Posts by: Jenny Welch

May 18, 2018

Brunch on the Beach

On May 10th we were finally able to have our Brunch on the Beach. It was a lovely, sunny morning fit for a perfect beach outing. In the past we have visited Turtle Beach Pavilion, but this year we were able to utilize the beautiful outdoor space provided by Mr. and Mrs. Grubb’s Cabana. The […]

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May 8, 2018

The Joys of Ramadan: Fasting and Breaking the Fast

At The Inn, we were able to welcome three members from the Islamic Society of Sarasota/Bradenton. Nazia Abid, Amani Makarita and Shiraz Hassan gave an in depth presentation about Ramadan, the ninth month of the Muslim year, during which strict fasting is observed from sunrise to sunset. They were able to give our residents feedback about […]

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March 29, 2018

Helping the Homeless

At The Inn, we wanted to give back. With the help of the Community Life staff and residents we were able to put together supplies to make a difference. We made a list of important daily supplies that we thought members of the homeless community of Sarasota would need. We decided to create “goody bags” full […]

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March 29, 2018

Viva Las Vegas Family Night at The Inn!

We hosted another successful Family Night at The Inn on Thursday, March 22nd! The theme was Viva Las Vegas. We were able to enjoy blackjack, horse races and roulette in the Lobby. We also had a fabulous musical entertainer that evening named Angela Burns. She took us back to the old days of Las Vegas […]

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March 26, 2018

Sipping on Spirits: Vodka

We hosted another magnificent Watermark University class on Wednesday, March 21st at 3:00pm called Sipping on Spirits. This class discussed a spirit that many are aware of, Vodka! Chef Bryan Allen was able to give us the history of vodka and different types to choose from. He also gave us a description of what it […]

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March 20, 2018

Bok Tower Gardens

Looking up at the 205-foot neo-Gothic and art deco Singing Tower carillon is an experience like no other. We were able to celebrate Valentine’s Day at this one of a kind location! We were greeted at the entrance gate and given the history of the grounds. The tower was designed by famed architect Milton B. […]

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March 19, 2018

March Artist of the Month

This month’s featured artist is Donna Starnes. Donna started painting with acrylics as an adult with no formal training in art except art appreciation courses in college. She also had a longtime love of art. This year she ventured to try a few new techniques. One was a pair of portraits, done in a monochromatic scheme. In […]

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February 9, 2018

Sipping on Spirits with Paul

Do you have any idea how bourbon is made? Our residents that attended the Sipping on Spirits with Paul presentation now do! A group of twenty residents were able to experience the crisp, smooth taste of Knob Creek Bourbon and hear the history of bourbon as well. Chef Paul allowed everyone that attended to sample this […]

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February 9, 2018

Path to Well-Being

Happy Heart Awareness Month! According to the CDC, heart disease remains the leading cause of death in adults over age 65. As people age, they’re increasingly living with risk factors, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, these increase the chance of having a stroke or developing heart disease. Advice for addressing this health risk not only helps with […]

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February 9, 2018

February Artist of the Month

This month’s featured artist is Jay Rabow. Jay was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. He owned a successful manufacturing business for packing materials. At the age of 51, he retired and travelled on his 41 ft. sailboat to find a place to settle. Jay found Sarasota to be the most cultured, musical and relaxing. […]

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January 30, 2018

Chef Surprise!

Residents were able to enjoy a tasty treat during dinner on Thursday, January 25th. The dining team prepared a delicious Shrimp & Scallop Ceviche. The cooked shrimp and scallops were marinated in a fresh lime broth and tomatoes, cilantro and avocado were added to complete the dish. The appetizer was garnished with crunchy tortilla chips. This was […]

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January 17, 2018

Children’s First Christmas Visit

We rounded out 2017 with a visit from our local Children’s First group. Our very own Paul Ebaugh was able to dress in his full Santa Claus outfit to greet all of the children in true Christmas fashion. Before meeting Santa, the children all gathered in the Mangrove Room for delicious cookies and juice. We […]

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January 17, 2018

January Artist of the Month

This month, we featured Jules Altenberg as the Artist of the Month specifically for his collage works on the Flim Flam performances. The Flim Flam performance was founded in 2012 by Barbara Cornell, Pat Beggan and Cliff Bermann. Their hope and desire was to offer some kind of theater performance because we have so many talented […]

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January 17, 2018

Martin Luther King Tribute

We were able to celebrate Martin Luther King day at The Inn with a wonderful performance by the Men’s Ensemble of the Light of the World Church. The performance included many spiritual songs from that era and even a rendition of the “I have a Dream” speech. The residents crowded into the Lobby to hear the beautiful […]

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November 27, 2017

Expressions Calendar Winners!

