From The Desk Of The Executive Director

image of postcardThe dog days of summer are upon us. The tomatoes are ripening all at once and the garden is brimming with zucchinis! Our bakers are challenged to find recipes to use all the garden’s bounty, and I always feel compelled to can the abundance of the garden — something left over from my early training.

With the heat and humidity occasionally punctuated by the first cool breezes of fall, we’re reminded that summer is passing so quickly — much too quickly for me!

Summer is a special time for families to gather. Family reunions and plain old “get-togethers” give young and old alike a chance to reaffirm family ties. It seems like a miracle to be introduced to all the new babies born in the last year and feel the common denominator of kinship. As we catch up on all the family news, we rub elbows with several generations.

Just listen! The stories and histories handed down from the older generation provide us with a wealth of knowledge that textbooks could never duplicate.

I continue to be honored to learn valuable lessons and witness the living history that our residents at DevonHouse offer every day. Through my many years of working, I still marvel at the insight and wisdom I have gleaned from each and every resident who has personally touched my life.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Warmest regards,
Renee Ackerman, Executive Director


News from Chef Jim’s Kitchen

Allentown Senior Living Food and Beverage Manager Our big dining event this month is the Friends & Family Luau Picnic on Saturday, August 26th. As always, the picnic is outside under the shady tents, with entertainment all day. The buffet will feature a variety of delicious choices with a Hawaiian flare!

Everyone is invited and welcome to bring guests. We ask that you RSVP to the concierge by Tuesday, August 22nd so that we can be sure to have enough delicious food for everyone!

We will extend the luau theme to Baker’s Club this month, too. Please join us in August 17th to bake macaroons!

-Jim Nimas, Food and Beverage Manager


News from Activities

Allentown Senior Living Activities Director It’s hot, hot, hot!

This month, we’re staying cool with fun inside, and we’re getting ready for our annual Friends & Family Luau. I look forward to seeing you there for tropical food and fun, with great entertainment from The Pioneer Band of Allentown.

As you enjoy the warm weather, be sure to stay well hydrated. Please make use of the water stations throughout DevonHouse in our country kitchens.

Finally, please join me in wishing Jack Baker a very happy 101st birthday on August 31st. Happy birthday, Jack!

-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.