On the west side of Denver, there’s a nice, middle class neighborhood named Applewood. I-70 winds its way through it on it’s westward trek up through the first hogback of the mountains, and nestled neatly close by is a wonderful retirement community named appropriately enough, Atria Applewood.
I’ve known the folks at Atria Applewood ever since I started entertaining seniors a few years ago. They are a classy, well run organization and it seems that they constantly look for unique and unusual ways to occupy and entertain their residents at the same time. This year’s entry into the “unique ideas” category is an event I’m going to take the liberty of calling the “Christmas Craft Fair.”
The “Christmas Craft Fair” is an event where local folks, some with relatives who are residents at Atria, and also, some of the residents themselves display items they’ve made or unique ideas they’ve come up with for sale as holiday gift items.
The gift ideas were unique and original. There were crafts and Christmas Wreaths or knick knacks and other Christmas decorations. Some folks had food recipes for things like really delicious hot chocolate or spaghetti sauce (which was killer) while other folks had created hand painted glassware and on and on it went.
I really don’t know who came up with this idea or who was actually “in charge” of this whole soiree, but the lady I was working for is someone who has been my friend and a mainstay at Atria for a long time. Her name is Nikki Crouse. She and I have enjoyed a wonderful work friendship as long as I’ve been entertaining seniors so that made this event not only something fun to play, but also something fun to be part of. She was also the one in charge of the camera for this event so if your picture looks funny…blame Nikki!
Since this was my first “Christmas” party of the season, one of the things I had to do was the same thing I have to do every year and that is “relearn” some of these tunes. I know that sounds dumb, but sometimes a little review is in order so that you can knock out the cobwebs and once again you end up with a whole new level of respect for the craftsmanship that went into them in the first place! There is an old story about Mel Torme sitting in Bakersfield California on the hottest day of the year when he wrote “The Christmas Song.” I’m not positive that it’s true but if it is, he certainly wrote a great song about Christmas on a hot summer day!
There’s really not a whole lot more to say about a wonderful party like this. It was a wonderful day and a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season. It probably sounds a little overdone but we do have so much in our lives to be thankful for. Far too often the message gets lost and we have to be careful or we simply lose track, so………..
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY!
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Thanks and have a great week everybody!