Tradition comes in red, white and blue at nursing home
By Jackie Tortorello firstname.lastname@example.org June 30, 2014 4:50PM
Rosary Hill Convalescent Home in Justice will celebrate Americaâs birthday Wednesday with its 13th annual Fourth of July Spectacular. | Supplied photo
Updated: July 1, 2014 2:11AM
Rosary Hill Convalescent Home in Justice will be celebrating America’s birthday with its annual Fourth of July Spectacular at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
The performance, led by Janet Pawlicki and designed to entertain residents and their families, will include a sing-along, patriotic story telling and plenty of stars and stripes.
“It’s a celebration of America,” Pawlicki said.
Pawlicki introduced the Fourth of July Spectacular to Rosary Hill while her mother was a resident in 2002. Dawning as much red, white and blue as possible, she led sing-alongs and visited with residents. The popularity of the volunteer production left residents and employees of Rosary Hill asking for more.
“These women know the words to the songs and it’s heart-touching how sincere and appreciative they are,” Pawlicki said.
The Pledge of Allegiance will start the event, followed by an acknowledgement of all veterans — even if there are none in the room. Pawlicki then will lead the residents in singing patriotic tunes such as “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” “America the Beautiful” and “Yankee Doodle.”
Tambourines and maracas will accompany each piece while patriotic facts are shared during pauses. Taking a break between each tune allows residents to recall patriotic memories of their own, Pawlicki said.
“They can’t always sing along, but they listen,” Pawlicki said.
At the end of the event, all residents are treated to ice cream.
More than 30 residents of Rosary Hill, 9000 W. 81st St., will be participating in the Fourth of July Spectacular. Since construction work is ongoing at the center, the event will be held in Rosary Hill’s convent room rather than the activity room.
The event is not open to the public, but families of residents are encouraged to attend.