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Senior Cafe attendees enjoy songbird presentation

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly Staff

Seniors recently gathered at Pilgrim Church on Thursday, September 15, for a weekly Sherborn Council on Aging luncheon, otherwise known as Senior Cafe. 

Senior Cafe provides a perfect opportunity for conversation and community — as well as a donation-suggested (and appreciated) lunch to seniors. On the 15th, a Thanksgiving-style meal, complete with turkey and stuffing, was served while those in attendance enjoyed a presentation on songbirds of the Northeast.

Special guest John Root, a local naturalist, joined the Sherborn COA for a presentation fit for avian enthusiasts. Root educated the seniors via Zoom on songbirds of the area. Listening to bird calls and sharing beautiful photos, Root was able to present on and share in the beauty of these majestic birds. His educational and engaging presentation had spectators laughing along at jokes and noting birds they’ve seen recently. From Eastern phoebes and Eastern kingbirds to hawks and bluejays, Root divulged his secrets for birdwatching. 

The Sherborn COA is dedicated to serving the community with programs and luncheons such as these, particularly after the pandemic shutting down so many in-person programs. Sherborn resident Betsy Johnson was happy to spend time back with other residents. “I’m excited to see people again,” she said. “This is my first time back in over a year. It’s great to get out.” Also enthralled by Root’s presentation, Johnson looked forward to sharing a love of nature with friends. 

The staff and volunteers were impressed with the turnout. “We got a much better crowd this year. This is the best since COVID,” Senior Advocate Melinda Morle Morle smiled. “We’re going to be doing a program every week. Either a presenter, entertainer, or something informational.” 

The Sherborn Council on Aging is welcoming to all. Bring a friend and join the weekly luncheons at Pilgrim Church at noon on Thursdays. Other events will be posted in their newsletter, available online at

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