Tallgarss Creek Celebrates its Four-Year Growth and Success, Cowboy Style

Tallgrass Creek Celebrates its Four-Year Growth and Success,Cowboy-Style OVERLAND PARK, KS (December 5, 2011) -- Tallgrass Creek retirement community in Overland Park, KS, recently celebrated its fourth anniversary, creating an opportunity for residents and staff to reflect on how the community has grown. To kick off their fifth year, Tallgrass Creek residents and staff shared in a Western-themed week of parties, special guests, good food, and live music. The action-packed anniversary week was aptly dubbed "How the West Was Fun!" The festivities included something for everyone. One afternoon, residents played Western "arcade games"---adapted indoor versions of tin-can shooting and steer roping---and then relaxed with root beer floats. Another evening, they enjoyed a performance by a cowboy impersonator. George Lund, who has lived at Tallgrass Creek, which is managed by Erickson Living, with his wife, Jann, for about two and a half years, said the cowboy demonstrated how to lasso and led a lasso contest. "That was a lot of fun," he said. There were also some challenges for the mind, including a Western trivia game. Residents also took in a showing of the movie True Grit with John Wayne. Western wear was encouraged all week long. The staff competed in a cowboy hat decorating contest and residents donned jeans, plaid shirts, and boots to get in the spirit. "The theme was Wild West so I found my cowboy hat and I wore that," Lund said. And, of course, there was plenty of hearty Western grub. To kick off the week, residents dined on a Western buffet. Another day, the men and women squared off again in a bean-cooking contest. The whole community ended the celebratory week with a two-step dance featuring country music. "As with any milestone, celebrating our community's anniversary allows us time to reflect on where we've been and what we have accomplished," Executive Director Peter Crane said. "We have introduced the Erickson Living lifestyle to nearly 300 residents. Experiencing this type of growth instills a sense of pride in all of us and better prepares us for the growth yet to come."