Sharing Our Story
Life at The Maplewood is a rich tapestry woven with moments of inspirational human interaction. We're pleased to share with you a portion of our story of daily life at The Maplewood, as well as some of the philosophy and knowledge that helps make The Maplewood distinctly different.
By Greg Chambery, Administrator
2017 marks a very special year at the Maplewood – We are celebrating our 70th year of service to the Rochester community. I look back and realize that we have so much to be thankful for.
The Maplewood is an extended family made up of residents, families, friends, staff and volunteers. All of us are blessed to know incredible residents who truly enrich our lives. We enjoy time together,
Our volunteer, Mary Jane, arrived today to demonstrate how to make her Baked Squash with Apples, a wonderful fall dish! Everyone loved it so much that we thought we should share the recipe.
1 medium butternut squash (approximately 2 pounds)
2 apples (Cortland is Mary Jane’s favorite)
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp butter
1/8 – 1/4 tsp cinnamon (depending on taste)
1/8 – 1/4 tsp nutmeg (depending on taste)
Our good friend, Michael Miller, from Kittelbergers Florist came to visit and show us how he creates beautiful and unique arrangements each day. He brought an arsenal of supplies and colorful August blooms to The Maplewood and amazed us as he demonstrated his skilled flower arranging techniques. Much to our delight, Michael presented many residents with arrangements to take back to their rooms. One arrangement was so large and spectacular that we kept it in the Crystal Room for all to enjoy.
A favorite activity at The Maplewood is our “Cooking with Mary Jane” series. Whenever our beloved volunteer visits, the activity room fills up with residents who are looking forward to chatting with Mary Jane as she demonstrates how to cook a delicious recipe.
Mary Jane loves to cook with fresh in-season ingredients and today she has arrived with a colorful array of produce straight from the Rochester Public Market. Her large bag of ingredients includes locally grown zucchini,
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We’ve all had experiences while shopping, dining or receiving a service when someone goes above and beyond for us. It makes an impact we appreciate and remember.
Recently, I had no idea of how I was going to solve the problem of my sofa moving around on the hard shiny floor when someone went to sit down on it. I tried a couple of quick fixes that never really worked and it drove me crazy.
We are very fortunate. The Maplewood has an amazing support system of volunteers who help us meet the ever changing needs of our residents. These incredible people give of themselves freely to enhance our residents’ quality of life. They help with everything and anything – assisting with the many activities we run, sitting and visiting with residents who benefit from one-on-one support, transporting a number of our residents to and from hair appointments and so much more!
Our volunteer, Mary Jane, arrived today for her popular “Cooking With Mary Jane” series. The Activities Room is always packed when she comes to visit. Everyone loves to talk to Mary Jane as she demonstrates how to make a special dish.
Today she made delicious homemade cornbread. It was such a big hit that we thought we’d share the recipe.
This recipe is from the “Sundays at Moosewood Restaurant” cookbook and is called Sayra’s Cornbread.
Happy New Year! I hope everyone’s holiday season has been especially nice. I’ve been reflecting on our Recreation Department – how much has changed in two decades and how we continue to expand!
The Maplewood was quite different when I started here over 20 years ago. While we’ve always focused on providing the best quality of life for our residents, we didn’t start out with all of the amenities and capabilities that we have today.