Rosewood Center wraps up special week with classic cars and a cookout

GRAFTON—The friendly folks at Genesis Health Care’s Rosewood Center wrapped up their week-long celebration for National Nursing Home Week with a car show and cook out.

According to Activity Director Pauline Retherford, the activity-packed week was kicked off with a Mother’s Day Tea, held on Sunday, and ended Friday with classic cars, tasty treats and a fun-filled afternoon.

Guests were served hotdogs, drinks and sweet, juicy watermelon while taking in the sights and sounds of the car show.

Although rain clouds loomed over the center, residents, staffers and guests continued with their celebration, complete with cornhole.

“The national theme for Nursing Home Week is ‘Celebrating Life Stories,’ and we feel like we are doing just that,” shared Retherford.

In fact, when asked what made some of the car enthusiasts want to bring their classic cars to the show, they agreed that it was a good way for them to meet with the residents at the facility.

“We’ve been here for a couple years now, and it’s a great way to catch up with some of the residents here at Rosewood,” shared Bill Collett. “They really enjoy being able to see the cars, and we really enjoy their company.”

Members of the car club shared that car clubs are a great way for them to catch up with some of their friends, while enjoying the vehicles that are shown.

“We are able to visit and talk about cars, but it also lets us reminisce about the good old days,” shared car enthusiast Jim Straight.

The club present at Rosewood consisted of members from various car clubs from the area including the recently resurrected Modifieds of Grafton and Big Boys Toys out of Fairmont.

According to Collett, once upon a time in Grafton’s past, a group of car lovers met to show off their vehicles, and formed a small group called the Night Prowlers. Through the years, the group declined, but was reborn as the Moodlight Riders.

Then, in 1957 or 1958, the Modifieds took to the streets, displaying their rides, but also fell victim to dwindling numbers. However, the Modified of Grafton has been resurrected and is once again meeting.

The Modifieds of Grafton meets every Friday night from 6:00-7:00 p.m., in the Grafton Rite Aid parking lot, weather permitting. The Big Boys Toys Car Club of Fairmont gathers every first and third Thursday of the month at DJ’s Diner in Fairmont.

“Taking part in these kinds of clubs not only allows us to have fun and catch up with old friends, but we get to see some really nice cars,” Straight said. “We are always looking for new members to come out and show us what they have.”

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