Columbia seniors host Harvest to Holly Fair
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Columbia - posted Fri., Nov. 22, 2013
Alice Desautels couldn’t remember exactly how long the town of Columbia had been holding the Harvest to Holly Fair at the Beckish Senior Center. Helping to man the cash-out at this year’s event on Nov. 16, Desautels consulted with her fellow volunteers. “I’d have to say that it’s been going on for at least 20 years,” she concluded.
The Columbia Seniors organization holds the yearly event, which brings in vendors who offer a variety of goods and services. Another aspect of the fair is a large room full of nothing but Christmas décor, with all items donated by local seniors.
Between Harvest to Holly and a yearly tag sale held in the spring, the organization raises money to sponsor a variety of activities for local seniors, including luncheons, dinners and entertainment such as movies nights and dances. The seniors are given the use of the building, which is owned by the town. “But we fund our own activities,” said Desautels.
Seniors aged 55 and up are welcome to attend functions. “We’d like to attract some of the younger seniors in town,” said Desautels. Upcoming activities include a Dec. 31 potluck and white elephant gift exchange, open to all seniors from Columbia and surrounding towns. The event begins at noon. The Beckish Senior Center is located at 188 Route 66. Hours are Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The director of Senior Services is Bernadette Derring, who can be reached at 860-228-0759.