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‘How the West Was Won Fun!’

Tallgrass Creek celebrates growth, success cowboy-style

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November 22nd, 2011

Tallgrass Creek recently celebrated its fourth anniversary, creating an opportunity for residents and staff to reflect on how the community has grown. 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 says of the Erickson Living community in Overland Park, Kans. In the case of Tallgrass Creek celebrating four years, we have introduced the Erickson Living lifestyle to more than 260 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.

Action-packed week

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 with his wife, Jann, for about two and a half years, says the cowboy demonstrated how to lasso and led a lasso contest. That was a lot of fun, George says. There were also some challenges for the mind, including a Western trivia game. Residents also took in a showing of the movieTrue Gritwith John Wayne.

Marking a milestone

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, George says. 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. Crane says the celebrations marked the milestone perfectly. I received many comments from residents about the fun that was had during our week-long celebration. Those residents who moved to Tallgrass Creek four years ago reminisced about the early days and how excited they are to be a part of the history of Tallgrass Creek. Several made jokes that they were the early settlers of Tallgrass Creek, which further expanded our theme of How the West Was Fun.