We are fortunate for the outpouring of support from local entertainers and establishments who visit regularly to entertain or assist with our weekly craft. Recently Kil’n Time Studio, a paint your own pottery studio located on Main Street in Plymouth, offered Day Away participants an opportunity for them to create their own masterpiece.
from left to right: Steve Loring, tenor, Niall Trimby, lead, Art Lively, bass, and Harvey Beetle, baritone. Missing from photo are John Richardson and his son Todd.
Members of the quartet “Kytch ‘N Sync” entertained at the annual holiday open house. The members of the barbershop a cappella ensemble is made up of six barbershop singers and is a member of the Lakes Region chords men chorus of Laconia and the Barbershop Harmony Society. Members of the local chapter of quartets sing throughout the area at nursing homes, senior citizen centers and assisted living centers. February is a favorite time of the year when the members deliver singing valentines to residents at their frequent visits to the local establishments. The local Laconia chapter also hosts the Alton Bay Barbershop Jamboree each year in August and assists with the Lakes Region Youth-In-Harmony Festival each spring for area high school students. The chorus has competed at the Society’s Division and District level and was recently recognized by the Northeastern District for its community outreach. The performance was the highlight of the well attended event.
Shown in photo L-R: Bill York CDP, Erin Hattan MD, Diane Arsenault MD, Maria Babineau MSW, Scott Meyer PhD.
The Day Away Program sponsored an informational forum on memory loss recently at the Minot-Sleeper Library in Bristol, NH. A short film was played showing a family’s struggle living with a loved one with Alzheimer’s. The film was followed by presentations from a panel of medical professionals who specialize in memory loss. The panel’s subjects included the complicated effects on those suffering with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, current treatments available, coping skills for caregivers, the need for respite, and long-term care options. Bill York of Live Free Home Health Care in Meredith NH spoke on the importance of support groups for caregivers. Day Away would like to thank the panel for their time and much needed information on the many facets of memory loss diseases including care giving.
To celebrate Thanksgiving both volunteers and participants gathered for a turkey dinner to give thanks for another year of the blessings bestowed on them. Few participants have left Day Away and it’s always hard to say good bye to them. New participants have joined Day Away and have become members of the Day Away family. Day Away would like to thank all who help to make the program a wonderful place to be.
Day Away is holding its third annual holiday open house on Thursday, December 8th from 2:00-4:00 p.m. “Kitchen Sync”, a barber shop quartet will be arriving at 3:00 to provide entertainment. The quartet performed last year and was a huge success! Refreshments will be provided and the halls will be decked for the Christmas season.
Day Away is hosting a forum of medical professionals who will discuss topics on memory loss, Alzheimers disease, dementia and coping skills for caregivers. The event will be held on Saturday, November 12th at the Minot-Sleeper Library 35 Pleasant St., in Bristol, NH. All are welcome to attend.poster-informational-forum-on-alzheimers
Day Away participant Sheila Adams draws the winning raffle ticket assisted by Program Administrator Fran Olson as volunteers look on with the winning quilt.
Volunteers of Day Away spent many hours over the summer selling raffle tickets for a beautiful handmade quilt made with love by volunteer and Steering Committee member Nel Garden. The lucky winner of the quilt was Monica Hart of MA who has owned property on Newfound Lake for 47 years and spends much of the summer and fall at the lake. Thanks to all who purchased tickets. More than $2,000 was raised to assist with the programs needs and to assist a participant with their modest weekly fee. Congratulations Monica!!