by Cindy DeLuca, Activity Director
The morning alarm goes off and the radio turns on. One hears that today’s temperature will be in the mid-80. Wonderful, but this is winter, St. Patrick’s Day, and this is Chicago!! This will be a St. Patrick’s Day we will talk about for years to come.
The Residents at St. Joseph’s Home were gearing up for an afternoon of fun celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. The lobby and auditorium were decorated with sights and sounds of Ireland. As Residents dressed in green entered the auditorium, they were offered Irish coffee, green beer, or lime punch. Each Resident got a raffle ticket for a chance to win door prizes. The raffle prizes were all won by the 2nd floor Residents.
The party began with the Irish prayer Christ Be With Me. Following the prayer the Residents joined in on an Irish sing-along, including our favorites; When Irish Eyes are Smiling, Danny Boy, My Wild Irish Rose, Sweet Rosy O’Grady, Rose of Tralee, and Peg O’My Heart.
The highlight of the afternoon was the Leprechaun Race. The Residents took turns rolling the dice and picking the leprechaun’s name out of a box to see who would advance or retreat towards the finish. Following the races, the Residents were treated to scones and cookies, which were served by the Palatine Women’s Club. Many Residents stayed after the treats and danced to Irish music.
We will remember St. Patrick’s Day 2012 as the Year of the of 83 degrees weather!