From The Desk Of The Executive Director

image of snowy bridgeHappy New Year!

The new year offers us all the opportunity for a fresh start. Whether you mark the new year with fireworks and champagne, a pork and sauerkraut dinner, or quiet reflection, the new year brings a feeling of promise and renewal.

This feeling is just what inspires many of us to make new year’s resolutions! Often, those resolutions are to connect with what we love, whether that is with people, activities, habits, or routines that refresh us. It’s all about little (or big!) changes that make life richer.

At DevonHouse we have a calendar full of activities to support you with those resolutions, whether your resolution is to take time to connect with new friends, reconnect with old friends, or develop new interests. I believe that there is always time to make changes, and that is what keeps life exciting year after year!

January is just the beginning — of the year and our new programs, like monthly outings to the DaVinci Science Center for “Senior Science Mondays.”

As we move into 2019, I look forward to seeing all of you and I wish you a happy, healthy, and meaningful year.

Vivian Stephan


News from Chef Jim’s Kitchen

Allentown Senior Living Food and Beverage ManagerIt’s January and we’re celebrating the new year!

On New Year’s Day we’re serving up a traditional pork and sauerkraut meal during lunch. The Pennsylvania Dutch believe that eating pork and sauerkraut on New Years Day brings you good luck for the new year. We’re also celebrating Chinese New Year with a themed meal on January 24th. Join us for authentic Chinese dishes, decorations, and favors for everyone.

Thank you to everyone who purchased a pie during our holiday pie sale. It was a huge success and we will be bringing it back next November for the holidays. You don’t have to wait until then for pie, though! Looking ahead, if anyone would like a pie for Easter this year, please come see me.

-Jim Nimas, Food and Beverage Manager


News from Activities

Allentown Senior Living Activities DirectorWelcome 2019!

To start the new year, we have some new activities on the calendar.

First, Rosary on Tuesday afternoons is back by popular demand. This will be on the first and third Tuesday of every month.

Also new to the calendar is a monthly “Lifelong Learning” presentation. The topic for January is “The History and Psychology of Magic,” presented by Rob Schaffer on Tuesday, January 9th at 2:00 pm. Join us for this fascinating presentation, and be wowed by some magic tricks, too!

Speaking of learning, another new program beginning in January is “Senior Science Mondays” at the DaVinci Center. The cost is $5 per person. Space is limited, so please be sure to sign up in advance. I hope to see you there!

Happy new year, everyone!

-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.