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Second Wind Dreams

Here are some dreams recently fulfilled at Harlee Manor’s Springfield Senior Commons.

Longwood Gardens

Harlee Manor fulfilled a lovely dream for Marguerite Lloyd as part of its Second Wind Dreams program. Marguerite and two good friends, Edythe Syernick and Kathleen Nelson, all residents of Harlee Manor’s Springfield Senior Commons, visited Longwood Gardens. The three ladies, armed with walkers, made their way through the extensive holiday decorations (about a half-mile walk) to view a delightful and lavish display which is an annual highlight for Philadelphians of all ages. 

As her “dream”, Marguerite Lloyd requested a visit to Longwood Gardens as it is something that she has done with great joy ever since she can remember. She loves the flowers and the beautiful aroma – especially those around the holiday season. In fulfilling this dream, Longwood Gardens generously provided complimentary admission and lunch for the three Harlee Manor residents and a staff member who accompanied them. All were transported to and from Longwood gardens in a limousine graciously donated by the O’Leary Funeral Home in Springfield.


The Franklin Institute

Michael D. Worth, visited the Franklin Institute’s Fels Planetarium as the fulfillment of his “dream”, offered through Harlee Manor’s “Second Wind Dreams” program. 

On-Site Ambulance Company was generous in donating the wheelchair van and driver for transportation to and from Harlee Manor. Michael, his daughters and Victoria rode together in the van and arrived at The Franklin Institute a little after noon where they were greeted by Bonita Bell, Manager of Guest Services who was instrumental in planning the logistics of the visit. Complimentary passes were supplied to all. After a casual lunch in Ben’s Bistro Restaurant, the group was escorted to the observatory where the Institute’s telescope is housed. A staff member explained how it operates and answered questions. Everyone then headed to the Planetarium where they viewed two programs, “The Sky Tonight” and “The Heart of the Sun”. 

As a surprise bonus to the visit, The Institute’s Chief Astronomer, Derrick Pitts was kind enough to take a few minutes between shows to meet Michael and his family. He was most cordial and was eager to explain the new technology used today in the Planetarium. He seemed to be quite impressed to learn that Michael was responsible for discovering a star. During his entire life, Michael Worth has had his head in the stars. Both daughters remember well their Dad’s work when he scanned the heavens on a daily basis and wrote many scientific papers.  Through his work at Swarthmore’s Sproul Observatory Michael, along with a colleague, discovered a binary star system in the northeastern corner of the Constellation Orion. 

The day at The Franklin Institute could not have been better.  Michael was quite tired upon returning to Harlee Manor, but the smile on his face and the twinkle in his eyes spoke volumes about his appreciation for the fulfillment of his “dream”.


The Perfect Crabcake

A dream recently fulfilled was for Marian Geesey, 97 years young. Marian, her daughter, Judy Defina, and 10 of her friends from Springfield Senior Commons lunched at “Generations” restaurant in Media. Marian’s dream was to enjoy an authentic Crabcake dinner like she used to have. Generations, formerly The Little Inn, is known for their wonderful crabcakes. Marian and her friends along with 2 of the SSC staff were transported in a beautiful limousine provided by Prime Time Limousine Service. Prime Time donated their time and the use of the limo. Generations had beautiful flowers waiting for Mrs. Geesey and treated her to lunch. Marian later wrote lovely thank you notes to many of the staff. In the notes she related that the crabcake dinner brought back fond memories of when she and her husband would go crabbing in Maryland and then make delicious crabcakes together. A good time was had by all!
 


Ice Cream Dreams

When Stasia Oleykowski was growing up in Philadelphia, she used to rave about an ice cream shop named Betty’s. As a teen, Stasia and her friends would frequent Betty’s after school where she would have a “wet walnut, chocolate fudge sundae”. Although Betty’s closed many years ago Stasia, now 84, and her many friends here at Springfield Senior Commons were treated to a good old fashioned ice cream parlor party served in the main dining room to all the residents by the Harlee Manor staff.  Rumor has it that Stasia “loved it”. Dream fulfilled!

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The mission of the Second Wind Dreams Program is to enhance the quality of life for those living in Eldercare Communities such as Harlee Manor, and to change the perception of aging.

Harlee Manor | 463 West Sproul Road | Springfield, PA 19064  |  610.544.2200  

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