From The Desk Of The Executive Director

November ushers in the start of the holiday season. Suddenly the pace quickens and the activities escalate!

After a late burst of extremely warm weather in October, the chill is in the air and the last colorful leaves are swirling to the ground with the winds of late fall. All of these changes denote the arrival of the holidays, and the pleasure of spending time creating special memories with family and friends.

On Veterans Day we salute our residents who have served in the armed forces to preserve the freedoms that we enjoy. Our resident veterans span multiple generations, and represent those who served in World War II, the Korean Conflict, and Vietnam.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. You get to spend quality time with the folks that mean the most to you while enjoying a scrumptious meal! At DevonHouse, we are preparing a delicious dinner complete with all of the trimmings and a carving station for the turkey. Our chef is also baking up a variety of scrumptious pies for our holiday meal, and as part of our annual holiday pie sale.

During this month of thanks, I do wish to say a special thank you to our residents’ families and friends for the opportunity to serve their loved ones. It is my pleasure to get to know each and every one of you.

Warmest wishes,
Renee Ackerman


News from Chef Jim’s Kitchen

Allentown Senior Living Food and Beverage ManagerWe’re celebrating Thanksgiving this month! On Thanksgiving Day, we’re serving a traditional Thanksgiving feast during the lunchtime hours, with turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie. If you are going out for the holiday (or if your family will be joining us here) please let the concierge know so we can plan accordingly.

Our annual holiday pie sale is in full swing. Let us take care of dessert for you this holiday season! Choose from pumpkin, apple, cherry, pecan, and lemon crunch. You can order the pies at the front office. Just let them know which flavors you’d like and when, and we will have your pies baked, boxed, and ready to go for you!

-Jim Nimas, Food and Beverage Manager


News from Activities

Allentown Senior Living Activities DirectorThere is so much going on this month as we kick off the busy holiday season!

We’re starting the month with a pottery painting class on November 2nd. This class is limited to fourteen people, so please be sure to sign up. And, for the ladies of DevonHouse, please join us for a Mary Kay beauty hour on November 9th.

During this month of giving, we’re giving back with our bi-annual “Cookies for Kids’ Cancer” bake sale on November 16th. Did you know that we are the only senior group that participates in this national event? Be proud!
And, speaking of pride, you can show your Penn State pride on Saturday, November 10th for Blue & White Day at DevonHouse!

Finally, our Centenarian Club will be getting us in the holiday spirit on November 29th. The Lehigh Valley Historical Society will offer a presentation on Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas traditions. Everyone is welcome to attend!

-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.