Dearborn, Mich., Sept. 4, 2018 – A packed house filled the Rotunda room of Beaumont Commons, Dearborn, to enjoy spirited performances by residents and staff.
Shavon Baker, activities supervisor at Beaumont Commons, kicked off the Variety Show with a series of family style jokes.
Resident Doug Whitaker brought back memories of the 1970s in a smooth tenor voice by singing Lou Rawls popular tune, “You’ll never find another love like mine.” Later in the show, he sang “One in a Million You,” revealing that it was a favorite of his and wife Janet.
The audience gave approving nods to Whitaker’s final song selection, R-E-S-P-E-C-T, in tribute to Aretha Franklin.
Residents Mary Ann Zawada and Kathy Kauffman took turns playing the campus baby grand piano. Zawada played country favorites–“Tennessee Waltz” and “Walking the floor over you.” Kauffman, a new resident, charmed the audience with a Chopin waltz.
Marvella Bonell and Otherie Love, who are members of the creative writing group on campus, read original compositions. Resident Jane Haines recited Robert Frost’s poem ‘The Road Not Taken” and recalled seeing the famous poet years ago when he visited the University of Michigan.
A touching moment came when Vernon Fahrenkrug asked the audience to help him by singing the chorus to the hymn of “His Eye is on the Sparrow.” Fahrenkrug, a church soloist who recently moved to Beaumont Commons, had not performed the song since experiencing a stroke a few months ago. Everyone readily joined him with “I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free. . .”
Guitarist and songster Beth Rager, chair of the activities committee, had the audience laughing and clapping with two original ditties—describing what she’d do if she won the lottery and how living at Beaumont Commons is like being on a cruise ship.
For the finale, marketing team members Donna Brandt and Diana Davidow dressed in elaborate finery and paraded onto the stage to lip sync and dance to “Sisters” from Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.”
Summing up the performances, Baker said that talent has no age limits. Everyone readily agreed.
Beaumont Commons, Dearborn, formerly Oakwood Common, offers one and two bedroom apartments within a beautiful 29-acre retirement community that includes exquisite landscaping, nature trails and scenic views along the historic Rouge River Gateway in Dearborn. Located at 16351 Rotunda Drive, the community includes exceptional amenities for independent living as well as assisted living. Beaumont Rehabilitation and Continuing Care is also available for those with additional needs.
For more information and to arrange tours, call 800-642-4663 or visit www.BeaumontCommonsDearborn.org.