We are surrounded by many resident artists here at The Fountains. The Expressions Calendar is an award-winning calendar that celebrates active aging and the arts. We were able to have many submissions and even a few winners! Arline Stern submitted a mosaic “Self Portrait” that will be featured on a portion of the front cover. […]

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November 8, 2017

November Artist of the Month

At The Fountains, we are enriched by extraordinarily talented resident artists. Meet this month’s artist, Kathy McKenzie. Kathy decided at the age of 50 to try her hand at “Art”! She signed up for a drawing class through the local adult education program. There she met an old acquaintance who convinced her to join her at […]

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November 8, 2017

Thrive Dining on SNN News!

Recently we were able to showcase our Thrive Dining experience. SNN News visited our property to review and broadcast the benefits this dining program has to offer. Our very own Executive Director, Peggy Beasley, and Director of Dining Services, Paul Ebaugh, were able to discuss the process and benefits of Thrive Dining for the resident community […]

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November 1, 2017

Path to Well-Being

With the holiday season starting, temptations are all around us, and making healthy food choices can be challenging. However, if you practice portion control along with following these healthy tips, you can enjoy your favorite foods without gaining a pound. Here are seven tips that will help offer a healthy Thanksgiving: 1.) Watch your portion sizes […]

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November 1, 2017

Associate Pumpkin Decorating Contest

One of the ways we celebrated this Halloween was with a good old fashioned Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Each department had the entire month to decorate their pumpkin with anything they desired. They were on display in the Lobby of the Town Center Building. Residents from The Inn and Town Center were able to view these […]

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October 23, 2017

Family Night at The Inn – Sock Hop

We hosted another successful Family Night at The Inn! This month’s theme was Sock Hop. We had live entertainment singing the classical hits from the 50’s that helped us get out our poodle skirts and shake a tail feather. Dining services had our taste bud’s dancing as well with Kobe beef sliders, spinach artichoke dip, […]

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October 12, 2017

Farm to Table Dining

We welcomed fall with our first Farm to Table event of the season. After shopping most of the morning away at the Philippi Creek Farmer’s Market, Chef Paul and his staff began prepping the Thai inspired menu for the evening. As the residents began to fill the tables on the pool deck, the appetizer was presented […]

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October 9, 2017

Oktoberfest Celebration!

Happy Oktoberfest from The Fountains! On October 4th, our residents at The Inn and Town Center neighborhoods were able to enjoy the best of this German experience. During Happy Hour, our residents indulged in pretzels with a beer cheese dip, puff pastry wrapped sausage with a cheese and mustard dipping sauce and a variety of German […]

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October 2, 2017

October Artist of the Month – Maia Rubin

At The Fountains, we are enriched by extraordinarily talented resident artists. Maia Rubin is an artist craftswoman with the rare ability to see form and beauty in unusual materials. In her senior years, she has produced some of the best work in her career. The giant seed pods of the queen palm tree, hand dyed clothespins […]

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September 21, 2017

A Special Thank You Dinner for Residents

After Hurricane Irma came through our lovely community here at The Fountains, we wanted to thank our residents for making the experience as comfortable as possible. Chef Paul and dining services was able to provide a Chef Surprise for our residents to show our gratitude to them. A lovely preparation of mussels in a brandy cream […]

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September 21, 2017

Titanic Tribute Dinner

We were able to take a culinary adventure aboard the Fountains Titanic Tribute Dinner. Dining Services was able to take us through a Titanic inspired menu during this dinner. The residents taste buds were tingling with all of the amazing courses that were presented. The course included a chilled asparagus salad, roasted duck breast and […]

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September 5, 2017

September Artist of the Month

At The Fountains, we are enriched by extraordinarily talented resident artists. Stepping out from behind his camera lens this month is Jules Altenberg. Jules was tucked away in his father’s darkroom starting at the age of 12. After assisting with the development process, he decided it was time to purchase his own 35 mm camera. […]

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September 5, 2017

Path to Well-Being September

Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes death. Every flu season is different, and the infection can affect people in many ways. During flu season, flu viruses circulate at higher levels in the U.S. population. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk of getting sick […]

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August 25, 2017

Chef’s S’mores Tart Surprise

Surprise: an unexpected or astonishing event, fact, or thing. The residents were in fact astonished Thursday night when Chef Paul did a Chef surprise! The treat he served was a S’mores Tart. He started with a graham cracker crust, filled with Godiva chocolate mousse. Chef Paul finished this delicious, sweet treat with a marshmallow topping that […]

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August 25, 2017

Hitting Homeruns with Happy Residents!

