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McPeak's Assisted Living Newsletter

January 2016 Newsletter

By Liz Turner, Recreation Director


We decorated the mantel in the recreation room with pails of red and white poinsettias, berries with sparkly pipe cleaners. As always we are pleased with our crafts that make it look so beautiful. Charlotte Hoffman said it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Maureen McCarty told us she would celebrate twice, once on the 25th then two weeks later for the Greek Christmas. Helen Kalinowski told us she had an artificial silver tree with multi colored lights. Denise Perrone used to go with her sister and father to find the biggest tree to bring home. Harriet Kulbos made German molasses cookies to leave for Santa. Millie Verderosa would go to church Christmas morning before opening the presents.

For Trivia I read the poem "Twas the Night Before Christmas" by Clement Clarke Moore. We were surprised to learn it was originally called "A Visit from St. Nicholas" written in 1837. We did recall most of the verses. We learned that the Christmas tree was originally brought here by German immigrants. Other trivia we were surprised to learn is that a giraffe can lick its own eyeballs. Anne Argento wanted to know why it would want to.

We watched a Holiday Favorites DVD. "The Burns and Allen Holiday show" had Harriet Kulbokas, and Helen Link laughing at the antics of Gracie Allen. "Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion" even though nobody remember the show, the message that Christmas is not found in the tree or food or presents, but in hearts of humanity rang a bell with all of us especially Catherine Budd. "Date with Angels" the episode "Santa's Helper" had both Maureen McCarty and Celia Wysocki recalling watching that show in the 1950's staring Betty White.

We made Christmas ornaments in arts and crafts to trim the tree. We made owls, gingerbread men and clear balls we filled with sparkles and feathers. Charlotte Hoffman made her gingerbread man a football player. Anne McTiernan went a little crazy with the glitter, she left recreation more sparkly than when she showed up. Denise Perrone had shiny buttons for her gingerbread man. When we decorated the tree we all took turns hanging our ornaments as we ate Christmas cookies and drank eggnog listening to Christmas tunes.

We enjoy our Friday entertainment guests. Tony Grant came by to sing some Christmas songs and other music we enjoy. We even sung "Grandma got run over by a reindeer". Anna Wanamaker sang along as did Bobbie Smith.

We received some donations for the holidays. We had candy and cookies, stuffed animals, blankets, and some cute knick knacks. We were most appreciative for the gifts and thank everyone for their kindness. Ellen Anders said the blanket will come in handy, Gloria Kormylo also like the warmth of it. Anne McTierman got more stuffed animals for her growing menagerie. Antonia Levato picked out a pretty knick knack.

Our Sing-Along had us singing Christmas songs Pete Vanderdrift accompanied us playing the bongo. We also read some poetry by Long Island native's, along with poems written by residents in other states. Celia Wysocki was moved by the poems, she wanted to "just keep reading."

The Christmas party had all of us getting a present from Santa who came here all the way from the north pole to visit us. Sue cooked us a fantastic turkey dinner with all the trimmings and Freddie Prinze played music for us. New Year's Eve was special too, as we had music from Bruce Schneider and his friends. We wore our party hats and spun noise makers.

Some of our New Year Traditions are that Tina Schillings grandparents would make black eyed peas and hogs head for new year's day. Brian Dean said that he would get together with friends and family and get drunk. Harriet Kulbokas at midnight would bang pots and pans together and end up scaring the dog. When Marge Taylor was a child said her father would make a treat of homemade ice cream outside.

Every Wednesday we get a visit from the Patchogue Rotary Assisted Animal Therapy. Jill and Jessie and Marlene and Sambuca and Martini. Mary Morris is always glad to get a visit from the dog on her lap. Thomasine Mangano likes to pet the dog, and Nettie O'Halloran would keep them here if she could.

We enjoy bowling on Mondays Mike Morgese was our top scorer, with Millie Verderosa and Mary Marko coming in second and third. The bean bag toss had Maureen McCarthy winning a prize. This month's big Bingo winner was Millie Verderosa with the most wins.

Birthdays Celebrated in December

  • Pat Lindauer on the 7th
  • Jo Ann Brooks on the 20th
  • Pete Venderdrift on the 25th

December's BINGO winner with the most games won is
Millie Verderosa

December Entertainment

  • Tony Grant
  • Freddie Prinz Christmas Party
  • Bruce Schneider New Year's Party

Ongoing Activities

  • K of C BINGO: second Monday
  • Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church: every Sunday for Communion
  • Grace Gospel Church: second Saturday
  • Pastor Bonfiglio: second and fourth Thursday
  • P.R.A.T.T. (Patchogue Rotary Assisted Animal Assisted Therapy): every Wednesday

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