The Lake Berryessa Senior Center & Community Hall...

…A Community Resource for All



March 10, 2018

Shepherd’s Pie & Scones with Spring Greens Salad

March Cooks Debbie Plunkett & Geoffrey Lake

Thank you everybody who participated in this dinner! A special shout out to Debbie Plunkett and her Shepherd's Pie authenticated by a guest from Britain! Thank you all; a community is not of one but all!

Carol wins

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Photo Album (Click here…)



Our New Name, Our New Goals

According to Wes Plunkett at the latest community dinner, the Plunkett family is pleased with the the new name for our organization. He believes that adding Community Hall to the name honors his mother’s long commitment to our Lake Berryessa community.

She was very dedicated to her community as a founder, board member and president of Spanish Flat Water District and founding member of the Lake Berryessa Chamber of Commerce and the Ladies of the Lake. She also served on the St. Helena School Board, St. Helena Hospital advisory board, and helped establish the church at Spanish Flat. Wes and Elsie donated the land for the Berryessa Senior Center and she became a lifetime member.

Plunket family 2009 edited-1

With the potential revitalization of Lake Berryessa through the efforts of the local community working with Napa County and the Bureau of Reclamation, the parallel revitalization of our senior center is also an important goal.


Some interesting Senior Center History (Click for full stories.)

The Elsie Plunkett Story

Senior Center Founded by Lake Berryessa Adventurer, Betty Pedersen

What Was It Like To Grow Up At Spanish Flat Resort? Confessions of a Resort Brat (aka Wes Plunkett)

January 20th Community Dinner a Success!

Crab Feed 2018 Photo Album (Click here…)


The Lake Berryessa Senior Center & Community Hall

A Community Resource for All

Communities evolve because people who care make things happen.  2018 will hopefully bring a renewal of our Lake Berryessa recreational community. The Berryessa Senior Center & Communiity Hall is also looking forward to a revitalization as a community resource. Please join the Lake Berryessa Senior Center to support the Lake Berryessa community during this time of positive change at the lake. Your $25 membership will help keep the doors open. Younger members are needed to provide a foundation for the future.

The Lake Berryessa Senior Center & Community Hall offers a broad range of social activities and support services. And this energetic group of Berryessa residents is redefining the Center, both because you don't have to be a "senior" to join the organization and because of their positive attitude towards community action. As with any volunteer organization, the more active people who join, the more active things there'll be to do. Official membership age is 50, but Community Supporter members of any age are welcome.

Membership dues are just $25 a year. The Center is a self-supporting, non-profit organization. They have regular monthly dinners and events such as Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, the annual Crab Feed, summer BBQs, bingo, and various fundraisers - and in 2018 they’ll be installing a pool table and adding a horseshoe tournament.

The Lake Berryessa Senior Center & Community Hall is an amazing facility located at 4380 Spanish Flat Loop Rd and is available at a very reasonable rent for special occasions. Call for details: 966-0206. In the past the Center  has hosted weddings, receptions, memorials, and many community functions such as blood drives, flu shots, Bureau of Reclamation presentations and community meetings. 

When you join you will be put on the Center's email list to receive regular announcements of activities and services.

Please send your check for $25 made out to the Berryessa Senior Citizens and mail it to:

Lake Berryessa Senior Center, Spanish Flat Village Center 

Unit # 9113, Napa, CA 94558


Who’s a Senior, What’s a Senior?

By Peter Kilkus

One of my favorite sayings is: You don’t stop playing because you get old, you get old because you stop playing!

While insurance adjusters, health care planners, and social security analysts note with trepidation our lengthening life expectancy, and leisure industries scramble to cater to bored retirees, many of us realize that there is still important, but different, work for “elders” to do.

What is old age for? Anthropological studies conclude that old age is humanity’s greatest invention! According to a geriatrician, Dr. William Thomas, on a deeper level old age invented us. It propelled the development of culture, language, and society. A million years ago on the plains of Africa, the first grandmother helped her daughter and grandchildren survive. The deliberate enlistment of grandparents into the work of rearing the young stands as a defining characteristic of human beings.

Substantial advantages accrue to offspring who can be cared for by two generations of adults. An African proverb says, “The death of an old person is like the loss of a library”. Thomas believes our growing number of elders represents an unprecedented windfall to society. Elders have always made important contributions to the young of their families and communities.

For those of you who remember the trauma of turning 30 during the “don’t trust anyone over 30” days of the 60s, the turning 60 birthday in the 21st century may feel even worse. But almost no one I know says they feel like a “senior” even though they may be well over 60. Although our bodies may give us unwelcome hints that we are aging, the modern world gives us plenty of opportunities to keep from “being old”.

How do we keep from “growing old inside”? Surely only in community. According to Robert McAfee Brown, the only way to make friends with time is to stay friends with people. Taking community seriously not only gives us the companionship we need, it also relieves us of the notion that we are indispensable.

So how can we translate philosophy into action at Lake Berryessa? Through the Lake Berryessa Senior Center & Community Hall - a key community resource that offers a broad range of social activities and support services. And this energetic group of Berryessa residents is redefining the definition of senior because of their positive attitude towards community action. As with any volunteer organization, the more active people who join the more active things there’ll be to do.

Peter & Betty

Maybe there should be a contest to see what new word can be used to replace “senior” in describing us (since I am a new member). At the last Board meeting I mentioned that I just don’t feel like a “senior” and Betty Pedersen, a co-founder of the Center in 1983, jumped right in with  “Neither do I!”

**********                       © Peter Kilkus 2017