As we left the Lobby to make our way to Tropicana Field, we were all decked out in our favorite team’s attire. Hats, jackets and jerseys. You name it, one of us were wearing it. The chatter during the drive to the stadium included who everyone thought would come out victorious between the two teams, […]

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August 21, 2017

Kitchen Tour

Our very own Chef Paul brought back the Kitchen Tours to this month’s menu! This experience gives our residents a first hand look into where the delectable creations are prepared and served at each meal. Chef Paul offers this interactive tour for those that have questions about how things are prepared, where they are prepared […]

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August 9, 2017

Path to Well-Being: Eating Healthy

Most people know that eating fruits and vegetables is important for good health, but most of us still aren’t getting enough. Eating a healthy diet with plenty of vegetables and fruits can help you lower your risk for heart disease and some types of cancer, maintain or reach a healthy weight and keep your body strong […]

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August 9, 2017

August Artist of the Month

Taking the stage this month is Susan Augenthaler. She is fascinated by the detail and texture she can capture when working in pastels, acrylics and charcoals. As you can see below, her work comes to life with the detail she presents on her canvases. Susan started studying and drawing in Southold, New York in 1986. […]

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July 7, 2017

Visit to the Children’s First School

We have already had much success with our residents being praised on “bridging the age gap” with our involvement in Children’s First visits. On this particular trip, we were able to visit the Children’s First School located in North Port, FL. We witnessed what programs and activities the children are offered, the community outreach that is […]

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July 6, 2017

4th of July Poolside BBQ

All of our Town Center residents joined in celebrating the 4th of July at our Poolside BBQ. The scrumptious menu started with shrimp ceviche, spring mixed salad and fruit salad. We continued the feast with an array of hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ chicken drumsticks, mac & cheese and confetti corn. The BBQ was topped off with a […]

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July 6, 2017

July Artist of the Month Reception

Each month we feature a resident artist in our Thrive newsletter. With the nomination for Artist of the Month, we also conduct a reception in our Town Center Lobby. This reception is a great way for our residents to mingle with fellow art enthusiasts and hear about different types of artwork. During this reception we […]

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July 6, 2017

Path to Well-Being: Regular Check-Ups

Don’t just wait for annual check-ups to monitor your health. A small problem could morph into a serious illness. In one English study, researchers found that less than 60 percent of people who developed unusual symptoms in the previous three months had seen a doctor. Try to keep an eye out for unusual symptoms in […]

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July 6, 2017

July Artist of the Month – Resident Lyn Jacobson

At The Fountains, we are enriched by extraordinarily talented resident artists. Lyn Jacobson is the July resident Artist of the Month, displaying her interesting array of watercolor paintings. She gained a love for both journalism and art over the years. Lyn ultimately focused on art at the Art Institute of Chicago. Lyn was rewarded and recognized […]

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June 20, 2017

Chef Surprise!

On June 8th, Chef Bryan Allen and Chef Paul Ebaugh surprised our Town Center residents with a special appetizer. Our residents mouths were watering once Chef Paul introduced the unexpected addition to the evenings menu. Decorating the plate was a delicately placed Foie Gras Pate (Goose Liver Pate) with two, crisp Toast Points, a dollop of Caviar, fresh […]

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June 19, 2017

Bradentucky Bombers Roller Derby Match

Our residents eagerly waited on the sidelines for the Roller Derby match to begin. One by one the players of each team whipped around the rink to greet the fans. Once the match finally started it was easy to see that the opposing team was no match for the rough and rugged Bradentucky Bombers. Each […]

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June 9, 2017

Bunker Hill Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting

After our visit to Bunker Hill Vineyard, we are one step closer to becoming wine connoisseurs! We visited this vineyard because it is 100% economically friendly. All of the wine bottles are re-used if brought back after purchase and consumption. The corks are sent to a factory out of state to help create cork floors. […]

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June 7, 2017

June Artist of the Month Reception

Each month we feature a resident artist in our Thrive newsletter. With the nomination for Artist of the Month, we also conduct a reception in our Town Center Lobby. This reception is a great way for our residents to mingle with fellow art enthusiasts and hear about different types of artwork. During this reception we enjoyed […]

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June 6, 2017

Shuffleboard Courts Grand Re-Opening!

