It was a fun-filled time when Willie Nininger came to perform for us. The residents and associates danced in the aisles together. That’s what it is like when Willie comes to East Village Place, he brings his music and we all come alive. His wide variety of music includes Country, Folk and Rock ‘n Roll, that brings back fond memories. […]
Category: Life at East Village Place
Pathways resident, Frank Pelligrino, decided to tickle the ivories yesterday, impressing everyone in the room. Through Expressive Arts, our community uses music, art and movement to tap into all forms of creativity for an alternative form of communication beyond words.
SeniorAdvisor.com has awarded East Village Place a Best of Senior Living Award for 2018. This exclusive designation honors the top 1% of senior-care providers across the U.S. and Canada. “We are honored to be the only community in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts to receive this prestigious award three years running. Our commitment to creating an extraordinary […]
It was a very cold day outside, but things were heating up inside our dining room here at East Village Place. Mr. Magic thrilled us with his delightful magic act. One of his tricks included making three lamps appear from one round tube. Another involved a red hankie from which a red candle appeared. He also […]
The room was decorated, the party hats were put out, the noise makers were ready, the balloons were filled, the sparkling cider was chilling and the mini éclairs were waiting for the festivities to begin. At 6:30pm, Jack Dunham came in with his sparkling tuxedo suit and red sparkling bow tie and he was ready […]
The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With almost 30 different classes with everything from Current Events to National Parks to Plant Man to Remember When and even Art Therapy, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes are for, and taught by, […]
All of the residents in our Pathways took great pleasure in decorating the tree for Christmas. Everyone helped do their part. There were smiles on all their faces and they were happy to help out. Cindy finished it off with the candy canes. Way to go everyone, it looks absolutely beautiful!
East Village Place is enjoying some festive competition with a holiday tree decorating contest. Each of our departments were giving a 4 foot tree to decorate as they choose. The results are wonderful, who knew toilet paper and sponges could be so cute when added to a tree by the Maintenance/Housekeeping associates! Stop in to see all […]
Sending along my appreciation to your staff for helping us have a successful family gathering in the activities room yesterday. Dee allowed us to tie up the room for the entire day which was extremely helpful for set-up and the opportunity to relax and not feel pressure to vacate the room before we were ready. […]
We’re thrilled to introduce our 2018 edition of EXPRESSIONS, Watermark’s annual calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. This calendar reminds us that our communities are collective creations of friendly, caring individuals who are generous with their time and talents. Whether expressing their individual creativity through paint, clay, yarn, stone or an outstretched hand, they […]
On November 11th, we started our Veterans Program off with our National Anthem followed by Annetta singing God Bless America. The men and women who served our great country were given dog tags with the United States Flag on it to commemorate their service. We enjoyed the music program by Lisa & Dave Gomez delighting […]
By Cori Urban – Special to The Republican For her Girl Scout Gold Award, 17-year-old Isabel A. Cummings, of Longmeadow, took a walk down Memory Lane. She organized a series of scrapbooking events for the residents of the memory care unit at East Village Place in East Longmeadow. Her project, “A Walk Down Memory Lane,” involved creating […]
Every year we have Ghost & Goblin preschoolers come in and go trick-or-treating from door to door. The residents look forward to this very much. Well this year was no exception. We had 73 children here walking the halls of East Village Place with costumes that were adorable. The children had fun going door to […]
When Donald McCall starts to sing, we are all amazed at the tone and volume that comes from his voice. He he really enjoys performing and loves to put smile on all our faces. Thanks for a great afternoon, Donald!
