Annual Dazy Days at DevonHouse Senior Living
A little rain didn't hold up the Dazy Days party at DevonHouse Senior Living, 1930 Bevin Dr., Salisbury Township, as the sounds of the polka tune, "She's Too Fat for Me," filled DevonHouse with a lively spirit to get the annual party started.
Residents danced, clapped and sang along to the songs that take them back to their roots. The polka music was performed by the band The Ultimate Sound, of Nazareth.
The annual picnic is usually held in June, outside on the lawn and parking lot. But because the groundbreaking for the new addition of 10 new rooms to the senior living facility is set for June, the picnic moved to May 11.
This year was the first time the event had an indoor-outdoor setup due to a call for rain.
"The picnic must go on!" Director of Activities Melissa Bartynski said.
A traditional picnic menu of hot dogs, hamburgers, potato and macaroni salad, perogies and birch beer was served in the dining area. Yellow tableclothes, fresh cut flower centerpieces and balloons decorated the tables.
Family, friends, residents and employees spent the day enjoying the polka music, popcorn, funnel cake and ice cream. Employees took advantage of karaoke, singing Janis Joplin's "Me and Bobby McGee" and Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder's "Ebony and Ivory." Songs by Neil Diamond, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley made for great group sing-a-longs.
"I like the music and I like the people," resident Mae Rhode said. Rhode's niece came to spend the day.
Outside games of basketball and skeeball were put under tents for the children to enjoy. A bouncehouse was set up on the lawn. The rain and cooler weather kept the popular dunk tank from being used.
"[My favorite part] is all the families coming out, having a great time and making the residents extra happy," employee Jessica Stewart, of Emmaus, said.