contributed by Dorothy Yuan and Ellie Hagan
The New Years Party was a grand success! The minute you hit the auditorium it was party atmosphere – from the tables to the very enticing buffet running down the middle of the room.
The food was all delicious. It was a bargain for the price with the assortment and quality of food. The prime rib would melt in your mouth.
contributed by Julia Freeman
The Holiday Party held on Thursday, December 19, was indeed festive. Santa Claus (Dennis Evans) and Mrs. Claus (Clarita Ricketts) presided while elves (Sue Evans and Helen Hindinger) frolicked and passed out candy canes. Tom McCain narrated the proceedings. Music played a prominent part – a medley of carols sung by the small group of the Collington Singers followed by a sing-a-long of holiday favorites. Peter Basquin performed piano pieces by Debussy, Chopin, and Scott Joplin – the latter had toes tapping. Eloise Branche gave a reading of a “Brown Christmas” in the spirit of “The Night Before Christmas” but focused on the temptation of chocolates and other sweets during the season. Refreshments were then served and many stayed, gathering in small groups to share plans for the holidays.
Contributed by Julia Freeman
The Dickens Dinner was held Saturday December 15; 98 residents made reservations. Tom McCain excelled again as the reader of selections from the Christmas Carol and Dick Garrison was a “masterful” Master of Ceremonies.
The wait staff was in top form professionally serving each table. The highlight of the 5 course meal was an individual Beef Wellington, perfectly cooked. The staff was enthusiastically applauded at the end.
Contributed by Dorothy Yuan
After Tree Lighting the crowd was entertained by our favorite resident band in the Ivy Bar.
Contributed by Marian Fuchs
The weird and wonderful witches of Collington were out in force at the end of October to cast good spells for the many children of our staff members who came to play games, collect candies, parade their costumes and enchant our residents. For privacy reasons we don’t post pictures of these children, but they were all as cute as can be. And, thanks to those good witches, they didn’t find the two skeletons and other scary things behind the auditorium curtains too frightening.