AYER -- A sea of green dominated the Council on Aging on Monday as 74 seniors sat down to lunch to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

Friends and neighbors came together over a boiled meal of potaotes, ham and carrots catered by the Sean Patrick's restaurant of Lunenburg.

Meanwhile, Council on Aging Director Karin Dynice-Swanfeldt scurried around wearing green clover leggings with a green skirt, shoes and necklaces.

Swanfeldt said the turnout to the annual celebration was overwhelming.

"They love it," she said. "I went around and they couldn't be happier."

The celebration also marked a shift into a new season.

"We're anxious for spring," said Barbara McClain, sitting with a few others amidst the hubbub of the room.

"We're trying to push it," added Barbara Kestyn from across the table.

Sporting a flashing clover necklace over her green shirt, Pauline Maroni said it was nice to get out and see friends.

"We're going to do the Irish jig when I get done," she joked.

Dynice-Swanfeldt sang praises over the food from Sean Patrick's -- praises that echoed throughout the room.

"If you ever want an event, this is the company to call," she said.

Attendees also entered raffles to win Easter baskets, a "movie night" basket and a basket with ingredients to make an Italian meal. Proceeds went to stock the council's gift shop.

"I thought it was great," said Jeanette Ferlo. "It was very nice; it was very professionally done.



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