Once a week, the Salvation Army hosts Sally's Social Café. Once a month, the organization puts on a special event to entertain diners while they eat. October's event was "Newfoundland Kitchen Party," and it took place on Oct. 25.
"Shane, my husband, and I are originally from Newfoundland," explained Captain Jennifer Hillier. "And, there's this thing in Newfoundland called the Newfoundland Kitchen Party. And this has become a tradition in Newfoundland and so we thought we would bring some entertainment from Newfoundland today and have some fun at the cafe."
Hillier elaborated a bit more about Newfoundland Kitchen Parties.
"Back in the day, before TV and iPads and iPhones, people would visit one another, they'd congregate in the kitchen around the pot-belly stove to keep warm and they would break out the musical instruments -- the accordions and the guitars -- and they would sing and have fun together."
On Wednesday, Hillier and her husband sang traditional Newfoundland songs, told jokes and held a bit of a quiz -- who can guess what this Newfoundland phrase means?
Around 40 people attended the special Newfoundland Kitchen Party. Sally's Social Café lunches began this summer summer, and Hillier said once more than 60 people came in for a bite to eat.
"We have lunch at 12:00 p.m., and then we have games if people want to stay around and have coffee and dessert, play some games and just have some fun together, this is a great space to do it."
Sally's Social Café will be held at the Knox United Church until the Salvation Army's new building is completed next year.