Category: Life at The Fountains at Canterbury

October 30, 2017

UP, UP and AWAY!

Four residents in Independent Living agreed to go up in a hot air balloon…fulfilling one of the wishes on their bucket list. Becky, Community Life Director, made all the arrangements and there was no going back! The hot air balloon company gives you a 24-72 hour window of time, based on the weather and the wind, which is a […]

October 24, 2017

Inn Art Class & Facials

The Arts Council of Oklahoma City comes to our community once a month to do classes in assisted living and memory care. This month they decided to do an autumn theme using pastels and embossing. Most of the residents decided to do leaves of various colors, others did trees, pumpkins or flowers. This was a unique […]

October 10, 2017

Neil Diamond Concert

Over 70 residents and guests attended our Neil Diamond concert last week. Glenn Sulley has been doing Neil Diamond songs for years and performs at the Jazz Lab in Edmond with a full band and packed house. Glenn was accompanied by David Sisson, multi-talented musician who plays keyboard along with all the instruments he incorporates […]

October 10, 2017

Western Theme Party and Dinner

Town Center residents loved the music of the Sulley and Sisson band at the western theme party. Everyone got up and danced and enjoyed spirits in the saloon prior to dinner. It was fun listening to some old western favorites from years ago…”The Yellow Rose of Texas,” “Back in the Saddle Again,” “Red River Valley,” […]

October 10, 2017

Food Bank Outing

Residents from The Springs and The Inn made a visit to the Food Bank of Oklahoma to help package products for those in need. During this visit, they separated packages of saltine crackers and placed them into boxes that will go on the many shelves at the Food Bank. Residents worked for about two hours and […]

September 6, 2017

Making Omelettes!

Shana Brown, LPN, did her first Watermark University class on Making Omelettes in The Springs. Shana loves to cook for her family so she wanted to share her love of food with the residents. She brought several ingredients for residents to chop and prepare to provide choices of food to add to their omelettes. Residents […]

August 28, 2017

Solar Eclipse Experience

Town Center resident, Barbara Keating, flew with her daughter, son-in-law, and twin grandkids to Gering, Nebraska for a family reunion and Solar Eclipse viewing. Barbara has a niece there who invited about 35 family members to her home north of Denver, Colorado, in the county of Scotts Bluff, Oregon Trail Country in the Nebraska panhandle. […]

August 28, 2017

Dragon Boat Rowing

We picked the day of the Solar Eclipse to go out on the Oklahoma River for our Dragon Boat Ride…quite by accident. But our excursion out for the day ended just in time for the eclipse. The day was perfect, not too hot to be out on the river but a little windy making it harder […]

August 22, 2017

Fall 2017 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With more than 30 different classes with everything from Cooking Omelets to Tai Chi to Book Club to Artesian Cheeses and even Beginning Ballet and Hula, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes are for, […]

August 11, 2017

Alzheimer’s Auction and Lunch Fundraiser

In preparation for Alzheimer’s month in September and all the festivities surrounding fundraising for the cause, Mary Shrum has been leading the way for several events occurring at The Fountains at Canterbury including the Alzheimer’s Walk in downtown Oklahoma City and our Alzheimer’s Hoe Down here on campus September 7th. Several baskets of gifts were donated […]

August 1, 2017

Golden Swans Maintain Independence and Health through Ballet

The Golden Swans is a brand new outreach program provided by Oklahoma City Ballet. This class is specifically designed for seniors who are either beginners or have had some past experience with ballet. According to NewsOK.com in an article published on July 10th, 2017, “The Oklahoma City Community Foundation is awarding more than $300,000 to […]

June 29, 2017

Cruise Theme Party

Town Center residents gathered in the Commons Room for an open bar and dance music with the June Carter and Donna Rice Band. June always comes up with fun songs, appropriate for each occasion. He loves to get the ladies out on the dance floor and always engages the audience in fun trivia, conversation and […]

June 29, 2017

Expressions Calendar Art Show

The annual Expressions Art Show was held the first week in June in the Town Center. Residents from all over campus submitted artwork to be judged for the national competition with our other Watermark Communities for a place in the 2018 Expressions Calendar. Residents have been working for months to get ready for the event. Several […]

June 28, 2017

Antique Car

Dennis Crews, one of our musical entertainers here at The Fountains at Canterbury, also owns many antique cars he has restored himself. He brought one out to The Springs one Saturday in June to let the residents get a look and even sit in the driver’s seat. The car he brought this time was a […]

June 23, 2017

Dr. Dean Robertson Turns 100!

