Passing Covenant Village of Turlock recently, drivers may have imagined they mistakenly turned down a rabbit hole. On the manicured green lawn, the Queen of Hearts knocked a croquet ball through a pink flamingo wicket. The White Rabbit raced around proclaiming, “I’m late! I’m late!” And 63 Covenant Village residents and their guests enjoyed a not-so-mad tea party. The brainchild of Covenant Village Director of Resident Services Adele Barnard, the event was planned as an opportunity to “engage the air of whimsy that comes with children’s novels without being childish.” Whimsy it was. Guests played on the queen’s croquet ground without danger of losing their heads. They made hats to wear to the tea. They pitted table against table in an Alice in Wonderland trivia contest. Like the Lewis Carroll original, the fantasy event inspired reflection. “Alice learned to face challenges with the tools she had,” noted Barnard. “We all face challenges. I suggested that we consider how we might be like some of the characters in the story and that we use Alice as inspiration to face our personal challenges with an adventurous spirit and wide-eyed consideration.” Lest the whimsy escape the event, Barnard drew a chorus of laughter by using herself as an example. “The White Rabbit—that’s me—always hurrying because I’m late!” Nationally accredited Covenant Village of Turlock is one of 14 retirement communities nationwide that are administered by Skokie, Ill.-based Covenant Retirement Communities Inc. One of the nation’s largest not-for-profit senior services organizations, Covenant Retirement Communities operates communities in eight states and is a ministry of the Evangelical Covenant Church. For more information on Covenant Village of Turlock, call (209) 632-9976 or visit www.CovenantVillageofTurlock.org.
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