Pi Day

The tenants of Jones-Harrison Residence Assisted Living out at Perkins enjoying pie on Pi Day.  And thanks to volunteers Rosemary and Ken for sacrificing to help on this tough assignment!

Thursday Night Concert has International Flair

Marking tal, or keeping the time signature with hand gestures.

As part of our Carnatic Indian Classical music residency, we were pleased to present Nirmala Rajasekar as our weekly Thursday night concert to include more family.  Nirmala was joined by Shrini Vasan on Mridangam drum and Balaji Chandran who performed on Ghatam, a claypot instrument specially used as a percussion instrument in South Indian Classical music.  Nirmala shared the history of the instruments, explained the origins of the ragas she was using and even got us keeping tal, marking the time signature with hand gestures.

Carnatic Music Residency Begins

Marcus, Nirmala and Shrini improvise a raga.

Prakash welcomes the players to her home.

We were so happy to begin our Carnatic music residency with our esteemed teacher and veena virtuoso, Nirmala Rajasekar.  Nirmala, mridangam drum player Shrini Vasan and tabla player Marcus Wise set up in our 3rd floor lounge and played to the long term care residents (with the staff getting a bonus preview as well!)  We got an introduction to the instruments, and we heard music celebrating Maha Shivaratri, honoring Lord Shiva. The day is a remembrance of overcoming darkness and ignorance in life; it is observed by chanting prayers, fasting and meditating on ethics and virtues such as self-restraint, honesty, non-injury to others and forgiveness. We hope to have a full house in attendance for the next class on Thursday night.  This next class will be resident/audience participation, so come check it out!

Nirmala explains to the group about her instrument, the veena.

Dance Fever

Another wonderful dance and movement program with our friends from Breck High School.  It was nice to hear about how they celebrated Martin Luther King Day with speakers and music, and then to share our celebrations with them.  Always fun to have them and to have family join in!

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King

Jones-Harrison residents observed a day of tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King.  We reminisced about the impact Dr. King had on civil rights in our country, we remembered him in song, and watched his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

Assisted Living residents watched the “I Have a Dream” speech.
Talking about the impact Dr. King had on the lives of some of our neighbors and friends.
The answer is Blowin in the Wind.