Category: Life at The Fountains at Bronson Place

June 27, 2017

Dancing up a storm!

If you bring the music, we’ll get up and dance at The Fountains! Recently, two bands played in our courtyard. The first, The Portage Senior Band, withstood near ninety-degree temperatures and high humidity on June 13th to give us a welcomed afternoon treat. Then on June 21st we welcomed the official summer solstice with the big band […]

May 25, 2017

Beautifying Our Community

All week long the sun was shining and temperatures were climbing near 80 until Friday, which, of course, was the day our residents had scheduled to plant geraniums at the entrance to our community. Fear not! A little rain and a cold front can’t keep us from seeing our mission through. What a cheery sight […]

May 2, 2017

Happy Lei Day

Yesterday, we celebrated National Asian Heritage Month at Hunan Gardens! The food was authentic and delicious, along with some oolong tea. In The Inn, we made some hawaiian leis. Check out these fancy ladies with their colorful leis!

April 28, 2017

Summer 2017 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With almost 70 different classes with everything from Walking Club to Music Enrichment to Vegetable Gardening to Color Me Calm and even How To Sudoku, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes are […]

April 19, 2017

Spring Colors

Even though it was a raining Wednesday, we found ways to brighten our day! The ladies in The Gardens crafted together a beautiful, pastel themed wreath! We used solid pastel colors for the base of the flower and then patterned papers for the outside petals. Coincidentally, we were all wearing pastels! We love our little […]

April 14, 2017

Good Friday Fun!

To celebrate “Good Friday,” the residents in The Gardens had a blast playing BINGO and then dancing to some classic 1950’s songs! Later in the afternoon, we had made a beautiful spring wreath and then Easter table favors! What a fun day it was!

March 6, 2017

Mardi Gras Was a Blast!!

Fat Tuesday was done right throughout our community this past week. From masks, beads and decorations to the food–including New Orleans style Jambalaya and fresh paczkis from Sweetwater Donuts (a local polish favorite), music and more! Residents wined (well, “hurricane”) and dined and had a ball.

February 24, 2017

Sharing the Love with Others

Gardens residents certainly enjoyed the festivities surrounding Valentines’ Day this month. However, they found sharing some kindness with others was even more rewarding than indulging in the sweet pleasures of the holiday. Together, residents put together more than 30 bags of Valentine treats to share with residents across the street at The Fountains at Rose Arbor Hospice Center. […]

February 24, 2017

Our Residents Have Heart

We really felt the love this month as we celebrated Valentine’s Day with a party featuring wonderful food, festive decorations and a special musical performance by Double Play Flute and Tuba Duo. The event marked the midpoint of a month filled with heart. We began February with a Wear Red for Women’s Heart Health day, complete […]

January 10, 2017

Residents Rock to the Sounds of Dixieland on New Year’s Eve

We took our annual New Year’s Eve celebration down to New Orleans this year with a Mardi-Gras inspired party to move us into 2017. The evening began with a champagne cocktail and then we moved into the dining room for a delicious buffet, featuring jambalaya and other Louisiana-inspired favorites. Then at 7:00 p.m. the real […]

January 6, 2017

Spring 2017 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With almost 70 different classes with everything from Music & Relaxation to Chair Zumba to Readers Theatre to Food Demonstrations and even Reminiscence Writing, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes are for, and […]

January 3, 2017

Bears on Parade

Residents Ed and Jane Thornburg have once again made our season merry by sharing their bear collection in our Art Gallery. Come up to the 2nd floor and experience this delightful display of bears through January 15th.

December 13, 2016

Residents and Associates Mingle at Annual Event

Our generous residents collect money each year to provide thank you gifts for our associates during an evening of merriment. This year’s party was a huge success, with delicious appetizers and desserts served throughout the building and the follow-up ceremony with our gracious Resident Association representatives handing out gifts to each individual associate. Of course, […]

December 12, 2016

Reminiscence Writing Shared

This month our Books & Ideas program featured resident writers from our Reminiscence Writing Watermark University class. From inspiring and humorous personal accounts, to keen observations of items from our everyday lives, the class delivered spot-on readings of their carefully crafted work. While many of the class members have been learning and growing in the […]

