The Spring Fair at Prins Willem Alexander Village was held on Wednesday 14th September 2022. Johnny the Rockstar starred again, his music creating a wonderful ambience. The residents enjoyed tapping their feet and singing along to all the well-known melodies.
We were very fortunate to have several stalls set up near the Martin Jonker’s building. The independent residents were major contributors, cooking the ever-popular poffertjes which were loved by all.
The craft stall showed off their creative talents with their incredible dolls, along with the beautifully made hand and carry bags, craft and artwork. Over the last few months, the Elders have been busy sewing, painting, and knitting for the fair as well. The Elders’ craft stall was well supported by all, and their efforts genuinely appreciated. At the market, the coordinator of ‘My Artistic Golden Brooch’ project, Mercedes Sepulveda, displayed the recent Prins Willem Alexander Lodge Elders’ artworks which had been exhibited at the Redland Art Gallery for the community to enjoy. Elders were immersed in a creative and meaningful art experience which provided a supportive, caring and harmonious environment displaying their creativity, regardless of their abilities, cognitive stages and cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Each Elder worked individually with a designated volunteer at the Elders’ pace, until the completion of 17 meaningful pieces of art. The market audience were impressed with the paintings, an accompanying booklet which highlighted the processes and the positive impact this initiative had on each elder as well as the volunteers who were involved in the project. No village fair would be complete without Dutchy the Baker who continues to support the village bringing with him a large range of delicious Dutch treats. The coffee shop had a busy day serving customers with lovely treats. Bea’s Winkel was also proved popular with customers.
The village fair is so much more, it provides the chance for unexpected friendships to spark and social networks to be created, for Elders, volunteers, and families to connect with each other in a relaxed and friendly environment. For Elders and independents who contributed to the craft stall, they were able to see their items for sale, work in the stalls and be proud of their work and be motivated for the next fair! For MiCare overall, the village fair lets our Elders, volunteers and staff connect with the community of which the benefits are ongoing!
All in all, a wonderful day supported by a fantastic team of volunteers and staff.