- Written by Marcus Chiaretto, Community Engagement Coordinator
- Published: 07 April 2017
A place for friends to gather and share experiences
On an otherwise quiet and chilly weekday, the Charlemont Federated Church is filled with warmth, activity, and the smell of food. In the sunny common space, people mill about and chat cheerfully about goings-on in the community. For the past 40 years, individuals from Charlemont, Hawley, and the surrounding towns have been attending the Charlemont Luncheon Club, which is supported in part by the Charlemont Council on Aging and LifePath’s Nutrition Department, for a chance to have a tasty meal together and socialize with fellow community members.
“Believe it or not, when we were first getting started in the 80s, the council on aging only had a budget of 300 dollars,” says Linda Wagner, the treasurer of the Charlemont Council on Aging. “Now look at all we have! People have a chance to have a meal together, play games, and come out of the hills for a little while.”
“We’re happy that LifePath has helped support the luncheon club over the years,” says Shirley Rouleau, former board member of the council on aging. “It gives people a chance to share knowledge with each other and adapt as they get older. Plus, we have fun together!”
A wide age range is represented at the Charlemont Luncheon Club. “Our oldest is Mary; she’s 91,” explains Camille White, the chairwoman of the council on aging. “We have people from different towns, of different ages, all coming together to meet. It’s a wonderful thing.” The luncheon club has grown in popularity since it first began in the 70s, and, as one member mentioned, “There didn’t used to be things like this for older people. But things have really taken a turn over the years. Now, it’s cool to be old.”
To inquire about a senior luncheon club or dining center in your area, contact the Nutrition Program at LifePath. Read more about the program here, find menus here, and find a complete listing of locations here.