“An Angelic Evening,” the December 3rd Christmas Dinner at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield, was anything but a potluck supper of yesteryear. With committee chairs Ann Fontana, Marnie Ainslie and Susan Dougherty at the helm and with the help of the Board of the Presbyterian Women’s group, Assembly Hall was transformed into an elegant space replete with angels hanging from the doorway and adorning each table.
Food by Xocolatz included pecan encrusted chicken breast, skirt steak and eggplant with sides of rice, vegetables, salad and an assortment of breads.
Dinner music by the Michael Craig Band (the church’s own Mike Doyle) provided a Christmas -themed auditory delight. After dinner, Mrs. Ainslie, dressed in angel wings, halo and feathered boa, led the 110 guests in Christmas carols. Five high school students, from the confirmation class of 2014, acted as the hard-working and wonderfully helpful wait staff.
Mrs. Fontana, the lead chair of the committee, spared no detail to make the night complete. From hand-folded linen napkins lovingly tied with red ribbons and topped with an angel favor for the guests, to beautifully written named tags, she worked tirelessly to make it a night to remember.
She arranged for a
special guest of the evening: a mirrored, lighted angel from Cranford’s
National Christmas Tree Company that sat on a bistro table in the center of Assembly
Hall’s alcove, symbolically trumpeting the birth of Christ.