South Egremont — It was a celebratory event of high tea the Councils on Aging (CoA) of Egremont and Mt. Washington hosted on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the Egremont Village Inn. The seniors of both towns were celebrated, but particularly nonagenarians (90-year-olds) Abbey Rubinstein and Kenneth Frye. State Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli was present to award our inductees their certificates for this remarkable milestone. He seemed in admiration of this group of folks and touched base with everyone.
Upon reflection of what reaching 90 years of age relates to, one must look back to the year they were born. It was 1926, Prohibition was in place, and it was in the midst of the “Roaring Twenties.” Other notables born that year were Marilyn Monroe, Andy Griffith and intergenerational favorite Tony Bennett. What changes they have seen.
We celebrated high tea with an assortment of teas from Egyptian Chamomile, Earl Grey and Hot Spicy Cinnamon to Ceylon and India Orange Pekoe, all graciously provided by Harney & Sons in Millerton, New York. Fanciful tea pots were plentiful with all the tea one cared to enjoy. The delicate sandwiches and scrumptious cookies and scones were all prepared by CoA members and all platters were cleaned out.
Egremont Chief of Police Tyler Race introduced himself to us and offered his department’s help and assistance in any instance. We all agreed he has been doing a terrific job.
Everyone enjoyed themselves and felt very special. The atmosphere of the Egremont Village Inn lended itself to the feeling of this party as Cory Hines of Mt. Washington said, “I felt so special as soon as I arrived.” This is the third annual birthday event and we look forward to next year when we anticipate a large group of inductees.
This was the first event of the fall/winter season for the CoAs of Egremont and Mt. Washington. The next event will be on Thursday, Nov. 3, at noon at the Egremont Village Inn.