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..