Calvert Manor hosts car show for res­i­dents



— Though it was billed as a car show, Fri­day’s event at Calvert Manor Health­care Cen­ter was also a chance for nurs­ing home res­i­dents to take a trip back in time.

“I used to ride around in one of those with my brother,” said Rus­sell Hol­land, a Calvert Manor res­i­dent, as he pointed out one of the cars in the park­ing lot. “This is a nice show.”

In what has be­come a tra­di­tion at the fa­cil­ity, vin­tage


autos lined the park­ing lot on Fri­day night as mu­sic played and staff handed out hot dogs and cot­ton candy. The cars came courtesy of the Re­cy­cled Teenage Cruis­ers car club, a Port De­posit-based group that has been bring­ing their cars to the nurs­ing home for the past four years, said Bill Bradley, pres­i­dent of the group.

Bradley’s mother used to live at Calvert Manor and he knows sev­eral other res­i­dents as well, which gave him the idea to start the car shows. The shows have got­ten a lit­tle big­ger ev­ery year, he said.

New to this year’s show was the food as well as the chance for res­i­dents to vote on which car they like the best, with a tro­phy awarded to the win­ner, Bradley said. The group ex­pected to have about 35 cars at the show, he added.

One of those cars be­longed to Bill Holden, who brought his red 1937 Ford to the show. Holden, who lives in Ris­ing Sun, said it took him about three years to re­build and re­store the car. This isn’t the first time Holden had brought his car to Calvert Manor and he said he al­ways enjoys the show at the fa­cil­ity.

“Peo­ple are friendly and peo­ple in the nurs­ing home re­ally like it,” he said.

The car show has be­come some­thing res­i­dents look for­ward to ev­ery year, added Lau­ren Buck­ing­ham, Calvert Manor’s ac­tiv­i­ties di­rec­tor.

“They ab­so­lutely love it,” she said. “We try to give them a lit­tle piece of the out­side world.”

This year, more mem­bers of the com­mu­nity started com­ing out to the car show, Buck­ing­ham said, not­ing that most of the fa­cil­ity’s res­i­dents are lo­cal so many of their friends and rel­a­tives come out to events.

Those lo­cals in­cluded Mar­ian Creswell, who had come to visit her daugh­ter Lisa Dut­ton at Calvert Manor. The two had taken Dut­ton’s din­ner out­side and were en­joy­ing watch­ing all the cars roll in from their perch on the porch.

“I love it,” Dut­ton said. “I like all the dif­fer­ent col­ored ones. Af­ter I eat, I’m go­ing to take a look at all of them.”

Bill Holden, of Ris­ing Sun, poses with his 1937 Ford dur­ing the Calvert Manor car show on Fri­day.

Car en­thu­si­asts and Calvert Manor res­i­dents view clas­sic cars Fri­day night..

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