Classic-car show comes to Springdale

Joe and Aileen Monaghan are seen here during Springdale Country Manor's July 28 car show.

Joe and Aileen Monaghan are seen here during Springdale Country Manor’s July 28 car show.

Event builds community, piques residents’ interest

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Springdale Country Manor residents were treated to a top-notch car show July 28 when local car enthusiasts brought their wheels to the Peterborough County long-term care home.

Residents, staff members and local community members were invited to have a look at the classic cars, which ranged from a Ford Fairlane and a Pontiac Bonneville from the 1960s to a 1970s model Ford Ranchero and a Pontiac Fiero from the 1980s.

The event was an excellent way to bring together the community, says life enrichment co-ordinator Candice Stewart, adding that classic cars are a great way to pique residents’ interest.

Deejay William Locke, who brought his black Pontiac funeral flower car to the event, emceed the show. Having hosted similar events at long-term care homes over the years, Locke has seen first-hand the positive impact classic cars can have on residents.

He recalled a story about how when the show was visiting one Peterborough-area long-term care home one resident, who staff members said almost never spoke, couldn’t get enough of the cars. The gentleman became very chatty when he saw a car he recognized, Locke says.

Despite the hot, humid weather – the mercury that day was above 30 C – many of Springdale Country Manor’s 68 residents came outside to enjoy the show.

Fortunately, the home has a large, shaded area near the parking lot, so residents could enjoy the spectacle while relaxing on lawn chairs set up on the grass and enjoying lemonade, watermelon and Popsicles.

Keep checking The OMNIway for an upcoming video from the event.

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