Category: Life at Vriendschap

January 11, 2018

Spring 2018 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With almost 20 different classes with everything from Intergenerational Art Classes to Making Homemade Greeting and Valentine’s Cards to Lost Towns of Marion County to Bee Keeping and Honey Harvesting and even The Thrill of Flight, we are sure […]

December 8, 2017

Central Students Join Vriendschap Village Residents for Carol Singing

Professor Mitchell Lutch of Central College brought one of his freshman classes to join us this week for a special holiday hymn sing. The students brought individual wrapped plates of goodies and got to sing and then join in fellowship with our residents. Thanks so much for visiting and we are blessed to have such […]

December 5, 2017

Showcase of Talent

We’re thrilled to introduce our 2018 edition of EXPRESSIONS, Watermark’s annual calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. This calendar reminds us that our communities are collective creations of friendly, caring individuals who are generous with their time and talents. Whether expressing their individual creativity through paint, clay, yarn, stone or an outstretched hand, they […]

November 20, 2017

Intergenerational Art Program: Fall is a Success

Residents joined with younger family members and local homeschool families for the second installment of the Vriendschap’s Intergenerational Art Program: Seasons. We started the program in September. Every other month we meet and paint a scene of the season on a canvas. September was Say Goodbye to Summer. This month is Having Fun in Fall. Each participant painted […]

November 13, 2017

Veterans Day Celebration

Vriendschap Village hosted a Veterans Day celebration. We honored our 20 in-house veterans as well as friends and family that served or are currently serving in the military. We also invited area veterans and many joined us. We then had a cookie reception for all and a special lunch for Vriendschap Veterans their spouses and […]

October 17, 2017

Spreading some Spring Flower Smiles thanks to our friends at Hy-Vee.

Thanks to our friends at Pella Hy-Vee, we received over 100 carnations to help decorate our dining rooms and common areas with a fresh splash of flower color. We also gave residents a flower or two to take to their apartments to enjoy. After a rainy weekend, it was just right spring medicine our residents […]

September 18, 2017

Intergenerational Art Program

Vriendschap Village held its first of 4 Intergenerational Art Classes entitled “Seasons” that will occur every other month. Each participant was given a canvas to paint a scene from summer as “saying goodbye to summer.” In November they will be asked to paint an almost identical scene in fall, in January it will be winter and March […]

September 14, 2017

Grape Growing and Harvesting with Larry Engbers

Resident Larry Engbers spoke during our Grape Growing and Harvesting Watermark University class. Larry and his wife Vi were owner’s of Larry’s Berries and Vi Vines a local business where they raised grapes and harvested them and supplied them to local vineyards. Larry spoke about the process and answered questions from those in attendance. Thanks […]

September 1, 2017

Fall 2017 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With more than 20 different classes with everything from Watercolor Painting to Fall Craft Making to Essential Oils to Gingerbread House Making and Decorating and even Grape Growing and Harvesting, we are sure you will find something to pique […]

August 23, 2017

Vriendschap Village Receives Deficiency-Free Score

The Department of Inspections and Appeals conducts the survey every other year, with the most recent survey on Vriendschap done this year. With three consecutive perfect scores, Vriendschap has been deficiency free for six years! The Pella Chronicle published an article on August 4th about our success, to read the full article please click here. “We […]

August 7, 2017

2nd-Annual Vriendschap Fair A Success

Vriendschap Village brought the fair to our residents. We had tractors provided by Red Rock Threshers and several resident families, carnival games, blue ribbon events (items brought by residents such as handcrafts, woodwork and baked goods), animals brought by local FFA kids, contests including rubber-chicken throwing, wheel-chair obstacle course and a pie eating contest. We finished the […]

July 10, 2017

Wii Bowling Tournament

Residents participated in the inaugural Vriendschap Village Wii Bowling Tournament. Congratulations to Bob Beyer who finished in first place; Wilber Veenstra finished second place; Larry Engbers and Marilyn Veenstra tied for 3rd Place. Thanks for all who participated and those who cheered on the competitors.

