CAMDEN, Maine —Treasures from the sea are coming ashore at Quarry Hill as residents and staff members of the Camden older-adult community prepare to celebrate National Nursing Home Week, May 12–18.
Anchored by the theme “Building Community by the Sea,” the festivities will include a talk by local author Ray Perkins, on Monday, May 13, at 10 am, followed by a performance by Maine sea-chantey singer and storyteller Bob Webb on Friday, May 17, at 2 pm. Both events will take place in the Gardens nursing-care center on the first floor of the Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill.
Mr. Perkins will borrow from his book, A Taste for Salt Water, a collection of short stories based on his experiences on the waters off Rockland and in the Massachusetts Bay area. Mr. Webb, whose CD “Bank Trollers: Songs of the Sea” celebrates seafaring from the early 19th century to modern times, will perform chanteys and off-watch sailors’ favorites known as “forebitters,” accompanying himself on the guitar and banjo. Dubbed “King of the Chantey,” Webb has shared the stage with Doc Watson, Mike Seeger, and Gordon Bok, and other folk-music luminaries and has performed throughout Europe and the United Kingdom.
Other events planned for Nursing Home Week include a trip to the Seasoned Citizens Prom at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sunday, May 12, a special lunch at the Anderson Inn at noon on Tuesday, May 15, and a performance by pianist Arlene Gamble on Saturday, May 18, at 10 am in the Multipurpose Room in the Anderson Inn.
Residents’ family members are invited to attend the talk by Mr. Perkins and/or the performances by Mr. Webb or Ms. Gamble. Admission will be free.
National Nursing Home Week is sponsored annually by the American Health Care Association as a way of honoring nursing home residents as well as the family members, employees, and volunteers who enrich their lives.
Quarry Hill is celebrating its tenth anniversary as Midcoast Maine’s premier extended-care retirement community. It is a member of the Pen Bay Healthcare family of services, which also includes Pen Bay Medical Center, Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care and Hospice, and the Knox Center for Long Term Care. Through these organizations, and with a staff of more than 100 outstanding physicians and more than 1,500 healthcare professionals, we are able to provide the people of Midcoast Maine with a continuum of both routine and specialty patient-centered medical services.
To learn more about Quarry Hill, call 230-6116, or visit www.quarryhill.org or www.facebook.com/QuarryHillCamdenMaine.