We had a phenomenal turn out this Saturday, June 3rd, for the Grand Re-Opening of the Shuffleboard Courts! There was a delicious spread of danish pastries, donuts, coffee and mimosas. Almost 20 of our residents came out to the newly renovated shuffleboard courts to show off their skills. Residents were offering each other helpful tips […]

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June 2, 2017

Path to Well-Being: Staying Hydrated

Staying adequately hydrated can help prolong a healthy life by reducing the risk of bladder and colon cancer and keeping kidneys in tip-top shape. It might even help you lose weight. Researchers at the University of Illinois found that those who sipped more H2O ended up eating 68 to 205 fewer calories per day. If staying […]

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June 2, 2017

June Artist of the Month

At The Fountains, we are surrounded and enriched by extraordinarily talented resident artists. We could not go along with this mantra without mentioning the June Artist of the Month, Arline Stern (pictured below). Arline started her enjoyment of the arts in the Bronx, NY. She began gracing the art world with her ceramic clay pieces. Shortly […]

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May 31, 2017

Spare Partz Band: Rock ‘n’ Roll Performance

On Saturday night, May 20th, the Spare Partz Band was rockin’ with our residents! The authentic sounds of 50’s and 60’s classic rock ‘n’ roll filled the air. Over fifty music lovers joined the band on a jammin’ and jovial evening. The band featured music from such rock ‘n’ roll greats as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee […]

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May 30, 2017

Memorial Day Poolside BBQ

Memorial Day is meant to remember those that passed during active military service for our country. We were able to do this during our Memorial Day Poolside BBQ. We offered a delicious meal for our residents on the pool deck. All of our residents showed up decorated in red, white and blue attire. Some of […]

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May 26, 2017

Visit to Solomon’s Castle

As we trekked 30 miles east of Sarasota, we were getting eager to see the magical layout of Solomon’s Castle. We finally arrived at the 90 acre location in Ona, FL. As we walked up to the entrance of the castle, we noticed the glimmering outer walls of the castle. From every angle that you observed at […]

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May 15, 2017

The Player’s Kids Spring Fling Performance

As we filled the Town Center Lobby, we began to hear the pitter patter of Player’s Kids feet as they lined up for the opening act. Each seat was filled as we waited patiently for the performance to begin. One by one the groups of children filled the Lobby with their enthusiastic performances. We saw […]

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May 2, 2017

Path to Well Being – Gratitude

Gratitude fosters greater well-being. Current research supports this idea. Robert Emmons, a professor of psychology at UC-Davis and national expert on gratitude, notes that gratitude has encouraged others to embrace it as a virtue. Being grateful has been linked to strong and positive relationships. Gratitude is not an innate quality. We can cultivate it deeply in ourselves by making a list of […]

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May 1, 2017

Dinner On The Beach – April 2017

Our final Dinner on the Beach outing for the season was enjoyable and one for the books! As we sat down at our tables on April 19th, the “Happy Half Hour” began. The drinks were flowing as well as the conversation. We were careful to not fill up on the delicious appetizers that Chef Paul and Chef […]

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May 1, 2017

Cultural Fine Arts Excursion to Winter Park, FL

Nineteen of us art loving enthusiasts enjoyed an action packed, two-day cultural arts, charter bus excursion to the beautiful Winter Park, FL area on April 18th & 19th. The trip featured docent-led tours of the historic Alfond Inn contemporary art collection, the Morse Museum – displaying the world’s largest presentation of Louis Comfort Tiffany works, the […]

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May 1, 2017

Children’s First – Easter Visit & Egg Hunt

As the school bus pulled up to our promenade walkway, the young boys and girls scurried out and into a straight line ready for another exciting visit! Once they were off the bus, we escorted the children to one of our covered bridges to feed the swarm of turtles, ducks and birds that greeted us. […]

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