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Tanglewood Manor May Lookback

“May you be happy, May you be well, May you be safe, May you find comfort, May you have strength, May you have courage, May you find healing, May you have peace, May you have joy, May you be filled with loving kindness.” -unknown

The month of May has surely been our month of peace and comfort as we are settling into this new life as we know it. Our month was the perfect blend of everything we enjoy in Spring, as we welcome better weather, new blossoms, and the vibrancy of this wonderful season.

Our month started out with a big Kentucky hoorah! We all sipped on Mint Juleps, put on the flamboyant hats that we decorated and cheered on the turtles this year. We just couldn’t stop with one party, so within the same week we celebrated Cinco de Mayo with a wonderful Mexican Fiesta. Here, we enjoyed homemade seasoned rice, tres leches cake, made by our lovely baking group, and a resident favorite, non-alcoholic margaritas! If only we could share the laughter with you all that was shared among our residents as we (tried) to dance to salsa music and took a plethora of pictures using our Mexican themed photo booth props.

As the month progressed we celebrated Mothers Day a bit unconventional this month due to the visitation restrictions; but nonetheless, our residents and families made light of the situation and we created memories that will hold a special place in our hearts forever. We kicked off the Mother’s Day celebrations with a fancy “Mom-osa” bar where residents enjoyed non-alcoholic juice mimosas with a large variety of fresh fruit that were a real crowd pleaser. In addition, our “Mom-osa” bar was accompanied with large delicious doughnuts! To add the special familial touch that was surely needed after two long months, our Mother’s Day celebrations were complete with a Mother’s Day Parade where families of our residents “decked out” their vehicles and allowed our residents to see them from a distance!

What has been such a blessing throughout this month despite our visitation restrictions, is that we have such talented staff and residents. Our residents sing and play bell chimes every week with Mary Schmidt and we are delighted with the universal language of music that truly raises spirits and unites us as a Tanglewood family. Our residents created some awesome crafts this month making items such as maracas, personalized thank you cards for our receptionists on National Receptionist Day, and Luminary candle holders to remember our loved one’s who have passed on Memorial Day.

The month surely came and went, but the last full weeks of May were filled with sunshine and some of the most enjoyable activities for our residents. On Memorial Day, our residents enjoyed nice golf cart rides and the beautiful park as we hosted the annual Memorial Day Picnic in Louis Ferrari Memorial Park. Enjoying cheeseburgers, potato salad, and yummy watermelon as the sounds of nature and the fountains in the pond cascaded truly topped our month of May and ended it on a high note.

We are looking forward to the Summer Season and all of the fun activities that ensue with warmer weather and the great outdoors. Though we are still battling this Pandemic, it is assuring that we have the wonderful season of Summer to raise spirits and bring us even closer together. We look forward to all that the month of June will bring and are hoping to see our loved ones soon. Until then, stay safe, find other ways to connect with residents such as letters and phone calls, and check our Facebook page to see all that we are up to!

For further information please contact, Kellie Rodriguez -Activities Director, (716)483-2876 ext. 2222 or email at