Our resident tone chimes ensemble, The Silvertones, never fail to put us in the holiday spirit, and this year was no exception. Last Wednesday the group gave one of their finest concerts, filled with classic melodies and holiday favorites, director Phil Marsceau and his ensemble another memorable evening of music.
Category: Life at The Fountains at Bronson Place
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 […]
We were fortunate this past week to have one of our drivers, Jim Jenkins (who is also a retired police officer), deliver a presentation for our residents and some guests about the realities of scams and fraud in our community. Jim pointed out several of the scams circulating presently, and also provided some great tips […]
Our resident "recycled art" artist, Norm Slack, has been hard at work for the past couple of months creating a very unique piece for our lobby for the holidays. Norm's life-sized sculpture of the Holy Family at the Nativity is truly eye-catching as one walks into our building through the main lobby. Created entirely out […]
Resident Caroline Gray helped us get our decorating on with a class teaching others how to create simple, but beautiful holiday wreaths. Using fresh boxwood from the garden at her previous home, a little wire, some bits of berry clusters and tiny pine cones, we were able to replicate her gorgeous sample. Thanks Caroline, for […]
Per annual tradition, the Gagie School Choir joined us to celebrate the season and help us light our big, beautiful Christmas tree in the lobby! Happy Holidays everyone!
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 […]
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 […]
You never know what amazing talent (or just plain silliness) will happen at the Bronson's Got Talent review. This year featured a balance of comedy, music, theatre and dance. Thanks to all of the residents who worked so hard to prepare for this year's show. Playing to a full house in our auditorium last Wednesday […]
Our resident Readers Theatre Troupe is at it again, preparing for this years talent show with a scene from Steel Magnolias. It was so much fun when they hit the stage for "showtime" last Wednesday night as Shelby, M'Lynn, Truvy, Annelle, Clairee and Oiser. Thanks for making us laugh, ladies!
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 […]
There's plenty coming up as we enter the holiday season at The Fountains at Bronson Place. Take a look and join us for any and all programs and events in November!
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 […]
This past Saturday dogs and dog owners from throughout the Kalamazoo area took part in a fundraiser for the Kalamazoo Humane Society. The Fountains at Bronson Place was delighted to host its first Barktoberfest, which consisted of a three-part contest for dogs and their owners, snacks, beverages, and lots of cuteness! Enjoy these photos depicting some of […]
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 […]
Some of our most beloved Books & Ideas Programs are those that involve visits from the Kalamazoo Nature Center. Early this month the Center brought several Birds of Prey to share with us. The presenter was so informative and animated that those in attendance couldn't help but share her passion for these interesting creatures. Of course, […]
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!
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 […]
Looking for that next class, club or event to inspire, delight or amaze you? Look no further. We’ve got a month full of exciting activities and we are sure you will find something that will pique your interest.
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 […]
What a joy it was to experience the Flying Dragon Drummers on a gorgeous summer evening in our courtyard. The music was inspiring, and some of our residents and guests were invited to learn a bit about the art of Taiko drumming before the evening ended. Even our own Sales Director, Tom Curran stepped up to […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
The July calendar is here, highlighting the many events happening both in and outside The Fountains at Bronson Place. Check them out!
With the onset of summer, and some beautiful Michigan afternoons and evenings, our residents have immersed themselves in many events in our courtyard already this season. Some of our most enjoyed events include music, and this month we've already delighted residents with two wonderful concert events. On the evening of June 8 we enjoyed the cool, Reggae sounds […]
See what's happening in June throughout our community!
Check out our monthly newsletters and calendars for each area of our community to find out what’s going on at The Fountains at Bronson Place this May!
The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With more than 65 different classes with everything from Mahjong to Chair Yoga to Scrapbooking to Woodworking and even Beer Pairings, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes are for, and […]
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 […]
Last month, The Fountains at Bronson Place pulled out all the stops for a full day of Irish merriment. Beginning with a visit from dancers from the Erin Quinn School of Irish Dance, residents were delighted to witness a full performance by more than thirty dancers, performing both hard and soft shoe routines with precision […]
Check out our monthly newsletters and calendars for each area of our community to find out what's going on at The Fountains at Bronson Place this April. Happy Spring!
As always, there is so much going on in March at The Fountains at Bronson Place. Check out our monthly newsletters and calendars of events to see what happening at our community this month.
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 & […]
There's much to enjoy this February at The Fountains at Bronson Place. Check out our February program calendars!
Our residents couldn't stay in their seats when the Portage Senior Band came to play for us last week! Always a treat, the band played so many favorite standards, as well as a few polkas that got people out of their chairs and dancing in the back of the room. So much fun!
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 […]
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 Herb Gardening to Chair Tai Chi to Flower Arranging to Moroccan Cooking and even Wii Sports, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these […]
Check out all of the great events and programs coming to you in January! Welcome 2016 as we celebrate Germany at The Fountains in January.
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 […]
Check out all of the great events and programs coming to you in December!
Check out all of the great events and programs coming to The Springs in November!
Check out all of the great events and programs coming to The Gardens in November!
Check out all of the great events and programs coming to The Inn in November!
Check out all of the great events and programs coming to you in November!
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 […]
Fall is definitely in the air! We decided to represent the season by making our own decorative wreaths!
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 […]
The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With almost 80 different classes with everything from Line Dancing to Woodworking to Taste of Asia Cooking Class to Book Club and even Intro To Spanish, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing […]