Fat Tuesday. Shrove Tuesday. Pancake Tuesday. Call it what you will but the folks at Westview Health Care Center in Dayville, CT called Tuesday, February 28th a blast. In the spirit of year’s past, the facility’s Formal Dining Room played center stage for the vibrantly colorful and festive Mardi Gras celebration.
Tom Callinan, a multi-faceted performing artist and Connecticut’s first "Official State Troubadour", performed for the capacity crowd utilizing an assortment of instrumental accompaniment including a banjo, guitar and a drum. Playing such songs as “Little Brown Jug”, “Jambalaya”, “Golden Slippers” and “Blueberry Hill”, Callinan kept the celebration upbeat and high-energy through his hour long set as residents and patients contributed to the ambience with horns, noisemakers and hand clappers.
In addition to Callinan’s performance, residents and patients enjoyed food and drink including the customary “King Cake”, a cinnamon sugared sweet bread that, as part of tradition, had two small plastic babies baked inside. The two residents whose piece of cake revealed a plastic baby were later crowned as 2017’s king and queen of Westview.
“We’re extremely grateful to Mr. Callinan for sharing his musical talents with us,” remarked David T. Panteleakos, Administrator. “We gauge the success of our Recreation Department’s efforts by the excitement in the room and this celebration has definitely set the bar quite high for next year’s Mardi Gras event.”
Westview Health Care Center is a 103-bed skilled nursing inpatient facility, which includes a distinct and self-contained 28-bed subacute short-term rehabilitation unit and an Outpatient Rehabilitation and Aquatic Center, both dedicated to providing quality health care services. Along with garnering a perfect five star overall rating found on Medicare.gov Westview is proud to have received such accolades as US News and World Report America’s Best, Consumer Reports Top 10 Connecticut Nursing Facility rating and Health Grades 5-Star Top Ranking.
If you or your loved one would like more information or to take a tour of the facility, we invite you to a closer look at Westview Health Care Center.
Please contact our Resident Services office at 860-774-8574