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You are Invited: Octofair 2022

Saturday, October 8, 2022

9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.


This time-honored autumn celebration features crafts, auctions, raffles, food, and more! 

Check out these wonderful items that will be featured in the silent auction and available for purchase. 

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There is something for everyone here, including a Woodshop!

When it comes to dedication and details, Charlie Bates knows a thing or two. He’s a well-respected man on campus who doesn’t do anything halfway. He has helped to turn the White Horse Village woodshop into a well-organized and equipped space to create works of art – including several outstanding handmade items for Octofair on Oct 8th. He also has a green thumb, a generous heart, and a sense of humor that his friends and neighbors know well. And, he will tell you exactly how it is with a twinkle in his eye.

“My wife knew the Workshop would be great for me. She said, ‘Charlie, this is where you need to be!’”

Charlie and his wife Gail had been looking to make the move to an active senior living community and after visiting, Gail was certain White Horse Village would be the right place for both of them and knew Charlie would thrive. “We found a place here. My wife knew the Workshop would be great for me,” he remembers. “She said, ‘Charlie, this is where you need to be!’” 

Unfortunately, not long after they moved in, Gail had some medical challenges and after a short stay in Skilled Nursing she passed away. True to her words, Charlie developed friendships and quickly became active around campus in a variety of activities, including ten years as chair of the Performing Arts Committee.


It will always take THIS village — Octofair through the years

By Patricia Hibschman

Octofair is the largest fundraiser for our Residents Association, providing resources for White Horse Village programs and activities for the residents. The Village Fair, as it was known in 1991, was launched outdoors on October 26th under a blanket of fog. The dates would vary until somewhere along the line, it was decided to be the second Saturday in October and be held indoors. It was said that it was the “brainchild” of our White Horse Village gardeners because they needed somewhere to sell their extra fruits, vegetables, and flowers. In 1996, the name Village Fair gave way to Octofair. Many of the booths that we have today could be found in 1991, some with slightly different names or variations.


In 1991, Octofair proudly announced a net profit of $6592.77! In a well-researched and written 2014 article, resident Ted Snow noted that in its 23 years of existence, Octofair raised over $402,000. Piecing together net profits since 2014, this event has netted about $597,155! That revenue comes back to the residents in the form of dozens of cultural programs and activities throughout the year.


Fresh from the garden in time for Octofair

What do you do if life gives you lemons? Make lemonade, of course! What do you do if you have a surplus of cucumbers? Make pickles, of course! Resident Nancy Eales knows this better than most. Her husband Dick, an avid gardener and member of the Harvesters Group, has been bringing home a healthy harvest of cucumbers for years that Nancy promptly whips into batches of what some would argue are the best homemade pickles in the area! “You spend all this time gardening, and you have this mountain of cucumbers, so instead of throwing them in the compost, you make pickles,” explains Nancy.

Interestingly, the recipe for these prized cucs is not one that was passed down for generations; it comes from a well-worn copy of a pickling book sold in the 1970s by the Ortho company. Nancy was able to snatch up the manual at a hardware store years ago, and after tinkering with several variations, she decided on a basic bread and butter recipe (her favorite), which she occasionally doctors with other vegetables. “I have been known to add things if I don’t have enough cucumbers from the garden,” she shares. “I will add zucchinis and, of course, onions.” 


A splash of color

Needle and thread have been flying as the greatly anticipated Octofair quilt got its final touches before this year’s raffle. The White Horse Village Quilters consist of 12 talented women who come together each year to make a glorious handmade quilt that is always the showcase of the annual event. The group has been together since 1991, adding members along the way. While making the quilt takes time and patience, the camaraderie they build and their dedication and determination make the work go quickly. Each quilt takes about six months for the group to complete! This year’s masterpiece is titled “Diamonds: A Girl’s Best Friend.”

Raffle tickets will be on sale at the Octofair, with the drawing held that day. Winners do not need to be present. 

