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Olympic View club celebrates 50 years of Mother's Day breakfasts

 

Silverdale residents will gather Sunday at Silverdale's Olympic View Community Club to honor their mothers and the bond of community.

It's the 50th anniversary of the mother's day breakfast.Club treasurer Joy Corbett has been to many of those breakfasts, starting when she was a little girl.

"I remember all these men in their big white aprons flipping the pancakes, it was very cool," Corbett said.

Traditionally, husbands and fathers do all the cleaning and cooking so moms can come and relax. The menu of pancakes, sausage, strawberry crepes and coffee, has changed little since 1962.

It's not just a day for mothers, but for people to see old friends and new babies.

"And these people stay for hours, sipping coffee and connecting," Corbett said.

Corbett gets a little teary eyed about seeing the families.

"Last time we had somebody with four generations that met up for breakfast...it's so cool to see people come back," she said.

The Olympic View club has served as a meeting place and community forum since the early 1930s, but attendance dwindled in the late 90s.Corbett remembers the club didn't put on the Mother's Day breakfast one year, but heard such an outcry they brought it back.

Olympic View Club president Harry Warner said more than 100 people are Olympic View club members today, and he expects about 150 people at Sunday's breakfast.

The club building dates to the mid-1930s. Warner said the space used to host weekly dances, and legend has it a bootleg distillery operated in the basement.

"It was a pretty happening place," Warner said.

Olympic View club secretary Gina Marchetti is a relative newcomer to the club, having joined a few years ago.

Marchetti and her husband started going because they didn't know many people in the area.

"I found it's a warm, inviting atmosphere, very kid-friendly," Marchetti said.

The Olympic View Community Club Mother's Day Breakfast is 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday at 13931 Lester Road in Silverdale. Breakfast is $7.50 and non-members are welcome.

 

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