Windemere auction funds recreation program

Beverley Brush, whose wish was to go up in a biplane for her 80th birthday, had her wish granted. With her is her friend and Windemere volunteer Maureen Gazaille. — Photo by Betsy Burmeister

Windemere Nursing & Rehabilitation Center will sponsor its annual auction to support the residents’ activity fund on Friday, June 15, from 6 to 8 pm at the Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury. There will be both live and silent auctions. Wine, beer, and catered light fare will be available.

“There will be many great items to bid on,” said Betsy Burmeister, recreation therapy director. “We are still getting items in.” To date they have art from Wendy Weldon, Stephanie Danforth, Alison Shaw, Betsy Corsiglia and Eli Dagostino, among others.

Some of the other items include an airplane trip over the Vineyard, an antique high chair, a handmade shawl from alpaca fur, dinner for two at the Homeport, clams from the Bite, dinner at the Square Rigger, sailboat rides, massages and a weeks stay at a cabin by the beach in Maine.

The residents’ activity fund provides an extensive program geared to the varied needs, abilities, and wishes of its residents. It funds trips to concerts and plays, an occasional dinner out, and musicians and entertainers who are brought in to perform at Windemere.

Windemere is a premier skilled nursing facility located on the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital campus. It is a full-service professional healthcare center offering long-term care, short-term rehabilitation, and an Alzheimer’s/special needs wing. Activities for the residents are offered seven days a week.

One of Windemere’s specialties is a short-term rehabilitation program for patients who have transferred from other hospitals. They also have a 21-bed unit for residents with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Their independent residential wing is called Wildflower Court.

“We’ve had a good year,” said Ms. Burmeister. “We have been to Linda Jean’s for dinner. We’ve been going swimming at the YMCA. We are going to hear the Minnesingers. We’ve been to Farm Neck, and Dairy Queen, had a mother’s day tea, and the belly dance revue.”

Ms. Burmeister said the fund also provides for musicians to come in every week as well as for special birthday meals and flowers. “We are at the very end of last year’s auction money so we need to make a lot to continue providing all these exciting things.”

Live and Silent Auction, a benefit for Windemere’s Recreation Department, Friday, June 15, 6-9 pm, Ag Hall, West Tisbury. Admission is free. Call 508-862-1933 for information.