Sweet tra­di­tion

Nurs­ing home res­i­dents cre­ate 100-foot-long ba­nana split

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JES­SICA IANNETTA

jian­netta@ ce­cil­whig. com

— Res­i­dents at Elkton Tran­si­tional Care Cen­ter were all smiles on Thurs­day af­ter­noon as they pre­pared for one of the cen­ter’s sweet­est tra-

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di­tions: eat­ing a 100- foot long ba­nana split.

The cre­ation of the mas­sive ba­nana split has been a tra­di­tion for about eight years and the sun­dae gets longer each year, said Scott Haw­ley, di­rec­tor of guest re­la­tions at the cen­ter.

“It’s such a nov­elty,” he said. “( The staff) like to add 10 feet ever y year.”

The ice cream ac­tiv­ity was part of Nurs­ing Home Week and pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity for the res­i­dents and staff as well as fam­ily mem­bers and friends to come to­gether and work on a fun pro­ject, Haw­ley added.

This year’s ba­nana split, made with sher­bet as well as vanilla, choco­late and straw­berry ice cream, wrapped around three ta­bles that formed a horse­shoe in the cen­ter of the room with res­i­dents lined up on both sides wait­ing to dig in. Res­i­dents also had their choice of a va­ri­ety of top­pings, in­clud­ing whipped cream, choco­late syrup, choco­late chips and pineap­ple chunks.

But for some res­i­dents, pick­ing only a few top­pings was just too hard.

“I had ev­ery­thing we could do,” said Ginny Keyes, who ad­mit­ted that the choco­late chips and pineap­ple chunks were her fa­vorites.

Keyes re­mem­bered the ba­nana split sun­dae the cen­ter cre­ated last year but was pretty sure that this year’s was big­ger. The res­i­dents re­ally en­joyed the ice cream, Keyes said, not­ing that many peo­ple “even got it on their faces.”

As for her thoughts on whether the tra­di­tion should con­tinue, Keyes kept it sim­ple.

“Let’s have another one,” she said.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JES­SICA IANNETTA

An Elkton Tran­si­tional Care Cen­ter staff mem­ber adds top­pings to the cen­ter’s 100-foot ba­nana split as resident pre­pare to dig in.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JES­SICA IANNETTA

Res­i­dents pre­pare to eat a 100-foot ba­nana split at the Elkton Tran­si­tional Care Cen­ter.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JES­SICA IANNETTA

Res­i­dents eat a 100-foot long ba­nana split at the Elkton Tran­si­tional Care Cen­ter on Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

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