2011 WVNA Christmas Party

On Monday, December 12th, 2011, the Whittington Valley Neighborhood Association held its annual Christmas Potluck Party at the First Presbyterian Church.  It was cold and earlier there had been light showers, but inside warm hearts and hearty laughter were the rule.  The party was an opportunity for friends and neighbors to gather, share stories, as well as enjoy great food.  More than 30 people attended the party.
Attendees dined on diverse variety of potluck dishes including homemade baked beans, pumpkin-turkey chili, vegetarian fried spaghetti, homemade macaroni and cheese, meatballs, potato salad, pineapple upside down cake, snickerdoodle cookies and many other wonderful dishes.
Attendees included Susan Wilkins (JP, Garland County District One) and members of the Park Avenue Community Association.
As has become something of a tradition over the last few years, a drawing for door prizes was held.  Special thanks goes to WVNA Vice-President John Lewis for playing host and administering the door prize drawing.

Scenes from the Party

Members, invitees and guests at the 2011 WVNA Christmas Party.
Party attendees included (left to right) WVNA Treasurer Darthy Tyrity,
WVNA member Richard Everhart and WVNA Board Member
Merrie Long-Everhart.
Left to right: Susan Wilkins (JP, Garland County District One),
WVNA member Tori Marrin and WVNA Vice-President John Lewis.
Left to right: WVNA Members Brenda Steward and Fannie Hill.
Left to right: guest Madeline Eglit & WVNA member Elfieda Collins. 
WVNA member Christina Shepard (center) with her
daughter, Heather, and son, Justin. 
WVNA Members Larry Neyland and D.J. Burns.
WVNA member Cheryl Rorda with her daughter Eureka.
Guest Madeline Eglit and WVNA member Kumar Maruthur. 
Left to right: WVNA member Robert Toth, Susan Wilkins (JP, Garland County District One) and WVNA President Mark Toth.

The Food

Dishes served at the party included deviled eggs, potato salad, fried vegetarian spaghetti, cream cheese wraps and pigs in a blanket.
Other entrees included homemaded macaroni and cheese (really, really good), pumpkin-turkey chili (great!) and baked beans (very tasty).  For those wanting something lighter, there was a gourmet cheese platter.
Doesn't the food look delicious? 

The desserts included a chocolate mint cake.  Yum!

 For the second year in a row, WVNA member Mark Toth
brought his homemade pineapple upside-down cake.
Homemade snickerdoodle cookies proved to be very popular.


The Aftermath 

 Forty minutes into the party and the pineapple upside-down cake
was feeling very vulnerable.  It wouldn't make it through the night.
 After forty-five minutes the chocolate mint cake was half gone.
Hungry party-goers would completely devour the cake before
the night was over.
Ravenous party-goers decimated the entrees in record time.
 The homemade macaroni and cheese was the first entree to be completely devoured (in large part because WVNA President Mark Toth took
three large helpings his first time through the buffet line).


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Door Prize Drawing 

WVNA Vice-President John Lewis and WVNA member Verna Linder draw names and announce door prize winners.

Brenda Steward, Cash Prize 
Zach Smith, Cash Prize

Elfrieda Collins, Cash Prize

Tori Marrin, Cash Prize 

Byron Jackson, Cash Prize 

Fannie Hill, Cash Prize 

Cheryl Rorda, Cash Prize

Larry Neyland, Cash Prize