Jul 5, 2016 • Uncategorized • By: Todd Morefield
There is no better example of a connected community than Webster Groves, Missouri. Located just two miles outside of St. Louis, Webster Groves has been named by numerous publications as one of the best towns for families, including CNN’s Money Magazine and Family Circle, thanks to top-rated schools, good jobs, affordable housing, a thriving arts community and a laid-back, small-town feel.
Among a variety of festivals, block parties and farmer’s markets that bring the community together, one event shines brightly as the event of the year for citizens of St. Louis County – Community Days. This four-day, family-friendly celebration is held at Memorial Park and coincides with Independence Day. The venue boasts a carnival and barbecue charity fundraiser sponsored by the Webster Groves Lion’s Club as well as a parade and fireworks display, funded entirely by donations from local businesses and organizations, and citizens of Webster Groves.
Provision Living at Webster Groves, a thriving assisted living and memory care community located at 45 E. Lockwood Ave., hosts their own Independence Day celebration that corresponds with Community Days. This year’s event was held on Monday, July 4, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and included an open house, food, refreshments and a snow cone booth selling icy treats to the public.
Kathleen Burk, activities director at Provision Living at Webster Groves, collaborates with the community’s decorating committee to make a variety of decorations, including centerpieces for the tables and bunting to hang from the balcony, to ensure that the building looks perfectly patriotic for the occasion. The seniors also vote on a king and queen to ride in the parade and represent the community.
“I’ve been working here for four years and this is te highlight of the year,” Burk says. “Everyone, from staff to our residents, looks forward to Community Days – it’s a really big deal and it helps connect our seniors with the greater Webster Groves community.”
A made-from-scratch breakfast buffet kicked off the festivities and was followed by a barbecue lunch and all of the trimmings along with a selection of refreshments and homemade desserts.
“Each year we send out invitations to our friends and family to stop by and visit with us,” says Burk. “We usually entertain around 200 guests each year, and it’s a real treat when we can gather several generations together to watch the parade. This is what really sets our senior living community apart from others in the area. We function as a big extended family and always look for an opportunity to celebrate life in our community.”
For more information about how Provision Living at Webster Groves connects seniors to the best in their community, contact Kathleen Burk, activities director: (314) 918-7300 or firstname.lastname@example.org or read more about the community at ProvisionLiving.com.
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