The Strawberry Waffle Supper, a tradition at the Center at the Park, 720 Sprague Ave., draws in plenty of guests. The community event is held the third Tuesday of each month except August. You can sit down to some great strawberry waffles with your family and friends, socialize, meet some great people and have a good time. "And it's a fundraiser, you get to help the senior center," said Mike Johnson, executive director of the Center at the Park.
The event got started in 1989 and was a hit right away. "They like the food, first and foremost," Johnson said. "You get a Belgian waffle, smothered in strawberries and whipped cream." With some trimmings, sausage on the side and a beverage, it's quite a meal. "It's big enough, you can definitely eat only one," he said. According to Johnson, it's a good meal for the $3.50 price, $1.75 for those 12 and younger.
The food is made right there at the Center, waffles and sausage are cooked by a host of volunteers. Johnson estimated that although attendance at each month's event varies, it ranges from 80 to 140.
But he also said, part of the fun of the dinner is the socializing. It's open to all ages, everyone in the community. So you can bring family and friends and just relax. At 6:30 p.m., there's music by The Old Time Musicians. The band plays a variety of fun and easy-to-listen-to music from the late 40s, 50s, with a little bit of country sprinkled in for good measure. You can sit back and listen or if you are able, you're welcome to get up and dance. According to Johnson, there's plenty of guests who enjoy both. "We get a pretty good crowd," Johnson said.
The Strawberry Waffle Supper each month is sponsored by a host of area groups and businesses. Tonight's supper is sponsored by Wheatland Village. "They will be bringing a busload of residents," Johnson said. Next month's Strawberry Waffle Supper will be held at the Center at the Park on April 19. This meal will be sponsored by the Gold Wing Road Riders Association and there may be some guests arriving on motorcycles.
Any mode of transportation is fine. According to Johnson, everyone is welcome, it's an event to share with the community and the multi-generational experience at the Center at the Park.
If you go:
March 15, April 19, 5:30 p.m., music at 6:30 p.m.
The Center at the Park
720 Sprague Ave.