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Holiday lunch brings seniors, band together
Gail Hester, left, and Shirley Land enjoy lunch Monday at West Forsyth High School. - photo by Crystal Ledford

For the third year in a row, Cash Green got to try his hand at being a musical conductor.

On Monday, Green stood in front of the West Forsyth High School concert band, baton in hand, moving with the music during the group’s closing number.

A regular at the Forsyth County Senior Center at Charles Place, Green was among about 75 seniors who got to take a field trip to West for an annual Christmas concert and meal presented by the band boosters.

“I’ve been practicing,” Green said of his conducting skills. “I think I was doing this last night in my sleep.

“I look forward to this [event] every year.”

The West band parents who plan, cook and serve the food for the luncheon also anticipate the annual gathering.

The event has become a tradition since West opened in 2007. Elizabeth Graham has helped almost every year.

“The original moms who started it wanted to do something for the community,” she said.

Monday, Graham made several pots of macaroni and cheese. She said the luncheon is special for her.

“I don’t have any living older relatives and neither does my husband so it’s a nice opportunity because some of these people don’t have family that comes to visit,” she said. “So this is an exciting day for them.”

Kathleen Mulvey, who has served as the lead organizer of the event for the past three years, said the day is good for the moms and their kids as well.

“It’s a community outreach that works very well with our students, who pitch in and play and learn all about volunteering,” she said. “The moms who pitch in are great. I couldn’t do it without them, all the cooks and the shoppers and the servers.

“It’s just a fun thing we like to do each year. It puts us in the spirit.”

As for Green and his Senior Center friends, the luncheon gives them a special feeling too.

“It makes me feel like the students — young,” he said.