On Saturday, June 17th, we celebrated the 100th birthday of one of our Town Center residents, Dr. Dean Robertson. Dean’s actual birthday is June 21st. Daughters Sally and Rindy planned a huge party in our Commons Room, inviting friends from his past, current friends, all residents, family members…with over 150 guests in attendance…and still coming […]

June 16, 2017

Inn Cook-Out

It was a beautiful day for a cook-out in The Inn courtyard. Residents gathered as the chef grilled hamburgers for everyone. They also enjoyed baked beans and potato salad and some fun choices of pie or ice cream for dessert. This is the time of year to get outside and grill and smell those wonderful […]

June 8, 2017

Mystery Dinner at 3Sixty

Off to another Mystery Dinner, surprising the residents every time! No one knows where we are going until we get there…so there are many guesses along the way. This was one restaurant the Town Center residents were excited about since we were at the top of the United Founders Tower. The space has been four different […]

May 8, 2017

Cinco de Mayo Celebration!

Residents at the Town Center gathered in the lobby on the afternoon of Cinco de Mayo to celebrate the victory of the Mexican Troops over the invading French Army at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Everyone was really there for the margaritas and tequila sunrises however…plus the queso, salsa, southwest dip and jalapeno dip with chips! We […]

May 5, 2017

Summer 2017 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With almost 30 different classes with everything from Beginning Ballet to Backyard BBQ to Scrapbooking to World Travel and even The Art of Beer Tasting, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes are […]

April 27, 2017

Beauty and the Beast

Springs residents all decided they wanted to go see the new “Beauty and the Beast” film right after it was released. Kaitlan, Community Life Assistant, and Katy, Program Director at The Springs, took them to the Warren Theatre, which is a huge dinner theatre close to Norman, OK. Everyone loved the movie…many said they cried because […]

April 19, 2017

Adopt a Grandparent Program

Our “Adopt a Grandparent” program with the Independent Living residents and teenagers from Heritage Hall private school next door has been going strong all year. Two 15-year old students, Alina and Marco, organized the program with other students at Heritage Hall and Becky, Community Life Director, helped pair up the residents with their new grandchild. […]

April 3, 2017

An Evening at Gabriella’s

Town Center residents spent the evening experiencing the Italian cuisine at Gabriella’s. The music of Tony Bennett, Jerry Vale, and Dean Martin in the background singing old familiar Italian songs. The candlelit tables and gas lamp posts around the room added to the ambiance. Residents each ordered a different entrée, including lobster with angel hair pasta in a creamy […]

March 17, 2017

Welcome Cody Erikson – New Executive Director of The Fountains at Canterbury

Please join me in welcoming Cody Erikson as our new Executive Director. His first day was on March 6th. Cody has experience as a successful Executive Director and has served in the senior living profession for 16 years. He was selected from a field of well-qualified candidates for his strengths in providing excellent service and […]

February 27, 2017

Chocolate Festival!

February has been fun month here at The Fountains at Canterbury, especially when we celebrated Valentine’s Day with our annual Chocolate Festival. This year we opened our doors to approximately 150 guests…residents from all over the community and several marketing guests. The room was decorated all in purple this year, with lots of fun flowers and a lighted ice […]

February 10, 2017

Dessert Bar a Big Hit at The Inn

Inn residents were surprised when food service set up a fun dessert bar for them this month. There were so many choices, residents didn’t know what to try. Trish assisted with serving and pointing out all the exciting combinations they could put together. There were pound cakes, whipped cream, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and blackberries. Then you […]

February 9, 2017

Springs Super Bowl Celebration!

Springs residents had fun getting ready for the Super Bowl with nachos, soft drinks and beer! Kaitlan and the team at The Springs hung football decorations all around the dining room and set up an area with a “touchdown and goal post” backdrop for photo opportunities. Everyone had fun posing with props like helmets, banners, football […]

January 31, 2017

Watermark University Classes Get 5 Stars!!!

January was the beginning of the new Spring Semester for Watermark University classes. It was a month full of interesting, successful classes that residents and guests all enjoyed! Town Center resident, Jane Lepak began her class on “Gospel Music Appreciation” which she will teach every month in the semester. Jane is showing different Gospel DVD’s of […]

January 31, 2017

Heritage Hall 2nd Graders Perform

The entire second-grade class from Heritage Hall School presented their musical program for us in January. It was titled, “Destination America” and all were songs written for this particular play. The kids sang about the history of America along with choreography and solos. After the performance, all of the children went out into the audience and […]

January 31, 2017

Men’s Group Project for Vets

The Town Center Men’s Group spent an afternoon packaging gift items for Veterans. The bags were given to older veterans at the VA hospital, in addition to our veterans living here on campus in the Assisted Living, Memory Care and Skilled Nursing neighborhoods. Items we put in the bags included socks, toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, mouth […]

January 18, 2017

OKC has it all!

So many things to enjoy in OKC. At The Fountains at Canterbury, we make sure our residents are exposed to all the arts, culture, restaurants, and activities this great city has to offer! We’re your ticket to OKC Fun!!  

