Category: Life at The Fountains at Bronson Place

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 […]

April 18, 2016

More Great Times with our WMU International Students

Our residents have a special bond with students from Western Michigan University. Over the past year, they have met with students from the International Program to assist with reading in English, class projects regarding the elderly in the United States, and general conversation. Each group that visits has an extraordinary experience with our residents, and […]

February 10, 2016

Chef’s Reserve Dinner

For our February Chef’s Reserve Dinner, Chef Paul prepared a special meal that gave the residents a familiar yet satisfying taste. His famous Beef Tenderloin with Mushroom Madeira Sauce was the crowd-pleaser of the night, yet the Broiled Lobster with Lemon Herb Butter melted over top was a nice addition, giving the meal that ‘Surf & […]

January 27, 2016

Chef Paul demonstrates a traditional German dish in his culinary class!

Each month our Chef prepares a traditional dish in his culinary class. Usually it is based on the country we are featuring for the month. This month we are featuring traditional German fare and he made potato pancakes. They were made from scratch and cooked in the class with everyone getting a taste! He accompanied them with […]

December 16, 2015

Celebrating Active Aging and the Arts

We’re thrilled to introduce our 15th 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. Also, for the first time, we’re pleased to have published an online gallery featuring all the artwork. We’re delighted we […]

October 26, 2015

Resident and Guest Opera Friend Dazzle Residents in An Afternoon of Music

Resident Richard Kozbial is no stranger to the microphone, and often treats us to vocal concerts on his own. This October he not only performed wonderful popular songs and show tunes himself, but he also invited a talented guest to perform as well. Professional opera singer Hugh Smith has been a long-time friend of Richard’s since he […]

October 2, 2015

Japanese students from Western Michigan University say “Thank You!” with a tea party.

Our residents always enjoy collaborating with students from the international program at WMU. This time around, they met with business students from Japan for three weeks to help them understand the business of retirement living in the United States. The students enjoyed our residents so much that they dropped in one last time before heading […]

August 24, 2015

Luau in The Gardens!

To celebrate the addition of Hawaii as our 50th state, we had a fun filled Hawaiian themed day. We made leis, learned interesting facts and even had a Hawaiian themed lunch. We tried out some of our hula dance moves, and had our very own luau to top things off! A good time was had […]

August 24, 2015

A Gala of a Time Celebrating 25 Years at Bronson Place

A wonderful event was attended by residents on August 20th, 2015, to celebrate 25 years of life in our building. Residents enjoyed dressing for the occasion, which included a champagne cocktail hour, delicious dinner, and scrumptious desserts and coffee drinks along with listening and dancing to the sounds of a ten-piece big band. A wonderful time […]

August 18, 2015

Watermark For Kids Recipient Havier Hill Roller Performs for Residents

On Friday, August 14th, residents of the Town Center were treated to a special performance during Happy Hour. Watermark for Kids award recipient, Havier Hill Roller entertained us all with a couple of vocal/piano tunes before walking around to meet everyone and tell them of his plans to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, […]

August 3, 2015

International Students Spend Time Conversing with Town Center Residents

In June, our residents had the privilege and pleasure of spending six Fridays with WMU students from Saudi Arabia. During that semester they assisted students with their English reading skills. This month another instructor brought students from Saudi Arabia, Brazil and China to interview residents about what retirement living is like in the United States. […]

June 5, 2015

National Donut Day!

In honor of National Donut Day, The Fountains at Bronson Place baker, Henry Roschek, made homemade apple fritters: plain, cinnamon & sugar, and powdered sugar. The donuts are available Friday, June 5th, 2015 at the Market and during dinner in the Town Center dining room.

June 3, 2015

Residents Connect with International Students from Western Michigan University

The lobby at The Fountains at Bronson Place is filled with the sound of reading and conversation on Fridays as our residents have taken on the joyful task of assisting international students from the local university with their English-speaking skills. Each Friday morning through June 19th, a dozen or so Arabic-speaking students come into our […]

June 3, 2015

The Fountains at Bronson Place Picks Up Two Awards at Recycled Art Contest

On May 16th, residents of The Fountains entered an original piece of work in a local Recycled Art in the Park Contest. Of the twenty entries, created by individuals and various groups from the Kalamazoo/Portage, Michigan area, their entry, “Suncatcher” took home two awards. The first was the Sponsor’s Choice Award, presented by Eaton Corporation, […]

March 27, 2015

Introducing “The Fountainettes” Recycled Art Team

On May 16th, 2015, The Fountains at Bronson Place will unveil a project they have been working on for the Portage Recycled Art In The Park Competition. The group, led by local artist, Norm Slack, began assembling it’s structure, entitled “Suncatcher” in March, and is excited to represent Bronson Place in May amongst other community […]

February 18, 2015

Successful Employment Shower!

Bronson Place ladies, associates, friends and family were invited to a luncheon in honor of Riley Pressey, our Watermark for Kids award recipient. “Successful employment” gifts were given to Riley to help her succeed in her employment efforts in the future! Riley was very pleased to be the recipient of this award and looks forward […]

February 5, 2015

Get Your Kicks on Route 66…

Today’s Route 66 Diner Days landed us at a Roadhouse Chili Diner…  Residents who joined us on Route 66 today stopped in the front lobby for a menu of house-made white chicken chili and beef chili in a fresh bread bowl baked by our in-house baker, Henry. The menu was accompanied by strawberry shortcake and rounded […]

January 9, 2015

Spring 2015 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. More than 70 different classes with everything from French 101 to Puerto Rican Cuisine to Woodworking and even Line Dancing. While these amazing classes are for, and taught by, our residents and associates, we always love having a few guests. Give […]

November 14, 2014

The Springs Receives 2014 Award for Excellence!

The Springs and its dedicated team were chosen from over 1,200 facilities, physicians and hospitals across Michigan, Indiana and Ohio for the Excellence in Caring Award! The award is presented to The Springs for their recognition and belief in the importance of collaborative care when a patient is in need of hospice, palliative or home health care! We are […]