Pies, face-paints, music, children bring joy to residents and community during Woodland Villa's annual Country Fair.
Country Fair fills 'bucket' for Woodland Villa staff and residents
Home's flagship annual event once again a hit with everyoneAugust 17, 2012
LONG SAULT, Ont. - The hallways at Woodland Villa aren't often filled with as much laughter, love and life as they were Aug. 15 when about 200 people gathered at the Long Sault home for its annual Country Fair.
Throughout the day residents could be seen bopping their heads to country music refrains, and donning their favourite ball caps, proving that the home’s flagship event was once again accomplishing its mission to enhance fun and laughter at the home.
Woodland Villa is nestled in the heart of Long Sault, Ont., a small community on the shores of Lake Ontario, near Cornwall. Pleasant weather accompanied the day, with lots of sunshine and just enough cloud to relieve the heat and draw the crowds the organizers hoped would attend.
Linda Anderson's 95-year-old mom Louisa lives at Woodland Villa. As she sat beside her mother listening to the live music on the makeshift stage, she had a peaceful look on her face.
“I think it's wonderful,” says Anderson. “Just seeing everyone so happy. It's heartwarming.”
Across the lawn, there's a swing with another woman and her father. They're holding hands, moving back and forth. Conrad Brissard lived at Woodland Villa for three years.
“There aren't words to describe this day,” says his daughter, Odette Brassard. “Heartwarming.”
Another resident is tapping her toe to the music. On the driveway, three children are having wheelchair races. Just beyond, a few more are taking in the animals at the petting zoo.
There are balloons, antique cars, face paints and vendors. Something for everyone – young or old, resident or community member. And everything, from the food to the entertainment, is donated — all in the name of raising money for Woodland Villa — and making a joyful day for the residents, their families, the staff members and the community.
Staff members agree, saying the day's events help to fill the bucket with love and compassion.
Life enrichment co-ordinator Lisa Doran organized the event. She says the Country Fair helps “break down the barriers between generations.”
“Children — even middle-aged people — can be afraid of the elderly,” she says. “This gives everyone a chance to interact.”
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