Seniors Celebrate Summer Solstice

Barrington Senior Center hosts kickoff to summer celebration, which featured traditional favorites: clam cakes, chowder and watermelon.

Dozens of senior citizens celebrated the summer solstice on Wednesday, June 20, at the Barrington Senior Center by enjoying traditional summer favorites.

Clam cakes, chowder and watermelon were served courtesy of the St. Elizabeth Community, which operates Cornerstone Adult Services, said Louise House, director of the senior center.

Liz Dietz, a community relations officer with St. Elizabeth, said the nonprofit often uses celebrations like the first day of summer to introduce its nursing, rehabilitation and health services to senior citizens.

"It was a great opportunity for us to let the seniors know that Saint Elizabeth Manor in Bristol not only provides long term care, but has a short term rehab unit should they need care following a hospital stay," Dietz said. "Often times people don’t realize that Bristol’s Cornerstone Adult Day Center is also part of Saint Elizabeth Community. We offer a wide spectrum of care for seniors – affordable independent housing, adult day services, assisted living, long term care, dementia care, and short term rehab."

Blount Seafood provided the clam cakes and chowder.

“Blount’s was a first for me – delicious,” she said.

After lunch, the seniors were treated to music as they are every Wednesday afternoon.

The slices of watermelon, though, may have been the biggest hit of the celebration. More than one person ate the melon the old-fashioned way – with their hands.

House handed out paper towels to catch any wayward juice.


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