Although St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church holds a community cafe every Thursday evening, the one held Dec. 25 was special. Because this was the first time the cafe’s weekly meal fell on Christmas Day, staffers decided to do a little extra, cafe manager Ron Rovansek said.
As visitors ate, they were entertained with holiday entertainment, such as the music from the “A Charlie Brown Christmas” by the Vince Guaraldi Trio, while church maintenance worker Scott Luzier dressed as Santa Claus and entertained the younger visitors.
“Part of what we try to have is a nice community atmosphere,” Rovansek said. “We don’t want anyone to feel awkward. If you do need to bring your family in for a free meal, it’s a lot easier to join in a big group of boisterous people.”
Most of the food is donated by several area supermarkets including Weis Markets, Wegmans and Trader Joe’s and from HoneyBaked Ham and Irving’s, he said.