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Everyone pitched in to make Tent Week a success

By Kathleen Truelove

The idea for “Tent Week,” or a Fall Festival, originated with Robin Somers, CEO. The primary goal was to have residents meet and socialize with each other, and especially to have Hillside Homes residents and cluster residents become better acquainted.

A group of about 20 people gathered and floated ideas. Betty Legenhausen, who organized the ideas in a grid, was drafted to coordinate the event, which involved the work of a great number of residents and Broadmead staff over a short time. Betty said that Bobbie Cook was a huge help in figuring out how things would actually work.

Angela Breakey organized the Arts & Artisans show and sale; Denise Love was instrumental in arranging the musical offerings; Stan Wilson and Lucy Wright spearheaded the Mini Barn Sale, and many others put in time and effort.

There were those who organized and taught and played the board games, introduced corn hole to the uninitiated, and shared the fun of pickleball. Master Gardeners Marsha Howes and Norman Cohen dispensed horticultural wisdom. Dan Hall went above and beyond his role as Director of Dining and Hospitality to order the tents, chairs, and other items needed, along with the logistics of food service, which was crowned with Leroy Richardson and “The Pig”, a treat much overdue.

Andy Switzer handled communications, producing flyers with the schedule of events clearly delineated as to location and time. Betty said the Mini Barn Sale, the musical performances, and Arts and Artisans appeared to attract the most people. Saying she had always wanted to be a concierge, Betty found that by working on Tent Week, she has gotten to know Broadmead in a compressed time frame.

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