11.16.2010

Style Spots: Pilgrim Days in Claremont

This past Saturday was an amazing day...because I finally found where I would like to retire: Pilgrim Place in Claremont. Me and two friends went there on the last day of their annual festival, which is full of food, crafts, and several booths selling vintage clothing, jewelry, paper ephemera and the like. And while I found some great things, the best part was the residents, dressed as Pilgrims, smiling and having a grand time.



They also had two rides making the rounds of the festival grounds: a train and a motorized Mayflower.



Okay, okay...on to the goods!

Has a recipe for ugali in it! So excited to try it.

An LP of one of my favorite operas and a nice fall-colored scarf.

Lots of vintage jewelry! I was really feeling gold I suppose...

Cute little mug with trees.

I've been slowly piecing this set together. Now I have 4 app plates, 4 mugs and 2 dinner plates!

Sheet music I thought would make good wall art once framed.



Comfy 100% wool belted sweater and a mustard skinny belt.

Before we left, with bags of goodies piled in our arms, they had just started a play that talked about the Pilgrims landing in the New World, complete with costumes and a band, with one guy playing a washboard.


I was so blown away by the joy all these residents exuded, and how much they were enjoying the golden years of their lives, so when I got home I went to the residential community's website to see what they were all about. Here's what it says:

"Since 1915 it has been a home to thousands of persons who have served as leaders of religious and charitable non-profit organizations throughout the world, including commissioned or ordained missionaries, ministers, theological seminary faculty, college professors of religion, denominational executives, YMCA/YWCA staff, community organizers, and peace and justice advocates. Serving others is what Pilgrim residents have been called to do. It is what they did in their careers and it’s what they continue to do in 'retirement.' This is why such a strong sense of community pervades the entire campus."

Love. It.

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