Oktoberfest comes to Pleasant Meadow

Life enrichment team organizes an in-home version of the famous Bavarian festival for residents

When Pleasant Meadow Manor residents came to the activity room on Sept. 28 they discovered it had been turned into a German beer hall.

With the arrival of autumn, the life enrichment team at the Norwood, Ont. long-term care home seized the opportunity to bring some additional fun and laughter to residents by organizing an Oktoberfest party.

Oktoberfest is an annual celebration of beer and Bavarian culture that dates back to the early 1800s in Munich. Oktoberfest celebrations are held every autumn across the globe and feature music, food and, of course, beer.

Team members donned lederhosen and served sausage rolls along with freshly baked pretzels a local supermarket bakery made especially for residents, says life enrichment co-ordinator Kim Williams.

Residents were also served non-alcoholic beer, root beer and other varieties of pop as well as some sweet treats and various kinds of brownies.

It was also a time to reminisce and share stories, Kim notes.

“With Oktoberfest music playing in the background, we learned all about Oktoberfest, and the residents shared their stories of Oktoberfest,” she says.

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