The decade of the 1930s brought historic change and incredible inventions to the world. Scotch tape and the ballpoint pen were invented along with the electric razor, photocopier, and nylon. The Wizard of Oz and Superman premiered to American audiences, while WWII began in Europe. The 1930s also saw the birth of nineteen of Ardenwoods’ residents.
On November 9, Ardenwoods celebrated nonagenarians — residents in their 90s — with a special annual luncheon. Attendees included two married couples, three “first timers” to the group, and one centenarian as an honorary guest.
This annual luncheon is a much anticipated and beloved event for Ardenwoods residents. “This is my favorite event of the year!”, announced one resident on her way to the dining room. The Ardenwoods’ Leadership Team served the elegant luncheon in honor of this special segment of the Ardenwoods community.
This year’s theme was Life is a journey. You hold the key. Guests were given a small skeleton key keepsake with the luncheon’s theme included. Tables were set with fresh flowers, special service ware was employed, and well-known songs were performed by a duet featuring Bill Ross on trumpet and Kevin Bryant on Piano.
The luncheon also included a reunion of sorts, where Lil Sherril and Grady Broadwell reminisced about being classmates in nursing school. “Lil and I spent those four years together at Rex Hospital School of Nursing in Raleigh — graduating together with about 22 other classmates in 1950”, said Broadwell. After nursing school their lives and careers took different paths: Broadwell loved teaching at Sampson Community College in Clinton, NC, and Sherril worked in the operating room at the Veterans Administration.