Annual Irish Stew served up at Pullman Senior Center

PULLMAN, WA - A group of Pullman residents is getting in the St. Patty's Day spirit, a little early this year.

"I clean house every time," said woman.

With St. Patty's Day right around the corner, the Pullman Senior Center is gearing up for one of its largest events of the year.

"Always the same each year, it's Irish Stew, it's garlic bread, it's pie, and cole slaw," said Pullman Senior Center Coordinator Steve Bell.

They're expecting almost 200 guests for lunch on Thursday, and volunteers spent Wednesday morning doing prep-work.

"We want as many people to attend as we can handle," said Bell.

"We're working on the bread... Hot bread," said woman.

"Well, we've been working on the cole slaw, and packaging it all in little individual cups," said Senior Center Volunteer Gladys Parks.

The Irish Stew has been held at the Senior Center in Pullman's City Hall for over 20 years.

"Well, it's one of our fundraisers," said Parks.

"Sometimes, having one of our fundraisers is a good way to bring the whole organization together," said Bell.

The event raises money so the Senior Center can continue providing programs and services for seniors on the Palouse, and it's a chance for the members to connect with the community.

"To me, I get to meet a lot of people, and enjoy it, and visit with people from the community, then they get to know what the senior center is all about," said Senior Center Volunteer Helen Peru.

"I'd say that just about everybody that I've met I've really enjoyed talking to," said Parks.

"It's kind of like a big family event, and that's how we treat it.," said Bell.

The volunteers said that the prep-work will pay off when it all comes together on Thursday.

The Pullman Senior Center is selling meal tickets to the stew for $6.00, and the event is from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. this Thursday.