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What inclement weather?

In a soggy year, seniors still find a way to have fun

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September 15th, 2016
The Eagle’s Trace Line Dancers Club performed at West Oaks Mall in May 2016. Marilyn Black (front row, kneeling, far right) organized the event. Betty Frankhouser (front row, seated, 3rd from right) has been line dancing since she moved to Eagle’s Trace.

The Eagle’s Trace Line Dancers Club performed at West Oaks Mall in May 2016. Marilyn Black (front row, kneeling, far right) organized the event. Betty Frankhouser (front row, seated, 3rd from right) has been line dancing since she moved to Eagle’s Trace.

If Houston’s weather was a roller coaster, 2016 would be a wild ride.

The city received 42 inches of rain from January through June, well above the 25-inch average for the first half of the year.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner was scheduled to deliver his first State of the City speech on April 18, 2016, but his speech was postponed as rain pummeled the city in what became known as the Tax Day Flood.

“Property owners throughout our area have become weary of flooding the Bayou City,” Turner said in his amended speech two and a half weeks later. “The rainfall and flooding of April 18 had a dramatic impact .…Thousands of apartments and homes in Houston flooded, and some flooded for the second, third, or fourth time.”

At Eagle’s Trace, the Erickson Living community in West Houston, residents were safe and secure throughout the onslaught of rain and its aftermath.

“We didn’t experience any flooding at the community,” says Sales Associate Faye Drennan. “The residents carried on with their normal activities.”

Weatherproof walkways connect residence buildings to the clubhouse at Eagle’s Trace so residents don’t have to venture out in inclement weather. The community’s nearly 100 clubs and activities carry on without interruption, even when it’s storming outside.

Stirring up fun

As the wet weather dragged into May, one group of residents decided to stir up a little fun. The Eagle’s Trace Line Dancers scheduled a performance at West Oaks Mall, just a few miles from Eagle’s Trace down Highway 6.

It’s not the first time the Line Dancing Club has ventured out in public. In May 2012, line dancers from Eagle’s Trace surprised shoppers at Memorial City Mall with a flash mob dance to the “Wobble.” Three months later, they popped up again at West Oaks Mall, this time performing a flash mob dance to the “Wobble” and “Elvira.” 

“Line dancing is a great way to get moving and have a good time,” says resident Marilyn Black, who organized the flash mobs in 2012 and the May 2016 performance at West Oaks Mall. “We’re having fun and staying active.”

True to this year’s theme of soggy weather, it was drizzling as residents made their way into the mall, but a little precipitation couldn’t dampen their spirits. The line dancers treated shoppers to 30 minutes of entertainment as they danced their way through crowd favorites, including the “Electric Slide,” “Cupid Shuffle,” and “Boot Scootin’ Boogie.”

Blooming at Eagle’s Trace

Betty Frankhouser moved to Eagle’s Trace when it opened in 2005. With no dance experience, she soon found herself line dancing and tap dancing. Now, Betty performs regularly with both the line dancers and the tap dancers.

“There’s so much to do [at Eagle’s Trace],” says Betty. “I love to dance because it’s fun and good exercise at the same time.”

When she’s not dancing, Betty enjoys water aerobics, Pilates, and bridge. She’s a member of the Welcome Committee and attends a weekly Bible study. She even squeezes in time to take her shih tzu, Rudy, for walks around the 70-acre campus.

“I’m so happy I moved to Eagle’s Trace,” she says. “I wouldn’t be nearly as active if I’d stayed in my home. If the weather’s bad, I don’t have to go outside to get to my activities.”

As 2016’s soggy spring gave way to a scorching summer, residents continued to reap the benefits of climate-controlled walkways throughout the community.

Betty enjoys her full complement of activities, regardless of the heat index pushing the temperature into the triple digits.

“I lived overseas for 17 years,” says Betty. “My husband Frank and I lived in London, England, for 14 years and Oslo, Norway, for 4 years. I learned to bloom where I’m planted, and I’m so glad I’m blooming here at Eagle’s Trace.”

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