Top 5 Social Events of 2020
1. Opera Day
On February 27th, our Members participated in our Signature Experience – “A Day at the Opera” with a beautiful day of food, fitness and fun! The day began with a MET Opera Costume Display where Members were able to view a variety of pieces that were worn during the recent MET Opera in New York City. At 10am, our wellness participants attended class entitled ‘Opera Fit’ where they had a total body warm up as an actor would to take the spotlight on stage! Members got craft during our mask making class. Masks are a great way not only to tell a story but to study the history of an opera. Our residents love welcoming guest speakers so Member, Tom Lewy gave a lecture in the auditorium around 2:30 pm on the topic, Handel’s Agrippina. It was a very interesting lecture about this opera and history of Handel himself. To prepare ourselves for a fun evening, we got the red carpet treatment with live music in the ballroom and happy hour with wine, champagne, and hors d’oeuvres. Dinner was masterfully crafted by our Executive Chef and Dining Services Team for a ‘Grand Tier Experience’. The dining room transported us to Lincoln Center with a contemporary American special menu. The menu consisted of Crab Bisque and Chicken Consomme to start. This was followed by a Fresh Spring Salad with Pea Shoots, Fresh Blueberries with Almonds, and Lemon Vinaigrette. Dinner entrees included choice of Grilled Lamb Chops over a Sweet Potato Puree or Lobster and Shrimp Ravioli Florentine with Wine Sauce, Topped with 3 Sautéed Shrimp. For dessert, our diners enjoyed Flourless Chocolate Cake with Fresh Raspberries! Yum! To close out this wonderful day, we welcomed Scottish award-winning soprano, Lauren McQuistin. Lauren’s repertoire includes The Magic Flute, Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder, Messiah, Don Giovanni and Eugene Oregon.
2. Summer Car Show for Alzheimer’s Association
In September, Evergreen Woods hosted a Classic Car Show to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association! It was a beautiful day as we welcomed over 60 vehicles to this fun event. Our Members and their families enjoyed getting an up close look at so many classic vehicles and having the opportunity to speak with their owners. Attendees enjoyed a snack stand and music by Bassology Jazz! This event successfully raised $505 that was donated to the Alzheimer’s Association!
3. Tea Party Dining Experience
In August, our Members attended a beautiful afternoon tea party! While not as mad as Alice’s tea party, we enjoyed a beautiful afternoon in the Reis Room! Our Members dressed for the occasion and wore summertime tea attire while dining on a menu full of goodies! The menu included an assortment of mini quiche, finger food sandwiches, salads, chocolate tulip shells filled with mousse and strawberries, lavender lemonade and of course, tea! It was a beautiful way to us all to enjoy safely distanced time together in a beautiful setting!
4. Winter Olympics 2020
“Citius, Altius, Fortius” is Latin for “Faster, Higher, Stronger”, the motto of the Olympic Games. On January 22nd and 23rd our Members enjoyed the Evergreen Woods Winter Olympics! Over two days we hosted a variety of activities for everyone to enjoy beginning with a ‘2020 Tokyo Olympic Games Lecture’ by Yale Professor of Anthropology and Japanese Studies, William W. Kelly. He reviewed why the Olympic Games are important and their history! On Thursday morning, our Members woke a ‘Breakfast of Champions’ where they started the day off with a team breakfast in the Club Room, there was also a special ‘press conference’ for attendees! At 10:30, the Opening Ceremony kicked off in the Auditorium where we met our competitors and welcomed them to this special Olympiad! Throughout the day our Members got their bodies and minds moving with floor hockey, an indoor bobsled race, and Olympic trivia! In the evening, we dressed up for the Awards Ceremony Happy Hour and capped this day of splendor and feats with a ‘Tokyo 2020 Olympic Dining Experience’. All of our Members and staff are looking forward to watching the upcoming games!
5. Greek Dining Experience
In September, our Members took an incredible ‘day trip’ to the Greek Isles! Our travelers reserved a seat to this exclusive event and dressed in blue and white to fit the theme of the event! Attendees enjoyed a full menu of authentic Grecian food freshly prepared by the expert Dining Team at Evergreen Woods! This was such a fun event, from the decorations to the food, it was like we were in Santorini!