Celia and Paul Deese inherited the luncheon tradition they've been a part of for 15 years.
Celia's brother, J. Wayne Griffin, started the monthly event in 1995 with the goal of keeping seniors active and social. Griffin asked the couple to keep it going before he died of a heart attack at age 61.
Once known as "First Friday Feasts," the luncheon took on its creator's name when it changed hands. The program's 100-plus regulars who ensured its success renamed it Wayne's Second Friday Feast.
"It makes me feel good that they are sill interested after 15 years," Celia said. "I just love the excitement of the people. There's no negativity."
The group met at different area churches during the first three years of operation. It now runs 9:45 a.m.-noon the second Friday of each month at Capt'n Pete's on N.C. 150 E., near Denver. For years, the seafood restaurant has opened its doors exclusively to the club before preparing for weekend business.
The gathering offers a meal, an educational or entertainment program (or a mix of both) and fellowship for the senior community. Numbers have dwindled, Celia said, but the event still draws crowds of 70 or more each month.
"They have interesting programs, you learn things, you go back home full and it's good fun," said Ruth Hatfield, who has attended for the last 13 years.
It's designed with the senior community in mind, but anyone can attend. They fill the booths and chairs to eat, socialize and stay active.
For Alene Jones, who has attended for about five years, it's about hanging out with good, Christian people.
"When you're here, it doesn't seem like you're here for but 30 minutes," she said. "Time flies - it'll lift your spirits. It's uplifting."
Some wish it was held more frequently because it offers people the chance to create new relationships.
"The greatest part about it is seeing all the different people," said the Rev. Hubert Clinard, 85, of New Hope United Methodist Church who has attended since it started. "That's what makes life exciting, and it gives seniors something to look forward to."
Clinard also attends because it helps him keep up with his parishioners.
"There's good fellowship, catching up with old friends - and the food helps," he said. "It not only keeps them active, it improves their life because there are a lot of good programs with good advice."
That advice has come from area experts who volunteer and provide information and advice on range of topics, including the economy, health issues and spirituality.
But live music or other forms of entertainment are also common. This month, Santa Claus will make a visit. They've even hosted a puppet show.
"As far as me and Paul are concerned, we're going to carry it on," said Celia. "As long as everyone wants it to continue, we're going to continue it."