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Our Residents’ Favorite Summer Memories
Marissa Salvesen

By: Marissa Salvesen on June 23rd, 2016

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Our Residents’ Favorite Summer Memories

Aging & Caregiving

13501683_1037288016350327_6491789731837671009_n.jpgSummertime is on our minds! Residents from our UMH senior living communities have been sharing a few of their favorite summer memories with us….we thought they would be fun to share! What are some of YOUR favorite summer memories?

Check out their memories below or scroll through our social media pages to reminisce alongside our residents…

My sister and I went to YWCA camp (Camp Laughing Loon) in Waterboro, ME for many summers. I made lasting friendships and loved every minute of camping out in tents, swimming and doing all of the activities. - Glenna (Born in 1928)

I loved all the picnics in the summer. We won a car one year while we were picnicking in the park. It was a brand new Ford with a wooden bumper. After the war we were given a regular bumper! - Helen (Born in 1918)

We would go to Sanford ME as a family. I worked on a farm during the summer. We often ran out of water during the summer and had to go to our neighbors to get water. - Pierre (Born in 1923)

My favorite summertime treat was going to St. Mary’s by the Sea. My mother and aunt would pack up 7 kids in wagons and bring jugs of lemonade and drag the wagons to the beach. We would time the tide just right so that we could swim across the channel to Fairfield Beach. - Elaine

The red and white tablecloth that is on my table was from 1967 when I was dating my husband. We used it when we went to picnics in Walnut Hill Park in New Britain-what wonderful memories! - Pat

During the summer all the kids in my neighborhood would go to the cemetery and tell ghost stories. - Charlie (Born in 1921)

We would always have a 4 th of July party on Amston Lake with my bridge club. - Karin (Born in 1937)

For 37 years we sailed (the last 10 years on a 34 foot Catalina). We sailed from Westbrook to Portland Maine every summer.

I loved being on our boat and sailing along the New England coast. I also loved the memories of my daughter’s summer wedding in a barn in Maine. - Dot

I spent my summers down in Old Saybrook fishing with my family. I did a lot of clamming and drag netting for shark and flounder. We also went crabbing. I liked fishing for sea bass which I think is the tastiest fish in the ocean! - David (Born in 1947)

I remember going to Peach Lake in upstate Connecticut, on the New York line. Our family would rent a piece of land where the boys got to sleep in tents and the girls in the car. We would cook out and eat big meals of meat and potatoes prepared by my aunt who loved cooking. We would go every weekend. I couldn’t wait for summer just so we could go to the lake! – Lillian

I lived in New Bedford, MA. We often took a trolley to the beach and had a picnic lunch. It was even more fun when we rode our bikes! - Blanche (Born in 1924)

I loved growing flowers and vegetables in my garden. I especially loved the tomatoes. The 4 th of July fireworks were so much fun also! - Toni

At the young age of 7, I visited our good friends in southwest Virginia and i helped them deliver milk to coal miners in Virginia, Kentucky and West Virginia. The coal mines were in the hills and the miners lived in ram-shackled houses with their families. They were glad to get the fresh milk. – Bill

I remember going to the Palisades Interstate Park on the Hudson in New Jersey. We would take the trolley and then the ferry to get there. On the ferry was a man playing the accordion. I remember him singing, &quot;When your hair has turned to silver, I will love you all the same.&quot; I also enjoyed playing with all the neighborhood kids on a "hun" (hundred) sixth street. Let's not forget Coney Island too! - Anna (Born in 1921)

I remember wonderful summers of picnics with my cousins; playing Ring-a- Round-the Rosie and having cookouts at Beardsley Park and Seaside Park in Bridgeport. - Mary


Visit our community Facebook pages to reminisce alongside some of our residents!

Middlewoods of Farmington https://www.facebook.com/MiddlewoodsOfFarmington/?fref=ts
Middlewoods of Newington https://www.facebook.com/MiddlewoodsofNewington/?fref=ts
Foxbridge https://www.facebook.com/foxbridge/?fref=ts
Bishop Wicke https://www.facebook.com/Bishop-Wicke-Health-Rehabilitation-Center-357712004283002/?fref=ts
Crosby Commons https://www.facebook.com/Crosby-Commons-274435925981401/?fref=ts
Lifestyle Transitions https://www.facebook.com/LifestyleTransitionsDementiaCare/?fref=ts
Wesley Heights https://www.facebook.com/Wesley-Heights-314336618645474/?fref=ts

About Marissa Salvesen

My journey into the world of senior living began when I started working for United Methodist Homes in 2010. Starting as an Activities Director at one of our-winning assisted and independent living communities and then transitioning to Marketing and Promotions Manager for UMH, I now work as the Manager of Mission Development, fostering the Mission and Values of our organization. I love sharing stories about the many ways we build meaningful relationships and enrich the lives of those we serve, and am proud to be part of building UMH’s 140-year legacy of caring. Wondering what makes our communities such special places to live and work? Connect with me and find out!

Our Blog is a 2016 Platinum Generations Award Winner! The Generations Award is an annual international competition for excellence in senior marketing recognizing professionals who have communicated to the 50+ Mature Markets.