We have purchased lots of Award winning movies, but haven’t been able to show them in the auditorium. We know it is so much better on that big screen and we hope to show them soon, but for now you can check these movies out at the library and watch them at home.
- “Ford v Ferrari” stars Matt Damon and Christian Bale in this true story about Ford Motor Company’s attempt to create the world’s fastest car.
- “Bombshell” stars Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, and Margot Robbie as 3 smart, ambitious, strong women who anchored one of America’s most powerful news networks and risked everything to stand up to the man who made them famous.
- Director Greta Gerwig has crafted a new version of “Little Women” that includes stars such as Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Laura Dern and Meryl Streep.
- Clint Eastwood directs “Richard Jewell” based on the story of the security guard who discovers a bomb at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.
The Civil War, which ended in the spring of 1865, claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history and required the establishment of the country’s first national cemeteries.
By the late 1860s, Americans in various towns and cities had begun holding springtime tributes to these countless fallen soldiers, decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers.
On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance later that month. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed.
The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.
On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.
Many Northern states held similar commemorative events and reprised the tradition in subsequent years; by 1890 each one had made Decoration Day an official state holiday. Southern states, on the other hand, continued to honor their dead on separate days until after World War I.
For decades, Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30, the date Logan had selected for the first Decoration Day. But in 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees; the change went into effect in 1971. The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.
We do not know at this time if we will be able to hold our Bay Village Memorial Day Service. But we can all honor those who have given their lives for our freedom at 3:00pm May 25th for the National Moment of Remembrance.
Parts of this article are from The History Channel Editors.
Unfortunately we do not have any entertainment scheduled for May. If the guidelines change and we are able to have gatherings, we will definitely schedule programs for you. We are scheduling various forms of entertainment on Channel 195 every evening at 8:00. These are programs that we get from You Tube and include various concerts, comedy programs, and travel programs. If you have any suggestions of things you would like to see please contact Diana at 4036.
There is also a variety of entertainment programs available to you on cable TV and the internet.
Here is a list of some entertainment options:
- The Bay Village App now has a Virtual Travel Icon with zoos, museums, and travel videos.
- Artsandculture.google.com has art from museums all over the world.
- The Curtis Institute is offering free concerts on Curtis.edu/youtube.
- The Metropolitan Opera is offering free operas daily at metopera.org.
- Check out the amazing artwork at Ringling Museum on their website, theringling.org
- PBS is showing many of their great programs on pbs.org.
- theculturetrip.com will take you all over the world.
- How many of these spots have you been to: youtube.com/watch?v=b7FNvq11CEw?
- Do you like sea animals? Try this site, georgiaaquarium.org.
- This website is very informative and has virtual tours of several national parks. travelandleisure.com
- goodhousekeeping.com offers virtual tours of museums, zoos and theme parks.
Things to be Grateful For…
Sometimes it is hard to see the silver lining. April was a rough month for everyone in the world. However there are still good things happening and still things to be grateful for.
Although it took some time, and there were still some who refused, most Americans followed State and Federal guidelines. People stayed home as much as possible and wore masks when they needed to go out. Although many businesses were considered “non-essential” and had to close, some came up with ways to assist the community. There were alcohol distributers that switched to manufacturing hand sanitizer. Some restaurants besides offering take-out, also sold grocery items like milk, eggs, etc. Stores that were open came up with better ways to keep their employees and customers safe such as cleaning shopping carts between each use, putting up shields for the clerks, and making aisle traffic one way.
Here at Bay Village there were also many changes during the month of April. Visitors were no longer able to enter our facility, but residents were able to keep in touch with friends and family through the phone, facetime, and even by writing letters. Bay Village staff assisted residents as needed with using technology such as Facetime or Zoom. Many, many cards and letters were sent to residents in the Health Center and Assisted Living. Some of those notes came from children in the community, but many came from our independent residents. Bay Village had to shut down activities and social gatherings during this time. Having our own TV channel enabled us to share a variety of programs. We were still able to have Chair Fitness every day at 11:30 as well as other exercise classes. There was also some sort of entertainment every night at 8:00. “Virtual Vespers” gave many people the encouragement they needed. We are thankful for the volunteers that kept the Bay Village Library open so that residents could get books and movies to keep entertained.
