Residents Mary G and Sarah S had a small entourage join them on Thursday, January 17 at Rochester NY's Strasenburgh Planetarium. Mary’s nieces, Sarah’s friend, long time volunteer Diane Herbst, Sarah Hodges and myself joined the two for a therapeutic showing of “Coral Reef Adventure.”
The Planetarium’s domed theater and surround screen enabled viewers to experience sensations that were nearly three-dimensional at times. There were a number of wheelchair slots so slipping Mary and Sarah into place was easy.
“Coral Reef” projected a soothing, tropical ambience thanks to incredibly bright cinematography, exotic locations and pleasant tunes courtesy of Crosby, Stills & Nash. On this blustery January afternoon in Rochester, we might as well have been on vacation, snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef.
The Rochester Museum and Science Center promotes the “Extreme Mammals” exhibit by encouraging the public to come see “our relatives.” Well, none of my cousins look like any of the species, extinct and existing, on display at this phenomenal exhibit! On Thursday afternoon, March 15, residents Mary G, Margaret M and Arline W were fascinated. My Assistant Sarah Hodges and myself were pretty intrigued too. Mary took the ‘relatives’ idea a step further by inviting her nieces, Cheryl and Karen, who joined us.
Residents of the Maplewood have visited The Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) many times through the years. Never for an exhibit so moving and powerful as “September 11, 2001: A Global Moment.” Part of the “New York Remembers” series and timed to cover the 10th anniversary of this life-defining moment, the exhibit was nearing the end of its run at RMSC. Residents Carl M and Don C joined Activities Assistant Sarah Hodges and myself, as we departed The Maplewood for RMSC.