The Island Nursing Home crowned residents Lewis Lester and Lenora Burton king and queen of the Valentine Prom, but this was only one of many fanfare moments as INH marked its 30th birthday on February 15.
While every February the staff, volunteers and residents celebrate the day the nursing home and care center first opened its doors, this year was extra special.
“It’s an extravaganza because it is the 30th year,” said Residential Care Coordinator Becky Seibert.
Board President Deborah DeWitt and administrator Marc Plourde said they would be celebrating the anniversary with bigger events this summer.
The prom-themed dance ended a week of residents first choosing formal wear donated by Queen’s Closet and the Tree of Life’s Turn-Style clothing store, then posing for “glamour shots,” courtesy of photographer Leslie Cote Hale, with mink stoles donated for the event by the Reach Performing Arts Center.
Volunteers helped with makeup and hemming the dresses, and Fairwinds Florist donated the flowers for corsages and to decorate the “dance hall.”
“It was a brilliant idea,” said Board President Deborah DeWitt. “Thirty years is pretty exciting.”
After the photos, the dancing, the crowning of the king and queen and the cupcakes and the “champagne” toast, residents were treated to limousine rides around the Island by B.K. Burgess, Inc. of Deer Isle.
“We’ve done a lot of different events but we’ve never done prom,” said Seibert. “I’ve never seen the excitement I’ve seen for this.”
Plourde toasted “Island Nursing Home’s 30 years of caring,” and thanked its residents and their families “for giving us the desire to do better.”
He also thanked the staff and volunteers. “We, as a community, we’re very blessed to have such kind and caring people. It’s an honor for me to be here.”