“I wish I had a red balloon,” one of our guests said, after the inspiring ending of the short film, The Red Balloon. Moments later, the dream came true. Each guest was offered a buoyant scarlet balloon, the magical symbol of a meaningful film.
The Movies & Memories program now has a new time and date: the first Wednesday of each month from 10:30-12:00.
As guests enter the lower level of the Plaza Library, they breathe in the enticing aroma of fresh popcorn. Soon, they are settled in comfortable chairs and munching on popcorn and cookies, while being serenaded. They sing along with Richelle Basgall, who engages them with fiddle, guitar, kazoo, and more. They tap their feet and clap their hands, belting out favorite folk songs and old standards, such as Ol’ Suzanna, Que Sera Sera, and I’ve Been Working on the Railroad.
Then the lights lower and everyone watches intently as a young boy and his red balloon form a deep bond, and stick together, despite many obstacles. People were still talking about the movie as they and their balloons trail down the hallway, heading towards home.
Many thanks to our wonderful volunteers, including Sharon, Julie, and Pam. And special thanks to Sharon and Elizabeth from Stonecrest for bringing delicious snacks for us.
Our next movie experience is on July 3rd. Please join us for Room on the Broom, and other short films, a celebration of diversity. You’ll love the songs from Robert Gibby Brand, our featured musician.
Deborah Shouse is the author of Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together and Love in the Land of Dementia: Finding Hope in the Caregiver’s Journey.