Christmas Dinner

HPAC again offers Christmas dine-in lunch


The annual Herman Prior Activity Centre (HPAC) dine-in Christmas lunch is back better than ever.

Pre COVID-19, Christmas lunch was served to approximately 120 centre patrons. “Now we are on the rebound and are able to not only open our doors to host a dine-in meal again, but we are expanding our Christmas meal to serve 200,” explains Kathy Bryce, HPAC executive director.

Following a successful meal home delivery trial earlier this year the HPAC will include a delivery option. “Now you have some options,” she said. “You can come to the centre for a sit-down Christmas lunch, come and pick it up, or we can deliver it within city limits,” said Bryce.

HPAC’s Christmas lunch never disappoints. The Dec. 23 noon lunch menu features homemade tomato soup, pickles and cheese plate, roast turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, dilled carrots, cabbage rolls, meatballs, coleslaw, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls, apple pie and a dainty plate.

A small rafter of wild turkeys recently formed a posse — “I kid you not there were wild turkeys behind the centre” — to possibly protest the centre’s affordable Christmas lunch prices.

“Because the Herman Prior is blessed with so many wonderful volunteers,” said Bryce, “we can pass this generosity back into the community.”

Dine-in meal is offered at $15 and take-out and delivery at just two dollars more at $17. The only catch is you must sign up and pay by Dec.16.

“There are many people who don’t have family nearby and wouldn’t be preparing their own Christmas dinner for any number of reasons,” said Bryce. “They would rather come here and enjoy the social aspect and have a Christmas meal without all the work but still with all the fixings.

“Even though it is not on Christmas Day, it is close enough to it to enjoy the spirit of the occasion,” she said.

“We have hired the Handivan service to pick up people that regularly have their meals delivered from the centre. This service is paid for by one of our generous volunteers. You must let us know before Dec. 16th if you wish to use this service and have your Christmas lunch at the Herman Prior Centre.”

Pick-up would be at 11:30 p.m. and the Handivan will return you to your home at 1:30 p.m.

Call to order 204 – 857-6951 or email hermanpriorcentre@gmail.comAll meals will be brought out to your car.

If you are ordering several meals they can be combined and packaged family style.