Tabetha Borrell, office manager/administrator designee, said residents spent four hours selling and showing off some of their crafts and handiwork and talking to the visitors.
“Some of them made bracelets and bird houses,” said Borrell, “and we had some who made afghans and art. Some nice folks brought their antique cars which everyone enjoyed seeing.”
There was a dunking booth for children and musical chairs. There were snow ones, cotton candy, lemonade, water, hamburgers, hot dogs and potato chips for the residents, visitors and staff.
“We appreciate the merchants who donated prizes for the day,” said Borrell. “Everyone who won one seemed to like it.”
Probably the highlight of the event was music that the staff played.
“We chose music especially for our residents,” said Borrell. “It was music that they grew up in, from the ‘50s and ‘60s. We played Elvis and Johnny Cash and other music that was popular when they were raising their children.”
Borrell said this is the first year for this celebration but others are planned.
“Everybody had such a good time that we want to continue doing this every year,” she said. “It was very successful. Our residents at Ladiga Manor are important to us, and we want them to know that the staff and owners appreciate them. All the hard work was worth seeing smiles on their faces, and we saw a lot of smiles today.”
Doris Floyd, 78, came to Ladiga Manor from Wellborn in December.
“It’s wonderful here,” she said. “Its clean, and we have good food. All the staff is so nice and friendly. They’re so good to us.”
Residents could invite guests and Floyd’s guest for the day was her friend and daughter-in-law’s mother, Marie Bain.
“She lives here in Jacksonville,” said Floyd. “She really enjoyed it and so did I.”
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