New friends were made as girls sang to Ashley Pointe residentsResidents put on a show of crafted Easter bonnets BY CHUCK TUCK | JOURNAL REPORTER Easter surprised everyone this year by arriving earlier than what we are all accustomed to, but not for the residents of Ashley Pointe’s senior living community. They instead celebrated Easter in grand style with an egg hunt last Thursday, and an Easter bonnet parade on Saturday.
Activities Coordinator Debbie Cooper said that even with Easter coming so early they were able to pull it off.
“It came so fast with one holiday after the other,” Cooper said referring to St. Patrick’s Day last week and then Easter.
Before the start of the parade the Daisy Girl Scouts and Brownies from troop 50624 performed for their families and the seniors.
Troop leader and mother of four, Sherene Player said it was neat to have the girls sing at Ashley Pointe.
The troop will later be donating 10 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to the food bank.
“It’s so neat and special to be here,” Player said. “It’s a nice way to give back to the community.”
At the end of the performance by the young girls they sang “Make New Friends”.
Moments prior to the start of the parade, everyone enjoyed the piano playing provided by resident George Knisley as he sat at the piano pounding the keys loud enough for all to hear.
He also charmed the audience as he sang the song “Beautiful Women,” to the ladies.
As the parade got underway, they entered the cafeteria one-by-one to show-off their beautifully decorated bonnets which they had designed and crafted themselves.
“I know one thing, you are all beautiful,” Cooper said.
They were all certainly winners, but several were standouts chosen by a small panel of judges. Helping with the organization and acting as the local MC was Community Relations Director, Connie Olsen wearing her bunny ears.
“We have a lot of creative and talented people,” Jenny Vanburen, a caregiver said. “I am dazed and amazed at what they can do.”