By ABBY SLANKER
The Canfield Presbyterian Church Red Hats ladies went on a road trip to a special destination June 19.
The 12 ladies caravanned to visit the residents of Paisley House for lunch and a tour of the facility and were given quite a warm welcome. The residents and staff of Paisley House dressed in the Red Hats’ traditional colors of red and purple. The patio was decorated with red tablecloths and purple plates, cups and napkins.
Once everyone was seated, the Red Hat ladies were given a history of Paisley House, which was established in 1908. The average age of residents is between 75 and 95, with the goal of the staff being to keep the residents happy, safe and healthy.
Prior to lunch, the Red Hats prayer was read. The Red Hats ladies and residents had lunch and conversation on the patio, with some ladies reacquainting themselves after many years.
“I sat across from a woman I used to work with years ago. It was great to see her and catch up with her,” said Rosemary Gnagy, a Red Hats member.
Paisley House board member Mary Ann Dieter answered any questions the Red Hats ladies had about the facility.
The Red Hats ladies brought gifts for all the residents as a token of their appreciation and handed solar powered dancing flowers out to the ladies after lunch. In return, the Paisley House residents had decorated small flower pots and planted petunias in them for the Red Hats to take home as a remembrance of their visit. The flower pots were set out as centerpieces on the lunch tables.
“In anticipation of the Red Hats’ visit, the residents painted the pots with sponge brushes as one of their craft activities earlier in the month,” Dieter said. “They also planted the flowers.”
After lunch, the Red Hats ladies were treated to a tour of Paisley House.