Nearly everyone begins to feel a little bit crazy this time of year after spending months on end indoors, trying to hide from the cold. For Wellesley and area seniors who feel the need to shed those winter blues, Marg Runstedler may have the cure. On Feb. 28, she will be holding her second ladies’ luncheon at the Nith River Chop House in Wellesley, starting at 11:30 a.m.
“It’s just for the ladies to get out and visit and have a little fellowship because this time of year you can get a little bit of cabin fever,” Runstedler laughed.
Runstedler – who also organizes a successful monthly lady’s breakfast at Schmidtsville Restaurant – decided
to try and make the luncheon a monthly event after the success of the first one in January. More than 50 women from as far away as Milverton and Stratford made the trek.
Runstedler said she chose the location because she wanted to help support another local business.
“It’s such a lovely restaurant, and I wanted to give them some business because there aren’t many old hotels like this one left in small towns like Wellesley.”
The Nith River Chop House – which used to be known as the Loft Eatery and Pub, and before that the Wellesley Inn – closed down in the spring to remodel and reopened back in June. Armed with a new partnership with Peter Eggers, the owner of the Breadalbane Inn and Spa in Fergus, and the Grand River Chop House, the Nith River Chop House has once again become a focal point in downtown Wellesley.
“Because we’re fairly new she wanted to help us out here as well and promote the lunch specials as well,” said daytime manager Faith Loft. “We make everything fresh in-house here; nothing is frozen or pre-packaged, which is nice. We buy our meat locally from Harriston and Mount Forest, and our potatoes come from just outside the Fergus area.”
In addition to the luncheon, Runstedler has also organized an afternoon of music for local seniors by inviting the local bluegrass group the Greenhill Band to come and play on Mar. 18. The show will run from noon to 4 p.m.. There is no cost for admission.
“It’s more or less for seniors, just for something for them to do, because for the ones who don’t go south there’s not a whole lot to do this time of year. We just thought we get something together for them to do,” said Runstedler.
To RSVP, please give your name and your menu selection to Faith Loft by calling (519) 656-9057.