A 36-year-old tradition continues this week with the Mauriceville Senior Citizens Supper.

The Mauriceville Elementary School cafeteria will be transformed into a “Winter Wonderland” at 5 p.m. on December 8. All past and present Mauriceville residents 55 and older are invited to come join the fun.

Attendees will be served a Christmas dinner with “all the trimmings” and Santa Claus has a gift for each person. Entertainment will be the Martin Family who will sing gospel music and Judge Derry Dunn will be the Master of Ceremonies.

“Come early to have a cup of coffee, reminisce with old friends and take a trip down memory lane with 35 years of Senior Citizens Supper photos,” said Nelda Burton, co-organizer. “Who knows, you may see a picture of yourself in one of the many photos?”

Mary Jane Johnson, Patsy and Orey Viator, Roger Holsomback and Burton are just a few of the many volunteers who have kept up with the idea of “Cha-Cha” Holsomback.

The supper was once a dream of Cha-Cha Holsomback’s about 34 years ago. She wanted to do something nice and as a gesture of gratitude for the senior citizens of Mauriceville. At first she thought of hosting the supper at her house but as the number of attendees grew she knew she was going to have to find another location soon. Kid’s Cafe became the next best place to have the dinner. With the ever-increasing number of people coming to the supper, the cafe became too small as well. Finally, the event was moved to the school.

Most of the food is prepared at the volunteers houses and then transferred to the cafeteria personnel who prepare  it for the guests.

At the event, prizes are given to the oldest woman, oldest man, person who traveled the farthest and the oldest graduate from Mauriceville. In years past, the oldest attendee who held the title for many years was King Dunn. There is also a “Good Samaritan” award which adds a lot of excitement to the evening.

“This is something the community looks forward to each year,” Burton said.

With the promise to Cha-Cha to continue the popular supper, it continues to grow each year. The annual cost usually runs more than $2,000. But, it is totally funded by the generous support from the community. People who are home bound are not left out and their supper is delivered to them at their house along with a fruit basket.

Remaining funds are given to the Cha-Cha Memorial Scholarship Fund which is given to a deserving Little Cypreee-Mauriceville student.

For more information, contact Mary Jane Johnson at 409-745-1357, Pasty Viator at 409-745-1308 or Nelda Burton at 409-882-4436.