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Snow complicates Manton Seniors schedule

Old Man Winter has been unfriendly to the Manton Seniors. Snow has caused confusion for everyone, including President Lorie DeVito and Joe Silvestri, the general manager at Twelve Acres banquet and restaurant facility in Smithfield.

The Blizzard of 2013 wiped out the Manton Seniors annual Valentine’s Dinner Dance that was originally scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 10. DeVito had no choice other than to postpone the Valentine’s event, during which the Manton Seniors crowns its annual king and queen, to this past Sunday, Feb. 17.

But a snowstorm once again resulted in a second postponement this past weekend.

“I’ve heard that they’re predicting more snow for this Sunday [Feb. 24],” said DeVito. “We can’t keep going through this; there are too many people to contact at the last minute.”

To hopefully avoid another round of cancellations, DeVito announced that the Manton Seniors would combine the celebrations of St. Patrick’s Day, St. Joseph’s Day and Valentine’s in a dinner dance on Sunday, March. 17.

“It better not snow,” she said.

The March 17 event will begin at noon at Twelve Acres, which is located off Route 7 in Smithfield.

“We usually have a separate St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance,” DeVito explained. “But we’ve never encountered these kinds of postponements before, and on that day, part of the celebration is for our Irish-American membership.”

The St. Joseph’s Day part of the program is for Manton Seniors of Italian-American descent.

“It should be one of our most exciting dinner dances ever,” DeVito said. “We’ve never combined three holidays all in one. We’ve always had a separate Valentine’s party, but we have celebrated St. Patrick’s Day and St. Joseph’s Day all in one because they’re only two days apart.”

DeVito said the “tripleheader bash” menu would be the traditional corned beef and cabbaged dinner for St. Patrick’s Day. Dinner-dance goers may also have a selected fish dish.

But when it comes to dessert, the theme will turn Italian and the popular Zeppoles will be served.

During the St. Valentine’s portion of the dinner, the Manton Seniors will crown their King and Queen for 2013. The reigning royal couple is Paul and Angela Folingieri, who DeVito said would perform the crowning of their respective chairs. No one except DeVito knows who will be crowned King and Queen in advance.

“That creates excitement leading up to the actual announcement,” she said.

The March 17th dinner-dance will also feature a raffle that includes prizes such as wine gift baskets, wall hangings, blankets and more.

The next meeting of the Manton Seniors is scheduled for Tuesday, March 5. Discussion will begin at 12:30 p.m. and the day’s activity will include a special guest speaker.

Manton Seniors who’d like to attend the upcoming event should call Corresponding Secretary Rose Coppola at 943-9332 for tickets, which have been priced at $25.


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