May 6, 2016 at 9:59 pm ·

Life Long Learning

Education

Lillian at the Stokes Nature Park in Logan Canyon

Education

Polly finding her animal equal!

Education

Learning about the similarities of Yellowstone and Logan Canyon.

Education

“Hands on” fun? 😉

At Williamsburg life-long learning is important. Not only is it fun, but it also helps protect our memory and provides the opportunity to have fun social interactions and hands-on fun. Using all five senses to learn about all kinds of things and places help use different areas of the brain, making the learning more enriching. 

We offer both “in-house” and community education opportunities geared to all of our Grandfriends. Two of our favorites at Williamsburg are ” Williamsburg University” and “Williamsburg Travels Around the World”. Each of these education sessions happens once a month, and use all of your senses. For example, a Univeristy topic may be “Volcanoes”. We would include both a power point presentation with video of real volcanoes, learn about the different types, and learn/refresh vocabulary. This would also include handouts that can be taken home and worksheets that can be handed in for prize drawings. We also make a volcano and enjoy hot molten lava cake. Usually, there are “take homes” as well. A take home for this would be real lava rocks. The same principal is used when we talk about places in our Williamsburg Travels Around the World!

Education is such a vital at any age, and it’s fun. Come visit us and participate in the fun! 

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April 14, 2016 at 11:09 pm ·

Quick & Easy Dutch Oven Cobbler

Quick & Easy Dutch Oven Goopy Peach Cobbler

We love Friday’s Happy Hour (a time for yummy treats and happiness)! You’ll LOVE this easy version of goopy dutch oven peach cobbler!

You can bake this outside with briquettes or over a fire. We make ours in the oven, so we can enjoy it all year round! 

You’ll need:

  • Dutch Oven (or covered casserole dish) and Liner (if you use those)
  • 1 stick Butter
  • 2 Yellow Cake Mix
  • 4-5 Large Cans of Peaches
  • Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Clove, Nutmeg
  • Ice Cream
  • Oats (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. If you use a liner, place it in your dutch oven. Butter or spray your dutch oven or liner. (If yours is seasoned enough not to stick, proceed with how you would use your own). Open cans of peaches and put them in the DO/pan with all the juice. (Using peaches canned in syrup will give a richer flavor) Next, mix in cake mix until it is a fluffy consistency. Add spices according to taste. We like a lot of spices, especially since it served with ice cream. Cook for 1-1 1/2 hours. Check about half way through the cooking time, and  stir. When cooked it will have a “goopy” consistency. If you like the flavor of oats or nuts add them after you have stirred at the half way point. Serve immediately over vanilla ice cream, and enjoy the explosion of flavors as well as the mix of hot and cold!

You can change it up by using spice cake mix, or by adding other ingredients while serving. We like to add raspberries for a delicious peach melba! 

Remember you’re always invited to join us! Happy Hour is on Fridays at 2:00pm

Cobbler

You can even cook it in your oven!

Cobbler

Add some ice cream and you’re in for a treat!

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April 13, 2016 at 9:59 pm ·

The Grandfriend Star

Did you know when you look up into the night sky, we have our very own special star? It’s named the “Grandfriend Star”. It’s a special reminder of all the wonderful Grandfriends we have known in our life. A special reminder that their light always shines as it has touched our lives for good. We are so grateful for each life that has been part of ours at Williamsburg.  Always part of our Williamsburg Family, and never forgotten.

So, when you look into the sea of stars, remember there’s a special star, a wonderful reminder of our Grandfriends!

Star

The Grandfriend Star

Star

You can look up the coordinates with a telescope 🙂

Did you know?

The color that a star appears depends mainly on the temperature that it burns at.  More specifically, the color is directly related to the surface temperature of a star.  In the lowest temperature range, stars appear in the red color family.  At the highest temperatures, stars appear blue.  In general, stars are categorized by certain types depending on their temperature, and those temperature ranges and types are as follows:

  • 3,000° – 6,000° Fahrenheit (1,649° – 3,316° Celsius): Type M
  • 6,000° – 8,500° Fahrenheit (3,316° – 4,704° Celsius): Type K
  • 8,500° – 10,500° Fahrenheit (4,704° – 5,816° Celsius): Type G
  • 10,500° – 13,000° Fahrenheit (5,816° – 7,204°  Celsius): Type F
  • 13,000° – 17,500° Fahrenheit (7,204° – 9,704° Celsius): Type A
  • 17,500° – 50,000° Fahrenheit (9,704° – 27,760° Celsius): Type B
  • 50,000° – 100,000° Fahrenheit (27,760° – 55,538° Celsius): Type O

Now that you know what the different classifications for star temperatures are, the next question is what color are stars of a given temperature.  The following star color list shows what color a star will be given the type (i.e. the temperature range) it falls under:

  • Type M stars: Red
  • Type K stars: Orange
  • Type G stars: Yellow-White
  • Type F stars: White
  • Type A stars: White
  • Type B stars: Blue-White
  • Type O stars: Blue

Learn more at: http://www.outerspaceuniverse.org/different-colors-of-stars-why-stars-colored-differently.html

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March 31, 2016 at 5:55 am ·

Cache Valley Rides

Cache Valley Rides: Spring & Baby Animals

On this ride we headed out on Valley View highway through the marshlands. This time of year you can see lots of Canadian Geese, and all kinds of ducks and small birds in the water.

