Good friends, new traditions

HANCOCK – Sixty-five guests and 28 volunteers met at Church of the Resurrection in Hancock Sunday for an Easter dinner all enjoyed.

The site was one of several across the Copper Country where Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly held Easter dinners. The organization also delivered hot meals to the homes of elderly residents who couldn’t make it to a dinner.

Preparation for the meal began two weeks ago, said Sebastain Rhein, an international volunteer for Little Brothers. All told, they served between 750 and 800 people Sunday.

“In the end, it all comes together, and everyone has a nice day,” he said.

People enjoyed a meal of ham, roast potatoes and sweet potatoes, as well as salad and an assortment of desserts.

Janice Olli of Hancock has been coming to the dinners since the death of her sister six years ago.

“The meals are wonderful,” she said. “The people are wonderful. It’s just a great time to be here, and it’s better than being alone at Easter.”

Roy and Leola Dahl of Dollar Bay also enjoyed the good food and company.

“It was wonderful,” Leola Dahl said. “I want that chocolate egg up there. They always have good food here.”

“Just like homemade,” Roy Dahl said.

“And it’s nice because we don’t have to stay home by ourselves,” Leola Dahl said.

About that chocolate egg: Ezsquiel Medici of Hancock made it (“with some help”). The hard chocolate shell was stuffed with candy treats.

“When you’re done with lunch, you break it,” Medici said. “Especially if you’re a kid, you really like that part.”

Head cook Ken Steiner did the honors, breaking the egg with a wooden rolling pin to reveal the candies inside. Some of the volunteers then scooped the candy onto trays to take to the various tables.

Rhein said the way the volunteers and diners come together is a beautiful thing.

“They have a nice day, they see their friends, they have the best food possible. … It’s just smiling faces everywhere,” he said.