Strawberries, waffles ‘n' music, oh my!

The community is encouraged to attend, enjoy the meal and ensuing music.

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Take bright red strawberries, add whipped cream, pile on top of waffles and it's the Strawberry Waffle Supper at the Center at the Park.

Following that, there's music by the Old Thyme Musicians in a relaxing, traditional style.

The Strawberry Waffle Supper is a longstanding tradition at the Center. It's held every third Tuesday with a three-month break in the summer for ice cream socials.

"It's a neat event for the Center," said Mike Johnson, executive director. "It's been very successful. Some nursing homes and assisted living facilities take turns sponsoring the event.

"The sponsors pay for the supplies and often give door prizes. We make big Belgian waffles and smother them with strawberries. And there's sausage on the side. If you leave hungry, it's your fault."

In addition to the ample food, it provides an opportunity to socialize and learn about the activities and programs offered at the Center at the Park. Center membership isn't necessary. It's open to people of all ages.

The supper functions as an introduction to the Center at the Park.

"It's a good event, a good fundraiser," Johnson said. "It's also a good social event. They can stay for the music afterward. They play from 6:30 until about 9 p.m.; mostly music from the ‘40s and old country."

The always-popular supper was around when Johnson started working there in 1991. He thinks the event got started in 1987.

According to Johnson, recent months have shown a huge increase in the numbers attending the supper, with several area retirement homes bringing in busloads of people.

"We had to make more waffles and thaw more strawberries," he laughed.

Karlene Ponti can be reached by calling 509-526-8324 or by e-mail at karleneponti@wwub.com.

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