Bane Okholm | Dec 20, 2012
Photo by: Bane Okholm Bartlett Woods Retirement Community resident Bettina Dobbs tucks into a holiday meal during the Samoset Resort's Senior Luncheon Dec. 19.

Rockport — Local nursing home and assisted care facility residents gathered at the Samoset Resort Dec. 19 for a luncheon to mark the holiday season.

Samoset Executive Meetings Manager and Rockland Mayor Will Clayton said the senior luncheon was an annual event until three years ago, when the resort closed during the winter due to the economic recession.

"We're so excited to have it once again," Clayton said.

Sixty guests from the Bartlett Woods Retirement Community, Stella Maris House, the Knox Hotel Apartments, and the Rankin Center, among others, enjoyed a complimentary meal served by the management team of the Samoset Resort.

Camden Hills Regional High School a capella group the OffBeats performed Christmas classics such as "Joy to the World" as well as a humorous version of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" and popular Paul Simon song "You Can Call Me Al."

Camden Hills Choral Director Kimberly Murphy said the all-male OffBeats are culled from various choirs at the high school. The singers, who rehearse outside school hours and create their own arrangements, are directed this year by senior Alex Wilder.

The OffBeats were followed by pianist Robin Worthley, a Samoset employee.

Luncheon guests said the musical entertainment was "marvelous," while describing the multi-course meal as "super duper" and "something else."

Courier Publications reporter Bane Okholm can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or by email at bokholm@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Guests at the Samoset Resort's Senior Luncheon watch a performance by the Camden Hills Regional High School OffBeats Dec. 19. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
The Camden Hills Regional High School a capella choir the OffBeats perform at the Samoset Resort's Senior Luncheon Dec. 19. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Bags of sweet treats wait at the side of the room during the Samoset Resort's Senior Luncheon Dec. 19. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Guests at the Samoset Resort's Senior Luncheon listen to the Camden Hills choir the OffBeats Dec. 19. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Camden Hills choir the OffBeats perform at the Samoset Resort's Senior Luncheon Dec. 19. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Samoset Resort Executive Meetings Manager and Rockland Mayor Will Clayton shows guests to their seats during the Dec. 19 Senior Luncheon. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
The OffBeats, an a capella choir from Camden Hills Regional High School, perform during the Samoset Resort's Senior Luncheon on Dec. 19. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
A guest at the Samoset Resort's Senior Luncheon reacts to a performance by Camden Hills choir the OffBeats Dec. 19. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Members of the Camden Hills a capella choir the OffBeats perform during the Samoset Resort's Senior Luncheon Dec. 19. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Guests at the Samoset Resort's Senior Luncheon listen to Camden Hills Regional High School choir the OffBeats Dec. 19. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
A guest at the Samoset Resort's Senior Luncheon augments her chowder Dec. 19. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
(Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Pianist Robin Worthley performs during the Samoset Resort's Senior Luncheon Dec. 19. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Guests take time for a photo opportunity during the Samoset Resort's Senior Luncheon Dec. 19. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Samoset Resort employees wait in the wings during the Dec. 19 Senior Luncheon. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
The Samoset Resort hosts guests during its Senior Luncheon Dec. 19. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Samoset Resort Executive Meetings Manager and Rockland Mayor Will Clayton confers with guests during the Dec. 19 Senior Luncheon. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Comments (2)
Posted by: Donald Burr | Dec 21, 2012 07:26

Love iT!



Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Dec 21, 2012 06:37

Thanks for showing us the real reason for the season. "Peace on earth, good will to all men." This and the wonderful community dinner put on by the Adas Yoshuron Synagogue make Christmas more than just another holiday; regardless of our religious beliefs. Am sure God smiles when looking down at all you folks with a "CAN DO" spirit who live in the solution that shows an attitude of gratitude in action.



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