The first edition of Carolina Bay Watch Quarterly (CBWQ), a newsletter created by the residents for the residents, was recently released. We celebrated with a brunch kick-off social on April 1st, complete with an April Fool’s story written by resident Ann Polanski. The CBWQ includes activity reviews, resident & staff highlights, personal stories, recipes, and much more. We are accepting articles/suggestions now for the July Edition, which will be featuring our Veterans.
April was full of flowers at Carolina Bay! We held a Garden Party for our residents to join in Wilmington’s Azalea Festival celebration. We also enjoyed a productive planning meeting with our “Green Thumbs Club”, for those interested in gardening. We then topped it off with a Spring Fling Social in the Courtyard to break in the resident grill & our new cornhole boards. We also lit the outdoor fireplace and roasted marshmallows on a warm evening after dinner. So many of us couldn’t remember the last time we had smores!
Carolina Bay resident, Retired Air Force Colonel Bob Newman, taught us more about the Doolittle Raid on Japan, on the mission’s 74th anniversary. We welcomed priority partners & friends of all, to learn about Col. Newman’s firsthand experience, and about one of America’s greatest heroes. With a packed house, Anne Blackburn was honored to introduce her life-long friend. Colonel Newman followed with his clever side smile and said, “She does a good job at talking people into speaking.” Then, without hesitation, he proudly reviewed a slideshow presentation created with “tech partner” & friend, John Nelson.
With the warmer weather comes more opportunity for life enrichment! Putting on Mondays with Nate has been a huge hit with our resident golf enthusiasts, and we can tell everyone has been practicing. See you out on the green in the courtyard! We were also honored to participate in a special “Tree Dedication on Arbor Day”. It was held under the pine for Carolina Bay’s 1st “Giving Tree,” donated by Shirley Rhyne. Shirley shared a childhood fig tree story with everyone after husband, Larry Vacek, read the classic Shel Silverstein poem, “The Giving Tree”. Shirley finally had her own Fig Tree, and was not willing to give it up in her move to Carolina Bay. Our executive director, Joe Soto, welcomed her to bring the tree with the move and assured her we would find a new home for her fig at Carolina Bay.