Sporting an infinite purple, white, and blue hat, a United States flag emblazoned on his chest, and patriotic pinwheels and ribbons dripping from his walker, Ozzie Fletcher belted out the nationwide anthem with ardour and trills to equal Whitney Houston.
At his facet stood the Statue of Liberty, in any other case often called Sandra Burkey, her oxygen concentrator principally hidden by the frilly folds of her costume, full with crown and pill.
Everybody in the room was standing. As Fletcher concluded, hitting even the best notes with confidence, the room erupted in applause.
Fletcher and Burkey are each members of Stafford County’s cafe program, organized by the Wholesome Generations Space Company on Getting older.
They have been performing at the third annual Senior Residents Fall Fashion and Talent Show held on Friday at the King George Residents Heart. Additionally concerned have been contributors from the cafe packages of 4 localities in addition to Stafford: King George, Caroline and Spotsylvania counties and the town of Fredericksburg.
“I really like seeing this all come collectively,” stated organizer Tiffany Romano, the company’s director of group well being and wellness. “Once I see their triumph and enjoyment, that look on their faces of accomplishment, it makes it completely price all of the work.”
The show is one in every of 4 occasions every year that convey collectively the members of all 5 teams. Different quarterly actions have included an artwork show, a bowling event, and a vacation gala with the U.S. Marine Corps Band and the Dancing Deputy performing for them.
The person cafe teams meet 3 times per week for video games, procuring, crafts, workout routines, and many different kinds of actions.
“I simply actually have a superb time with these folks,” Fletcher stated after his efficiency was over. “It helps me get out and do extra. I really feel actually blessed.”
Different talent and fashion performances included comedy routines by the Spotsylvania cafe, a “Wheel of Fortune” skit by the King George cafe, choir performances by the Fredericksburg cafe, a cheer with hula hoops by the Caroline cafe, and a parade of hats made utterly of recycled supplies by the Stafford cafe.
A complimentary lunch was offered by Mission Barbecue and Longhorn Steakhouse, with desserts supplied at a reduction by the Sugar Shack.
Members of the family of the performers have been invited to return and watch.
“That is simply so nice for my mother,” stated Brandi Lengthy of Stafford. “She goes out, has a enjoyable time, and loves it.”
Lengthy’s mom, Burnola Bostic, lives together with her daughter’s household, together with 4 youngsters 12 and youthful. “It’s nice for her to get out and discuss with different folks her age,” Lengthy stated. “It provides her a break from the little ones so when she will get again she’s recent, able to be Grandma once more.”