May 31, 2019

It’s a sunny day here at VCC. The resident garden, nurtured  by John Whitney and some dedicated volunteers, is breaking out in bloom. It’s uplifting to see everyone perking up with the warmer weather. It’s been a rocky spring here with all the change. While we grieve the loss of skilled nursing and say goodbye to a few beloved residents, we are also finding joy in the day-to-day.

There’s so much to be thankful for, especially in this close-knit island community where we really do watch out for each other. Case in point, our burgeoning ties with Vashon Center for the Arts. Earlier this week, a half dozen residents trekked over to VCA for a “Nature in Monoprint,” class. Under the tutelage of artist Alisandra Martin, our students delved into their creative zones as they combined leaves, feathers and twigs with paint. We’ll be exploring other mediums with VCA throughout the summer.

And then there’s Kit Morrison and Peter Milovsoroff. These guys–who share an appreciation for fine art–kicked off their friendship five years ago when Kit, a longtime resident, helped Peter hang photos of his travels for a First Friday exhibit at VCC. “I’m the photographer and Kit’s the hanging designer,”, says Peter. He’s got a natural eye for displaying art.”

Kit and Peter continue to hang Kit’s own revolving seasonal art collection twice a year, and in May they hung an exhibit featuring pictures of Peter’s latest travels to South Africa and Hawaii, as well as the works of his father, Basil Milovsoroff, a well-known puppeteer, carver, sketch artist, and motion experimenter. The exhibit is presented in memory of Peter’s mother, Georgia Milovsoroff. Georgia was a resident from 2005-2008. Come by this First Friday, June 7 from 6-8 pm at VCC to see the show!

Finally, we’d love to see you at A Swamp Bottom Jamboree on June 8th. This roving performance at dusk is produced by Steffon Moody and features some of Vashon’s finest talent. Tickets are selling fast. You can get them through our website: www.vashoncommunitycare.org. If you have a hard time purchasing them online, please call or email me, at 206-567-6164/aatwell@vashoncommunitycare.org.

For that matter, I welcome your calls or emails anytime.

With gratitude for our residents and our community,

Anne

Anne Atwell is the community relations and development director at VCC. A Vashonite for 20 years, Anne is proud to say that her first non-profit volunteer board experience was on that of the Vashon Community Care Center way back in the late 90’s. She is so pleased to be coming full circle to work again for VCC and its wonderful residents.