First-rate cuisine, oodles of activities, and magnificent meteorological conditions, what more can you ask for? You may want a private room with adjoining private bath, laundry service, and housekeeping and beautifully constructed building surrounded by courtyards teeming with lush flowers and greenery. We have it all right here in beautiful downtown Colfax. The Square is our Activity Room.
On Sunday the large screen television in the Square broadcasts Mass for the Catholic residents. Grace Lutheran Church service was also broadcast. Now with football season getting under way the big TV will be getting a workout. Most of the residents and staff are Packer fans; however the Minnesota Vikings also have fans. This makes for a lot of excitement during the season. Both teams won their preseason games this week so it’s game on!
On Monday after breakfast residents attended devotion, current events, and exercise class in the Square. The afternoon entertainment was provided by JC Colby on the guitar. He is a cross between Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra, with a splash of Willie Nelson.
Tuesday and Fridays are our Bingo days in the Square. Friends and families often join their loved ones. We have happy hour following bingo on these days. And yes we serve beer, wine and mixed drinks as well as non-alcoholic beverages and chip and cookies.
Wednesday morning we have church services in the Square. This week Pastor Schoenknecht led the service and Delores Huber accompanied him on the piano. In the afternoon the Square was turned into a bowling alley. We have a traveling trophy that is awarded to the winner each week. This week’s winner was Butch Phillips. Congratulations, Butch!
On Thursday morning the Square became a volleyballs court. That’s not a typo! We use more than one ball when we play volley ball. Thursday afternoon the Square once again featured musical entertainment. Chuck Kirkwood on the trumpet, Lenore Berg on the piano and vocalists Hank Vogel performed their heartwarming renditions of old favorite songs. The Square was later used when the family of one of our residents hosted his 93 year birthday celebration party.
On Friday morning Loretta Logslett led Rosary for our Catholic residents and Glen Edberg, Julie McNaughton and Delores Huber led a gospel sing in the Square. The afternoon was once again bingo and happy hour.
On Saturday afternoon the “Hollywood Games” were held in the Square. We also have REX Classes every day on Birch Lane at 1 p.m. and Rex Bounce Ball games at 6 p.m. Volunteers help make these events more eventful. Linnea Thompson, Mary Biesterveld, Veda Kiekhoefer, Taek Krieger, Vonnie Flesberg, Leona Ubbelhode, LeAnn Mayner, Merle Roth, Eileen Stocke and Julie Mitchell and others contribute their time and talents.
Volunteers read to residents in their rooms, man the front desk on weekends, do manicures, call bingo, and take residents outside for walks just to name some of the wonderful things they do.
There is always room for more people to join our family of caregivers. That is some of the good news this week here in the land of Colfax where the rain dampens our grass, but not our spirits!