Written by Dorothy Daly Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
The seniors of the Herricks Leisure Club welcomed spring after an active, and sometimes arduous, winter.
The new year started with a flea market and a presentation of Pinocchio by the drama students of the Center Street Schoolin January.
In February, the club celebrated Valentine’s Day with a dais decorated by Helene Picchiello, and apple turnovers donated by Martha Harris.
Members also celebrated two anniversaries and 14 birthdays, including the 104th of Anton Pramberger who sadly passed away shortly after reaching that milestone.
Twenty members of the group attended a Valentine’s luncheon sponsored by the Town of North Hempstead to honor couples married at least 50 years.
Other February highlights included a road trip to Empire Casino in Yonkers, and guest speakers including Steve Sussman, a mentalist, and Ronald Baumbach, author of “The Last Walk on Our Block,” about bygone days in Williston Park.
While bad weather caused some cancelations in early March, club members were able to enjoy trips to the Milleridge Inn and the Westbury Theatre.
At the March 14 meeting, the group received an update on Project Independence from Hilda Escobar and Assemblywoman Maureen O’Connell warned about scams. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Dorothy Daly delivered an Irish blessing and David Monfort regaled the group with Irish humor. Tess Fiorentino and Marie Rallo arranged a traditional feast of corned beef and cabbage.
On March 21, the group had pastries to mark the Feast of St. Joseph. Guest speakers Marion Rizzo and Gary Zimmermann of Syl-Lee Antiques presented a program on heirlooms. Each member was given an estimated value of one of their personal “treasures.”
In April, the club again welcomed the students from the Center Street Drama Club. A casino trip to Mount Airy Resort was made even more memorable by a stormy bus ride home. The group also mourned the passing of long-time constituent Bill Clark.