BY ANNA ZORAWSKA
The summer is now over; however the Thanksgiving Home is still enjoying many activities and a lively fall.
On Oct. 15, we celebrated a birthday party for all of our residents and employees with a nice cake and the traditional singing of happy birthday. Our October birthdays include Dorothy Bly, Martha Quinn, Alex Melniczenko, Samantha Klein and Lauren Miller.
Saturday, Mary Butler, with those residents who enjoy cooking, made a Chicken “Casablanca” dinner in the slow cooker, and then most of the residents watched the movie Casablanca with Humphrey Bogart in the library.
On Oct. 20, Maureen Micek, Pat DeBaun, Wally Pickhardt and Hilde Parr took pleasure in a bowling tournament with staff including Frank Miller, Deanna Gable with her son Jameson and Laurie Blatt.
On the 21st, the residents and staff celebrated the renewal of our designation as an Eden Alternative Registered Home with a tasty Harvest Dinner consisting of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and wonderful homemade recipes from Leon Rathbun for Cranberry, Orange, Apple Relish; which was then topped off with many delicious desserts made by staff volunteers.
This dinner was a true group effort with the assistance of Chrissy Karpowich, Kathy Lindberg and Sue Walker in the kitchen, and much input from the Food Committee.
The group then participated in singing songs, telling jokes and giving thanks for friends, families, companionship and our wonderful home.
On the following day, the residents celebrated a tea party and enjoyed delicious cakes prepared and donated by Susan Kenyon.
In October, Laurie and Fred Blatt traveled to Boulder Colo., to see their first grandchild born in September. Their grandson Quinn was born at 8 pounds with thick dark hair. Also in October, Mary Butler traveled to Florida with her husband Dave. We can’t wait for her return to find out all the details.
As we come closer to the winter months and expect our traditional cold winter, our life in the Thanksgiving Home will be warmed and brightened by the activities and friendships that we are surrounded by.
BY ANNA ZORAWSKA
- Home Notes
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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