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March 24, 2011

Home Notes: Art Show

The Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home residents and staff held an art show on Feb. 28. There were works of art by artists ranging in age from 6 to 96. Frank Rollins exhibited a beautiful painting and two wonderful photographs.

Doris Blomquist displayed a needlepoint pillow and her mother’s needlepoint stool. Alberta Bowes exhibited a beautiful piece from Korea. Her brother Bill Bowes showed two wonderful paintings. Pat DeBaun displayed an exceptional afghan of the United States.

Dot Gardner exhibited original paintings from 1976 to the present. Julia displayed a lovely sculpture from her collection by Lladro. Jeanette Hansen selected two of her favorite silhouettes. Natalie and Art Laidlaw exhibited a print of a cat, a gift from their son Tex, and a painting of a dachshund their son Robin had made. Joe Langan showed a photograph of his son’s wood carvings and of the Langan bar in New York.

Bobbie Mook displayed a beautiful antique tray that she painted. A candlewick pillow was handmade by Wanda Noyes. Leon Rathbun’s handmade nesting tables and shelves were made of cherry. Sue Stevens displayed chairs that they had needlepointed. Hilde showed a counted cross stitch, hand-painted trays and a chair that she painted.

Wally Pickhardt displayed a photograph of himself, sailing his sailboat in the Atlantic Ocean. Ruth Swart selected a delicate inlaid wooden box.

Maureen Micek showed a painting of a vase of flowers that a friend painted.

Ralph Veenema’s greatgranddaughter Claire sent him a special handmade Valentine and he placed her photograph next to it – she’s adorable. Susan Kenyon exhibited a wonderful painting of Otsego Lake with Kingfisher Tower. Mary Nolan, cook, showed two beautiful winter paintings. Deanna and Ireland Gable, both submitted paintings. Laurie Blatt brought two small sculptures and her husband Fred, a bronze of a dance figure and a sculpture of Walt Whitman .

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    January 3, 2013

  • Holiday celebrations have begun We have decked the halls of the home with garland, the greenhouses delivered a magnificent wreath for the door and the largest poinsettias we've ever seen, with pristine white cyclamen to accent the tables.

    December 20, 2012

  • Home welcomes new residents We honored our residents who are veterans on Veterans Day, including Alberta Bowes, Bill Bowes, Janet Gorman, Art Laidlaw, Wally Pickhardt, Ralph Veenema and Grace Welsh. It is wonderful to have so many residents who served our country.

    November 21, 2012

  • Summer has been busy at the home

    In the spring we held a workshop to create a shared vision of a summer program that would provide meaningful and enriching experiences. Residents and staff partnered to brainstorm creative ideas, then a planning committee of  residents and staff worked out the details to organize and schedule the events from June through August. We’ve had many enjoyable and actionpacked days, and our journey will continue in August.

    August 30, 2012

  • Home Notes: Celebrations abound at the Thanksgiving Home

    April was a month of celebrations and much to appreciate. We had a 90th birthday celebration for Wanda Noyes on April 4 including her family and friends.  Personal care staff Dee Bouck worked with residents to hand paint Easter eggs for the tree in the activity room.

    May 11, 2012

  • Home Notes: Workshops held for Thanksgiving Home residents

    We welcomed Linda Keller, Ph.D. of the Bassett Research Institute and Ida Baker of NYCAMH who presented a six-week workshop for residents and staff.

    March 9, 2012

  • Home Notes: Residents enjoy harvest dinner

    The month of October was absolutely GOURD-geous at The Thanksgiving Home. We started off the month with a beautiful and festive harvest dinner for both staff and residents. As one big family, we sat around warm plates of turkey, fluffy mashed potatoes, delicious corn casserole and fresh rolls.

    November 10, 2011

  • Home Notes: Many surprises, much fun in September

    “Rainbows apologize for angry skies.” -- Sylvia Voirol
    The month of September began on a damp note at the home. The rains of  Hurricane Irene, flooded basements andwashed out roadways making it impossible for some staff to get to work during their scheduled times. Thank you to all who helped cover for each other during the rains!

    October 14, 2011

  • Home Notes: August is opera season

    “Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you.” - Langston Hughes There is a never a shortage of humor at the  Thanksgiving Home, andAugust was no different.

    September 15, 2011