The Bristal at Lake Grove Blog

Supplies for Success Program in Lake Grove

The Bristal Helping Hands community volunteers got together in Lake Grove to support the UJA Federation of New York. The UJA has a back-to-school initiative called Supplies for Success – a program which provides new school supplies for thousands of disadvantaged children in need. The Bristal Helping Hands volunteers spent the morning filling new backpacks with all of the necessary school supplies to give to elementary school children to prepare them to go back to school! Residents and staff had a wonderful time working together for such a great cause. In the end, they assembled so many backpacks that we almost filled up the entire library! The Supplies for Success program is a wonderful way for The Bristal Helping Hands to give back to the community.

Shelter Kittens Visit Lake Grove

Lake Grove residents and staff enjoyed a day of the cutest kittens, which led to a day of smiling ear to ear! A local shelter visited with some adorable and cuddly kittens for us to love. Some of the kittens were being bottle fed, and the residents enjoyed helping out with that. As you can see, we just loved these little kittens so much, we couldn’t help but smile. We’ve always got love to give, so we welcome the shelter to come back again soon!

Lake Grove Residents Celebrate Dr. Seuss

In celebration of what would have been the 113th birthday of Dr. Seuss, residents in Lake Grove decided to pay homage to the man who charmed the world with his whimsical wonderful words. We made green deviled eggs from scratch – to try green eggs and ham , of course – and wrote up some of our own riddles just for fun. And fun is what we were after, because as Dr. Seuss said, “If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good!”

‘Me, Too!’ Game in Lake Grove

We love learning about one another, and discovering shared interests and common ground. We came up with a really great way to visualize just how connected we all are, and it was a fun way to learn more about staff and also about new residents! We played a fun game of “Me, too!” where someone starts with a ball of yarn. They reveal something about themselves, and anyone who shares that in common simply says “me, too!” The yarn is passed along to that person, while the other keeps one end in their hand. As the game grows longer, and the yarn keeps getting passed, we learn so much more about our friends, and we get to see what an amazing web we weave!

Service Dog Fundraiser in Lake Grove

Matthew Redlein, an 8th grade student at Nesaquake Middle School in Smithtown, is doing what he can to raise funds and awareness about service dogs, and teach others how the dogs can help veterans and first responders suffering from PTSD, blindness, hearing loss, amputations, and other post-combat disabilities. Matthew is raising money to donate to America’s VetDogs and the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, located in Smithtown, who serve the needs of disabled veterans from all eras who have honorably served our country. For every $6,000 raised, Matthew will be able to sponsor a future service dog that will be trained and placed with a veteran or first responder. Recently, Matthew came in to receive a donation from The Bristal at Lake Grove. He is currently just $5,500 away from his personal goal of raising $50,000! Congratulations Matthew on all of your hard work, we’re so happy to support your cause!

Service Dog Fundraiser in Lake Grove

‘Through Our Eyes’ Art Exhibit

This year, we created a special art exhibit called “Through Our Eyes.” Residents from all of The Bristal communities created artwork using various mediums. Then, our art went on display at the Long Island Museum for a month as a special exhibit! There were photos and bios of the artists, and so many people got to enjoy our unique artwork. Thank you to everyone who participated, the Long Island Museum for their hospitality, and to everyone who came to support us.

Lake Grove’s Drum Party

To try something new and different, we recently had a Drum Party here in Lake Grove! The drummers had different types of drums and played some incredible beats as different performers danced for us, and also with us! It didn’t take long until we were all up and dancing along to the sounds of the drums!

End of Summer Luau in Lake Grove

As summer draws to a close, we are not letting that stop the fun here in Lake Grove! We invited a Hawaiian dance troupe in to perform a traditional hula dance for us at our End of Summer Luau. We all enjoyed eating luau inspired fare while we put on our grass skirts and learned a few steps ourselves. We might be saying goodbye to summer, but we’re also going to welcome what fall has to bring with open arms.

Fourth of July in Lake Grove

We were in the patriotic spirit here at The Bristal at Lake Grove on the Fourth of July! Staff, family, and residents donned their red white and blue, and showed their true colors dancing to music by Glenn Baldwin and enjoying a spectacular spread of BBQ fare at our Fourth of July barbecue. Flags were proudly flown along the walking path to add to the patriotic flair.

Lake Grove’s Summer Salad Competition

Lake Grove kicked off the summer with their first annual Summer Salad Competition – a friendly contest between all of the departments in the building. The real winners are the residents who get to taste all of the amazing creations, and then cast a vote for their favorite! There were pasta salads, fruit salads, coleslaw and more. Even though there were some amazing entries, the Food Service department took the win this time. Joe from the kitchen staff went above and beyond, creating a raw slaw salad with mango, raspberry vinaigrette, shrimp and candied pecans. It was super tasty and a crowd favorite!

The Bristal at ‘A Taste of Long Island’

The Bristal at Lake Grove participated this year at the East Northport Chamber of Commerce’s event: A Taste of Long Island. The annual event, now in its 13th year, attracts hundreds of foodies and wine and beer connoisseurs. They come to taste all of the different offerings that local pubs and restaurants have to offer. Our chefs always love the fun challenge of deciding which culinary creation to serve. This year, The Bristal at Lake Grove took home the award for Best Table Presentation. Congratulations to all who participated!

Lake Grove’s Valentine’s Day Festivities

Love was definitely in the air at The Bristal at Lake Grove on Valentine’s Day Weekend! We kicked off the celebration of love with a Sweethearts Luncheon in the Parlor. Eight couples who live at The Bristal attended. They enjoyed soup, an entree, and a chocolate lava cake for dessert, all prepared with love by the food service staff. We toasted to everlasting love, and each couple took home one of the primrose centerpieces. The next day, we spread the love at our Valentine’s Day Party in The Bistro. Friends and family were welcome to join us as we snacked on a wonderful spread of chocolate treats, and enjoyed a live performance from The Long Island Chorus. Everyone truly felt the love. Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us here in Lake Grove.