Willows Estate residents have ‘a ball’ at Medieval Times

Willows Estate

Show dramatic, ‘very appealing’ for theatre-goers: Teddy Mazzuca

From watching knights joust to eating a meal with no utensils, a recent trip to Medieval Times was an “awesome” experience for Willows Estate.

The Aurora long-term care home residents and staff members headed to the Toronto dinner and theatre attraction March 28.

Teddy Mazzuca, life enrichment co-ordinator for the long-term care home, was one of the staff members who accompanied residents on the outing.

“Oh my gosh, it was awesome,” Teddy tells The OMNIway. “Our residents loved it and we had a really great group of people (attending the event).”

Eight residents took advantage of the Medieval Times experience.

It’s a bigger outing than some of the typical ones residents enjoy, Teddy earlier told The OMNIway. The event reflects the wishes of newer Willows Estate residents who are seeking more adventurous activities. That recent influx of active residents led the residents’ council to brainstorm a number of possibilities.

Willows did plan an outing to Medieval Times several years ago. Around the holiday season last year, Teddy came across a pamphlet advertising the dinner and theatre experience.

This time around, it was especially fabulous because it was really well-organized by the Medieval Times staff, Teddy says. The dinner theatre was prepared for the group to arrive so there weren’t unnecessary wait times and every portion of the experience flowed smoothly, she says.

“It was impressive for me and the residents received it so well,” she says about the event overall. “Visually, it was very appealing with the smoke, the lights, the costumes and the horses. It was a great outing – they had a ball.”

A trip to Medieval Times encompasses a lively show based on medieval Spain, with knights in combat, horses, swordplay and more. There’s jousting, horsemanship and falconry plus a four-course, utensil-free meal served in a castle-like space.

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