December 9, 2016

A Collection of Crèches

The crèche, depicting the Nativity of Jesus, is a symbol found in many homes during the Christmas season. This month the curio cabinet in our lobby holds several crèches borrowed from our residents. Each one of these is unique, either in materials used to make them, the artistic design, or the culture from which the […]

November 22, 2016

Celebrating Active Aging and the Arts

We’re thrilled to introduce our 2017 edition of EXPRESSIONS, Watermark’s annual calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. Complimentary copies of this beautiful, full-color wall calendar are available while they last at every Watermark community. In addition, we hope you’ll enjoy our online gallery featuring all the wonderful submissions we received this year from artists […]

November 22, 2016

KIA ARTbreak at the Fountains

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts has partnered with The Fountains at Bronson Place for several years, and as part of that partnership, the KIA brings unique and interesting artists into our community for presentations. This month we were delighted to hear from Aerial Photographer, Jim Ratliff. What makes Mr. Ratliff’s photography so special is the […]

November 11, 2016

Veterans offer life lessons in service, featured in Healthy Aging.

We are thrilled to announce that we have received outstanding national coverage for our Veterans Life Lessons initiative in the Healthy Aging Magazine, published on November 11th, 2016. To read the original article, please click here. Celebrating Our Veterans Around the U.S. Watermark Retirement Communities Shares Vet Words of Wisdom From practical, lifesaving advice, “You […]

November 1, 2016

Never Too Old For Halloween Fun!

Halloween eeeeeked out of every corner of The Fountains at Bronson Place campus this year, with parties and all day fun wherever you looked! Take a peek at these pictures of parties that took place in The Gardens, The Inn, and The Town Center. Directors, associates and family members joined residents in creating a festive atmosphere for a day filled with […]

October 27, 2016

Pumpkin Decorating Fun!

We’re gearing up for Halloween at The Fountains! Today associates and residents began creating their entries for our annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Pumpkins will be judged on Friday, and winners will be announced at our Happy Hour Friday afternoon. We’ll then move on to Barktoberfest! — A festival of dogs, and also a fundraiser for the […]

October 26, 2016

Crafting Mums

Our residents have been enjoying making some delightful new table decorations for the various dining areas and their homes. From simple items, including pine cones and paint, our residents have had a ball painting away. It’s amazing how creative some of us became, and we love how our labor bloomed right before our eyes!

October 6, 2016

Delightful Musical Performance by Resident and Professional Opera Singer

Resident Richard Kozbial graced us once again last weekend with a personal vocal performance, as well as a complimentary professional performance by friend and international opera singer, Hugh Smith. Added to that were piano solos by local pianist John Chamberlain, this made for a delightful Sunday afternoon concert that was enjoyed by an audience of nearly […]

September 29, 2016

Pig Roast in the Courtyard!

A beautiful day surrounded our first ever courtyard pig roast, and what a success it was! The pig, (roasted by our own Dining Services department), was succulent and delicious, as were all of the sides and desserts that accompanied it. The beer and cider were cold and refreshing, and the band… yes, they were called […]

August 18, 2016

Fall 2016 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With more than 70 different classes with everything from Diggin’ Some Drumming to Line Dancing to All Things Pumpkin to Holiday Wreaths and even Aromatherapy, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes are for, and […]

August 15, 2016

Musical Events Have Our Residents Movin’ and Groovin’

We’ve had two great musical events already this month at The Fountains at Bronson Place. The first was a visit from talented singer Matt Richardson. He wowed residents from The Inn, Gardens, and Town Center with his strong, belting vocals, singing show tunes from many stage and movie musicals. To everyone’s amazement, he also threw […]

August 15, 2016

Homemade Corsages Made by Residents in Watermark University Class

When you have a botany teacher and expert floral designer among your residents, as well as their good friend who is also an artist, what do you do with them? You have them join your Watermark University faculty and teach other residents how to make flower creations! Last week, residents Caroline Gray (the floral expert) and Helen […]

July 28, 2016

Pizza Picnic!

July presents a lot of opportunities to be outdoors, and our residents in The Gardens and Inn took full advantage this week with a Pizza Party in our courtyard. The lower patio offered just the right amount of shade and a light breeze – perfect for enjoying some pizza, lemonade and cookies. The party was so enticing it […]