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On exhibit

Fox Run’s window display cases highlight resident talent, interests

Created date

January 25th, 2011

From military hats to pigs to pop-up books, you never know what you ll see in the nine-window display cases at Fox Run five in the Ascot Clubhouse and four in the Belmont Clubhouse. It s like going to the museum to see the latest exhibit without having to navigate the weather. The displays, which change every month, highlight the collections and interests of Fox Run residents. They also reflect the seasons, celebrate holidays, and promote campus and community events. They re another way for us of communicating with one another, says window display committee member Frank Youkstetter. Each display includes a title and an information card so viewers understand what they re seeing. We either educate people about the items or about the persons who collect them, says committee chair Carolyn Schooley. Sometimes it s the person who s interesting, sometimes it s the items, sometimes it s both.

Eye-catching displays

The most popular display to date has been Rosemary McLaughlin s photos from her time as record librarian at WJR radio. She met all the big names in music and had pictures taken with them, says Schooley. I loved my career, McLaughlin says. It wasn t a job. It was fun! One photo she displayed shows her with a new-to-the-business Elvis Presley, who, she says, was a shy young man when he wasn t on stage. Another photo captures her with Tony Bennett and a third is with Andy Williams, who always escorted McLaughlin to dinner when he came through town. People related that display to their own life, Youkstetter says. They were fascinated. Folks also gravitate to Memorial Day and Veterans Day displays. Fox Run s resident Veterans have displayed World War II photos, service memorabilia, even hats from the various service branches. There s simply no dearth of subject matter, Schooley says. Dinner conversations yield names of residents happy to share their passions or whimsies with their neighbors. More lighthearted displays have featured elephants, skunks, and pigs.

Hog heaven

The pigs belong to Marilyn and Roy Schueneman, who moved to Fox Run from Warren last spring but lived for two years in Kewanee, Ill. Kewanee s nickname is Hog Capital of the World. After the Schuenemans purchased a hand-carved figurine of a mama pig with her piglets, friends and family began gifting them with pigs and pig-related items. Some 30 of the Schuenemans 70-pig collection made the move to Fox Run. Two concrete ten-pounders now root in the patio flowerbed of their one-bedroom Brighton apartment, quite at home with the for-real fox, bunnies, and birds that inhabit the wetlands beyond the patio. More diminutive porkers sit inside on windowsills but venture out occasionally to the Schuenemans hallway display shelf just outside their front door.

Artistic outlets

The variety of interests, talents, and collections at Fox Run makes volunteering with the eight-member committee one of the most fun activities on campus, Schooley says. A confirmed crafter and former grade school teacher, she earned her display-case wings doing school bulletin boards. The committee is an outlet for my artsy side, she says. Youkstetter is her go-to person on questions of fine art. He operates on both sides of the display cases. Besides helping to set up, arrange, and take down other people s collections, he s exhibited one of his own his Christopher Radko glass ornaments crafted in the Old World tradition. Somewhat of an artist himself, Youkstetter claims he was seduced into joining the committee after so many people complimented his artistic shelf decorations outside his Harrison apartment in Fox Run s Wood Bridge neighborhood. He s also active in the campus hobby shop, serves on the resident life committee, and volunteers at Renaissance Gardens, Fox Run s on-site health care neighborhood. When Schooley isn t weaving baskets in the roomy kitchen of her Fremont apartment home, she s most likely at Channel 13, Fox Run s TV station. She has her hand in nearly every aspect of studio work, both behind and in front of the camera. Besides conducting interviews and subbing for other on-air talent, she joins with Jack Beggs to co-host Life at Fox Run. Their February program highlights Michigan State University s Tollgate Farm. Located just down the road, it s popular with residents for its nature programs and volunteer opportunities.