The tradition of Halloween originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints. Soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating treats. Most of the time we think of Halloween as a time for children, but it is becoming more and more popular for adults to celebrate as well. Last year Americans spent nearly $9 billion on Halloween. About 50% of adults wear costumes and 22 million Americans dress up their pets! Now more than ever we all can use a little fun and even silliness, so why not decorate a pumpkin or wear a goofy hat this Halloween.
Fall is such a fun time to craft. Pumpkins, leaves, gourds and more. We have several opportunities for you to do some crafting.
We have boxes full of styrofoam pumpkins in the Resident Services Office and we want to give them to any resident who will decorate them. Markers,
paint, glitter, fabric, and yarn are just a few of the supplies available in the craft room to jazz up these pumpkins. You can come use these supplies
anytime or come during our open craft time to have staff available to assist you. If we can get at least 5 residents on each floor to decorate a pumpkin and put it in the core area for decoration, we will pick a winner for each floor. Please join in the fun!
Wednesday October 14th at 2:00 you can make a wooden fall decoration for your door, wall or to set on a table. We will offer a free class with all supplies provided. Sign up in the Activity Book.
We are so fortunate to have a large well-supplied craft room at Bay Village. Residents are welcome to use this room anytime to work on their projects as long as there is not a class going on. But we have also decided to start having open craft time in the craft room. Residents will have access to all of our supplies free of charge. There will also be a staff member available to assist you. This would be a great time to decorate your pumpkin for the contest, or to work on a craft you have always wanted to try but didn’t want to buy all of the supplies. We have the usual craft supplies such as glitter, ribbon, and sequence, but we also have supplies for making cards, simple jewelry, alcohol inks and more. The times will be Mondays from 2:00-3:00 and Thursdays from 10:00-11:00. Anyone is welcome, but if we start getting too many people at one time we will have to start a sign-up sheet in the activity book.
And finally we want to get the staff in on the crafting! We will also be giving pumpkins to staff who want to decorate them. There will be a table in the Main Elevator Lobby the last week of October so residents can vote on their favorites.
Thanks to all the residents of Bay Village who sent more than 1500 letters and emails to Senators Scott and Rubio, Congressmen Gaetz and Buchanan, as well as to the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services during January and February this year. You successfully helped to defeat the proposal which would
have repealed Bay Village’s current exemption from paying a tax on its skilled nursing home beds. Bay Village and ALL its residents could have faced between $400,000 and $1 million in new state taxes annually if the proposal had passed. The members of the Bay Village FLiCRA Board appreciate the enthusiastic and effectie response by 98% of the residents.
Well when you are not outside enjoying our hopefully, wonderful weather. We will have some movies for you to watch in your apartment; all movies will be shown on Channel 195 at 3:30 p.m. The Sunday movies are 4 parts of a series. The Wednesday movies are mostly new releases and the Saturday movies all have to do with fall.
*”October Sky” is based on an extraordinary true story. This movie won the“Best Family Film 1999. It will be shown Saturday October 3rd,@3:30PM. *”The Trip”, is “An instant classic that will leave you weeping with laughter”, this film stars Steve Coogan & Rob Brydon. This film was given 4 Stars. This will be shown Sunday October 4th@ 5:45PM.
*”Irresistible” is a comedy about what happens when a small town becomes the main attraction for the two rival political consultants. This film stars Steve Carell and will be shown Wednesday October 7th, @ 3:30PM.
*”We are Marshall”, is based on a true story. This film stars Matthew McConaughey, who portrays an energetic, compassionate coach, of inexperienced players whose chances of victory are slim to none. This movie will be shown Saturday October 10th at 3:30PM.
*”The Trip to Italy”, is described as an essential comedy, brilliantly funny, and hilarious. This film takes comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, on a restaurant tour around Northern England. This will be shown Sunday October 11th @ 5:45PM.
