Autumn at The Gardens
Fall is a busy time for us here at The Gardens. It is the season during which we hold our yearly Memorial Service honoring those residents and loved ones who have passed during the previous twelve months. It is always a moving and heartfelt commemoration and we are fortunate to have Rev. Leo McIlrath bless us each year with his warmth, his wisdom and his compassion.
Fall is also the time we observe National Assisted Living Week. Some years ago, the National Center for Assisted Living, a division of the American Health Care Association, came up with the idea of celebrating assisted living by having a big, fun week with the residents of communities all over the country. Probably a gimmick to sell something, but The Gardens has taken this notion seriously. And while we try to provide fun activities for our seniors as often as possible, our Recreation Department goes all out for NALW, preparing all year for this big week.
This year, our theme is Music! Music! Music! and we will begin our week with haunting Irish music (not something you get to hear every day) and conclude it with the Zu Zazz Orkestra! In the interim, we’ll carouse a little early and maybe have a little beer for Oktoberfest, we’ll experience some “healing drums,” and maybe get to do some celebrity (and possibly mobster)-sighting at The Stork Club. We’ll play some music-themed games and make some music-related crafts and it promises to be a terrific week-long party! Plato said, “Music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life.” It’s the universal language. Music reaches beyond our limitations, be they physical, mental or emotional, and draws us together. Music reaches into the spirit.
Our third big autumn celebration is our annual Open House - An Autumn Evening at The Gardens. Every year since we opened, we take an evening in the fall and open our doors to family and friends. We provide good music, good food and good company. It’s the residents’ gala - an opportunity for them to share a great time with their guests. It is also a time for The Gardens’ staff to shine. Hosted by our fearless and charming leader, Diane Manzi, many of our employees will be available to greet and serve. Our Rec staff oversees a beautifully-decorated interior and Chef Dennis puts out a delectable buffet. Additionally, we serve wine and beer and we have wonderful music provided by Jazz Vocalist, Tom Sansone on Sax & Flute. Truly, Autumn is a festive time at The Gardens.