We headed out through Benson. It is calving season, and there are lots of fields with “baby moos” (as the Grandfriends call them). It is fun to see them all gathered together in a small group under the watchful eye of their mothers.

Traveling north we saw a group of beautiful white geese nesting. Did you know that geese mate for life with the same partner? We also saw lots of horses, unfortunately, no babies. We saw a couple flocks of sheep, with some lambs.

Out near Trenton there is a domesticated elk farm. There were several babies in the field. We were lucky because they were so close to the road. There is another domesticated elk farm in Willard that has a lot of elk to see! If you are ever in the neighborhood of the Fruit Stands, it’s worth a stop at the Apple Creek Amish Store, and a few more minutes up the road to see them all grazing in the field.

We are so lucky to live in such an amazing valley that is beautiful in every season!

If you have time, get out and have your own Cache Valley Ride Adventure! 
Cache Valley RIdes

Geese laying on eggs in the marshes of Benson

Cache Valley RIdes

Benson marshland

Cache Valley RIdes

Elk near Trenton. One is sticking it’s tongue out. These mamas had babies playing in the back field.

Cache Valley RIdes

A smiling horse that came over to the bus to say “hi” when we opened the doors. (yes, that is a true story!)

Cache Valley RIdes

Baby “Moos”

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March 29, 2016 at 5:57 pm ·

Fox 13 News Super Seniors!

Booming Forward: Celebrating Super Seniors

Our Super Seniors!

Super Seniors

Our Super Seniors!

Our Grandfriends were featured in this episode of Fox13 Booming Forward. Last year we started the #LiveItWell Project. A way to share the idea that no matter your age, you should live life to the fullest. That it is never too late to create goals, dream dreams, or try something you have never done before.

You can visit our Live it Well Project Website at www.liveitwell.webs.com and join in the fun. See pictures of people all over community showing us how they live it well. We believe that life is an amazing adventure, and everyday is a gift.

Did you know?

Williamsburg Assisted Living is managed by SAL Management Group which is a local company that manages several assisted living communities. Click here for more information about SAL Management.

Our goal is to provide a home that looks and feels just like the one that our residents have lived in all of their lives.

We also wanted to provide a great working environment for our SUPER Caregivers and make sure that they dedicated to providing the best care and services to our residents.

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March 9, 2016 at 1:08 am ·

Wonderful Women of Williamsburg

Wonderful Women of Williamsburg

Did you know we have our own “Ladies Club”? The Wonderful Women of Williamsburg meet on the last Thursday of the month at 2:30pm. It’s a fun time to get together and celebrate the lives of all the wonderful women that live here. We had a great time at our party! Enjoying some yummy key lime cupcakes with fresh cream and pineapple. We also made adorable lacy doily sheep. They looked beautiful on everyone’s door for Easter! 

Did you know?

 Women’s clubs, also known as woman’s clubs, first arose in the United States during the post-Civil War period of the late 1860s, in both the Northern and Southern United States. As a result of increased leisure time due to modern household advances, middle-class women had more time to engage in intellectual pursuits. They established numerous women’s clubs, many with a primary function of “study clubs and reading circles”. They also frequently supported social welfare goals, such as building of schools, public libraries and hospitals.

Women’s clubs founded 75-80 percent of the libraries in communities across the nation. These clubs were an integral part of a cultural building of institutions that occurred around the years 1870-1930 throughout the United States. It led to the formation of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs

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Here are a few pics from our Spring Tea Party. Unfortunately, the camera battery died. Check back for more fun! We will keep you updated! 

Wonderful Women of Williamsburg

Spring Dessert

 

Wonderful Women of Williamsburg

Getting Ready for Fun!

Wonderful Women of Williamsburg

Happy Spring

Wonderful Women of Williamsburg

Easter Tree

Wonderful Women of Williamsburg

Yum!

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March 9, 2016 at 12:50 am ·

Spring is in the Air

Spring is in the Air!

Spring is in the air and coming to our  beautiful Cache Valley. The snow is melting and signs of Spring are everywhere. We have beautiful sunny, blue sky with a nice warm breeze! We can’t for all the adventures in the outdoors to begin!

WE LOVE OUR MOUNTAINS!
Did you know?

The Wellsville Mountains are located in northern Utah and are often considered part of the Wasatch Mountains. The mountains separate the Cache Valley from the Wasatch Front. Nearly all of the water collected by the Wellsville Mountains drains into the Bear River.[2]

While only moderately tall, they are particularly narrow. For this reason, it is often claimed they are one of the steepest mountain ranges in North America.[3][4][5] Box Elder (9,372′) and the Wellsville Cone (9,356′) are its two highest peaks. U.S. 89/91 traversesBox Elder Canyon, Dry Canyon, and Wellsville Canyon beginning east of Brigham City as a four-lane highway, curving north then northeast and entering the Cache Valley at Wellsville.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Spring is in the air

Sheep!

