By Tommy Mann Jr. – For The Record

A yearly tradition in the community of Mauriceville is back once again for another evening of food and fellowship.

The 39th Annual Mauriceville Senior Citizen Supper will be held starting at 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, inside the cafeteria of Mauriceville Elementary School, 20040 FM 1130 in Mauriceville. The event is open to all past and present Mauriceville residents who are ages 55 and older.

The Christmas dinner will include all the trimmings and tasty treats, as well as gifts delivered by Santa Claus and his elves. Judge Derry Dunn, Orange County Justice of the Peace in Precinct 2, will serve as emcee for the evening and live music will be provided by area gospel group, The Marin Family.

According to a press release, the Mauriceville Senior Citizen Supper began in 1977 as “a dream of Cha Cha Holsomback.” She created the event as a way to show gratitude to the senior citizens of the community and held the first event at her house, which was attended by 68 senior citizens.

The annual supper is funded through donations from the community and food is prepared by volunteers. As a special treat for those who may be homebound and unable to attend the dinner, some of Santa’s elves make special deliveries to the resident, complete with a fruit basket.

Along with the food, music and fellowship, prizes are awarded in several categories, such as “oldest woman,” “oldest man,” “person who traveled the farthest distance,” “oldest graduate from Mauriceville” and a “Good Samaritan” award.

Call Mary Jane Johnson at 409-745-1357, Patsy Viator at 409-745-1308 or Nelda Burton at 409-882-4436 for more information on this event.