Category: Life at The Fountains at Canterbury

July 10, 2018

Expressions Art Show

Our Expressions Calendar Art Show took place in June with artwork made by residents in all levels of care. The art was displayed for a full week so everyone, including family and guests, could view the creative work by our own residents. The art show featured several oil paintings, charcoal, watercolor, chalk, ceramics, crafts, quilts, […]

July 10, 2018

BBQ with Yancy

Our driver, Reginald Yancy, recently did a Watermark University class on Barbecue! Yancy loves to smoke meats and has been doing it since he was a young boy in Houston, Texas. He and his male siblings loved smoking or grilling meat and making all the fixings for their whole family, which is a big one! […]

May 16, 2018

Mother’s Day Tea

The Town Center ladies gathered in the Commons room the Thursday before Mother's Day for a formal high tea to celebrate Mother's Day. Everyone wore their hats they made in our hat decorating class the week before and almost everyone found a matching outfit to wear with their new and colorful hats. Tablecloths were various […]

May 8, 2018

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo!

Town Center residents gathered in the lobby to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with lots of delicious Mexican dips, jalapeno spread, guacamole, white queso and a variety of chips. Becky also served margaritas or Tecate and other Mexican beer, along with virgin margaritas and strawberry margaritas. Music from Mexico was playing throughout the lobby, as residents […]

April 26, 2018

Summer 2018 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With almost 40 different classes with everything from Person of the Year to Blue Zone Solutions to Road Trip Across America to Navigating the Choices in Senior Services and even the Art of Beer Tasting, we are sure you will find something to […]

April 18, 2018

Men’s Group Chili Supper

The Town Center Men's Group gathered on a Sunday night in late March for a fundraising chili supper. The guys made all the chili on Saturday, cooked it in crock pots and served it at the dinner the next night. Bob Coalson made about 100 cornbread muffins...his favorite thing to cook and eat!  Dr. Jim Beavers […]

March 22, 2018

Easter Bunny Visits

Interim Home Care brought the Easter Bunny to The Fountains at Canterbury to visit with all of our residents. He made the rounds shaking hands and wishing everyone a Happy Easter. Residents also had fun making an Easter Egg Tree with colorful eggs, ribbons and white lights. Everyone enjoyed Easter cookies and punch while they […]

March 9, 2018

The Art of Beer Drinking

Lloyd Rodenbur, our Dining Services Director, did a Watermark University class this week on The Art of Beer Drinking and Tasting. Lloyd introduced beer from one of our local breweries, Anthem. Some of their most popular beers are OK Pils, IPA, Arjuna, a Belgian style, and Golden One, a Belgian style blonde ale. He provided […]

March 9, 2018

Wine and Pallet Class

Preparing for Easter, Melissa Richey, our water aerobics instructor, wanted to do a painting class for those who might like to have a bunny for their front door or to hang in their apartments. Melissa had wood cut into the shape of a bunny...about 3' tall. Each person painted whatever design they wanted on their […]

February 27, 2018

Valentine’s Day at The Inn

Aspire Home Care spent Valentine's Day at The Inn with Trish, Community life Assistant, making it a festive day. They brought tablecloths with hearts on them and sprinkled various sizes and colors of hearts in the center of the tables. Sparkling cider was served in champagne glasses, along with a variety of cheeses and crackers. […]

February 27, 2018

Making Snowmen

Frontier Hospice brought some fun things for The Springs residents to do last week when it was cold and icy here in Oklahoma City. Since there wasn't enough snow to make real snowmen, Lauren brought socks so everyone could make their own design. Each resident picked the socks they wanted to work with and they began […]

February 26, 2018

Valentine’s Day in Town Center

February was full of Valentine celebrations with the Chocolate Festival, the Valentine's theme parties and dinners, and Valentine's Day in the Town Center lobby. Becky, Community Life Director, fixed several dips with crackers and breads, assorted macaroon cookies, chocolate covered cherries and several choices of drinks. We had a strawberry punch with ice cream and […]

February 15, 2018

Annual Chocolate Festival

This year's chocolate festival was a huge hit. We had close to 150 residents and guests attend the afternoon event. Directors and Associates made homemade chocolate desserts that everyone seemed to enjoy...and there was very little left over. Dining Services prepared four large trays of chocolate dipped strawberries in various designs and colors of chocolate, which […]

January 30, 2018

Resident Jeanne Kleinschmidt’s Oil Painting Featured in Expressions 2018 Calendar

Jeanne Kleinschmidt, a resident at The Fountains at Canterbury in Oklahoma City, earned a featured space in the national art calendar Expressions, a competition hosted by Watermark Retirement Communities. Kleinschmidt’s oil painting, "Serenity," was selected as one of 12 features for the 2018 Watermark Expressions art calendar out of entries from Watermark communities located coast […]

January 23, 2018

Arts Council Chalk Drawings

Residents had fun last week drawing various animals and shapes in their art class with the Arts Council who visit monthly to teach the residents different mediums. The residents did a beautiful job drawing with the white chalk on black paper. We are getting ready all over campus for our annual "Expressions" Art Show in June. They […]

December 19, 2017

Spring 2018 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 Gospel Music Appreciation to Beginning Ballet & Hula to Art of Beer Tasting to 43 Great Women - Fun, Facts & Trivia and even Krafts with K, we are sure you will find something to pique […]

December 7, 2017

“Adopt a Grandparent” Thanksgiving

Our Heritage Hall kids in the "Adopt a Grandparent" program here at The Fountains at Canterbury cooked Thanksgiving dinner for all their adopted grandparents. The tables were set with colorful tablecloths and the kids decorated all the tables with fall decorations, cornucopias and pilgrims. China, silver and crystal was provided by resident Anne Glasgow and Community […]

December 5, 2017

Showcase of Talent

We’re thrilled to introduce our 2018 edition of EXPRESSIONS, Watermark’s annual calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. This calendar reminds us that our communities are collective creations of friendly, caring individuals who are generous with their time and talents. Whether expressing their individual creativity through paint, clay, yarn, stone or an outstretched hand, they […]

November 21, 2017

Veterans Day Ceremonies

The Fountains at Canterbury has 34 veterans currently, and almost all of our veterans attended the special ceremonies on Saturday, November 11th at The Inn.  Becky Strong, Community Life Director, opened the event by introducing and acknowledging those who contributed to the entire program: Mary Shrum, Khristin Hepner, Trish Pressley, Healthback Home Health, Oklahoma Hospice Care, […]

November 20, 2017

Edgar Cruz Entertains!

Renown guitarist Edgar Cruz performed at The Fountains at Canterbury in November. Edgar is from Oklahoma City but he has traveled all over the world performing throughout many countries and the United States. He always draws a big crowd when he comes to entertain us. He played a classical medley including "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desire," […]

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

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 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 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 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 […]

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 […]