The parking lot of the Symphony of Chesterton overflowed with the sights and sounds of the 50s, 60s, and 70s on Wednesday as they hosted a car show featuring the Winimac Old Auto Club and an award-winning Elvis tribute artist. Gearheads and excited Symphony residents enjoyed the fun, weather and bevy of classic cars.
Despite it being their first car show, Symphony aimed big, filling their parking lot with entertainment and free food and drinks. Putting on unique activities is nothing new to the facility, as they constantly seek new ways to engage their residents. Symphony’s Event Coordinator, Rafael Reyes, worked with the Winimac Old Auto Club to organize the event. He put all his effort into making sure Symphony residents and guests loved the day.
“I’m very creative; I like making crafts and throwing ideas out,” said Reyes. “Events like this are really important to the residents. They enjoy it and feel like it’s a very nice environment. That makes them happy, so everyday I’m trying to do better and better.”
So many of Winimac Old Auto Club’s enthusiastic members turned out that Symphony ran out of parking spaces for them. Drivers instead lined their cars along the middle of the lot before opening their hoods and trunks for viewers to admire. George Grogloth, former Vice President and current club Event Coordinator, has been with the club since childhood and loves coming to retirement homes and assisted living centers like Symphony for shows.
“We’ve been trying to set up shows at all the different homes and living centers,” said Grogloth. “The people really enjoy when we come out here. They tell us all kinds of stories about cars they had when they were young. They see this and go ‘Wow! This is really neat!’ or ‘I remember having one of these!’ We really like seeing that.”
As they milled about the cars, residents met Grogloth’s expectations as they reminisced about theirs or family members cars “looking just like” the ones out on display. Some residents were veteran gearheads, others such as Dianna Gigler, attended their very first car show.
“I love it; I think it’s a wonderful event,” said Gigler. “I’m enjoying the old cars because I haven’t seen these in forever. One of them over there, my sister used to own. Even though it’s my first car event, I’m glad they’re holding this. I love the events here; they always give us a lot to do.”
The cars certainly headlined but “the King” soon graced the event, as Elvis Tribute artist Curt Lechner performed a number of the legendary star’s hits. Residents, their families, and staff all got together to dance along and enjoy a wonderful, nostalgic day at the Symphony of Chesterton.
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