Windemere blossoms with spring family dinner

In addition to his busy duties overseeing Windemere's spring family dinner, food and nutrition services director Chris Porterfield made the rounds to chat with appreciative diners. From left, Marcella Provost, Sylvia Campbell, Mary Ellen Yakely, and Stephanie Danforth. — Photo by Janet Hefler

A spring family dinner blossomed inside Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on April 28, despite torrential rain and howling winds outside. Almost 200 people attended the festive event, including residents and their families, and they were seated at tables throughout the first floor in the recreation room, dining and conference rooms, and hospital cafeteria.

Food and nutrition services director Chris Porterfield and staff prepared and served up a delicious buffet. The Windemere chime choir performed before dinner. Volunteer entertainer Mark Lovewell went from room to room and serenaded diners with music played on a guitar, harmonica, and concertina.

Windemere administrator Ken Chisholm welcomed everyone and invited them to view a display of plans and interior decorating samples for a $3.2 million building refurbishment project that will take place over the next several months.

“We do two formal dinners for everyone — one in the spring and one in fall,” Windemere Memory Care Program Director Mary Holmes said in a telephone conversation with The Times. “We love doing this. It’s like the Sunday family dinner that a lot of the mothers and grandmothers who live here used to put on in their homes. Since they can’t do that anymore, this is their opportunity to host their families.”