Meadows Manor concert becoming rite of summer

Cabrini Rudnicki - For Times Leader
Eighteen-month-old Ophelia Ide along with brother Bastian, 4, of Bothell, Washington, take in music with their mom Danielle, left, while visiting their great-grandmother Betty Ide at Meadows Manor in Dallas during Thursday’s concert. - Tony Callaio | For Times Leader
Meadows employee Brian Dodson, of Hunlock Creek, does a little surfer dance to the music by The Poets during Thursday’s concert. - Tony Callaio | For Times Leader
The Poets keyboardist John Hollenbaugh entertains the crowd at Meadows Manor in Dallas while residents were treated to ice cream. - Tony Callaio | For Times Leader
Residents Sophie Gadomski, left, and Sandra Brown, clap to the music provided by The Poets. - - Tony Callaio | For Times Leader
Meadows resident Susan Howard claps and sings along with The Poets under the pavilion at Meadows Manor in Dallas. Residents, families and friends were treated to a free concert on Thursday evening. - - Tony Callaio | For Times Leader

DALLAS — The annual summer concert at Meadows Manor is about family and fun.

“We really want to showcase that the Meadows is a community,” said Melissa Margotta, an administrator. “It’s nice to have a big event to bring everyone together almost like a family.”

This year’s concert, the second annual, was held Thursday, Aug. 9.

The concert featured The Poets, a six-piece group from Northeast Pennsylvania which performs covers of music from the 1950s and ‘60s.

Meadows Manor features multiple housing options, including apartments, assisted living, and skilled living, with a pavilion in the middle of campus that hosts events like the recent concert.

“We always have a packed house,” said Margotta. “We have our guests bring lawn chairs, everyone is dancing, and everyone is having a really good time.”

The concerts offers a way for residents to socialize, not just with their families, but other residents of the campus.

“We have residents who go between both personal care, our skilled, and our apartments,” she said. “It offers a way to get residents together and enjoy time with their family as well.”

Meadows Manor does a number of a fundraisers throughout the year to fund the event.

“We filter our money back to provide a wonderful entertainment night for the residents, the tenants, and their families,” said Margotta.

Fundraisers like spaghetti dinners and T-shirt sales have been big hits, but one fundraiser in particular has become an annual event in itself. The Purse Bingo, which is usually held the weekend before Mother’s Day at the campus, has been sold out every year.

Meadows Manor is owned by EEI, Ecumenical Enterprises Inc. It’s a non-profit, faith-based organization which seeks ways to assist the community with moderate- to low-income housing in the Greater Wyoming Valley. EEI, which began in the 1960s, has grown to include seven housing complexes, a 130-bed nursing facility, and a 66-bed personal care home.

Eighteen-month-old Ophelia Ide along with brother Bastian, 4, of Bothell, Washington, take in music with their mom Danielle, left, while visiting their great-grandmother Betty Ide at Meadows Manor in Dallas during Thursday’s concert.
https://www.mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_The-Meadows-concert-5-1.jpgEighteen-month-old Ophelia Ide along with brother Bastian, 4, of Bothell, Washington, take in music with their mom Danielle, left, while visiting their great-grandmother Betty Ide at Meadows Manor in Dallas during Thursday’s concert. Tony Callaio | For Times Leader

Meadows employee Brian Dodson, of Hunlock Creek, does a little surfer dance to the music by The Poets during Thursday’s concert.
https://www.mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_The-Meadows-concert-4-1.jpgMeadows employee Brian Dodson, of Hunlock Creek, does a little surfer dance to the music by The Poets during Thursday’s concert. Tony Callaio | For Times Leader

The Poets keyboardist John Hollenbaugh entertains the crowd at Meadows Manor in Dallas while residents were treated to ice cream.
https://www.mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_The-Meadows-concert-3-1.jpgThe Poets keyboardist John Hollenbaugh entertains the crowd at Meadows Manor in Dallas while residents were treated to ice cream. Tony Callaio | For Times Leader

Residents Sophie Gadomski, left, and Sandra Brown, clap to the music provided by The Poets.
https://www.mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_The-Meadows-concert-2-1.jpgResidents Sophie Gadomski, left, and Sandra Brown, clap to the music provided by The Poets. Tony Callaio | For Times Leader

Meadows resident Susan Howard claps and sings along with The Poets under the pavilion at Meadows Manor in Dallas. Residents, families and friends were treated to a free concert on Thursday evening.
https://www.mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_The-Meadows-concert-1-1.jpgMeadows resident Susan Howard claps and sings along with The Poets under the pavilion at Meadows Manor in Dallas. Residents, families and friends were treated to a free concert on Thursday evening. Tony Callaio | For Times Leader
Show for seniors is all about community

Cabrini Rudnicki

For Times Leader