Grandparents Day celebration a major hit once again at Village on the Thames

One of the Chatham-Kent seniors living community’s flagship events draws large crowd and provides lots of fun and engagement
10/10/2018  - Deron Hamel
Scenes from Village on the Thames’ recent Grandparents Day celebration.  

Although inclement weather called off one of Village on the Thames’ largest yearly gatherings on Sept. 9, team members at the Chatham-Kent seniors living community worked together to reschedule the National Grandparents Day celebration on Sept. 23.

Guests at the event included residents, their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The party was hosted in Village on the Thames’ backyard. There was musical entertainment, face-painting and games. There was also a barbecue that featured hot dogs, hamburgers and an array of salads.

Because each National Grandparents Day celebration is hosted outdoors, there is no limit placed on the number of guests residents can invite.

Village on the Thames fun co-ordinator Tina Drew says the team was expecting about 300 people, roughly the same number of attendees who joined last year’s celebration, on Sept. 9. However, the change in scheduling resulted in slightly less attendance. Still, the event was a success, she says.

“We had lots of great feedback and there was a big turnout,” Tina tells S&R Today.

One of the favourite activities for children attending the event was face-painting, which was provided all day.

“I don’t think our face-painter had a break – there was a lineup the whole time she was here,” Tina says.

Entertainment provided at this year’s event came courtesy of Jeremy Smith and Buck and the Boys.

Tina says residents and family members also danced during the musical numbers, which led to some touching moments.

“I saw a mother and daughter dancing, and one of the sisters got really emotional, and that was really nice,” she says.

National Grandparents Day is held the second Sunday in September in many countries around the world to celebrate grandparents. The day was first recognized in 1978 in the U.S.

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