Dining at Bay Village also changed significantly. But the staff quickly adapted to create the Bay Village Dash and Dine as well as providing room service. Residents have been able to enjoy the quality of food Bay Village is known for but in different settings. Many residents ate in their own apartments, but others met outdoors and were able to keep social distancing but still enjoy the company of their friends and neighbors. Shopping has also been a challenge during this time. We are so grateful to the volunteers that have kept the Gift Shop and Country Store open for all residents. We are also grateful to the Resident Services staff and drivers who became the shoppers for the residents. Many other staff at Bay Village that have taken on different tasks during this time, such as Security, the Front Desk staff, Maintenance and Marketing. Additional staff have had more duties added on to them as well, such as Housekeeping, Nursing, Human Resources and Accounting.
There have been many challenges during this time, but the staff and residents at Bay Village really pulled together to keep each other safe. Let’s try to remember these positive things when we look back at the COVID-19 Quarantine. Be thankful and grateful for the staff, volunteers, and friends who helped you out. We don’t know how much longer some of the changes will continue but while they do let’s keep positive! A smile can go a long way!
By Petra Mueller
In the midst of the stay-at-home order you should try to stay physically and emotionally healthy. I programmed several different exercise classes for you on channel 195. Besides that, you can access exercise videos at any time from your laptops/tablets on youtube.com. There is a wonderful variety for different levels of fitness available.
My chair fitness videos can be found on youtube.com under: Sit and Fit Video 1 w/Tropical Music to Sit and Fit Video 6 – Good Morning Everybody.
The Go4life videos are also available there. And Silver Sneakers can be accessed via their website silversneakers.com.
The Wellness Center and the pool are open for use. Please disinfect the machines after use. You should keep up a regular exercise routine to stay well.
Call me if you have any questions. Extension 4033
Mother’s Day Facts
- DuringandfollowingtheCivilWar,AnnJarvismadeaconcertedefforttofosterfriendshipand community between the mothers on both sides of the war. She started a committee in 1868 which established the first glimmer of today’s holiday: “Mother’s Friendship Day.”
- Ann’sdaughter,AnnaReevesJarvissoughttohonorherownmotherbyestablishinganintimate day of observance that is very obviously the basis of today’s holiday. The very first Mother’s Day was celebrated in 1908.
- Woodrow Wilson signed Mother’s Day into law in 1914.
- On average, shoppers spend $180 on gifts for their mothers. A nationwide total of $4.6 billion was spent on jewelry and $4.4 billion on dinners or brunches.
- More calls are made on Mother’s Day than any other day of the year. • Mother’s Day is the third highest selling holiday for flowers.
- Under normal circumstances (pre COVID-19) Mother’s Day is the busiest day of the year for restaurants.
- Every Mother’s Day there are approximately 152 million Mother’s Day cards sent.
- In the United States alone, around 122 million phone calls are made to moms on Mother’s Day.
- Approximately $14 billion dollars is spent on Mother’s Day. These facts were obtained from Town & Country Magazine and Online Star Register.
The effects on the environment by the COVID-19 virus have been mixed. On the one hand, less industry and travel have reduced the air pollution significantly. But as you can see from our own community here, the preventive measures taken have produced a huge increase in non- biodegradable waste. Just the food service alone has increased 3-fold. While the procedures are necessary now to keep us safe, we should be looking for other ways we can cut down on the waste we produce individually.
- Perhaps having someone grocery shop for us can make us careful not to over-order.
- We have more time now to make healthy food if we don’t like what’s on the menu.
- Toilet paper and paper towels have become precious commodities to use sparingly.
- Using your own glass/cup and silverware with your meals can save many single use plastics.
- Do what is best for you and the planet. We are all in this together!