Everyone into the Pool!
What a difference a day makes!
On Monday, a “derecho,” a fast-moving, unusually violent storm, barreled through the Chicago area, blowing down trees, knocking out power, and setting off tornado alarms. The following day, however, the weather was perfect. Tuesday brought just the kind of ideal weather for a party—a pool party!
Volunteer Mark Ward lent time and energy to arrange the furniture, set up the pool party décor, and prepare the space, magically transforming the front lawn of Jugan Terrace.
With the Beach Boys blaring from the speakers, beach balls floating through the air, and wading pools inviting one and all, Jugan Residents could not resist diving into the fun!
They spent the afternoon soaking in some warm rays or shading themselves under the oversized beach umbrellas, sipping cool drinks and noshing on treats, both savory and sweet. Volunteers Mary Hurley and Liz Stubits, who cooked up the delicious finger foods, also served them, circling among the lawn chairs, platters in hand. From the Activities Department, Maggie Olofson prepared drinks and played DJ, and Rona Dobyne got more than a few partyers up on their feet to dance. Given all the music, laughter, and excitement, a number of other staff members came out to see what the hubbub was all about!
Whistle in hand, Sr. Ann served as party director and lifeguard. Jugan apartment manager Angie Salinas was on hand to make sure these revelers did not get too out of hand—although one Resident didn’t bother with a swimsuit before jumping into the pool!
The last few months of self-quarantining had kept the Residents cooped up and itching to move about more. The pool party offered a refreshing opportunity to get outside and enjoy the summer together. With everyone sporting masks and adhering to social distancing measures, the partygoers, as well as volunteers and staff, still had quite an afternoon of fun in the sun!
Marking another small step toward normal activity for our Residents, this was a most delightful event, one of many more to come.