Simcoe County Band
On Monday, August 14th, the residents enjoyed listening to the 30 plus volunteer members of the Simcoe County Band. The members range from 19 to 95 and they are all very talented musicians. They played music from “Grease” to Disney Tunes, to songs from across Canada. It was a very delightful evening.
Rhythmic Gymnastics Performance
On Saturday, August 12th over 60 residents watched Patti’s granddaughter Erin aged 14 and her friend Gabby, aged 15, Rhythmic Gymnastics performance in our Springwater Lounge.
Each of the girl’s individual routine used a hoop, club, ball and ribbon. Their beautiful costumes each cost approximately $700.00. Both girls train 6 days a week for competitions all over Canada and other countries. They both are hoping to be in the Olympics in the future. The residents really enjoyed watching the girls and look forward to their return next year.
Barrie Hill Farms
On Monday, August 14th, the residents enjoyed a visit to Barrie Hill Farms. A group of residents decided to go for a 20 minute tour of the fields by sitting on the Wagon. They really enjoyed the ride and then came back to buy in the store some fresh strawberries, blue berries, butter tarts and even some sun flowers to decorate their suite. They look forward to going again in the fall.
Dunk Tank Fundraiser for The Alzheimer Society
On Thursday, August 10th, The Waterford held its 2nd Annual Dunk Tank Fundraiser for the Alzheimer Society. Derek Brown, Director of Hospitality & Administration, James Beaupre, our Dietary Manager, Shean Wadham, Maintenance, and a loan female, Karen Langdon were willing participants to be “dunked”. It was a warm sunny day, so the residents gathered outside the lower level parking lot to witness this fun event. At $2.00 per toss or $5.00 for 3 tosses, Derek Brown started our event off by being the first to be dunked!!! Thank you to all who participated as we raised $445.00 for the Alzheimer Society.
Neema, Uganda’s Children Sound Of Hope Choir
On the evening of Tuesday, August 8th, our Northwoods Theatre was filled with our residents enjoying the singing, drumming and dancing of “Neema”, a children’s choir from Uganda called The Sound of Hope Choir. Their voices rang out in joy, with enthusiastic dancing in bright colors. The children also sold some handbags, aprons, and jewelry that were handmade by the children. The residents really enjoyed this special evening.
Toronto Author, Robert Rotenberg
On Thursday, July 3rd the Waterford Residents travelled to Innisfil’s Library, to listen to Robert Rotenberg from Toronto share his “hot off the press” 5th book called “Heart Of The City. Robert, is a Criminal Lawyer who lives in the east end of Toronto and he just loves Toronto. He writes Mystery Novels that have really taken off with Canadian readers enjoying a mystery murder that takes place in a motel along Kingston Road, or St. Lawrence Market. This book takes place in Kensington Market. The residents really enjoyed his sense of humor and can relate to landmarks Robert will mention such as Toronto’s Old City Hall, and the Eaton Centre. We added his latest book to our Library for our residents to read and share.
On Tues. July 25th, the residents enjoyed an evening out at Georgian Downs Horse Racetrack. They had a lovely Buffet Dinner and fun “betting” on their favourite horses to Win, Place or Show. They laughed a lot deciding on their horse by color or name! Some residents came back with big winnings of $.50 or $.60. What a great evening.
Miss Jennies Dance Studio
On Thurs. July 20th, the residents enjoyed the dance performances of Miss Jennies Dance Studio. Of course, the little 3 year olds were so cute wearing their costumes and dancing in different directions. Most of the performances were from familiar Broadway Productions. The residents just loved the variety consisting of modern hip-hop, jazz, ballet to tap. We look forward to Miss Jennies Studio returning in February for a brand new show.
Lucy Maud Montgomery
On Thursday, the residents enjoyed a Country Drive to Leaskdale to visit both the Manse and Church where Lucy Montgomery and husband, Rev. Ewen Macdonald lived and preached. Lucy left Clifton, P.E.I. in 1911 after her wedding to Ewen and moved to Leaskdale where she and her husband raised their 3 children and wrote her famous “Anne of Green Gables” as well as another 11 books. The residents were treated to a lovely lunch of homemade finger sandwiches, hot scones tea and desserts by the Lucy Maud Montgomery Historical Society. On the drive back we had a Sing-A-Long of some old time favourites. It was a wonderful day.
Summer Reads with Bianca Lakoseljac
On Monday, July 10th, Bianca Lakoseljac started off our Summer Reads Program by sharing how she immigrated at the age of 19 from Yugoslavia to Canada and her writing journey. She has a series of books from Poetry, Short Stories to her most recent novel, Stone Woman which is about the 60’s and the location is Toronto’s own Yorkville. The Audience recalled the Riverboat where Gordon Lightfoot, Leonard Cohen as well as many other Canadian Artists started their careers. Her book also touches on the Sculptures that were made and placed in High Park. It was amazing to reflect on such a colorful and creative past in Toronto.