Sunday, December 13, 2009

Latkes For the World

Yesterday a few Tofitians carried on the decade-old (or thereabouts; no one's quite sure) tradition of Latkes for the World. The event was started by one or the other (or both) of the Langer ladies — Shirley and daughter, Val — but since they're not here full-time any longer (but are here in spirit, I'm sure) the event fell to Tofino's self-proclaimed "Top Jew," Ron S with help from Nessa and a few hangers-on willing to give up a few hours on Friday night to grate potatoes, onions and garlic. Daughter P and I helped for a bit on Friday and serving the latkes on Saturday afternoon. It's a simple affair, but one that's been very popular and memorable — at least in our family — since the kids were young. Essentially the crew prepares and cooks latkes for the afternoon, as close to the first day of Hanukkah as possible. Then, people just drop into the Common Loaf Bakery for a free feed, a spin of the dreidl (Ron even put coins out for the kids) and to light the menorah. Thanks, Ron, Nessa, the Floodies, the Common Loaf staff and all the others who helped make it a very fun afternoon. It's the beginning of many wonderful, casual, relaxing holiday events in town, that makes me love staying home during the holidays.

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