As we all know, this week is Resident Appreciation Week, from Hometown America to us. Management really outdid themselves this year. On Tuesday, Peace symbols were handed out by the staff as the residents entered the clubhouse and into a world of 60’s music and psychedelic colors everywhere.
The decorating committee REALLY outdid themselves this week! Tammy, Billie, Gary, and Staff were incredible. Our entertainment for Tuesday evening came by way of Big Sky, none other than our own, Dennis & Wendy Jager who DJ’d and entertained us the entire night. The dance floor was never empty. Songs from the 60’s were mixed with a few other eras to make the night one of fun and fashion.
The contest winners for the ‘best hippie couple’ went to Natasha and Phillippe. Ironically, they were born in the 70’s! Yes, our youngest among us, had the best Hippie costumes. He was a dead ringer for John Lennon and Natasha’s hippie styled fringed vest and stiletto boots completed their ensemble. They sealed the deal as contest winners with the sailor’s kiss while on stage.
Bell bottom jeans, fringe vests, and rose colored wired rimmed glasses were quite popular. Long hair suddenly appeared on guys who had none the day before. As the 60’s styles returned, a white mini dress and go-go boots made for ‘walkin’ also made an appearance on stage during the fashion contest.
You never ‘smelled’ any rope burning, but it appeared there were ex-smokers reminiscing from days gone by when ‘puffing’ on white rolled paper as part of their costumes. Although, there were plenty of munchies to go around, the brownies were just brownies. At least that’s what we were told.
It was a ‘peaceful’ night that was over too soon. Many of our residents from the hippie generation had actually attended Woodstock. As they walked out of the 60’s and into the night, now as retired hippies, waving and smiling while they searched for their golf carts to transport them back into the 21st century for a good night’s sleep.
After all, tomorrow would bring yet another day to celebrate Resident Appreciation Week. Management has certainly shown a genuine camaraderie with us as they not only planned this week, but also joined in on the fun with different activities.
A bond of friendship and trust that can grow when both parties work together for the good of the park, the employees and the residents.