June 23, 2017

Pie and Ice Cream Social

Vriendschap Village had its Pie and Ice Cream Social this week. Residents, family members and the Pella Community joined together to select and devour their favorite pie (apple, cherry and peach) topped with ice cream. Attendees signed up for door prizes and voted on their favorite pie. One lucky winner took a free full pie home! […]

May 4, 2017

Summer 2017 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With almost 25 different classes with everything from 3D Puzzles to Smart Phones and You to Patriotic Wreath Making to Cognitive Stimulation Talk and even Laughter Yoga, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes […]

April 26, 2017

Lining Up the Perfect Putt with Gordon Nettle

Vriendschap Village residents and staff learned a little more to help them sink that all important golf putt this afternoon thanks to resident Gordon Nettle and his Watermark University class. Gordon talked to the class and gave them some basic tips and helped with one-on-one instruction on our make-shift indoor putting green. Thanks for all that […]

April 24, 2017

Earth Day

Vriendschap Village celebrated Earth Day this weekend with a special event. Residents were given flower pots to fill with marigold seeds. They will set them in their window to grow and when they get too big for the pot we will transplant them outside. There was also a special Earth Day goodie for the residents […]

April 6, 2017

Pella Tulip Time Dutch Dancers Visit Vriendschap Village

A taste of Pella Tulip Time came early to Vriendschap Village this week when the Duchess and Dancers came to perform. The ladies entertained our residents showing them various Dutch dances and then telling about their history. After the presentation residents were treated to special Tulip Cookies. Thanks for sharing your talents with us ladies!

March 21, 2017

Volunteer Day

Residents at Vriendschap Village helped the Pella Community during the March Resident Volunteer Day. Volunteers helped fold flyers for the Pella Historical Society, read to students at Pella Christian Elementary School and helped organize donations for Bibles For Missions Thrift Store. Thanks for all the opportunities from the Pella Community and thanks to all the […]

January 25, 2017

Experts in Dutch-American Heritage

Vriendschap Village hosted Dutch Trivia Night on Monday, January 25th. Over 40 attendees gathered to reminisce about Pella’s rich Dutch-American Heritage and many traditions surrounding the nationally known Tulip Festival. The Pella Historical Society moderated the event and provided attendees with challenging questions like, “How tall is the Vermeer Windmill?” and “What is the color of the official Pella Tulip?” […]

January 24, 2017

Vriendschap Village Resident Volunteer Day

Vriendschap Village residents participated in the first volunteer day. Residents went out into the Pella Community and helped out several not-for-profit organizations. This included reading to elementary school children and helping organize donations to a local thrift store. Thanks to all the volunteers hard work and we look forward to next month’s volunteer day.

January 13, 2017

Vriendschap Village Residents Share New Year’s Resolutions

In an article recently featured in The Pella Chronicle, published on December 30th, 2017, residents from Vriendschap Village picked resolutions for the upcoming year. Check out the article by clicking here. With New Year’s resolutions ranging from health and exercise to mastering the computer, Lori Gerrard, Executive Director for Vriendschap Village, shared one of her own […]

December 20, 2016

Peoria Christian School Performs Christmas Concert

Students from Peoria Christian School visited this morning to perform their Christmas musical concert for the residents at Vriendschap Village. In addition to giving a great performance, the students brought Christmas cards and Christmas goodies for our residents. Thanks so much to the kids, the teachers, faculty and parents that made this possible. Thank you for […]

December 19, 2016

Spring 2017 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With almost 30 different classes with everything from Smart Phones and You to Quilting Club to Art Class to Homemade Greeting and Valentine’s Cards and even Hymn Singing, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While […]

December 6, 2016

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Vriendschap Village held a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in their newly-renovated entrance to the Independent Living wing. Residents and staff joined together to sing various Christmas carols, listened to a reading of “Twas The Night Before Christmas” and the heard of the birth of Jesus from the Bible. After counting down and lighting the tree, residents then […]

November 22, 2016

Celebrating Active Aging and the Arts

We’re thrilled to introduce our 2017 edition of EXPRESSIONS, Watermark’s annual calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. Complimentary copies of this beautiful, full-color wall calendar are available while they last at every Watermark community. In addition, we hope you’ll enjoy our online gallery featuring all the wonderful submissions we received this year from artists […]

November 21, 2016

Christmas Tour of Homes

On Thursday, December 8th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, Vriendschap Village will hold their annual Christmas Tour of Homes. Residents will enjoy cookies, cocoa and live holiday music as residents showcase their seasonally decorated homes. As part of our Tour of Homes, we’ll be selling Christmas ornaments, decorated by residents. Pictured below are residents and staff in The Gardens who […]