Oktoberfest a hit with Clarks Summit Senior Living residents, families


Event held at Clarks Summit Senior Living Oct. 16 features German food and fun

By Ben Freda - For Abington Journal



Sheila Roberts, of Nicholson, helps her 5-year-old niece Jamie Jerauld, of Nicholson, draw a face on a pumpkin during Oktoberfest at Clarks Summit Senior Living Sunday, Oct. 16.


Ben Freda | For Abington Journal

Kids and adults enjoy roasting marshmallows on the fire pit during Oktoberfest at Clarks Summit Senior Living Sunday, Oct. 16. From left are Kate Pagnani, 8, of Clarks Summit; Angelina Chapin, 8, of Waverly Township; Theresa Andreoni (front); Carol Travis (back); and Rob Alfred, maintenance director of Clarks Summit Senior Living Center.


Ben Freda | For Abington Journal

Steve Duda of Brookvalley Farm in Carbondale drives a horse-drawn carriage ride for, from left, Karla Grande of Old Forge, Colleen Reckless of Scott Township, Claire Reckless, 4, of Scott Township; Christine Creedon of Old Forge; and Mary Grande of Old Forge.


Ben Freda | For Abington Journal

CLARKS SUMMIT — Clarks Summit Living Center held its first Oktoberfest Sunday, Oct. 16, complete with horse-drawn carriage rides, live music, German food and fall festivities.

Music filled the air as some of the residents and employees danced to polkas. Many kinds of autumn-themed brews, such as apple cider beer, were served by receptionist Patti Cuneo. Housekeeper Kat Visavati served German foods, such as corned beef and sauerkraut wraps, soft pretzels, stuffed mushrooms, and German chocolate cake.

Steve Duda of Brookvalley Farm provided horse-drawn carriage rides around the building, where people saw the foliage of the trees near the lot.

“Everybody loved the carriage rides,” said Sue Chapin, sales director of the center. “They were the highlight of the day.”

Outside the center, there was a bounce house, a fire pit to roast marshmallows, and little pumpkins for them to carve for the children.

“I think it’s a wonderful idea,” said resident Violet Pace, who enjoyed the carriage rides. “It’s a very good family affair.”

The grandchildren of Gail Ross, the director of Lifestyle 360, came to the event from Nicholson and emptied the insides of pumpkins to make jack-o’-lanterns for a pumpkin carving contest judged by residents Carol Conaboy, Sharon Wade, and Ann Fortuner.

“Even though I had to work, I still got to spend time with them,” Gail said about her grandchildren (Noah, Lilah, and Carter Ross, and Jacob Vangorder). “They also get to learn about their German heritage.”

Residents agreed that the Oktoberfest was a success.

“I think it’s something for everyone,” said resident Jane Nardella. “The weather is beautiful.”

The management team is already planning to have Oktoberfest again next year for the center’s residents.

Sheila Roberts, of Nicholson, helps her 5-year-old niece Jamie Jerauld, of Nicholson, draw a face on a pumpkin during Oktoberfest at Clarks Summit Senior Living Sunday, Oct. 16.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_oktoberfest2.jpgSheila Roberts, of Nicholson, helps her 5-year-old niece Jamie Jerauld, of Nicholson, draw a face on a pumpkin during Oktoberfest at Clarks Summit Senior Living Sunday, Oct. 16. Ben Freda | For Abington Journal

Kids and adults enjoy roasting marshmallows on the fire pit during Oktoberfest at Clarks Summit Senior Living Sunday, Oct. 16. From left are Kate Pagnani, 8, of Clarks Summit; Angelina Chapin, 8, of Waverly Township; Theresa Andreoni (front); Carol Travis (back); and Rob Alfred, maintenance director of Clarks Summit Senior Living Center.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_oktoberfest4.jpgKids and adults enjoy roasting marshmallows on the fire pit during Oktoberfest at Clarks Summit Senior Living Sunday, Oct. 16. From left are Kate Pagnani, 8, of Clarks Summit; Angelina Chapin, 8, of Waverly Township; Theresa Andreoni (front); Carol Travis (back); and Rob Alfred, maintenance director of Clarks Summit Senior Living Center. Ben Freda | For Abington Journal

Steve Duda of Brookvalley Farm in Carbondale drives a horse-drawn carriage ride for, from left, Karla Grande of Old Forge, Colleen Reckless of Scott Township, Claire Reckless, 4, of Scott Township; Christine Creedon of Old Forge; and Mary Grande of Old Forge.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_oktoberfest1.jpgSteve Duda of Brookvalley Farm in Carbondale drives a horse-drawn carriage ride for, from left, Karla Grande of Old Forge, Colleen Reckless of Scott Township, Claire Reckless, 4, of Scott Township; Christine Creedon of Old Forge; and Mary Grande of Old Forge. Ben Freda | For Abington Journal
Event held at Clarks Summit Senior Living Oct. 16 features German food and fun

By Ben Freda

For Abington Journal

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