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Tanglewood Manor February Look Back

February at Tanglewood Manor was filled with laughter, liveliness and love! We went on several shopping trips, had a couple of great dining experiences, and of course, sang our hearts out with our musical guests this month.

Love was in the air this month as our very own Gold Gems put on a Valentine concert here at Tanglewood, then took the show on the road to play at The Magnolia. We are please to have welcomed several new members in the past month and hope to encourage more people with a passion for music to join us!

We continued our Valentine theme by playing Valentine ping-pong toss, finish the love song lyrics, and poke-a-heart trivia. This is a game that has tissue paper covered cups on a board in the shape of a heart. Each cup has a prize inside. Answer the trivia question correctly and you get to poke a hole in the tissue paper and pull out the prize!

On Valentine’s Day our dietary department did an excellent job preparing an elegant menu of shaved roast beef, mashed potatoes, roasted asparagus, and lemon meringue pie. Yum!

Other holidays were also celebrated in this short but sweet month. Super Bowl Sunday found us playing “Super-bowling.” Instead of regular bowling scores, strikes were considered a touchdown worth 7 points, and spares were a 3 point field goal. Unlike the real game later that night, the 49ers beat the Chiefs, 32-24! We also played our old favorites like ladder ball, indoor lawn darts, and Bingo.

We observed Presidents’ Day with some fun but challenging President trivia. We also learned a little more about each other by playing penny ante on “National Lost Penny Day.” For example, have you ever cheated on a test? If you said yes, you got a penny. Whoever has the most pennies at the end of the game wins!

We celebrated “National Chopstick Day” with a trip to the Chinese Buffet at Oriental Star. Everyone loved it! Our new Ladies Who Lunch group made delicious Shepherd’s Pie one Sunday morning for their lunch. We finished up our month of delicious delectables with jambalaya and King Cake at our Mardi Gras celebration.

Our musical guests this month included King’s Express who brought down the house with their mix of country, classic Elvis, and gospel music. Michael Dennehy and Rick Bruening were a big hit as usual. Jeaneen Jaynes delighted us with a morning of beautiful piano tunes, which we all sang along to. We also added a new performer to our list this month, Dan Vogan. Dan has played professionally and brought his music to Tanglewood with a mix of rock, country, and bluegrass.  We spent Tuesday mornings at coffee house listening and dancing to Don Sandy’s wonderful accordion music, and Angelo Alaimo returned with his harmonicas to help us celebrate our February birthdays!

It was a month for art as we had three different opportunities to work with different art mediums. Spencer Drake showed us how to sketch and shade drawings of owls using colored pencils. Keeping the bird theme, our special guest from the Prendergast Library helped us make bird collages from old book pages. Finally, Jill Dunn got us ready for St. Patrick’s Day next month when she led us in painting shamrocks.

We had a fun and fabulous time in the month of February, but we know March is going to be even better! If you have any questions or comments for upcoming activities, please contact Kelly Pattyson, Activities Director at (716)483-2876, ext 2222, or email at [email protected]

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