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Thanksgiving Celebration 2012: A Reflection of a Wonderful Time

What a wonderful time Penn South Cooperators had, gathered together during the PSPS Thanksgiving Celebration! (And we have picture to prove it!)

On November 15th we celebrated Thanksgiving in Community Room 7A with a delectable meal catered by Mendy’s Kosher Deli as well as classical music, jazz, blues and even show tunes performed live by pianist, Eli Yamin.

Sun poured through the windows of the room, illuminating the decorated tables and hand-made decorations on the walls and tables. Perhaps the most prominent were the autumn flower centerpieces created by the PSPS Indoor Gardening Class. One lucky person from each table won the opportunity to take the arrangement with them to display in their own home!

We also had the pleasure of greeting our newly elected PSPS President, Bonnie E. Williams! She had just been voted in 2 days before the event and it was a great opportunity to meet her in person at such a celebration. A special guest from assemblyman, Richard Gottfried’s office, Hunter Johansson, also joined us at our celebration. He spoke to us before the meal was served, reminding us after Superstorm Sandy that we still have much to be thankful for, despite the difficulties we face.

The PSPS Thanksgiving Celebration was a great success and an inspiration to remind us how good life can be when we celebrate together as friends and neighbors. For those who were unable to join us this year, we hope you join us next year (or at any other event in the coming months, for that matter!).

Enjoy the images of the fun below!

 

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Thanks, National Guard, OEM and New York Cares, for Hurricane Relief

Due to Hurricane Sandy, the past week and a half has been a challenge for so many New Yorkers, to say the least. The conditions were dangerous for our residents even after the wind and rain ended. Some lost power, the traffic lights and subways were not working and food stores were darkened and closed. Some of our residents were stuck inside with no way of getting necessities like food for themselves or their families.

Despite the chaos outside, volunteers from New York Cares made their way to our buildings on Friday, November 2nd, and delivered hundreds of “Meals Ready to Eat,” aka “MREs,” aka “Army Food” to the seniors who could not travel the great distances necessary just to find a meal. The National Guard supplied the meals, the Office of Emergency Management contacted New York Cares, and the NY Cares brought the packages to the Penn South Senior Center office, and hand-delivered the meals to each recipient’s home throughout the 10 buildings.

The volunteers were an exceptionally friendly and kind group of people who were welcomed into the homes of the cooperators. Not only did our residents enjoy the visit, but the volunteers had great experiences spending a little time with the talented and welcoming residents they met.

Thank you to the National Guard, Office of Emergency Management and volunteers from New York Cares who came to PSPS and brought some sunshine to our stormy week!

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Concerts in Motion – Astounding Performance

Such an amazing performance by Ji Eun Anna Lee on October 24th!

Residents were enthralled and wowed by the 17-year-old violinist during the Concerts in Motion program last month. Anna played an eclectic classical set for Penn South cooperators with the musical prowess of a seasoned musician, but with the attitude and charm of a friendly teenager! The performance was as good as any you would see at Lincoln Center, but the atmosphere was casual and comfortable, as Anna described songs in her repertoire as “Beethoveny” or “Mozarty.” The rapport was easy and fun between her and the accompanist whom she has been playing with since she was 11 years old.

Scroll down to see a few photos from the event.

A little more about Ji Eun Anna Lee:
17-year-old violinist, Ji Eun Anna Lee has studied in the pre-college division of the Juilliard School since the age of 6. She has appeared on the stages of Carnegie, Alice Tully, and Avery Fischer Halls, and has been the recipient of the Jack Kent Cookie Young Artist and Young Scholar Awards. She made her conducting debut with the Peoria Symphony in November 2011, and in April 2011, made her New York Philharmonic debut as a soloist. In both 2010 and 2012, she claimed top prizes in the International Menuhin Competition.

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Farmer’s Market Trip

The Union Square Farmer’s Market began a new program that provides tours of the market to seniors. The PSPS Gardening Class were selected to be the first group to receive a tour! The group had a blast visiting the booths, buying wholesome fruits and veggies and learning about local produce, bee farms and fresh meat producers!

Check out some of the photos from the trip:

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Whitney Museum Portrait Pose

The Whitney Museum of Art has a regular workhop series here at PSPS. In the 2012 Summer Session, residents had a blast arranging a photo shoot starring their neighbors and “cooperators” wearing costume and posing based on actual comtemporary master pieces.

See the gallery below!