The Pickersgill Spring Party

Mardi Gras Theme Offers the Perfect Backdrop for a Spirited Party!

Colorful decorations, delicious refreshments, lively music and dancing blended to create a festive atmosphere at the Mardi Gras themed celebration held in the Pickersgill Willard Room.  The party vibe on Chestnut Avenue was akin to that of New Orleans’ famed February fete.  The smooth big band sound of Ain’t Misbehavin’ beguiled guests to step onto the dance floor.  Tables were decorated in purple, green and gold and set with displays of masks and beads; revelers were encouraged adorn themselves the jaunty accessories.

What would a Mardi Gras party be without a float?

Many surprises greeted the crowd when the auditorium doors opened.  Party guests were invited to have their picture taken in a custom-made photo booth designed to look like a glamorous Mardi Gras parade float.  The “float” and many other decorations were made by artist Kim Deacon, who devoted countless volunteer hours preparing props to bring about the perfect ambiance.  “The creative touches were magnificent,” remarked one guest, “I was amazed at how the room was transformed.”  Scenes set with lamp posts and street signs conveyed guests to les rues imaginaries of the French Quarter.

Entertainment is key to recreating the joyful spirit of Mardi Gras.

Dancing was opened by Pickersgill Executive Director, Barry Eisenberg, and his wife Susan; they were followed to the dance floor by residents escorted by charismatic Towson University students.  Refreshments were in keeping with Big Easy culinary traditions such as beignets, King Cake and Hurricane Punch- both spiked and plain!  Before the night was over Richard Davidson and Lucille Scribner were crowned Mardi Gras King and Queen.

The Mardi Gras party was hosted by the Pickersgill Board of Directors.  Each spring the Board plans a magnificent themed party for residents and their guests, the theme of last year’s event was “High School Prom.”  Needless to say quite a bit of thoughtful planning goes into the annual spring party which calls on the talent and time of many dedicated members of the Board as well as Pickersgill staff.  The party planning committee was lead by Board Member Nancy Flowers, her “krewe” included Vici Heineman, Kim Deacon, Henry Clay, Lynn Hunovice, Lenore D’Adamo, Barry Eisenberg, Robin Fletcher, Jane Croft, Sandra Ortwein, Marsha Carroll, Carol Long, Fran Finnegan and Jean Lillquist.  Special thanks to our Towson University volunteer corps, 25 young men and women who regularly interact with our residents.

The Mardi Gras party was a great way to say goodbye to the winter blahs and welcome the spring season.  Many wondered, what will next year’s party theme be?