Germinah Baloyi and June Smith celebrate St Patrick’s Day.
On the morning of March 14, the staff and residents of Ron Smith Care Centre’s Lakeside wing excitedly began preparations for the supper and happy hour that they were hosting later on in the early evening.
Residents from the other five wings at the Rand Aid-run care centre had been invited to join them for an evening of fun and fellowship. As the theme was St Patrick’s Day, there was going to be some green food on the menu and lots of shamrocks and green balloons as part of the décor.
The morning began with some of the Lakeside residents and their neighbours from River Lodge 1, preparing vanilla and chocolate cupcakes with green icing. Then there were the shamrocks to be cut out, the wine to be chilled and the green punch and other snacks to be prepared.
The evening was enjoyed by many, as folks sang and clapped along to the Irish tunes and other songs sung by the staff. Their knowledge about Ireland and all things Irish was also tested with a fun quiz, with such questions as: What are the three ingredients in an Irish coffee? In another question, they were asked to complete this song:
When Irish eyes are smiling,
Sure tis like the morn in spring,
In the lilt of Irish laughter
You can hear the angels_____________.
The guests were delighted with the surprise green cupcakes for dessert (made especially for them by their fellow residents) and at the end of the evening, Cedar Park resident Anastasia Thula stood up and thanked everyone for a very pleasant time, saying that “it was indeed a very happy hour!”