January 10, 2017

Our Geese Adapt!

Ever since our men’s group purchased the fountain for our lake, the geese have boycotted the fountain and the lake! We once had approximately 150 geese all over our campus, and when the fountain was installed in 2015, they all disappeared. Little by little they are returning and beginning to swim in our lake again. This last […]

January 9, 2017

Ringing in the New Year!

Town Center residents celebrated the coming of 2017 with a fun party filled with music and dancing to The Silver Tops Band. The band played some songs we haven’t heard in a long time, “I’ll Be Seeing You,” “Gonna Take A Sentimental Journey,” “Dark Town Strutters Ball” (a personal favorite), and a few new sounds they have been adding to […]

January 9, 2017

Christmas Theme Dinner

Town Center residents gathered for the Christmas theme party and dinner the week before Christmas. They danced to the music of the Sulley and Sisson Band, singing a mixture of Christmas music, country, pop, and some old favorites from years ago. This is a band that is fun to just listen to or get up […]

December 16, 2016

Spring 2017 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With almost 30 different classes with everything from Creative Writing to Holiday Traditions to Microwave Cooking to Basic Card Making and even Geology in Oklahoma, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes are […]

December 7, 2016

Adopt a Grandparent Program

Town Center residents and Heritage Hall high school students have teamed up in our new “Adopt a Grandparent” program which will continue throughout the school year.  The kids have been busy taking pictures and putting out a questionnaire for our willing residents to fill out and then the kids pick their own “grandparent” based on […]

November 23, 2016

Men’s Group Breakfast

Some of the Town Center men decided they wanted to try the new breakfast and lunch restaurant “Hatch” on Broadway in downtown Oklahoma City. The restaurant has only been open a couple of months and it is packed every day for both meals. The food is made from scratch and you can see the chefs […]

November 23, 2016

Autumn Harvest Theme Party

Town Center residents gathered in the Commons Room for a pre-party before the Autumn Harvest theme dinner. The Kip Curtis Band played lots of old favorites that had everyone up and dancing throughout the whole party! Everyone enjoyed a cocktail, good conversation and music before going into the dining room for the gourmet dinner prepared by […]

November 23, 2016

Autumn Harvest Theme Dinner

Town Center residents were treated to a special Autumn Harvest dinner this week. Chefs Bri and Chris planned a Fall menu for November with Thanksgiving just around the corner. The meal began with a delicious butternut squash and apple soup, followed by roasted airline chicken cooked in a tangy cranberry sauce, whole brussels sprouts in a creamy hollandaise sauce, and a […]

November 22, 2016

Celebrating Active Aging and the Arts

We’re thrilled to introduce our 2017 edition of EXPRESSIONS, Watermark’s annual calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. Complimentary copies of this beautiful, full-color wall calendar are available while they last at every Watermark community. In addition, we hope you’ll enjoy our online gallery featuring all the wonderful submissions we received this year from artists […]

November 14, 2016

Best Friends

The Inn and Gardens residents have been taking a monthly trip over to The Best Friends Animal Shelter to visit and bond with the dogs and cats.  \Most of the animals are up for adoption but some are boarded there from time to time. Residents feed the pets treats, which they look forward to on […]

November 11, 2016

Veterans offer life lessons in service, featured in Healthy Aging.

We are thrilled to announce that we have received outstanding national coverage for our Veterans Life Lessons initiative in the Healthy Aging Magazine, published on November 11th, 2016. To read the original article, please click here. Celebrating Our Veterans Around the U.S. Watermark Retirement Communities Shares Vet Words of Wisdom From practical, lifesaving advice, “You […]

November 10, 2016

Men’s Group Chili Supper

The Town Center Men’s Group held a chili supper Sunday night, serving homemade chili, cornbread, cookies, beer, soft drinks and water. The men gathered Saturday to make the chili in six crock pots. Half of the pots were served with pinto beans mixed in, while the other half were plain. Three people made homemade cornbread, including Bob […]

November 8, 2016

Election Day!

It was a long day at The Fountains at Canterbury…being a polling site is a big responsibility with many people coming and going. Snowy greets the guests as they enter, making sure everyone feels welcome in our community. She dressed in red for the occasion and stopped to vote before showing up for work, wearing her “I […]

November 8, 2016

Memory Care Open House and Thrive Dining™ Event

The Fountains at Canterbury recently completed a large interior renovation to the Thrive Memory Care buildings in our community. The two houses are identical and can occupy approximately 16 residents per building. The houses were built in 1997 and just received a refresh with a beautiful kitchen, including new cabinets, counter tops, stoves, a state-of-the-art refrigerator, and an […]

September 19, 2016

Town Center Goes Western!

