Saturday, December 15, 2018

2018 ORFS Christmas Caroling and Pageant at Bittersweet and Lyon Brook

Our Outdoor Recreation for Seniors (ORFS)  Christmas and caroling pageant started 20 years ago and has developed into the "extravaganza" it is today! It remains an annual creative endeavor which warms the residents and our hearts every year.

Once again, ORFS will be nudging each other to step out of their comfort zones and become a "character" for two hours. Our leader, Kathy, asks us to TRUST, go WITH THE FLOW, and HAVE FUN! We first visit the Bittersweet Residence, and then the Lyon Brook Condominium, both located in New London, NH.

Al will be on keyboard, Barb on violin, and Ron on guitar.

The first scene is the entrance Caroling parade and we enter holding garlands and jingling bells. Of course, we have Santa, Rudolph and Frosty and Christmas songs.

The second scene is the Senior Pageant of the Christmas story with appropriate songs and costumes. And masked mischievous animals

See if you can tell the main characters of our pageant: Mary, Joseph, Star of Bethlehem, Rudolph, Santa, Frosty, 3 angels. 3 kings, Camel 🐪, black sheep, white sheep, Cow, Bull and Donkey.

After singing is over at Bittersweet Residence, we socialize with the residents over goodies making sure we wish every resident a very merry Christmas.

We then depart to Lyon Brook Condominium Community for a repeat performance, a dinner, and famous Yankee Swap.

Special thanks go to Kathy for coordination of this gala event and for her costumes, props, etc., Al (piano), Barb (violin), and Ron (guitar), Rosemary (dinner) and Joy (Yankee Swap).  Great leaders like you make ORFS fun and inspirational.


ORFS give the gifts of themselves and it is much appreciated by the audiences. Below we share the fun of belonging to ORFS.

The ORFS are part of the Chapin Council on Aging, New London, NH.

Who are the ORFS?
The Outdoor Recreation for Seniors (ORFS) group meets every Tuesday year-round at 10 am. In the summer we kayak/canoe, swim and hike. In the fall we hike, and in the winter we snowshoe and cross-country ski. Our trips are from 1-1/2 to 2 hours, followed by lunch.

Directions and location are available for our Tuesday 10 am outings via email and the monthly New London Chapin Senior Center Courier newsletter. To learn more and join, contact the Chapin Senior Center at 357 pleasant Street, PO Box 1263, New London, New Hampshire 03752 or go to their web site at

ORFS is a very informal group and participation is for all outdoor enthusiasts wanting guaranteed good exercise with a friendly fun group.
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