Birches’ Sock Hop Brings Residents Back to the 1950s

Clarendon Hills, IL, February 17, 2016 --( On February 12, Birches residents came together for milkshakes and music during the Birches Assisted Living’s first 1950s-themed Sock Hop.

The Sock Hop was headlined by singer Kym Frankovelgia, who performed songs from artists like Andy Williams, Pat Boone and Dean Martin, as well as classic songs like “Build Me Up Buttercup,” “To Sir with Love” and “Downtown.”

Residents enjoyed the entertainment while sipping on strawberry milkshakes, and some even got up to dance.

“It was our second opportunity to dance in one week,” said Birches’ Activities Director Katie Klitchman. “We had professional instructors come in to give ballroom dancing lessons earlier in the week, so I think everyone was warmed up and ready to jitterbug at the Sock Hop.”

The Birches’ Main Dining Room, where the Sock Hop was held, was styled in pink and black 1950’s decor, with a cardboard jukebox and records decorating the walls. Certain residents got into the Sock Hop spirit by sporting vintage cat-eye glasses and scarves around their necks.

“It was a great opportunity to reminisce, while still having fun in the present moment,” said Klitchman, who created the event as a unique way to usher in Valentine’s Day weekend for residents.

The Sock Hop was also an important part of Social Week, the second week of The Birches’ “Living It!” campaign. The “Living It!” campaign, which was created by the successful aging organization Masterpiece Living, focuses on developing one component of successful aging each week. The Birches community focused on intellectual engagement the first week of February and social interaction the second week. The third week of February will focus on physical activity and the fourth week will focus on spiritual connection.

The Birches Assisted Living in Clarendon Hills offers professional services to support the physical, social, intellectual and spiritual growth of the older adults who make it their home. The Birches offers purposeful programming and activities designed to promote a healthy aging lifestyle and a strong sense of community. For more information about The Birches, call 630-789-1135 or visit:
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Jenny Smiechowski