We celebrated National Assisted Living Week with events throughout the week, including Grandparents Day scrapbooking, where generations of Bristal family put their photos into scrapbook pages with creative embellishments.
Generations again joined together when our senior girl scouts, troop #400 shared in a project on 9/11 with Farmingdale girl scout troop #3100, making American Flags and writing what it means to be an American on the stripes. Both troops helped one another and then, exchanged flags to keep.
This year’s theme was Homemade Happiness, so residents welcomed other seniors from the area in as their guests to see how The Bristal really becomes our home. Residents and guests got to go shopping with “in-home shopping” in the boutique room. In the bistro, Chef Ian served guests and residents an early sampling of savory fall specialty cuisine including pumpkin ravioli, butternut spaghetti squash and pork shanks. A tasting room in the library on the 2nd floor was set up for dessert sampling and residents and guests nibbled and chatted outside on the adjoining balcony veranda. Entertainment included interlude piano music with Joe McAuley, Dixieland music with the Micki Grant Band, and the traveling sax troupe, Sweet and Saxy.
The afternoon was completed with a performance by Julia Fiederline, an 11th grade singing sensation performing some of our favorite music, Broadway show tunes. We all had a wonderful week celebrating Homemade Happiness.