MORRIS – Park Pointe Senior Living residents spent only a few minutes outdoors with their friends and family Saturday at the Old Fashioned Fair before the clouds let loose.
The band Hit or Miss quickly packed up and left; the pie-eating contest was canceled; and the ring toss, Bozo buckets and pluck-the-duck children’s games were disassembled.
But the fun continued inside. Staff still offered burgers and hot dogs, snow cones and cotton candy, a bake sale, mini-flea market and a magician.
The day was set aside for good times for residents and their guests. Such activities are offered every month or so, according to Park Pointe’s Marketing Director Peg Spear.
“It’s to give our residents a nice opportunity to have their families in and to show them the spirit of our community and what it’s all about,” Spear said. “Every month, we bring in entertainment and events.”
Spear said the rain and lightning dampened the day a little, but the event was still successful.
“Everybody was here enjoying their meals under the tent,” she said. “Then Mother Nature intruded. But we’re not daunted.”
Residents enjoy having the chance to socialize and take in some entertainment, Spear said. It keeps them active and happy.
Jerry Pfeifer had several friends and family over Saturday, including Lou Witt from Mazon. Pfeifer has lived at Park Pointe since it opened five years ago. She started there with her husband Mike in a one-bedroom apartment. When he died, she moved into a smaller one.
She said she was enjoying visiting with her guests at the fair and wished the rain would have held off.
“I was so disappointed that we had to come inside,” Pfeifer said. “It was so nice out there.”
She said she likes living at the facility.
“Every day there’s something,” she said. “We go to the grocery store or to Pizza Hut. ... We went to Starved Rock last fall, and we went to Brookfield Zoo last spring. And we have an excellent library.”
Sylvia Randolph manned the flea market spread out on tables in one of the hallways Saturday. She had moved into the facility one week earlier.
“I’m really trying to get involved in things here,” she said. “Ten years ago when I first looked at something like this, I just wasn’t ready.”
A former Joliet resident, Randolph said her daughter lives in Morris. She loves the residence’s offerings, especially Monday and Friday bingo games.
Park Pointe resident Lorraine Welter had nine family members visit Saturday. She also loves the celebrations the facility holds.
“I go to almost all of them,” she said. “They have all kinds of things. The kids really like it.”