Char­wood like a small com­mu­nity

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of the manor, mark­ing the start of the next quar­ter-cen­tury.

The weather was still warm but the fear of rain moved the gar­den party in­doors for wine, cheese and other de­li­cious snacks.

Back to the 1600s

For­ward re­vealed a few 400-year-old ghostly vis­i­tors might make them­selves known through­out the day.

The char­ac­ters are rep­re­sen­ta­tions of one of the town’s most rec­og­niz­able leg­ends, Ir­ish princess Sheila NaGeira whose gravesite is marked on the front lawn of Char­wood Le­gion Manor with a mon­u­ment and head­stone.

Two young men dressed in red, white and black 16th cen­tury sol­dier uni­forms saluted spe­cial guests at the main en­trance.

The soft sound of fid­dle mu­sic echoed through the air while a young lady, the “ghost” of the beau­ti­ful princess Sheila NaGeira, min­gled among the crowd.

Fi­nal pre­sen­ta­tion

To con­clude the fes­tiv­i­ties the Lieu­tenant Govenor and his wife, the res­i­dents and guests gath­ered near the main en­trance in the foyer where a cake de­not­ing the le­gion em­blem waited.

Her hon­our Pa­tri­cia Fa­gan was in­vited to cut the cake with Char­wood’s long­est res­i­dent Mae King be­fore be­ing pre­sented with home­made gifts, in­clud­ing jars of pre­serves the res­i­dents made them­selves.

Food and wine con­tin­ued to be served into the af­ter­noon as the spe­cial guests bid adieu.

Sev­eral women went for a short walk along the grounds talk­ing about their won­der­ful day and the many peo­ple they had met.

Le­gion mem­bers were very proud of the event but were also ex­cited for the next 25 years not­ing they will al­ways be there to sup­port Char­wood to give ev­ery el­i­gi­ble se­nior the op­por­tu­nity to live in such a won­der­ful place.

A group of fe­male res­i­dents sit and lis­ten to the speak­ers at Char­wood dur­ing the an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions. They are, from left, Vi­ola Butt, Ruby Pike, Vi­o­let Ros­siter, Marcy Meadus and Jane Ken­nell.

LEFT: His hon­our Lieu­tenant Gover­nor Frank E. Fa­gan (left) as­sists chair­per­son for the board of di­rec­tors for Char­wood Le­gion Manor Whit­field An­drews plan a tree to com­mem­o­rate the 25th an­niver­sary of the open­ing of the se­niors hous­ing com­plex.

Three close friends and neigh­bours at Char­wood fin­ish their snacks and wine at the con­clu­sion of the an­niver­sary party. From left are: Ralph Piercey (Heart’s Con­tent), Lloyd Ros­siter (Car­bon­ear) and Bob Barter (Bay de Verde).

Her hon­our Pa­tri­cia Fa­gan (left) cuts the an­niver­sary cake with Char­wood’s long­est res­i­dent Mae King.

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