Groundcover News holiday party filled with love and joyful gratitude.

by William Shakespeare

(Current Vendor and GCN Writer)

Groundcover News’ holiday party was a very happy occasion. More than 50 Guests attended the party at the Groundcover News office on Thursday, December 14, 2017. It was an evening with shared moments of love, joy, gratitude, kindness and laughter.

The party attracted many community members, including guests from churches and various community organizations. Others attending were some Groundcover News vendors, volunteers, board members, and office staff.

There were so many delicious meals which guests prepared at home and brought to share. The delicious dishes included roasted turkey, honey ham, cut vegetables and fruit, sloppy joe’s, soup, vegetable casserole, salad, a variety of sweet, sinful desserts.”

Guests, including volunteer radiologist Ben, his wife Kate, and baby daughter Tess sat around decorated square tables with their meals and engaged each other in multifarious conversation topics.

The highlight of the Groundcover News party was the gift-giving portion. The atmosphere was festive and celebratory. Holly, our U-M School of Social Work Intern said, “It was a feast of food and community engagement.”

Groundcover News Volunteer Sandy commented, “There was joy for all that attended the
party.” Another Groundcover News volunteer, Mary, said, “What a pleasure celebrating with vendors and volunteers!!!”

It certainly looked like an award-giving ceremony reminiscent of the Nobel Prize Award
Ceremony. Vendors were called to a semi-podium to accept a packet of winter accessories
along with personalized presents and have their pictures taken—without ceremonial costumes and regalia. They say, “a picture can say a thousand words.” Please see the photos of some of the guests.

Groundcover Publisher Susan Beckett, Editor Andrew Nixon, and Intern Holly worked closely with Volunteers Kathleen, Lucy, Jan, Mary and Sandy in the gift-giving ceremony. The Groundcover News vendors who received their presents accepted them with gratitude and excitement. Joe and Elizabeth “ Lit” who accepted multiple gifts beamed with smiles, happiness and joyous gratitude. All vendors did appreciate their gifts. It was a fun party—“An affair to remember!!!”

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