Spring is in the air

Sheep enjoying the sunshine.

Spring is in the air

Beautiful covered bridge in Richmond Utah

Spring is in the air

Bear River Marshlands

Spring is in the air

Beautiful Wellsville Mountains 

Spring is in the air

Honkers playing in a melting field.

Spring is in the air

Blacksmith Fork Canyon

Spring is in the air

Blackbirds swarming in a field.

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January 15, 2016 at 11:36 pm ·

Antelope Island Day Trip

Antelope Island  & Cracker Barrel Day Trip

Antelope Island, with an area of 42 square miles, is the largest island of 10 islands located within the Great Salt Lake, Utah, United States. The island lies in the southeastern portion of the lake, near Salt Lake City and Davis County, and becomes a peninsula when the lake is at extremely low levels.

The first known non-natives to visit the island, “we rode on horseback over salt from the thickness of a wafer to twelve inches”, were John C. Fremont and Kit Carson during exploration of the Great Salt Lake in 1845, who “were informed by the Indians that there was an abundance of fresh water on it and plenty of antelope”.It is said they shot a pronghorn antelope on the island and in gratitude for the meat they named it Antelope Island.

Antelope Island has natural scenic beauty and holds populations of pronghorn, bighorn sheep, American bison, porcupine, badger, coyote, bobcat, and millions of waterfowl. The bison were introduced to the island in 1893, and Antelope Island Bison Herd has proven to be a valuable genetic pool for bison breeding and conservation purposes. The bison do well because much of the island is covered by dry, native grassland.

Where the Buffalo Roam (and the Grandfriends all play!)

Antelope Island

Resting Male Bison

Antelope Island

Our Bus! She’s always on the go!

Antelope Island

At the Cracker Barrel

Antelope Island

Antelope Island is surrounded by the Great Salt Lake. The lake is extremely salty, with salt levels reaching as much as 25% of the lake, by volume, so Great Salt Lake does not support fish, but does support large numbers of brine shrimp which provide food for visiting waterfowl. Because of the high salinity, the island is mostly without readily available fresh water.

Antelope Island

Antelope Island on the Great Salt Lake

Antelope Island

It’s hard to see but there were coyotes playing on the beaches!

Antelope Island

Antelope Island on the Great Salt Lake

Antelope Island

Antelope Island on the Great Salt Lake

Antelope Island

Antelope Island on the Great Salt Lake

Antelope Island

Sunflowers on the Island

Antelope Island

Polly Resting in the shade

Garr Ranch

The Fielding Garr Ranch is a ranch located on the southeastern portion of Antelope Island State Park in the Great Salt Lake, Utah, United States and is part of the Utah State Parks system.

The Fielding Garr Ranch is located at Garr Springs which is one of the strongest and most consistent springs of the 40 known springs on Antelope Island, though even this spring has shown some signs of drying up in recent years. The ranch is one of the oldest working ranching operations in the Western United States. The ranch was initially established in 1848, the year after the first Mormon pioneers came into the Salt Lake Valley.

Fielding Garr, a widower with nine children, was sent by the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) to live on Antelope Island and establish a ranch to manage the church’s Tithing Herds of cattle and sheep. The first building was an adobe house, built in 1848, and it is still in existence as the oldest building in Utah, built by pioneers of European descent, that still remains on its original foundation. The adobe ranch house was continuously inhabited thereafter until 1981 when the State of Utah prepared to set up Antelope Island as a Utah State Park. At various times other people tried to live on the island, but the harsh conditions, isolation and a lack of fresh water made it very difficult.

Antelope Island

Baby Buffalo!

Antelope Island

Polly will round them up!

If you have never visited this amazing place, take a day and go check it out. You won’t be sorry!

http://www.utah.com/stateparks/antelope_island.htm

Contact Information
Antelope Island State Park
4528 West 1700 South
Syracuse, UT 84075
(801) 773-2941 Entrance Gate
(801) 725-9263 Visitor Center

Seasons/Open Hours
Open year-round
July – Mid-September – 7:00 am to 10:00 pm
Mid-September – October 1 – 7:00 am to 8:00 pm
October 2 – Mid-November – 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
Mid-November – February – 7:00 am to 5:30 pm
March 1 – May 1 – 7:00 am to 8:00 pm
May 2 – June – 7:00 am to 9:00 pm

Visitor Center and Fielding Garr Ranch Hours:
April 15 to September 14 – 9 am to 6 pm
September 15 to April 14 – 9am to 5 pm

Holiday Closures: Thanksgiving and Christmas

Entrance Fees
$10 Day-Use per vehicle
$5 Day-Use for Utah senior residents
$3 Cyclists and Pedestrians

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December 15, 2015 at 5:56 pm ·

Our 2015 Christmas Movie

Our 2015 Christmas Movie, “Mary Christmas”.

In this movie, a new Grandfriend moves into Williamsburg for a short stay. Right away it is obvious that something magical happens! Christmas magic happens all over, and one special friend, Betty knows she has seen “Mary” before!

 

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