Every year we celebrate the opening of our community with a big themed party and dinner. This year’s them was “Through the Looking Glass.”
Our Blueberry Commons Room was transformed into the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, where residents enjoyed drinks and appetizers, along with Peter Mezoian’s amazing banjo music. Characters from Wonderland were in attendance, including the Mad Hatter, the Red Queen, the Cheshire Cat, and even Alice herself!
Residents then adjourned to the Dining Room, which had been turned into the Red Queen’s Domain! The dinner started with an Autumn Caponata Salad with Roasted Delicata Squash and Herbed Focaccia Crostini. Choice of entrees included Porcini and Rosemary Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Chianti Wine Sauce; Prosciutto wrapped Chicken Breast with Goat Cheese Filling, Harvest Grapes, Cornbread Stuffing and Sauce Verjus; and Seared Sea Scallops over Five Spice Carrot Puree with Ginger Scallion Butter. The dinner concluded with Caramel Apple Trifle with Mascarpone Cream and Brown Sugar Crumble.
A heartfelt “Thank You” to our incredible residents and staff for making OceanView a truly WONDER-ful place these past 32 years!
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, making it the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. In continuing to support this effort, Legacy Memory Care at OceanView held its 3rd annual walk on-campus last month.
OceanView’s Fitness Team mapped routes around our 80-acre campus. Utilizing wooded paths and sidewalks, participants were able to choose walks of different lengths and types of terrain, with water bottle stations along the way. Residents and staff from our independent living, assisted living and memory care communities came out to show their support.
OceanView resident Richard Barter spoke at the opening of the walk about the impact of OceanView’s Legacy Memory Care, of which Richard is a big advocate.
OceanView has currently raised over $3,500 through various fundraising events held throughout the year, including a Pancake Breakfast, Strawberry Shortcake Gathering, and a Gelato Social. We will be continuing to fundraise through the month of November, with all proceeds directly benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association’s Maine Chapter.
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Our residents are always on the go, and to better accommodate their active lifestyles, our Transportation Department has added two new vehicles to their fleet!
A custom-built shuttle includes a chair lift, two spots to secure wheelchairs, overhead storage racks, handle-grabs on seatbacks, and wide stairway entry and aisle. With seating for 14, this new shuttle joins two others, for a total transportation capacity of 42. Our Concierge Shuttle service transports our residents not only on-campus to activities and events, but also to supermarkets, performance venues, museums, and daytrips to various points of interest.
A new Ford Flex was also added to our personal transportation service. With seating for up to 6 passengers, the Flex is specifically designed with low ground clearance, which makes it easy to get in and out of. If our residents need a ride to an appointment or the airport, they know it’s just a phone call away!
We were honored to be selected by Proactive Resources for the Best of Portland 2018 Profile Series, published in the Portland Press Herald and on MaineToday.com!
Our Annual Lobster Bake is something our residents and Priority Waiting List members look forward to every summer! After stopping off at the open bar, people enjoyed a spread of appetizers on the patio of the Whipple Farm House.
Next, people could meander down to our new “Whipple Farm Overlook,” where they were served shrimp cocktails and hard (and soft) lemonade. Some grabbed a seat by the firepit and looked out at our beautiful 5 acres of conservation land.
After people were seated under the tent, they were served steamed clams with drawn butter, and enjoyed live music and singing by duo Bess Jacques and Per Hanson.
The lobsters this year were cooked tent-side, packed with seaweed, over an open flame – the real down east way! Our non-seafood-eating guests enjoyed organic roasted chicken. Fresh corn-on-the-cob, baby potatoes, coleslaw and rolls rounded out the feast. The evening was capped with a few sing-along songs, coffee and classic blueberry pie with whipped cream!
Residents Karen and David diggin’ in!
While everyone always raves about how nice the Lobster Bake is, this year people exclaimed that it truly was “the best ever!”
Our resident woodworkers and the like were excited for the opening of our new community Workshop!
The new Workshop is double the size of the previous one, allowing more room for various projects to be spread out.
The Workshop includes a new dust filtration system, routing table, drill press, table saw, band saw, and scroll saw – which you can see one of our residents, Bill, using above.
The Workshop is also stocked with various hand tools. Another resident, Tom, can be seen here sanding the stem piece he made for a 14 and 1/2 foot mahogany Ilur sailing dingy he’s building in the basement of his Schoolhouse Cottage!
With the all the headaches of home ownership and maintenance eliminated here at OceanView, our “handy” residents have more time to focus their skills and efforts on fun projects for pleasure!
For years, scientists and researchers have extolled the benefits that exercise can contribute to our physical wellbeing. They now are discovering the positive impacts physical activity also has on mental health. This was the topic of discussion today on Maine Public’s call-in show “Maine Calling.”
OceanView’s Fitness Manager, Kate Foley, was invited on as a guest, along with Scott Douglas, Contributing Editor for Runner’s World; and Glenn Stevenson, Associate Professor of Psychology and Program Coordinator for Neuroscience at the University of New England. Hosted by Jennifer Rooks, the panel of experts addressed listeners’ thoughts and questions on ways to get more exercise into your life and how it can help you feel better—both physically and psychologically.
Listen to the show here: http://mainepublic.org/post/exercise-and-mental-health-how-do-they-correlate
Each summer, different OceanView residents volunteer to host “Block Parties” within our different cottage neighborhoods, welcoming those from all over the campus to come join in the fun!
OceanView’s Activities staff takes care of the outdoor seating and awnings, and our Dining Services provides the catering.
This particular gathering was hosted by residents Arlene, Betty, Joan and Sally. Spanning across the yards of four cottages, the crowd enjoyed sun, food and company among beautiful plantings nestled against a wooded backdrop.
And, of course, it wouldn’t be summer in Maine without our famous lobster rolls!