Posts by: Cynthia McGuire

January 16, 2018

Cooking Demonstration

Cooking Demo with Shripal

We have a fabulous Dining Service and every month they offer a special cooking demonstration. This month was “Samosa,” an Indian spiced potato and vegetable pastry.

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December 27, 2017

A Green Thumb

Green thumb - Weeg Harlow

Recently our community started to gather the plants from outside to bring inside and the result has been a little green house effect. One of our residents really takes ownership in trimming and keeping them vibrant!

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November 29, 2017

Tree Trimming & Decorating!

Tree Trimming Group with Cornells 2017

Our residents had a blast decorating our trees in the Main Lobby and W Lounge. It was a fun, annual activity for all! The trees were decorated very nicely.

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November 27, 2017

Intergenerational Programs

7th Grade Greens FArm 2

Watermark prides itself on its intergenerational programs. Recently we had students from Greens Farm Academy bring hand made placements from elementary children for the residents. The students at Greens Farm helped the elementary students make the placemats. They were a delightful group of 7th graders.

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November 21, 2017

Cooking Demonstration

Cooking Demo Pumpkin Pie

Every month at The Watermark at 3030 Park we have a cooking demonstration, so why would this month be any different. This month our chefs baked a pumpkin pie for the residents. It was delicious!

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November 21, 2017

A Special Veterans Day Ceremony

Veterans Day 2017 Group

On Friday, November 10th we recognized all of our veterans who live here at The Watermark at 3030 Park. There were 26 veterans who filled the auditorium with family, friends and residents. The ceremony started with singing the Star Spangle Banner and ended singing God Bless America. One of our distinguished resident veterans, John Walsh, spoke about his […]

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October 23, 2017

Jewish Festival of Sukkot

Sukkah 2017

Our Jewish family here at The Watermark appreciates the construction and gathering of the sukkah. A sukkah is a temporary hut constructed with branches and often well decorated with autumnal, harvest or Judaic themes. It is described as a symbolic wilderness shelter, commemorating the time God provided for the Israelites in the wilderness they inhabited after they […]

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October 23, 2017

Wines of the Finger Lakes

Wine Tasting with Kristin 3

If you love wine, this is a fun hour of wine tasting accompanied by complimentary snacks. We received a delightful and enlightening presentation from our Executive Director, Kristin Butler.

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August 21, 2017

How to Make a Power Smoothie

Smoothies

Susan Piti-Kennedy, our Resident Liaison, made delicious smoothies for the residents and explained the benefits of this nutritional drink. Here is the recipe for this Power Drink: Vanilla yogurt Frozen blackberries, raspberries or strawberries Ripe banana Stevia or honey to taste Milk (any kind to your liking) Preparation: Process all ingredients in a blender at high […]

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August 21, 2017

Jazz Festival and Art Walk Make Residents Happy

Jazz Fest on stage close up

Music and artists, what a combination. We had 2 groups of fabulous jazz performers and at least 10 artists to display their art work inside. What we thought was going to be an outdoor event, ended up being an indoor event due to the bad weather. Nonetheless, residents enjoyed every minute of the positive energy both groups gave […]

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June 23, 2017

Fabulous Outings at The Watermark at 3030 Park

Cooper Hewitt Museum Group in front

At The Watermark at 3030 Park we have a minimum of four outings per month. Recently we have gone to the Cooper Hewitt Museum in NYC and the Botanical Gardens in NY. Many residents enjoy the cultural genre and others also love going out on a mystery dinner.

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May 23, 2017

A Beautiful Day for a Yoga Class Outside!

Yoga Outside Standing Tree Pose

Last week we had beautiful weather so we decided to bring the yoga class to the outdoors! We were fortunate enough to have a shaded location just outside of the fitness center. All who attended enjoyed it very much!

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May 18, 2017

Another Fun Outing!

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This week a group of residents went shopping at Clinton Crossings and stopped to have lunch at Fish Tales Restaurant. It was a gorgeous day!

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May 16, 2017

Fabulous Entertainment by the Society of Orpheus and Bacchus A Cappella Group

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Recently, we had the pleasure of having the SOBs – Society of Orpheus and Bacchus – from Yale University perform for us. This all male a cappella group performed songs that included jazz standards, folk tunes, barbershop quartets, spirituals, blues, pop, rock and roll, traditional Yale songs, and original compositions. They also pride themselves on injecting a healthy […]

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April 24, 2017

Another Successful Fitness and Wellness Health Fair!

SHU Health Fair 2017 reception table

On Friday, April 21st we had a Health Fair with the assistance of the Sacred Heart University students that take the Exercise and Aging class for credit.  This is the third year that we have had the students conduct fitness testing and wellness assessments for our residents. They did an excellent job. The residents were really engaged […]

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March 22, 2017

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration!

St. Patty's Day raising our glasses

“Top of the mornin’ to you” as they say. We had a fun and successful celebration on March 17th in our W Lounge. We had melon balls and green beer to wash it down. We also had a fun trivia questionnaire on St. Paddy’s Day history which stumped many residents. Our finale was a raffle of Irish prizes that […]

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March 22, 2017

Superbowl Fundraiser for Watermark For Kids

Superbowl pic on staircase 2

What’s a Superbowl Party without a football jersey? The associates at Watermark at 3030 decided to raise money and awareness for our Watermark For Kids program by wearing their football jersey.

