In April, we had a very special day here celebrating all of our wonderful artists. For the last year we have been running an adult coloring session on Saturday’s. This activity is coordinated by our Lovely Audrey Howarth. Our “Art” open house featured the work of our dedicated coloring group and was also a way to entice others to perhaps join the group. We have also been running a ten week Art Class with local Artist Jane Moore. Jane and her students had the opportunity to showcase their lovely work in our Cataraqui Lounge. We enjoyed a lovely wine and cheese and had an opportunity to see all of the amazing creations. The display was such a hit, we actually left it up for a week so that family, staff, friends and all residents would get a chance to enjoy the Fruit of their labour. Way to go everyone!
Thank You Bob and Peter, for an amazing fun filled afternoon. We enjoyed hearing funny stories and songs about animals you might find if you were on a Safari. The event was very well attended with plenty of laughter and we even had opportunity to sing a long! Thanks again Littler and Aston for a wonderful show . we look forward to your next one!
What a Blast we had here on Sat. March 18th! We had fabulous music by the McLaren Family Band and enjoyed seeing everyone dressed up in their GREENS!! Our annual St. Patrick’s Day party featured Irish Coffee, Irish Hot Chocolate and of course BEER!!! We had a FULL HOUSE in the Saint Lawrence Lounge with a record number of over 100 in attendance! Thanks you to all of our helpers who came and made the day a huge success. Congratulations to Ron Burgham for winning first prize in the “Hunt For Coins Game” and congratulations also to Judy Taggart for placing second. The band nominated three of our attendees for being the ones with the most ” Irish Flair”, congratulations to Patrick Dickey, Lorne Palmateer and Isobel Crowell.
The Canadian Lung Association was here as part of their Annual Tulip campaign! Residents and Staff had an opportunity to purchase lovely Tulips and Ferns to help put a little “Spring in Their Step”, also they were helping a wonderful cause! Here is a note from the society:
I wanted to thank you all once again for making our 2017 Tulip Day Campaign a success! I have said it before but I will say it again – we cannot do this without your support! This was our best year ever and I can’t thank you enough. Without your help it would not be possible to reach our goal, which this year was set at $11,000 and we still have more coming in too!
Way to go Kingston! What a fabulous way to give back!
We had a wonderful jam packed day here on Feb. 14th. We started with our lovely Valentine’s Day tea where we featured the Game ” Guess That Bride”, we also awarded our prizes for the “Hunt For Hearts ” Contest. Participants hunted all around our buildings for hidden numbered hearts. Congratulations to Paul Goodyear for his First Place Standing. Paul collected over 300,000 points! Way to go Paul. In second place we had Beatrice Biederman with over 40,000 points as well. We also had our Guess The number of hearts in the jar winner, Doreen Lanthier! Congratulations to all of our prize winners and thank you to all who participated. Before our lovely gourmet dinner that night, we had a fun time in our Valentine’s Day Photo booth! We topped everything off with a wonderful musical concert by The “Sunshine Soul Band” in the evening! What a memorable day, from beginning to end!
We started a new February tradition here at the Waterford in honor of the month of love! Residents were asked to submit a wedding photo, photos were on display during our Valentine’s Day Tea with current photos of the residents also on display and Tea goers had to try to match the bride from Yesterday, to the person today! Congratulations to our two winners Barb Reynolds and Yolande Couture for successfully making the most matches! See below for a taste of what we saw!
Keep an eye on the calendar for our next “Country Kitchen Cooking, Diners Club”. This is a fabulous event where up to 25 residents can come and enjoy a lovely home cooked meal. Interested residents who want to help with the meal prep, sign on to do so and then at noon we open the doors to welcome all of our guests. This past month we featured, “European open faced sandwiches” which are truly a favourite here! We have fun cooking together and then feasting and visiting! When sign up sheet go up, spots go rather quickly, do keep an eye out for our next one!
A local florist has taken the movement of “paying it forward” and turned it into “petal it forward”. The Loyalist Flower Shop kicked off their campaign on Thursday Feb. 02. They stopped into 10 local retirement and long term care residences in the Kingston area to simply spread smiles. Each resident was given a lovely wrapped carnation with a card– FREE OF CHARGE!. Many smiles were given in exchange for the flower. Shelley and her team, arrived at the Waterford about noon hour and flowers were handed out in all dining rooms. It was truly something wonderful to behold! Thank you to Shelley and her wonderful team for such a lovely gift that put the spring back in our step on a cold winter day!
The Year of the Rooster! We had fun finding out about each other and what sign we are according to our birthdate. We actually had very few Roosters but plenty of Rats, Pigs, Horse’s and many Rabbit’s! It was fun to learn about the Chinese custom of the Lucky Red Envelope that children receive from loved ones on their Chinese New year! We decided to go out this year for our celebrations and found ourselves having a feast for the eyes as well as the tummies!
We had a lovely day here on the 25th of January. The celebrations revolved around the very famous Robbie Burns! We kicked the day off with a fun facts and Trivia session all about him and then in the afternoon we had a sing-a-long and our annual visit from our piper friend Collin who led the way for the Haggis with Scottish kilt wearing Sharon and Cassidy as part of the procession! Glasses were raised, the “Ode’ To The Haggis” was recited and visits were made to all dining rooms. Did you know that Robbie Burns was born on January 25th , 1759 in Alloway, Ayrshire, Scotland. He was known as the “Ploughman Poet”. He rose from local hero to national celebrity. Some fun Facts:
The Soviet union was the first country in the world to honour the man with a commemorative stamp in 1956.
The first Burns Supper was held at Burns Cottage in 1801.
Burns had the “Honour” of being the first person to feature on the side of a Coke bottle, the only occasion to date where Coca-Cola have designated a design to one nation.
There are more public statues of Robert Burns all around the world than any other writer.
Burns-penned Auld Land Syne has appeared in well over 170 Hollywood films.
In 2009, an STV poll voted Burns the Greatest Ever Scot above William Wallace, Alexander Flemming, Jock Stein and fifth place David Tennant.