Written by Phil Cerroni
By Amanda Casanova
The inside of the Remington at Valley Ranch looked like a scene from an old western movie. Residents had donned colored cowboy hats and wrapped bandanas around their necks to set the boot-stompin’ mood at the Remington’s country western party on Oct. 25.
Notably missing was a rolling tumbleweed and a fiery shootout, but the party featured other western staples: juicy barbecue, scuffed boots, live music and good friends.
Outside the senior living facility, a fast-moving cold front and light showers blew through Irving, but the weather didn’t dampen the event, which was originally set to take place outdoors. Instead, staff at the Remington packed up the band’s equipment and other decorations and took the hoedown inside.
“We don’t believe in cancelling,” said Karen Weatherford, marketing director for the facility.
While they left a newly built stage outside, the Gold River Band, a Dallas-based country group, did not have problems entertaining residents, staff and visitors, who had all pulled chairs around to hear the country sounds.
For the residents, the event is a chance to trade “Howdys” with each other and have some fun.
“This event allows us to give the residents an opportunity to show how much we care about them,” said Diego Barrantes, executive director of The Remington. “They get to socialize and get
to see the staff come together and create this environment for them.”
Few details had been overlooked. Texas-sized boot cut-outs flanked the band, and each table boasted roasted peanuts. Even staff was outfitted in western wear and hats.
“It was a lot of effort and a lot of love,” Barrantes said. “We try to go all out as much as we can.”
The event is an annual party for the facility, and one of several special activities planned throughout the year at the Remington.
The Remington at Valley Ranch opened in May 2000 and offers seniors a lifestyle of health, education, wellness and recreational programs. About 140 people live at the facility.