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May 20, 2010

Home Notes: Thanksgiving Home features hat show

— ``Cock your hat _ angles are attitudes.’’ _ Frank Sinatra We celebrated the end of April with a Straw Hat and Sun Bonnet Show. Residents and staff wore hats of all shapes, sizes and colors as we gathered in the living room to enjoy strawberry shortcake and share stories of our hats. The stories included where the hats were purchased, special occasions when they were worn, and many fun and humorous tales.

Susan Kenyon, Activities Director, documented the occasion by taking photographs of everyone in their hats. The following week she made a poster of the ``Hats of Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home.’’ It was remarkable how many wonderful smiles shone beneath the brims.

We all enjoyed coffee, tea and sweets while viewing photographs of Susan’s family vacation to Cape Cod. Her daughter, Elle Kenyon, compiled the photos into a presentation accompanied by music and it was truly artistic and joyful. We saw treasured stones and shells they collected on the beach, many that were heart-shaped to add to Susan’s collection. The photos triggered memories of past trips.

We welcomed May with dancing around the Maypole.

Some of the residents and staff took turns weaving colorful ribbons around the pole while others watched. Deanna Gable’s daughter, Ireland, was the youngest to learn the dance.

On May 6, the local chapter of the Philanthropic Educational Organization met at the Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home and invited us to attend their exceptional program. Dr. John Davis gave a wonderful presentation on the history of the Thanksgiving Hospital and Bassett Hospital. The presentation included photographs and a detailed, fascinating history of the hospital, highlighting the important contributions of several members of our community, including the Clarks and Coopers. We are thankful to Dr. Davis and the Women’s Educational Philanthropic Organization for the intriguing program.

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  • April activities fool many as spring comes, goes There were many April fool jokes played here at Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home on April 1. Some of us found our door name plates turned upside down or swapped with one from another door and furniture and objects were mysteriously moved around in our rooms. The dining room was completely transformed from its usual formal setting into a hodpodge of mismatched china and … horrors, plastic tablecloths and paper napkins. Each table was decorated with a different theme, Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Easter. Christmas carols played in the background. We suspect that Dee Bouck, of Personal Care and John Santello, Activities Director, were mainly responsible for this mayhem.

    April 24, 2014

  • Pete Rose on deck for TLC The man known to legions of baseball fans as Charlie Hustle still isn't being considered for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

    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