Western was the theme of the month, as the Town Center residents dressed in their cowboy hats, boots and bandanas to dance to the country songs by The Glenn Sulley Band. It was Winsell Sloan’s birthday so he posed in the wanted poster as a mean, tough hombre, wanted for $1,000. Residents sang “Happy Birthday” as […]

September 19, 2016

Kenya Culture

One of our Nayas in The Gardens, Grace Mwangi, is from Kenya and decided she wanted to do a class for the residents about her country. She brought a picture book about Kenya, along with clothing and jewelry. She discussed what each piece of clothing represented and the significance of the different styles of jewelry. […]

August 17, 2016

Celebrating the Olympics!

Town Center residents were treated to a night honoring the Olympics in Rio. Our chefs prepared a Brazilian meal with beef served over mashed potatoes, chicken breast, corn-stuffed tomatoes and Portuguese collared greens. All the dishes were made with herbs and spices used in Brazil. Becky served Brazilian cocktails made with Cachaca, pronounced KA SHA […]

August 17, 2016

Food Bank Outing

The Inn and Springs residents volunteered at the Oklahoma City Food Bank this month, helping package items. Residents have been working throughout the year, offering their time to help prepare all the foods that are available at the Food Bank. Town Center residents will be sorting cans and other staples, while The Springs and Inn […]

July 18, 2016

National Ice Cream Day

In honor of National Ice Cream Day on July 17th, we treated our Assisted Living and Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing residents to a build-your-own Sundae Bar. Residents got to choose from many toppings to build their favorite Sundae or to make an old-fashioned Banana Split. Toppings included hot fudge, caramel, strawberries, bananas, chocolate, nuts, candy […]

July 7, 2016

2016 “Expressions” Art Show Winners

Five talented ladies were chosen as our First-Place Winners in this year’s “Expressions” Art Show. This is an annual art show held in June to showcase our residents’ talents community-wide. Residents may enter any medium in the art show such as: oils, acrylics, watercolor, charcoal, sewing, needlework of any kind, woodworking, latch-hook rugs, jewelry, crafts […]

July 6, 2016

Lion King Theme Night

Town Center residents gathered at the pre-party for the Lion King theme night…some dressed in animal prints, others in masks. They listened to the music of the Glenn Sulley & David Sisson Band, playing “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” as they entered the room. The band played many fun music numbers attracting several couples to […]

June 6, 2016

“Expressions” Art Show

This week is the “Expressions” Art show at The Fountains at Canterbury. Residents from all levels of care around our community have entered artwork of all mediums. Some of our newest residents who have recently moved in, have displayed several exciting and unique pieces. This year we have a black walnut wig stand made by Carl […]

May 31, 2016

Dragon Boat Rowing

It was a clear but windy day, as we headed for the Oklahoma River to board the Dragon Boat for a morning of rowing. 21 Town Center residents, club members, and associates entered the boat in pairs, matched up with someone close to their height and weight. Two club members offered to take the lead seats, […]

May 20, 2016

Thunder Up!

Town Center residents have been celebrating the Thunder making it to the semi-finals by hosting Thunder parties at dinner. Anne Glasgow decorates the tables with the Thunder blankets all the lady gardeners have been making to sell for fundraisers, along with other Thunder decorations in blues and orange. Everyone is in their finest Thunder t-shirts […]

May 9, 2016

Mother’s Day Mini Mall

Several vendors set up in the Town Center Lobby the Friday before Mother’s Day to provide some fun shopping for our residents and guests. The mini mall ran from 10:00am to 2:00pm. The merchants sold jewelry and clothing, which is always a big hit with the ladies since the prices range from $10 to $20 […]

May 9, 2016

“Talk of the Town” at Town Center

Residents danced and listened to the sounds of the Big Band songs they grew up loving with the Talk of the Town 16-piece orchestra this last week. Most were songs played by famous band leaders like Glenn Miller’s “In the Mood,” “Moonlight Serenade,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo”; Artie Shaw’s “Begin the Beguine,” “Moonglow,” “Japanese Sandman”; and Tommy Dorsey’s “Boogie Woogie,” […]

May 9, 2016

Town Center Residents Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Town Center residents gathered in the lobby to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Margaritas…regular or watermelon…or a choice of a non-alcoholic lime drink. Seven-layer dip, salsas, queso, and a variety of different chips were also offered…and every bite eaten by the end of the party! Spanish music was playing with residents singing “Cielito Lindo”…ay, ay, ay, […]

May 2, 2016

Summer 2016 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With almost 35 different classes with everything from Armchair Travels to Scrapbooking to Learning the Two-Step to Using Your Smartphone and Tablet and even Cooking Demos, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes […]

May 2, 2016

Senior Follies Preview

We were in for a big treat last week… the Senior Follies entertainers visited senior living communities giving us a preview of the big show to come in August. This is an annual event that started a few years ago, gathering all the talented local senior celebrities to put on a professional variety show. It is […]