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Lunch, with a side of memories

April E. Clark
Post Independent Photo/Kelley Cox Waitress Julie Elliott serves prime rib dinners to Glen Valley Care Center residents and their families at the Riviera Supper Club in Glenwood Springs Monday. The restaurant has been hosting the holiday feast for the care center for the past 17 years.
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A mission to the moon and movie star sightings in 1930s-era Hollywood were just a few memories that resurfaced over prime rib at the Riviera Supper Club Tuesday.Club owners Harry and Shirley Beres continued a 17-year-old tradition of serving Glen Valley Rehabilitation Center residents an off-site three-course holiday prime rib lunch. Marianne Dwight, an 88-year-old resident who lived in Hollywood as a young woman, gladly accepted her 17th invitation.

“I moved into Glen Valley on Tuesday, March 18, 1986, and have been here for every dinner,” she said. “I was born in California and lived in Hollywood for a long time in the 1930s. I used to go to the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (now called Mann Chinese 6 Theatre) and see the movie stars there. I saw Jean Harlow, Greta Garbo, Fred Astaire and Joan Crawford. I saw Mary Pickford at the beauty parlor once, too.”Al Beard, who joined Dwight for lunch at her table, played the electric piano during the annual event. He also leads bingo games every week at Glen Valley.”I want to learn her secret,” he said of Dwight, as she recalled early days in Tinseltown.

Don Parrish, who worked on the world’s first lunar mission in 1969, joined his wife, Fay – also a Glen Valley resident – and his daughter and son-in-law for the festive meal.”This is our first year – we just moved Mom and Dad to Glen Valley from Alabama,” said Donna Mysior, the Parrishes’ daughter, who lives in Boulder. “I think it is so nice that the Riviera does this every year.”Don and his wife, who have been married for 58 years, participated in the event to celebrate the holidays, both past and present.

“I always like when family is all together,” 78-year-old Fay said.The two also ventured out Tuesday afternoon to enjoy more of what they love about Colorado – the scenery.”I like the mountains,” said Don, who will be 80 in January. “And watching all the elk.”

Sue Benson, Glen Valley activities director and organizer of the event, was also new to the senior supper at the Riviera. She has worked with Glen Valley for the past four months and was happy to help plan the outing for residents.”We’re excited to come out, and we even brought one of our cooks to help,” she said. “Shirley is great for doing this every year. She provides dinner and gifts for everyone.”Whether they enjoyed conversation about days gone by over coffee, or the opportunity to share a table with family, Glen Valley residents celebrated the holidays with an afternoon to remember.


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