“MapleDay was a huge success!” said Sarah Duthie, manager of independent living at MapleCreek. “There were tons of children from the neighborhood and some grandchildren of residents who came and just had a blast!”
The free event on Saturday Oct. 23, 2010, brought in a lot of people, despite the overcast skies and threat of rain. As a precaution against bad weather, the pumpkin decorating activity and the bluegrass band were both moved indoors into Trinity Chapel at The Terraces, where one of the vendors had set up a display. Nearly all of the 26 arts and crafts show vendors were so pleased with how things went that they signed up to come back for next year’s event.
Sarah was surprised by the great turnout. “We had planned on making 250 fresh donuts to give away at The Terraces,” she said, “but Heather Leedy, our dining director at The Terraces, told me the crowd went through more than 400 of them – and 21 gallons of cider, too.” There was also live music in both The Lodge (skilled nursing, rehab) and The Woods (memory care), where another nearly 300 homemade donuts were consumed.
Dollie Grant, community coordinator at The Terraces, said, "Children were swarming about the ponies and the petting zoo, and you couldn't see the animals." Sarah added, "The petting zoo had a lot of different kinds of animals, including a llama and a baby buffalo with very soft fur." Later, the petting zoo animals were paraded through The Lodge. "Imagine being a resident and seeing a four-foot tall buffalo walking down the hallways!" Sarah laughed.
Sue Lemon, executive director of MapleCreek, was also thrilled with the turnout at MapleDay. “The bouncy house was a blast for the kids, and the pony rides and animals brought something new to the campus for old and young alike to enjoy together.”
If you missed all the excitement, make plans to come next fall. “We had a great time,” said Tom Curran, marketing coordinator at The Terraces. “It was ‘really hopping’ here!”
You can see more photos from MapleDay on the MapleCreek Facebook page, here: http://www.facebook.com/search/?q=&init=quick&tas=0.532765837286614#!/album.php?aid=252847&id=165162218849