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March 16, 2017

Fairfield Jewelers Visits 3030 Park

Fairfield Jewelry with Bob and Howard 2

Just recently, Fairfield Jewelers came to clean jewelry for the residents free of charge. They were even able to help the residents with some minor jewelry repair. What a great offering for those who could not make the trip themselves. Matter of fact, a few of the residents new the owners personally.  It was a nice get together […]

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February 27, 2017

Sweetheart Roses & Candlestick Centerpieces

Sweetheart Roses Group

A beautiful and fun idea was presented to us by an associate from dining services to make sweetheart roses and candlestick centerpieces. We had 10 residents participate in putting together these masterpieces. They look terrific and were used for decoration in their apartments.

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January 19, 2017

A Caribbean Jazz Concert

David Samuels and Caribbean Crew

The Watermark at 3030 Park in Bridgeport recently hosted a Caribbean jazz concert led by former member of the contemporary jazz group, Spyro Gyra, and Watermark resident, Dave Samuels. Samuels was joined by local musicians including Vince Cherico, who played alongside Samuels in the Dave Samuels & The Caribbean Jazz Project.    

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December 1, 2016

Tree Trimming Get Together

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The residents at The Watermark at 3030 Park really stepped up to the plate when we started to decorate the trees in the main lobby for the holiday season. They were really interested in putting the bulbs on the tree and some were very meticulous! While the music was playing, the residents were singing. It was such […]

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November 30, 2016

A Special Day for a Special Resident!

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Ed Faulkner was recently inducted to the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame. When the UConn Football team played Virginia at the Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Renschler Field, Ed and 9 other coaches where recognized at halftime. Ed had coached at Bassick High School in Bridgeport and Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk. He had a […]

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November 28, 2016

Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration

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This year was our 9th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration at The Watermark. This very popular program has been met with great enthusiasm in prior years, and this year was very special as well. It was a time to gather with Watermark family and friends, to celebrate our faiths and enjoy the fellowship of good conversation, presentations and lovely refreshments. The topic […]

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October 18, 2016

A New Career was Born for 95 Year Young Poet – Irene Backalenick

irene-backalenick

The old adage “you are never too old” holds true – we are not too old to exercise, to paint, to knit, to color or even to write poetry. Irene’s first poems were written after her husband Bill died in June 2015. The art form was “like a release,” she says. Poetry gives her “a chance to […]

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October 18, 2016

A Gorgeous Day to Decorate the Sukkah

sukkah

A sukkah is a temporary hut constructed for use during the week-long Jewish festival of Sukkot. It is topped with branches and often well decorated with autumnal, harvest or Judaic themes commemorating the time God provided for the Israelites in the wilderness they inhabited after they were freed from slavery in Egypt. It is common […]

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September 26, 2016

Dining Out on the Town and Other Special Outings

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Our community offers a Mystery Dinner once per month. They love to dine out with a surprise menu! There are at least 2 outings per month to various museums and other interesting places to see. Many of trips are requested by our residents. We love to accommodate and they have great time!

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September 26, 2016

Alzheimer’s Walk – A Cause Near and Dear To Us

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The Watermark Team had a successful walk for Alzheimer’s on Sunday, September 18th at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, CT. We walked, we danced to music and we sang in honor and memory of our loved ones here at The Watermark at 3030 Park. We met and exceeded our goal for this event. Our community had a casual for […]

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September 7, 2016

And the Beat Goes ON…

Percussion Circle Group of 4

Once a month a group of residents have the experience of playing percussion instruments in our “Percussion Circle”. With smiling faces, the residents keep the beat to music that is played in the background. One of our residents has been wanting to learn how to play the drums and she had the opportunity to do so – […]

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July 13, 2016

4th of July Celebration at 3030 Park!

Bpt Symphony Seaside

Our residents went to Seaside Park to watch the fireworks and had the pleasure of listening to the Greater Bridgeport Symphony! What a lovely and enjoyable night!

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June 28, 2016

Adult Coloring – The Latest Trend for Relaxation and Creativity

Girl paints a coloring book for adults with crayons

Coloring books for grownups have suddenly launched to the top of bestseller lists. Add in the feeling of nostalgia, and many find coloring to be a relaxing, stress-free experience. Crayons, colored pencils or markers, whatever medium you choose, you soon will be experiencing the relaxation that color therapy brings once you dive into your next […]

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June 28, 2016

Summer School at The Watermark

Horshoe Crabs with Instructor

Professors from the Biology Department at Sacred Heart University presented specific subjects to the residents that they have been studying. The first subject was on horseshoe crabs and the second was on birds. The residents were delighted to be able to hold the baby horseshoe crabs. Did you know that horseshoe crabs do not bite or pinch? The residents […]

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February 24, 2016

Sculpture Creations

Nina Ravden Sculpture talk #2

Resident Nina Ravden shared how she got involved with sculpturing and shared many of her pieces with us. When asked about how she comes up with her sculpture ideas, her reply was “I don’t know, they just come to me.”

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