Retirement home residents enjoy
Monday evenings with university ward
Eric and Andrea Ruben perform at the
retirement home. / Photo by Jake Ipson
November 11, 2008 | LOGAN -- Every Monday, the Williamsburg
retirement community holds a community activity night,
called Family Home Evening. For the month of November,
the Williamsburg community is having the Utah State
University 63rd Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints entertain them for their family home
Last Monday about 30 residents joined together in
a chapel in the Williamsburg building which is located
on 132 W. 300 North.
"I love it," said Aloma Hammond, a resident of Williamsburg
for the past seven years. Aloma says she tries to attend
every family home evening every Monday. "Every once
in a while we have some [entertainment] that isn't the
best," says Aloma, "but sometimes it's really good entertainment."
Aloma is originally a resident of Millville and for
the past two has served as the mayor of the Williamsburg
community. In addition to family home evening, the residents
are staying busy by making hats and mittens that they
donate to the Deseret Industries to be sent off to people
who need them.
For the entertainment this week, residents were able
to enjoy science projects being demonstrated by Bill
Chandler, who also does these projects for his kids
in his science class. Then eight members from the ward
sang a musical number. That was then followed by Eric
Ruben playing a guitar alongside his wife Andrea who
played the violin. They were such a hit that the audience
asked for an encore.
Ward Bishop Dennis Despain has participated in this
event for the past three years. Dennis said, "This is
a great experience. If you ever feel sad or sorry for
yourself, go and help a group like this out, it lifts
your spirits. This is the greatest audience you can
Diana Despain, wife of Dennis, said they make it a
point to come to these events. She finds it to be "very
fulfilling" and said, "These people are fun to be around,
and not having parents this brings back lots of memories.
It is such a peaceful and happy atmosphere."
Everyone then left for their rooms but not before
touching a pin cushion used in the science project.
Everyone talking about what they thought and how excited
they were for next week and what entertainment might
come their way.