Share Your Traditions

Last Thursday evening, resident Dennise Jarvis presented a wreath making workshop for our residents. We had a great turn out and both adults and children walked away with a beautiful holiday wreath. Your Verano Resident’s Council funded this event which included craft supplies, hot coco and cookies. What holiday traditions do you have? Is there a tradition you’d like to share with our residents? We’d love to celebrate all of the wonderful diversity represented right here, in Verano! If you have an idea, please contact Betsy Franklin at and I’ll help you plan an event for the community.

Just in case you didn’t know…

Hanging wreaths on doors goes back a very long time. No one is quite sure when this tradition began specifically, but wreaths have been used for centuries. According to

There are two different schools of thought when it comes to the history of the wreath. The first notes that the wreath dates back to ancient Greece & Rome, where members of Greco-Roman society would hand-make ring-shaped “wreaths” using fresh tree leaves, twigs, small fruits & flowers. Worn as headdresses, these wreaths represented one’s occupation, rank, achievements and status. (The Laurel wreath was most commonly used then.) Laurel wreaths were used to crown victors of the ancient Greco-Roman Olympic Games. (Wreath translated literally means, “a thing bound around,” from the Greek word diadema.) The second theory on the history of the wreath is a common Christian lore, and explains that the honored art of wreath-making began 1,000 years before the birth of Christ. Christians assembled “Advent wreaths” to symbolize the strength of life they showed by persevering through the harsh forces of winter. Today, still, the Christmas wreath is symbolic of Christian immortality, as the circle and sphere both represent immortality.

Here are a couple of wreaths made by Verano Residents at our December 4th event:


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School Age Summer Camp Now Enrolling!



The Verano Summer Camp offers a day camp experience for elementary school aged children (5-12).

Activities include: field trips, arts and crafts, sports and games, ARC activities, cooking and more…

Camp Dates: June 30th –August 29th

Camp hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 –5:30pm

GFH Resident Fee: $112.50/ per week

Spaces are limited to 24 children per session.


Don’t delay, sign up today…

To sign up or for more information, contact

Betsy Franklin (Director) or Moe Geoghegan (Asst. Director) at: 824-5383

Or email Betsy Franklin at :