New Faces at White Horse Village

Betsy Iovino

Sales Counselor

Betsy joined our team as a Sales Counselor in March. She comes from a strong background in sales, having most recently worked for Wesley Enhanced Living and previously, A Place for Mom, which helps connect families to senior care facilities. “It is great to have experience in both sides of sales,” says Betsy. She also worked at Ware Presbyterian Village and Brookdale Senior Living in Hockessin, Delaware during the start of the pandemic.

Betsy and her husband Joe, who also works in senior living, both started their careers on Wall Street. Besty was a trading assistant and says with a twinkle, “I went from Wall Street to Senior Living, best move ever!” 

Anita Hyman

Move-In Coordinator

Anita came to our community in May as our Move-In Coordinator, helping our newest residents prepare for their move. 

Prior to joining the White Horse Village team, Anita spent many years working in fundraising and events at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Most recently, she worked at the Watermark at Logan Square, a senior living community. 

Her decision to come to White Horse Village was easy, “the residents looked so happy when I came for my interview, I knew this was the right opportunity,” says Anita. “I just love being here! The residents were so welcoming, the staff was amazing and helped make me feel welcome and showed me everything I needed to be successful.” 

Walk to End Alzheimer’s a huge success

Our third annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s event was our most successful yet as our community rallied together and came out in full spirited support for this important cause. Even Viton and Coffee, our guest horses, got in the spirit. Early reports have our fundraising at more than $29,000! Now that’s impressive! 

White Horse Village featured in Main Line Today

Check out the feature article on White Horse Village in the August issue of Main Line Today! Ursula Siebeneich, resident and member of the Board of Directors and Tech Advisory Committee, offers insights into technology use by seniors and discusses how our community is taking technology a step further with artificial intelligence (AI). Click here to read.

Virtual Design Model makes the move-in process a snap

Move-In Coordinator Anita Hyman and the team are getting a new tool to make the move-in process a lot easier for new residents, thanks to the Virtual Design Model (VDM) software program. This unique program allows residents to see how their various choices, such as cabinetry, flooring, paint, countertops, backsplashes, etc., will look with the click of a button. 

The options appear on a monitor through a computer-generated model of the exact home. In just seconds a home can be transformed from one design idea into another, giving a true visual depiction of how things will look. All selections are available for viewing, including standard and upgrade options, and out-of-town families can join in the design fun virtually.

Master Plan Update

It’s hard to believe summer is coming to an end. While some things slow down during the summer, our Master Planning projects have not. The Garden Homes siding project is well underway, and we are hopeful that the project will be completed by the end of this year. 

We are entering the final stages of Design Development for the Memorial Garden and Belmont entryway. Once complete, the construction document and permitting phases will begin. We anticipate construction beginning in 2023.

But perhaps the most exciting thing to report is the Clubhouse Refresh project kicked off in July and things are shaping up very nicely. We’ve heard many positive comments about how attractive the area looks with the new furniture and freshly painted walls. We still have a way to go, but the bathrooms, carpeting, and final touches around the Clubhouse should be completed in the next several months. 

Learn more about all the changes coming to White Horse Village on our website or contact our Sales team at 610-675-2054. 

Trainer Spotlight: Jess Lowy

Jess Lowy M.S. has been a personal trainer at the Wellness Center since December 2019 and plays an integral role in wellness programming and services. In addition to personal training, Jess assists the wellness team with fitness assessment clinics, leading Wellness University presentations, and teaching residents how to safely use exercise equipment on the fitness floor. 

Jess specializes in balance training, TRX suspension training, general exercise prescription, and developing programs that improve joint health and function.

She is one of the many excellent trainers that are a part of the White Horse Village Wellness Team. Her fun approach to personal training and creative exercise programs have helped improve the health and fitness of many residents.

In the Kitchen

Our award-winning dining team prepared several taste bud pleasing specialty gourmet meals throughout the  summer. Diners enjoyed a Farm to Table-themed dinner, “A Taste of Greece” feast, and a modern French dinner. Each meal offered specially paired wines chosen to accompany the courses.

Introducing the White Horse Village Foundation, Inc

We are excited to announce the establishment of the White Horse Village Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. The Foundation replaces the White Horse Village Endowment Fund, which has served as a nonprofit entity to receive and administer donations to support White Horse Village since 1993. Read more.

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