On Wednesday, Nov. 8, Ardenwoods hosted one of the most highly anticipated (and exclusive) events of the year, the Nonagenarian Luncheon, attended by 20 of the community’s 90-and-older residents.
The always-popular annual luncheon is a favorite for many residents, giving them a chance to connect with one another, enjoy a delicious meal and celebrate lives well-lived. This year, the event welcomed 10 new members to the 90-plus club, with each given a special acknowledgment at the start of the meal.
The 2023 group of nonagenarians, born between 1924 and 1933, represent both the Greatest Generation (those born in or before 1927) and the Silent Generation (those born in or after 1928). These generations weathered the challenges of the Great Depression and World War II, helped rebuild the world from the ashes of conflict, and emerged as beacons of hope and progress. Their remarkable strength and spirit continues to be an inspiration to all generations that followed — including to all of us at Ardenwoods.
After a thoughtful and warm opening speech from Executive Director Pam Pate, residents were treated to a beautiful menu: mixed green bouquet salad, roasted beef tenderloin with lobster strudel, whipped potatoes, asparagus sauteed with garlic and a chocolate mousse pie. Classical guitarist Adam Rose performed for residents, providing the perfect musical backdrop for the event.
Every year, the Nonagenarian Luncheon culminates with a commemorative “class photo” of Ardenwoods’ current 90-plus club — bringing back grade school memories for a group that likely graduated between 1942 and 1951. Each celebrated guest took home a live air plant as a party favor.
“Thank you all for doing this for the ‘over the hill’ gang. We are still kicking!” one resident wrote to staff after the meal. “It is greatly appreciated.”