Bluffton, Indiana, was nicknamed “The Parlor City” over a century ago because its paved streets (a new phenomenon at the time) made the city “as clean as your parlor."
“National Assisted Living Week” ended with a “Grand Finale Party” for assisted living residents and resident assistants at Maple Crest, Bluffton.
Check out the photos at the bottom of this story.
In keeping with the art theme, each resident and staff person was encouraged to bring along something the person created during any era of his or her life.
The variety of items presented that afternoon was amazing, and the party participants thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to recognize the skills and talents of fellow residents and co-workers.
Even the cookie refreshments were an artistic expression by one of the Maple Crest cooks, Chris Setzer. Thanks also goes to volunteer Jerry Burkholder for helping to serve as well as showing around the items for display.
Annie Balmer – knitted afghan and quilted wall hanging
Jane Bishop – embroidered picture
Louise Cantwell – Teddy Bear made from her old fur coat
Richard Cookson – dog paintings
Betty Cookson – live flower from her personal “greenhouse”
Dorothy Eastman – talked about her past embroidery work
Genevieve Fast – oil painting and her sister’s home-made jewelry
Glenna McCullough – stencil art work created in “Young at H’art” class at Maple Crest
Kathryn Van Dyke – still life painting
Claralice Wolf – embroidered butterfly banner and three short stories
Resident Assistants Becki Ahmed and Lynn Nowak-Sneary –
created a new friendship
Resident Services Coordinator Jane Edinger –
paper weights with antique post cards inside
Activities Coordinator Debbie Mohr –
song book translated into Malagasy