SKA CHRISTMAS 2016 DINNER AND DANCE


The Christmas dinner and dance was a  grand finale to a very successful year for SKA –This was held on Sunday 11th December 2016 from 12 to 6 pm at the sumptuous banqueting hall of the Clay Oven Alperton.    

240 members and guests attended, making it, thus far,  the best attended Christmas party for SKA.  It was a sunny but crispy cold Sunday morning and all guests arrived dressed in their Sunday best,  determined to enjoy themselves.   The entrance had a lovely Christmas tree with Father Christmas greeting the guests and this was a beautiful backdrop which was a great invitation for guests to pose for family pictures.  The hall was beautifully decked out with Christmas crackers on the table, poinsettias as table centrepieces and white chairs with red sashes, which set the right ambience for the whole afternoon.  

Jason Saldanha, the MC for the event, before starting proceedings spoke about the sad demise of a founding father of the association (Felix D’Souza) and a minute’s silence was held in tribute.  Thereafter,  Jason  held the crowd captive and was kept  busy organising the children’s game – an unusual combination of having the parents involved.   The adults in turn, enjoyed two elimination games.   The crowd was entertained by unique Konkani carol singing which was very nostalgic for the guests and a Christmas pageant enacted by children.   Father Christmas duly made his appearance and enthralled the children with his prancing and dancing around the hall.   Once the gifts were distributed, the children were seen but not heard from for the rest of the afternoon.  A very entertaining Konkani skit was then enacted by our new President, Sunil and Pius Menezes, Olivia, Zeeta Rodrigues, Prakash Tauro and Valerian Monteiro.

Sunil D’Cunha, the new President of SKA gave the vote of thanks and thanked the committee for their help and support.  He also thanked Ron Rodrigues, the outgoing president for his hard work and achievements over the past six years.   In Ron’s absence, his wife Violet was called to receive a bouquet of flowers and a special thank you award from the Association to Ron for his dedication to the Association.   Brolin Rodrigues, spoke on behalf of his father Ron to thank the association and wish it every success.

Marita Crasta prepared beautifully wrapped kuswar boxes filled with home made kuswar like kokisan, kulkuls, rawa ladoos, rice ladoos, gulios.   These literally went like hot cakes and were sold out by the end of the afternoon.  

Clay Oven’s starters and food were truly delicious and enjoyed by everyone, young and old alike.   There was plenty to go around.     It was a tightly packed schedule and all involved ensured that the proceedings ran on time.    The popular raffle was very eagerly awaited with great prizes and as luck would have it, winners were picked from each part of the room.   Many thanks to Eugene Dias who donated his Meal for Two meal voucher at his Charlotte Street Palms of Goa branch.

 Then it was time for our inimitable DJ Chicco who sensed the mood of the guests and kept them entertained with English, Hindi, and Konkani songs.   The dancefloor was packed with guests for the rest of the afternoon, who just couldn’t have enough of the music.   The mando music literally brought every guest on to the floor. 

The committee have done themselves proud by organising such a slick programme which went smoothly and was truly enjoyable.     A great time was had by all and many thanks to all involved for their hard work and enthusiasm.    Keep it up SKA and wishing all the members, guests a very Happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.   

Dates for your 2017 Diaries:  

10th September 2017 : Nativity Feast

3rd December 2017 : Xmas Dinner Dance

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