From The Desk Of The Executive Director
All around the country, communities are gearing up to provide absolutely breathtaking fireworks displays. Here in Allentown it is our chance to proclaim our varied cultural heritage and show gratitude to our forefathers. The red, white, and blue buntings are being draped and crisp new flags are swaying in the breeze as we prepare for a star-spangled fourth.
Summer is truly “sizzling” here! The residents of DevonHouse will be celebrating Independence Day with a special holiday picnic meal prepared by our staff, including favorites from the grill. All picnic delicacies will be served with the convenience of eating inside in the cool dining room or outside on the back patio, enjoying the warm breeze.
The strains of the local summer favorite “On the way to Cape May” fill my head as I wait with great anticipation for our musical entertainment to play the perennial favorite. Our residents enjoy reminiscing of “days gone by” when a trip to the seashore was the highlight of the summer.
They walked the “boards” at night and enjoyed the beach and surf for free. No beach tags for their generation! They were thrilled by the diving horse when they visited the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, long before there were casinos.
We wish to thank all our residents and their families for their patience during our front renovation. We are looking forward to a beautiful new entrance!
– Renee Ackerman, Executive Director
News from Chef Jim’s Kitchen
We’re celebrating the 4th of July with an indoor/outdoor picnic. Choose the convenience of eating inside, or catch some sun and a breeze on the patio. Speaking of the patio, the weekly patio lunches are going strong! Every Wednesday you’re welcome to enjoy lunch on the patio (weather permitting, of course).
We’re excited about the recent upgrades to the dining room. The new ceiling, doors, cabinets, and countertops definitely change the look for the best!
Now that the weather is really heating up, I’d like to remind you to stay hydrated. In addition to drinking water with meals, please make the most of the water stations throughout the building. Once the renovations to the front entrance are complete, we’ll have a new water cart there for you, too.
-Jim Nimas, Food and Beverage Manager
News from Activities
Thank you to everyone who supported our semi-annual “Cookies for Kids’ Cancer” bake sale last month. We raised $233 to help in the fight against pediatric cancer.
Recently, we released five butterflies into the wild blue yonder. It was so much fun – and so interesting – to watch each one develop from a caterpillar into a chrysalis, and then into a beautiful butterfly!
Now that summer is in full swing, I look forward to seeing you for our picnic lunches on the back patio every Wednesday. Remember that the picnics feature special salads and desserts that are available on the patio only.
Finally, there are two big birthdays this month. Please join me in wishing Fern Ockovic a happy 101st birthday on July 9th, and Rose Bellizzi a very happy 100th birthday on July 31st!
-Melissa Bartynski, Director of Activities
P.S. You can see more about the activities our residents enjoy on our facebook page. Schedule highlights for the month are here.