East Village Place Thrive Team needs your help! October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and East Village Place would like to be a part of the MAKING STRIDES for BREAST CANCER 5K walk on Sunday, October 29th at Stanley Park in Westfield, MA. We need your help to raise awareness and funds to end breast […]
The entertaining video and power point presentation was a magical, musical, imaginary journey around the world. Rondae came dressed as a flight attendant and took us on an imaginary journey to Ireland, Italy, Japan, Africa, India and Hawaii. At each destination, we explored the traditional food, clothing, music, culture and hip hop! Rondae walked through the […]
Janice Scott displayed her perfume bottles of all sizes and shapes for a very intrigued audience. Some vintage and some very colorful. As any lover of perfume knows, a perfume bottle is often lovely and ornate. Vintage perfume bottles offer some of the most distinct designs. While some people use these collectibles to store favorite […]
When Elleen Russell came to us and said she wanted to do eco-friendly scarves with our residents, we were amazed at the concept. The residents had so much fun picking out their flowers and placing them on their scarves. There was a lot of chatter and excitement in the room with not only the residents but with the associates […]
The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With more than 30 different classes with everything from Watercolor Painting to Music and Wellness to Current Events to Creative Crafts and even Bird Talk, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes are […]
Are you mystified by all the confusing labels, terms and abbreviations used by healthcare professionals, government agencies and senior housing professionals? There are so many that we could fill a book. In fact, we did. We at Watermark Retirement Communities® created the Senior Reference Guide 10 years ago to help dispel myths and clarify facts. […]
When Elleen Russell came to us and said she wanted to do eco-friendly scarves with our residents, Dee Foster, Community Life Director was amazed at how the residents embraced the concept. They had so much fun picking out their flowers and placing them on their scarves. There was a lot of chatter and excitement in […]
It was a nice sunny warm night at the East Longmeadow High School Concert where we went to hear the last concert for the summer. The Union Jack Band was a lot of fun to watch. We got silly and had some fun of our own there, making for a very funny evening. We used Seth’s […]
One thing East Village Place residents and associates love to do is dance. When John or anyone for that matter gets that music going everyone seems to get their feet going too. It’s always a pleasure when John comes because he livens up the room with his personality and always gets one or two residents up […]
Another one of our favorite Watermark University classes is with Janice Scott, who began her classes on July 14th. Below you can view the display of her Norman Rockwell Collection. She loves putting classes together and showing residents some of her collector items. She shared a wealth of information, even passing out some of her pictures to residents. […]
Baking with Love is one of the residents favorite classes this semester. Chef Steve looks forward to working with the small group who really hone in their decorating skills. Their hydrangea cupcakes came out marvelous. Next month, the class will be decorating a flower pot filled with cake and decorated cupcakes will line the pot. […]
East Village Place Veteran’s Group hosted a Veteran’s Recognition BBQ today to thank local Veterans for their service.
The Troubadours are a non-profit group of volunteer senior citizens who love to perform for fellow seniors and the general public at various venues all over Connecticut and Massachusetts. They entertain with a wide variety of well known music and fun costumes. The performance was a mixture of humor, a little dancing with the audience and a […]
The Humble Bees have provided unique musical entertainment throughout Connecticut for the past 14 years. We had the pleasure of have having them perform for all of us recently. They were both funny and very talented. Instruments played included a flea ukulele, fluke ukulele, firefly banjo, tenor guitar and a mini bass instrument. They were phenomenal […]
We all love to be spoiled, especially when we are the ones getting the special treatment. A group of cosmetology students from Franklin County Technical School treated our residents to manicures. The school prepares its students for success through technical and academic education. These 12 students were excited about making our residents feel and look good. And […]
Senator Eric Lesser took time out of his busy day to join some of our residents here at East Village Place for lunch. He was seated with Jim Raynor, Dick Samolis and Bob Harrington and had a couple of his staff accompany him. The residents looked like they really enjoyed themselves and look forward to more luncheons in the […]
We were in for a treat when Donald and Dell Bird came to give a presentation about their journey to Antarctica. A land of extremes, Antarctica it is the coldest and driest continent on Earth and has the highest average elevation. Scarcely touched by humans, the frozen land boasts breathtaking scenery, visitors to Antarctica generally must brave rough […]
Frank martin shakes up the whole house when he comes to East Village Place. Some just can’t get enough of him with his beautiful soul and love of music. Thanks Frank, you made our day!
