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Massapequa’s Family Day BBQ

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We celebrated family at our annual Family Day BBQ here in Massapequa. Every year gets better and better. Our families joined us for a day filled with volleyball, face painting, a magic show, sno cones, a hot dog cart, games…plus a huge BBQ spread! The weather was just perfect, and everyone had a great time.

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Massapequa Visits the Holtsville Ecology Center

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We headed out to spend the day at the zoo inside the Holtsville Ecology Center. They have so many different animals, including peacocks, goats and bald eagles. Feeding the goats was lots of fun.

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Memorial Day in Massapequa

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Memorial Day Weekend was packed with activities for residents of Massapequa. After starting off the weekend at the American Airpower Museum, residents made Memorial Day wreaths. There was an enormous barbecue lunch on Memorial Day, followed by live outdoor entertainment in the courtyard that took us right through to dinner time. Happy Memorial Day from all is us here in Massapequa!

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American Airpower Museum 2014

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Residents from all of the Long Island Communities kicked off Memorial Day Weekend with a trip to the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport. Out on the grounds, there were planes of all kinds parked so that we could get a close-up view. In the hangar was where we enjoyed lunch and dancing!

The day started with the National Anthem sung by our very own Barbara Heaphy from East Northport. The Bristal and the Airpower Museum arranged for certificates to be handed out to veterans who wished to be a part of the Legacy Keepers program. The vision of the program is to allow Long Island students and living historians to meet with our veterans, listen to their life’s experiences first hand and then pledge to retell those stories for years to come before school groups, at living history events and veterans tributes. It is a great opportunity for our veteran residents to share their stories so that the community at large can learn from their courage, strength, patriotism, and sacrifice for our nation.

After the ceremony, the Bay City Rambers took it away and played all of our favorite standards. Some of us danced the day away, and others took the chance to tour the planes. We all enjoyed a lunch of assorted sandwiches, and hot dogs right from the cart! It truly was a wonderful way to begin our Memorial Day Weekend. Check out our photo gallery from the day:

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Massapequa Reflections at Shake A Paw

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Reflections residents headed out to visit with the cutest little puppies! We took a trip to Shake A Paw in Hicksville where we got to pet, play and love all of the puppies in the shop. We picked our favorites and took them out to the play room with some dog toys. It was so much fun, and the puppies brought smiles to all of our faces! Thank you to Shake A Paw for letting us love all of your adorable puppies!

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Massapequa’s Book Club Hosts Author Linda Maria Frank

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The Massapequa Book Club hosted author Linda Maria Frank for a discussion about one of her new books. Linda was the Bristal Better U presenter during the month of March. It turns out that not only is she an author and a professor, she is also a Massapequa native! So she stopped by to discuss her book called Girl with Pencil, Drawing with the Book Club. After the talk, Linda was kind enough to sign the books that the residents had purchased and read. We’ll be glad to host Linda again when we read another book in her series!

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The Kentucky Derby in Massapequa

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Kentucky Derby day was a blast here in Massapequa. We started out decorating hats in the art studio. After that, we had a Kentucky Derby Hat Parade in the dining room during lunch to show off our creations. After lunch, we had an open discussion about the history of the Kentucky Derby as well as Secretariat, followed by a hat contest with four winners in the following categories: Best Derby Inspired, Biggest Hat, Most Wild Looking Hat, and Best In Show. After we voted and picked the winners, Dan made us Mint Juleps for Happy Hour while we watched this year’s Kentucky Derby!

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Massapequa Reflections Residents at the Pet Store

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Recently, Reflections residents took a trip out to the local pet store. The goal of the day: giving our love to all of the animals! We got to pet the sweet little kittens that are up for adoption, and we all laughed as we watched the ferrets, guinea pigs and birds play. We just can’t help but smile when we see these animals interacting with eachother.

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Cookie Decorating in Massapequa

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To celebrate the coming of Spring, we held a cookie decorating workshop here in Massapequa. The only rule was to make sure to have fun. We used brightly colored icing & toppings, and encouraged artistic expression! We wound up with some great looking cookies – and they tasted delicious as well.

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Massapequa’s Trip to the Quilt Show

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Massapequa residents went on a trip to the Long Island Quilter’s Society Quilt Show at the Garden City Field House. One of our residents, Helen, used to be a part of the Massapequa Quilters Society – so she gathered some of her new friends at The Bristal to head out to the Quilt Show. The show inspired us all to start work on a quilt of our own in a weekly Quilters Guild. We look forward to showing off our work in the future!

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