NEW BRITAIN – St. Lucian’s Residence is again gearing up for its annual Pierogi and Butter Lamb Sale, which will help fund the little extras to help improve residents’ quality of life, such as programs and day trips.
Each year for about two decades, the senior care facility has sold a variety of Polish treats to not only raise funds but to give people a chance to purchase their holiday favorites.
Staff members and volunteers are already working hard to prepare the babka, four kinds of pierogi, golabki, two kinds of sauerkraut, soups, breads, Polish pastries, and of course, the handmade butter lambs, in advance of the sale, which is slated for Saturday, April 13, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at St. Lucian’s Residence at 512 Burritt St.
The highlight of the annual sale is the butter lambs, a Polish tradition which provides a lovely centerpiece for Easter dining. The lambs are handmade, complete with curly “wool.” Last year all 300 were sold, so they’re making 320 this time just to make sure, said Renata Lis, administrator.
Residence employees are already in the process of fashioning the delectable creatures and other delicacies, including Easter soup — a white borsht, Lis said.
There will be a raffle of Easter baskets and traditional crafts for sale, but the food is the main draw, she said.
The residence is licensed to house 42 seniors age 65 and up, and currently has 39, from age 70 to over 100, Lis said.
The money raised from the Easter sale will go to making the lives of residents richer through entertainment, equipment such as computer programs, and trips to places like the beach, the New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain Bees baseball games, the Senior Prom sponsored by New Britain TRIAD, and area restaurants.
“This is not a nursing home,” St. Lucian’s Mother Jennifer has explained in the past. “They want to do things. They get a big thrill out of going to the Rose Garden at the park and when they are there, they reminisce. Of course when you go out with seniors, they want ice cream on the way home.”
“They are thrilled to be able to do those kind of things,” Mother Jennifer added. “And they are so appreciative. It doesn’t take a lot to make them happy.”
For more information on St. Lucian’s Residence and the Easter food sale, call 860-223-2123.
Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or firstname.lastname@example.org