We had a blast during our Cinco De Mayo luncheon. Residents enjoyed nachos topped with guacamole, Spanish rice and salsa as well as frozen margaritas while Mexican music filled the air. Everyone came prepared to join the festivities and really enjoyed themselves. Throughout this month will be exploring Mexico during our Famous People Watermark University class. Attendees will travel back […]
The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With more than 30 different classes with everything from Dough Art to Cupcake & Cake Decorating to Art Therapy to Arthritis Exercise Classes and even Putting on the Green, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While […]
One of our Community Life Associates, Seth, had the pleasure of conducting this months “Getting to Know You” class. We looked at Seth’s life in a nutshell, from his perspective, and he broke his presentation up into 5 sections starting with Early Life, Education, Family, Adventures, and ending the program with Previous Work Experience. Seth grew […]
When it comes to Thursdays, it’s a total workout with Tyrone Buckner. The residents really get into the fitness program he leads with one of our Nayas, and they have fun while doing it. Workouts include stretching, parachuting, gertie balls, ribbons, beach balls, weights… you name it, they are doing it. Every week Tyrone has a structured class […]
When it comes to baking, everyone gets involved. Residents help add the water, eggs, oil and some even do the mixing. As you can see, they are all helping out in the kitchen and after these cup cakes are baked, these residents are going to enjoy eating them with a hot cup of coffee or tea. Yum!
There is no better recommendation than from a happy, thriving resident! Resident Bill Kelleher, received his Good Friends Make Great Neighbors referral check for adding another new member to the East Village Place family. You could be next! Let your friends and family members know how happy you are at East Village Place and you can […]
Diane Doris Charbonneau was born on April 11, 1958 at Holyoke Hospital in Holyoke Mass and is one of 6 children in her family. Her family still calls her Dee Dee, so she shortened it to Dee. Dee had so much fun telling and showing the residents another side of herself. They were able hear about the most special people in her […]
Louise Noel’s Dance & Gymnastics has been providing dance and gymnastic programs for over 40 years. When Louise called Dee Foster, Community Life Director, and asked if she and her students could come and put on a recital on a Sunday afternoon, she was totally ecstatic. Remembering the days when her own daughter did Jazz, ballet and had 11 years of recitals they […]
Getting To Know Us is a wonderful new Watermark University class and so far it has been a great hit. This gives the associates of East Village Place a chance to let residents, families and other associates get a chance to know you outside of the community. We share pictures of younger days, siblings, hobbies, and things […]
Residents from our Memory Care neighborhood had fun with Fatimah our Community Life Assistant baking their Valentine’s cake. All participated in putting in the ingredients, stirring and even adding food coloring. Some had big smiles on their faces as they enjoyed making the cake. They had fun eating it just as much.
Here is one of our new classes we’re very excited about. We were given this very old suitcase filled with things that will spark memories of yesteryear. Our first Remember When item was a lace doily, held up and passed around by Volunteer Jackie Doyle. When she took it out of the suitcase some yelled “it’s […]
Residents gathered together to ring in the New Year. When asked what they wanted to happen in the New Year, they said “be younger again”. There was sparkling cider, a fruit platter and of course brownie bites. Dan Daniels sang all the old time favorites and everyone seemed to have a ball. They did the […]
The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With more than 30 different classes with everything from Plant Connection to Music Therapy to Color Me Calm to Abstract Painting and even a Wellness Talks, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes are […]
Jessica Szczepanek, Sales Director, spoke with attendees about East Village Place’s all new Thrive Dining™ program. She discussed this innovative dining experience and how East Village Place is using this to enhance the lives of our residents. At the beginning of the event, we removed all of the utensils from the tables, and told the […]
“Just The Two Of Us,” mother and daughter duo came in to play holiday songs for residents and their family. Mom, Bertha, is playing the keyboard and Cindy, her daughter is playing violin. What truly makes this performance amazing is Cindy was born deaf and learned how to play and does an amazing job.
At our Annual Family and Resident Holiday Gathering here at East Village Place, we were entertained by Dave Colucci who made the evening very memorable. It was a full house and to top it off, there were Christmas Cookies, Cheesecake, Fancy Pastry, Eggnog and Punch. We all took a moment of silence because our celebration took […]
John Banker displayed an eclectic performance of German style music. His very fun, upbeat, and sometimes funny performance in East Village’s Lobby set him apart from most performers we host. John walked in with his lederhosen and squeezebox (old term for accordion) and immediately put smiles on resident’s faces. The highlight of his performance had […]
We’re thrilled to introduce our 2017 edition of EXPRESSIONS, Watermark’s annual calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. Complimentary copies of this beautiful, full-color wall calendar are available while they last at every Watermark community. In addition, we hope you’ll enjoy our online gallery featuring all the wonderful submissions we received this year from artists […]