Town Center residents weren't afraid to bear the cold as they hopped on board a hay-filled wagon to tour Verhage Apple Orchards in Oshtemo, Michigan. The wind was biting, but the colors and smells of the trees more than made up for the cold. After picking a few apples we visited the cider mill where […]
Category: Out and About
Many of us long for the days when we could get out to the "big lake" any time we wished, but that's not so easy for us now. Fortunately, a beautiful summer day opened up an opportunity for residents of The Gardens to do just that in July! On a gorgeous Friday at noon, off we […]
On August 22 The Fountains at Bronson Place met up with The Fountains at Crystal Lake for a delightful day in Downtown Chicago. Meeting first for lunch at Harry Caray's, residents from the two communities enjoyed some of the best Italian food in the city, surrounded by some great Chicago sports ambiance. Then it was […]
We were proud and pleased to celebrate our centenarians at the 2nd annual Kalamazoo Celebrate Elderhood Centenarian Luncheon. Check out our beautiful 100-year-olds (plus) at this year's luncheon.
Residents from The Town Center attended the annual Maple Sugar Festival at the Kalamazoo Nature Center. While still a bit chilly, (it is March in Michigan), we Michiganders considered it a beautiful day--sunny with very little wind and virtually no snow on the ground. The festivities included a tour of the historic DeLano homestead, complete […]
We did it! We finally got to Chicago to see the country's most talked about modern musical - Hamilton! And what a great trip it was! Our ride to Chicago was smooth sailing, (with no traffic tie-ups, if you can believe it). Upon arriving in Chicago we all enjoyed a lovely lunch around the corner […]
Michigan is quickly becoming one of the nation's largest brewing hubs, and Kalamazoo's Bell's Brewery tops the list when it comes to popularity. Last week a group of Town Center residents paid a visit to Bell's main brew station in Comstock to learn a little about the history of the company and process by which beer brewing […]
Have you ever wondered how a fish hatchery works and why they do it? Well, today the folks in The Gardens at The Fountains at Bronson Place, went out to the Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery to find out! Once we entered the building, we were astounded by how many fish were in there. There was an […]
Saugatuck is a popular summer destination here in Michigan! It's located south of Holland and on the shores of Lake Michigan. It has neat little trinket shops and restaurants all within a walking radius. Don't forget the beautiful view of the Kalamazoo River and Lake Michigan! The Inn residents, our assisted living neighborhood, traveled to […]
Last Monday, the weather here in Michigan was in the mid-80s with a slight breeze. The sun was also out shining and bright, a perfect day for a picnic. Here at The Fountains at Bronson Place, we took our lunches and went out to the park! At Milham Park, located in Portage, they have plenty […]
Last month, we had the wonderful opportunity to drive up to Jenison, Michigan and ride the Grand Lady Riverboat! The weather was beautiful, not to hot and not to cool, and the right amount of sunshine. Once on the boat, we had a selection of fresh grilled food and an array of different sides to […]
One of our favorite annual outings is a scenic drive down the beach in South Haven. The sunset over Lake Michigan wows us every time, and this year's event was spectacular. We began our evening with an after dinner drive into South Haven for some delicious ice cream at Sherman's Ice Cream Parlour--delish! Then headed to […]
We are so fortunate to be near so many wonderful wineries down here in Southwest Michigan. Last Friday we took a very scenic drive down the Wine Trail, and found ourselves enjoying spectacular views of a Michigan vineyard outside of Tabor Hill Winery as we enjoyed delicious cuisine at its award-winning restaurant. Following lunch we […]
For the third year in a row, resident Norm Slack has entered the Portage Recycled Art in the Park Contest. In 2015 he took home both the Sponsors' Choice and Public Choice awards. Last year, he placed 2nd, and this year... Norm took 1st place with his entry, "Miz Beeatress Bronson"!! Congratulations on this great […]
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!
Today's weather was in the 80's!!! The sun was shining and the flowers were blooming. Since it was so nice and warm out, we decided to enjoy our lunch at the Oshtemo park. We met some friendly kids and had some delicious pizza. We are so glad to be able to enjoy this beautiful weather.
