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A Friday Night Social at the Bradford Legion Branch 521

Members and the community are invited to enjoy dinner at the Legion on Friday nights

When the Bradford Legion reopened its doors, as COVID restrictions were eased, one of the first in-person events to return was the Friday Night Social.

The Legion issued an open invitation to members, veterans and the community at large to drop by the branch at 115 Back Street in Bradford every Friday at 6 p.m., to enjoy a home-cooked meal at the low price of $10 – and every other Friday, to stay on after 8 p.m. for an evening of karaoke.

There were COVID protocols put in place, of course. Social distancing was maintained by arrows and markings on the floor, as well as a limit on the number of tables and chairs in the club-room, and all visitors were asked to wear face masks.

Even with the restrictions, the Friday Night Social Dinners offered a great opportunity to get out, socialize, and enjoy dinner at a modest price.

Dinner this Friday was a home-cooked meal prepared in the Legion kitchen, featuring a rainbow of stuffed bell peppers, mashed potatoes, garden salad, with Bailey’s Cookies and Cream parfait for dessert. 

A capacity crowd came out for the dinner, even though the price jumped to $12 per person, as of Sept. 1, due to increasing costs.

Legion president Tammy Paglia noted that the price increase “is the first one” since the dinners began.

“It’s just $2 a plate,” she said. “No one has complained!” 

The Legion continues to plan more social dinners, as well as a number of upcoming special events.

On Saturday, Sept. 11, the Bradford Legion presents a Roast Beef Dinner by Tony G (formerly Poleiro BBQ), followed by an evening of entertainment provided by one-man band and master entertainer Gino Frisky, playing classics from the ‘60s to the ‘90s and 2000s. Dinner starts at 6 p.m., entertainment from 8 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are only $25 per person, available from 905-775-5025.

While a number of activities at the Legion have been put on hold indefinitely, as long as COVID-19 continues to rage – including Cribbage and Thursday Night Darts – the Friday Night Dinners will continue to offer the community not only a great meal, but also “warm smiles and camaraderie.”

For more information on the Bradford Legion and upcoming events, click here.

Miriam King

About the Author: Miriam King

Miriam King is a journalist and photographer with Bradford Today, covering news and events in Bradford West Gwillimbury and Innisfil.
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