Sum­mer Time in The Vil­lage

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion

Grace Vil­lage and Con­naught Home wel­comed the sum­mer weather with de­light as our Ac­tiv­i­ties Team jumped right into pre­par­ing sum­mer pro­gram­ming. Our Out­door Clubs at Con­naught & Grace Vil­lage be­gan in June, gath­er­ing res­i­dents to­gether in out­door spa­ces around Mas­saw­ippi Re­tire­ment Com­mu­ni­ties (MRC) to en­joy the nat­u­ral set­tings and par­tic­i­pate in so­cial and ac­tive ac­tiv­i­ties in the out­doors.

On July 1st, a beau­ti­ful sunny day in the Town­ships, res­i­dents of Grace Vil­lage were able to get out­side to cel­e­brate the na­tional hol­i­day and play bas­ket­ball. Chal­leng­ing them­selves, res­i­dents par­tic­i­pated in an adapted ver­sion of the pop­u­lar game, while fel­low res­i­dents, friends and vol­un­teers cheered on from the side­line. Res­i­dents of Grace Vil­lage then en­joyed an in­door pic­nic, out of the mid-day heat, fol­lowed by their very own show­ing of the 2016 Hat­ley Canada Day Pa­rade. Hav­ing been filmed ear­lier that day, res­i­dents were able to en­gage in the East­ern Town­ships event, rem­i­nisc­ing about the many years they spent as part of or watch­ing the an­nual pa­rade. Con­naught Home cel­e­brated the na­tional hol­i­day with a de­li­cious BBQ meal fol­lowed by ex­cep­tional mu­sic from The Cast­aways. Well known to both homes, The Cast­aways are ded­i­cated vol­un­teers who con­tinue to pro­vide great musical ex­pe­ri­ences for our res­i­dents to en­joy.

To­gether, res­i­dents from Con­naught and Grace Vil­lage con­voyed out to the restau­rant Mai­son du Verger in Comp­ton, Que­bec. Twenty-five res­i­dents, vol­un­teers and staff rel­ished in the scenic drive ap­pre­ci­at­ing the straw­berry fields, farm­land and ap­ple or­chards along the way. Wel­comed with warm smiles and ex­cel­lent ser­vice, the staff of Mai­son du Verger pro­vided yet an­other de­light­ful meal and pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence for our res­i­dents.

What does July bring in the Town­ships? Straw­ber­ries! Our an­nual Straw­berry So­cial went off without a hitch again this year. Res­i­dents prized the taste of homemade bis­cuits, straw­ber­ries and whip cream while cov­ered by the shade of a maple tree out­side Grace Vil­lage.

Ac­tiv­i­ties con­tin­ued to roll out with each pass­ing day as res­i­dents of both Con­naught Home and Grace Vil­lage an­tic­i­pated the Of­fi­cial Ground­break­ing Cer­e­mony to of­fi­cially break ground on MRC’s project for re­newal. The day of the of­fi­cial ground­break­ing marked a his­toric day for MRC which our res­i­dents were able to share with the sur­round­ing com­mu­nity. Res­i­dents of Grace and Con­naught Home were in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in an in­ter­ac­tive musical ex­pe­ri­ence per­formed by John and Pippa Hall. John and Pippa bring a fun and en­gag­ing at­mos­phere to the room with their hu­mor­ous and mem­o­rable folk tunes. To fin­ish off the pro­gram, Pippa gives it her all in a fast paced step dance, en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents to sing and dance along. Promis­ing to be back next sum­mer, John and Pippa have chal­lenged our res­i­dents to prac­tice their chair step danc­ing to be per­formed for them next year. We have ac­cepted the chal­lenge!

Other reg­u­larly sched­ules ac­tiv­i­ties con­tin­ued on thanks to our ded­i­cated vol­un­teers in­clud­ing car­pet bowl­ing, card par­ties, mu­sic shows, bingo, an­i­mal vis­its and more!

As our sum­mer days con­tinue on into the month of Au­gust, ac­tiv­i­ties at Con­naught & Grace Vil­lage are sure to ben­e­fit from the warm weather ahead.

Photo Sa­man­tha Roy Lit­tle Pho­tog­ra­phy

Res­i­dents of Grace Vil­lage & Con­naught Home sit front row at MRC’s Ground­break­ing Cer­e­mony in cel­e­bra­tion of the his­toric mo­ment.

Gwen Parker, res­i­dent of Grace Vil­lage, tosses her ball to­wards the net, as res­i­dents cheer her on from the side­lines.

Photo Dan­ica Mont­gomery

Claire Fisk, res­i­dent of Grace Vil­lage, comes face to face with Cof­fee Crisp, calf brought to us by Eve­lyn & El­iz­a­beth Frazer.

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