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A community gathering for friends and neighbors

The Phillipston Luncheon Club celebrates its 20th anniversary

Tucked away on the town common in the quiet, rural town of Phillipston, the Phillipston Congregational Church is a beautiful cultural landmark that has been a community gathering place for over two hundred years. Twice a month, the church becomes a place for locals to meet and enjoy home-cooked food and each other’s company at the Phillipston Luncheon Club, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. On a Tuesday early in April, the atmosphere in the church is positive as regulars filter in, exchanging the brisk and rainy weather for a warm meal.

May 2017 phillipston luncheon club birthday photoLunch-goers at the Phillipston Luncheon Club meet on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.Jean Marshall, the woman who started the luncheon club with her husband 20 years ago, feels that it has helped encourage the larger community to offer more services for seniors.

“When we first got going, there wasn’t really anything else in the community for seniors,” says Jean regarding the need for senior activities in the North Quabbin. “We wanted to do something about that.”

Now, thanks to the welcoming atmosphere of the Phillipston Congregational Church and the hard work of the Phillipston Council on Aging, the luncheon club meets regularly with the mission to provide North Quabbin locals with the opportunity to make new friends and celebrate the importance of community. “A lot of us are from Athol,” says one man who regularly attends the luncheon club. “It’s good to have something like this so close by.”

“It gives people a chance to socialize and get out of the house. Some of them wouldn’t see anyone else otherwise, so it’s a chance for them to chit-chat and have a good meal,” says Nancy MacEwan, a member of the Phillipston Council on Aging, when asked why she thinks the luncheon club is important.

To inquire about a senior luncheon club or dining center in your area, contact the Nutrition Program at LifePath. Meals are open to seniors age 60 and older and their spouses of any age, and you do not have to be a resident of the town in which you wish to dine. Read more about the program and find menus and a complete listing of dining center locations.