Sharing joy at the seventh annual Shepherd’s Feast

Published 9:35 am Monday, December 31, 2012

A volunteer Santa’s helper assists as two children select their gifts. (photos by Anne Regan)

The weather Christmas Day 2012 arrived rainy and cloudy but not at this year’s seventh annual Sheperd’s Feast.

Arrivals were warmly welcomed at the door by a smiling young man with a friendly Merry Christmas greeting.

Stepping inside to hear Christmas music played by popular local group Phil and Gay Johnson, coordinator Ross Fox said, “Phil and Gaye were fantastic, people were singing and clapping.”

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The Polk County Middle School cafeteria transformed Tuesday, Dec. 25 to a room filled with holiday decorations. Everyone from children to seniors enjoyed platters of ham and turkey, with all the fixings, as they sat at tables with china and silverware lent by Holy Cross Church.

“We have never broken a piece of china in all these years,” Fox said of the carefulness volunteers and attendees take with the lent items.