There are not many people who can claim to have been here on Earth before 1917, but in Kalamazoo County, it appears we have more than sixty centenarians! Fifteen such marvels were honored at a special luncheon at the Kalamazoo Country Club on April 20th, including three ladies from The Fountains at Bronson Place! Adelyn Boyce […]
It's never a bore here at The Fountains at Bronson Place! This past Monday, we were able to finally go outside to enjoy the beautiful 70 degree weather. Residents from The Gardens enjoyed a fantastic meal at one of Kalamazoo's favorite restaurants, "Fieldstone Grille"! We all had a great time and conversations.
Our Town Center residents enjoyed a dinner outing last week at Clara's on the River in Battle Creek. Not only was the food delicious and the company delightful, we were treated to some wonderful holiday light displays both in and out of the restaurant, as well as throughout the cities of Battle Creek and Kalamazoo. We're certainly in […]
Our holiday season kicked off this year with an outing to see the incomparable Manheim Steamroller at Miller Auditorium. Some comments from the residents seeing and hearing this popular group that has been around for over 30 years included, "That wasn't at all what I thought it would be. Fantastic!" "What an amazing show!" "I […]
Residents of The Springs at The Fountains at Bronson Place had a great time this month when they took a lunch cruise on The Grand Lady Riverboat. The weather was perfect, and the crew of The Grand Lady were so cordial and accommodating. They treated us by grilling burgers right on the boat and dressing […]
Last month's extraordinary outing for Inn residents took us to the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, MI. The museum is located on a 90-acre campus where automotive history comes to life right before your eyes! Here residents were able to reminisce about a '57 Chevy that was the star of their yesteryear. We strolled […]
Our residents were recently treated to a sneak preview of a fantastic development happening in our neighborhood. Just a five minute walk from our campus stands a piece of land that was once owned and farmed by a local Kalamazoo family. The Drake House still stands, and has been acquired by the Oshtemo Township in […]
On April 28th, some residents from the Town Center boarded a bus with members of The Kalamazoo Art League and headed to Chicago for a visit to the Field Museum and the Chicago Cultural Center. We had a great time exploring the museum, especially the Malvina Hoffman sculptures, for which we were treated to background […]
Last Friday was a beautiful day to be out and about, and a group of residents took advantage of this opportunity to travel to Three Rivers, Michigan and visit the St. Joseph County Historical Society. We first heard of this gem of a resource for Southwest Michigan through one of our residents, whose daughter is […]
The Gardens and Inn went to beautiful Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana. It was quite the journey but definitely worth it! The day was beautiful and the grounds were all decked out for fall. We started our day with an award winning family style Amish lunch when we arrived. After lunch we took a tour around the farm which […]
Another successful trip to our favorite ice cream spot! We topped off the outing with a ride and sing-a-long down lovely country roads. We can't wait for those fall color tours!
On Friday, August 21st, residents from the Town Center and The Inn drove out to Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park in Alto, Michigan. It was a gorgeous day, and we all enjoyed viewing and sometimes interacting with rare species of wildlife from around the world. Not only did we take advantage of a delightful petting zoo […]
On a beautiful summer morning this week, three more of our residents had the privilege of flying in a WWII biplane over the Kalamazoo area. Residents Keith Bailey, Ken Long and Jud Knapper were those brave and lucky enough to take advantage of this opportunity, which is offered free to veterans from WWII or Korea. […]
Residents from The Gardens enjoyed a lovely day taking in the sights on Vicksburg's Quilt Trail.
It was a little chilly for a summer day, but we didn't let that stop us! We went to scenic Oshtemo Park, where we enjoyed tasty sack lunches, nature, people and pets.
Residents from The Gardens spent a wonderful afternoon learning and reminiscing about classic cars at The Gilmore Car Museum.
We could not have asked for a better day to take our wildflower walk on the Kalamazoo Valley River Trail! We even topped the trip off with some ice-cream, what more could you ask for?
On Tuesday morning, June 9th, Fountains resident Don Sly took a ride in a vintage Boeing-Stearman N2S-5 Kaydet that served as the U.S. Navy's trainer aircraft in World War II. The plane is owned and operated by local pilot Alan Wright, who takes veterans from WWII and Korea up as a "thank you" for serving […]
Town Center residents enjoy a trip to Holland for the Tulip Time Festival. We made bankets, had a traditional Dutch lunch, visited shops, watched dancers, shoe-carving and candle-carving, and of course, saw the tulips that were brave enough to bloom during this cool spring.