October began with “OctoberFest” and ended with “Trick or Treating” at St. Joseph’s Residence. Residents from 5 homes in the region arrived to help celebrate OctoberFest, eating weinersnitzel and enjoy beer and homemade pretzels in the finest German tradition. The beautiful fall day was perfect for a hayride, the wagon pulled by a John Deere tractor. The Residents and their guests kept our farmer busy for most of the afternoon.
As Halloween approached, the Enfield Garden Club, who helps to plant and maintain our flowers here at St. Joseph’s treated the Residents to a night of pumpkin painting to decorate their rooms and the dining rooms on each floor. You were only limited by your imagination. The club also supplied cider and homemade treats for everyone to enjoy, either during the activity or to take back to their rooms for a mid-night snack!
As holiday time approaches the AJJ Knitting group has been busy finishing their projects for this year. As the weather is getting colder they decided to start gift-giving a little earlier this year and presented the South Park Inn in Hartford with 45 men’s hats and mittens, as well as many scarves and hats for the women and children in their shelter. The men’s items are put on the medical van that does outreach each week to those who will not seek shelter as the nights get colder. They also presented Johnson Memorial Hospital with 160 baby caps to use for newborns at the hospital. The hospital representatives arrived with a model, a 10 week old little girl, who was the daughter of one of the nurses. She was happy to try on caps and the ladies had fun being substitute grandmas.
The weekend before Halloween was also “Trick or Treat” weekend at our home. Children and grandchildren of Residents and staff went door to door collecting the first treats of the Halloween season! Candy and costumes are always fun.