*”A Quiet Passion”, is a film by Terence Davis staring Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, and Keith Carradine. Cynthia Nixon delivers a triumphant performance as Emily Dickinson, the great American Poet who was not recognized until after her death. We will show this movie Wednesday October 14th@ 3:30PM.
*”Remember the Titans”, is an Academy Award winner, starring Denzel Washington. Who gives a victorious performance in this stirring and uplifting film. This story is based on real life of how a town torn apart comes together in triumphant harmony. We will show this movie Saturday October 17th @ 3:30PM.
*”The Trip to Spain”, this film was awarded “The Funniest Film of 2017”. The film stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, this time around these guys are headed to Spain to sample the cuisine and to tickle your funny bones. This will be shown on Sunday October 18th, @ 3:30PM.
*”Bad Education”, HBO film presents Huge Jackman, a critically acclaimed dark comedy, based on a true story. That rocked Long Island school district in the mid-2000S, being the largest public school embezzlement and a young reporter from the school who begins to unravel this plot. Wednesday, October 21st @ 3:30PM.
*”Psycho”. by Alfred Hitchcock. This movie will be shown Saturday, October 24th at 3:30PM.
*”The Trip to Greece”, stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, this will be showing Sunday October 25th @3:30PM.
*”Random Harvest”, stars Ronald Colman and Greer Garson. This film is one of the great sentimental romance movies of all times. Showing , Wednesday October 28th @ 3:30PM. *”The Birds”, another classic by Alfred Hitch, based on the best-selling spy novel; showing October31st@3:30PM.
By Petra Mueller
I am excited to announce, that we are planning to start up the Splash Classes in the Pool starting on October 19th unless anything happens, that will prevent this. Be there at 9:45 am and get moving! In the pool no masks are needed, but you will have to keep your social distance from each other. I will put up cones to mark lines.
On Friday October 30, I am planning a Haunted Walk outdoors, with different stations around the building. You have to perform a variety of exercises, then move on to the next one. It will involve your head as well as your hands and your legs and arms. At the end there will be some food and drink for you to relax and enjoy. Invite a neighbor or friend to come with you and double the joy by sharing it.
Keep up your spirits and treat yourself to activities which you enjoy. Volunteering and calling or helping others during this time will fill you with gratitude and others as well.
See you in the pool, the garden, the Wellness Center, the office or the hallways. As always, I am here to help each one of you!
Special Days in October
October 2nd is World Smile Day. This day is in honor of Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts who created the smiley face in 1963. That image went on to become the most recognizable symbol of good will and good cheer on the planet.
As the years passed Harvey Ball became concerned about the over-commercialization of his symbol, and how its original meaning and intent had become lost in the constant repetition of the marketplace. Out of that concern came his idea for World Smile Day®. He thought that we, all of us, should devote one day each year to smiles and kind acts throughout the world. The smiley face knows no politics, no geography and no religion. Harvey’s idea was that for at least one day each year, neither should we. He declared that the first Friday in October each year would henceforth be World Smile Day®. Bay Village staff will be offering special treats and perhaps a joke or two to help all of our residents smile.
- October 8th we will be celebrating Oktoberfest in the Main Elevator Lobby as well as in the Dining Room. From 4:00 -5:00 staff will be handing out authentic German pretzels and beer “to go”. There will be music and festive decorations to set the mood. The dining room will be serving a traditional German meal that day as well.
- October 22nd is National Color Day. Have you ever wondered what your favorite color says about you? Do the colors in your apartment set a relaxing mood? We will have a display set up in the Main Elevator Lobby with this information and more.
- October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Bay Village staff and residents are encouraged to wear pink on October 23rd to acknowledge this. October 23rd there will also be a Fitness Challenge which you can read more about in Petra’s article.
- And finally we have Halloween. But most of our celebrating will occur on Friday October 30th. Staff and residents are encouraged to dress-up that day, even if it is just a silly hat. We will post pictures on Touchtown so that everyone can enjoy the fun.