You’ll learn what NYSHFA is and why The Maplewood is part of it. With The Maplewood celebrating 65 years of care, read what our Administrator Greg Chambery thinks is in store for the next 65. Director of Nursing Kathy Talarczyk writes about bolstering staff, makes the case for flu shots and welcomes back one of our own. I discover a decades-old connection between my Great Uncle Joe and resident Gordon G.
For the last number of years guitarist Fred Vine has played a late-season Rochester show at Maple Bay Café, sometimes closing out the venue’s performance season. As usual, Fred delivered a professional and pleasantly appealing show on the afternoon of Wednesday, September 12. Usually at this point, I drift down a few spaces and start a new paragraph detailing the set list, audience reaction, etc. This passage will spin off a thought I had: how much do we know about those talented souls that bless our home with song?
Introducing Rochester's own Maggie Mullen on vocals, Tim Sullivan plucking Bass Guitar and Steve Greene strumming the Electric Guitar! The drummer of the band that filled the Maple Bay Café airways with incredibly dynamic music on Tuesday afternoon, August 28 is already well known. Old Maplewood friend Ron Alessi provided the anchor for a memorable performance. An ample crowd slowly gathered on a prototypical summer afternoon.
When's the smell of petrol and rubber a good thing? When it's outside at our Street Rod & Classic Car Show! August 25 was the big day.
This annual event is sponsored by Rochester's own Good Times Oldies Car Club and organized by Club members and Maplewood volunteers Bob and Donna Baumgartner. They, along with our dynamic Recreation duo Gary Sacco and Sarah Hodges did a great job of putting together a fun afternoon of car gazing and socializing. A number of hotrods and antiques took their bow on the Maplewood back parking lot. Detroit enjoyed strong representation with classic Chevys, Fords, and Chryslers, while several Europen makes impressed as well.
Music and prizes featured throughout the afternoon with DJ Duke of Earl calling the tunes. To round things off, our Dining team put on a great spread in the Gazebo and at Maple Bay Café.
We’ve all seen our healthcare plans change over the years. We’ve all read and heard the headlines about our country’s efforts to find solutions for improved administration of healthcare services. Needless to say, we operate within a gallery of moving targets.
Elvis Presley was 42 when he died unexpectedly 35 years ago. He would be 77 today (August 16), about a decade and a half younger than many of our residents. Several of them are fans. Count me among them! Although I never paid too much attention to his mystique, Elvis’ appeal to me started and stopped at his voice. Listening to that deep powerful voice took me and so many others to indescribable emotive places in our souls. Our residents observed his passing by participating in a relaxing trivia session outdoors and watching a program detailing the recording of his first landmark album.
For the second straight summer The Maplewood community was treated to the rich, wonderfully powerful baritone voice of Bernie Levinson. On the afternoon of August 10 Bernie ran through a number of great tunes, invoking memories of Goulet, Jolson and George M. Cohen. Fans ate up every note!
A few weeks ago our Bazaar committee convened for the first time to discuss The Maplewood’s 2012 Holiday Bazaar. In the past we stayed true to our formula of success by agreeing to carry over times, dates and charities. We’d then tweak smaller details. This time, Bazaar committee member Margaret F had some new ideas. She proposed two big changes, paring the event down to two days and switching out charities.
We were ready. Tent up, tables and chairs set, food line… check! “Control what you can” is sound advice, but the weather is not one of those factors that we can control! We really hoped that the hottest summer in many years (perhaps since records have been kept) would take an intermission on Saturday, August 4. The sun looked and felt like Jupiter on fire! Even the band called in to cancel their appearance due to the heat! But we are The Maplewood, and we’ve always believed the show must go on. In this case, the show was our Annual Friends & Family Picnic.