Saturday, September 24, 2016

Park Pointe Village (9/23-24/2016)

Friday, September 23, 2016
Up early for the eight-and-a-half hour-drive from New Smyrna Beach, FL to Rock Hill, SC. Here we were checking out another ACTS community, Park Pointe Village. It was established in 2000, and taken over by ACTS in 2005.
Since we arrived when the marketing staff would not be available, we were met by one of the residents, Boyd G, and his wife Sally. We were given a very informative tour, with the advantage of getting the official spiel and the perspective of a current resident.
This was the first gated ACTS community we had seen
First view of Park Pointe Village
A typical hallway
Club room; jigsaw puzzles in progress on the counter to the left
Billiards/game room
The dining room that serves lunch and dinner with table service
The "coffee shop" next to the mailroom has
beverages available 24/7
The library reading room (there is another room of books on shelves)
The community room
The chapel
Swimming pool
Fitness room
A large needlepoint tapestry done
by a former resident
Putting green
Picnic shelter
Shuffleboard
Gazebo on the pond with a quarter-mile walkway around it
One of the duplex villas
The original apartment wing has laundry facilities on each floor, and the two new wings have washers and dryers in each apartment. The newer apartments are quite large as ACTS has found that people have lots of furniture they want to keep!
For now Oakbridge assisted living apartments are in a wing of the main building, and Willowbrooke skilled nursing is in a separate building. Park Pointe Village is planning an expansion in the next few years, and the current Willowbrooke building will add several floors and will house both Oakbridge and Willowbrooke, plus independent living apartments. That building will then be connected to the main building.
We had dinner with Boyd and Sally, and another couple. We were shown two apartments (everyone has a balcony), including the apartment of our hosts. Boyd showed us their den, which has been turned into a model train layout!
Computerized HO model train layout! (KSS)
Rock Hill, SC is essentially a suburb of Charlotte, NC and the residents take advantage of all that Charlotte has to offer. Both a hospital and Winthrop University are about three miles away.

Saturday, September 24, 2016
We left early for an eight hour-drive from Rock Hill, SC to Washington, DC to have an "light" dinner at the Farmers Fishers Bakers Restaurant managed by Erich.
Eclectic interior of Farmers Fishers Bakers
A view towards the bar 
Erich was able to take his lunch with us.
Erich and Kent
Crunchy tuna sushi roll
[Deconstructed] Jambalaya
Gardener's Campari Pizza
Oh, I didn't take a photo of the two-tiered dessert plate brought out by the service manager, a complete surprise for all of us! With gigantic pieces of Butternut Cake, Sooze's Chocolate Cake, and Hummingbird Cake, accompanied by three scoops of ice cream: Peanut Butter Brickle, Vanilla Bean, and Grapefruit (?) Sorbet. There went the idea of a light dinner!
Sign at Washington Harbour
We continued to Erich's apartment to drop off much of our cargo, and spent the night. Back to Ohio on Sunday, September 25, 2016.

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