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Miss Hockanum Valley and dancers entertain seniors

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Greenwich, CT | Added on April 19, 2015 At 09:59 PM

Nathaniel Witherell nursing center in Greenwich is on a mission to keep seniors active during the spring.  

"We're very, very active," said Mary Bruce, Nathaniel Witherell program director of recreational services. "We have a very stimulated population here at Nathaniel Witherell and we range from ages 30 to 107."  

On Saturday, the center's residents joined some new visitors for a morning of music, and singing and dancing performance. 

"I actually used to perform here all the time when I was younger," said Miss Hockanum Valley Pippa Leigh. "So it really holds a dear place in my heart, so I wanted to come back to where it all started."  

To kick off some of the center's spring activities, Miss Hockanum Valley Pippa Leigh, who will be competing for the Miss Connecticut title this summer joined dancers from Allegra Dance Studio in Greenwich to share their talents with a group of residents. 

"It makes me so happy to see them having a good time and enjoying the performances and the four points of the crown represent style, service, success and scholarship so it's being well rounded and also reaching into your own communities," said Pippa Leigh.  

"I think it's really important that we come and have everyone enjoy the performance," said Anna Berecher Allegra Dance studio performer. "I love performing and doing it for a good cause and making people smile and happy." 

"Ballet, I used to like that most of all," said Christine Webster.

"Beautiful, beautiful," said Pam Sudo. "They're good and they know it." 

Mary Bruce, Nathaniel Witherell program director of recreational services says now with the warmer weather, the center can implement more fun and creative ways for residents of all ages to enjoy the outdoors. 

"We did go to the beach yesterday, just to take a ride down there and give every hope of wonderful spring coming up which we have today," said Bruce. "Coming up soon we have our Mother's Day brunch, everyone's invited, over 200 people and family members."  


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