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Strummin’ Wonders of Woodbridge entertain at St. Anthony’s senior lunch

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Strummin’ Wonders of Woodbridge entertain at St. Anthony’s senior lunch

Carla Marquardt leads the ukulele group from Del Webb known as the Strummin’ Wonders.


POSTED June 13, 2014 1:37 a.m.

The Feast of St. Anthony’s luncheon for seniors Thursday had a patriotic flavor.

That was compliments of the Strummin’ Wonders of the Woodbridge Del Webb active adult community. The ukulele-playing group performed at the annual event held inside the St. Anthony parish gymnasium.

“Ninety percent of them came in without knowing how to play a musical instrument,” said organizer Carla Marquardt.

She’s impressed how far the Strummin’ Wonders have come together in those two and a half years.

“We really don’t read music,” Marquardt said. “We play cords and sing.”

On this day, they played a variety of familiar tunes to commemorate Flag Day on Saturday, entertaining those who came by to enjoy the lunch catered by Joe Waltzmann.

Optimal Hospice Care of Stockton donated the ice cream sundae cups for the luncheon hosted by Sister Ann Venita Britto and her Ministry of Caring.

The main entertainment was provided by the JRP Company band.

Guests came from places such as Emeritus Senior Living, Prestige, Valley CAPS, and St. Jude Care Center.

The Feast of St. Anthony honors St. Anthony of Padua, who was born in Lisbon and is recognized as the patron saint of lost articles.

Sister Ann pays tribute to the patron saint of the parish each year not to mention the special event luncheons for seniors regardless of their religious affiliation along with consumers  of Valley CAPS PLUS and ABLE.

As for the Strummin’ Wonders, they’re scheduled to play again at Del Webb on Aug. 13. 

“We’ll be playing ‘50s and ‘60s songs,” said Marquardt.

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