Posts by: Adam Droegemueller

March 21, 2019

Irish Dancers Bring a Touch of Ireland to Vriendschap Village

An Irish Dance Team from the Robert Thomas Dance Center in Des Moines visited Vriendschap Village to bring joy and share their talent this week. Thanks so much ladies, our residents really enjoyed it! Irish dance is rapidly growing in popularity in central Iowa, and the Robert Thomas Dance Center is meeting this demand by […]

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March 19, 2019

King’s Choraliers from Michigan Share Spiritual Music

Members from the King’s Choraliers chorus visited Vriendschap Village during their recent tour. The King’s Choraliers of Grand Rapids, Michigan, a male chorus comprised of men with diverse occupations, has roots dating back to 1950. The chorus was organized by Peter VandenBosch, who directed them for 23 years. The second director, Robert Talsma, a graduate […]

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March 11, 2019

Getting Ready for Spring with Flower Arranging Class

Vriendschap Village residents got to forget about the cold of winter and snow on the ground while they made a beautiful spring floral arrangement during a recent Watermark University class. Julie Klyn, Vriendschap’s Sales and Marketing Director, provided the flowers and the knowledge for those who registered and attended. Thanks so much Julie for sharing […]

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March 5, 2019

Broadway Vocal Concert by Pella High School

Students for the Pella High School Concert, Select and Advanced Choirs, directed by Michelle Chaplin and Sharaeah Sharp, performed their concert of various Broadway tunes last night at Doustra Auditorium on the Central College Campus. Select groups from the choirs performed separate selections as well. Several Vriendschap Village residents and staff attended and were amazed […]

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February 26, 2019

Colfax History Comes to Life with Resident Elfrieda DeHaii

Vriendschap Village resident, Elfrieda DeHaai, once again astonished us with her knowledge of area history during our Colfax History class yesterday. Elfrieda had books of reference on hand as well as a display board with pictures about this town in central Iowa and several hotels in the area.

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February 25, 2019

March 2019 Community Life Calendars

Looking for that next class, club or event to inspire, delight or amaze you? Look no further. We’ve got a month full of exciting programs and we are sure you will find something that will pique your interest!

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February 22, 2019

Sweet String Music Brightens Our Hearts

Vriendschap Village residents were swept with a wave of beautiful music yesterday afternoon by current and former members of the Pella High School Orchestra. Thanks so much for sharing your music and brightening our day!

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February 19, 2019

Ice cream tastes good, no matter what the temperature!

There might be over 6-8 inches of snow on the ground due to the recent storm but that didn’t deter Vriendschap Village residents from going to the local Dairy Queen to get a scoop of their favorite flavor! We have a monthly Coffee and Ice Cream Outing to a local ice cream shop and it has […]

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February 15, 2019

Valentine’s Day Romantic Dinner a Huge Success!

We made sure all the residents here at Vriendschap Village knew they are all our special valentines as we held a special Valentine’s Day Romantic Lunch for them. They had their choice of beef tips or chicken cordon bleu with baked potato, seasoned carrots and cheesecake for dessert. All the staff joined in to provide […]

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February 15, 2019

Declutter to Help Others

Do you have too much stuff? You can declutter your home and help others thrive at the same time. As part of Watermark Retirement Communities, we’d like to help you make the most of your unwanted possessions. Check out these suggestions from Watermark and then contact us if you need help getting started. We’re always […]

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February 12, 2019

“How The Dutch Came To Pella”

Vriendschap Village residents were entertained by a delightful play that was written, directed and performed by ladies of the First Reformed Church of Pella. The play entitled “How The Dutch Came To Pella” was about the trials and history of the founding of Pella, Iowa. Pella was founded in 1847 by 800 Dutch immigrants led by Henry […]

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February 11, 2019

A Valentine’s Day Craft Guaranteed to Bring Smiles to Loved Ones

A recent Watermark University Class with Jo Heigele helped residents make some wonderful gifts for Valentine’s Day. Jo helped attendees make plastic cubes full of valentines candy and a professional looking Valentine’s Day card they would be proud to send anyone. Thanks so much Jo for getting us ready for Valentine’s Day!

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February 8, 2019

Lola Mae turns 95!

Lola Mae Klein, a Vriendschap Village resident for almost 12 years, celebrated her 95th birthday this week. Friends, family and most of her neighbors gathered together to celebrate this week. Lola, a lover of music and accomplished piano player had classical music at her party and had pizza for everyone. Lola is known in the […]

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February 5, 2019

Super Bowl 2019 Party

It was football watching fun this week as residents and staff joined together to watch the big Super Bowl game. Refreshments were provide by Vriendschap and residents brought their favorite dish to share.

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January 30, 2019

Cold Weather Safety Tips for Vriendschap Village and Area Residents

Our area will be experiencing extreme cold in the next few days with wind chills as low as 40 to 50 below zero. Vriendschap Village wants everyone to be safe during this cold weather season. As part of Watermark Retirement Communities, we’d like to help you thrive by sharing a few cold weather safety tips. This […]

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January 25, 2019

February 2019 Community Life Calendars

Looking for that next class, club or event to inspire, delight or amaze you? Look no further. We’ve got a month full of exciting programs and we are sure you will find something that will pique your interest!

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January 24, 2019

A Day in the Life of a Commercial Pilot

Resident Dan Nugteren, who is a former military pilot and current commercial pilot, recently shared what a commercial pilot’s day is like. He showed several videos of flying and answered all questions from those who attended. Dan has been a pilot for over 30 years and has served as a colonel in the Air Force, an Air […]

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January 17, 2019

Pet Therapy: The Remarkable Human & Animal Bond

We love when our furry four legged friends Brutus and Mazie come to visit us. Pets can have such a positive impact on aging adults, significantly reducing pain, anxiety, depression and fatigue, improving their overall psychological state. However, when life events happen, that can change our ability to care for a pet’s physically demanding needs. At […]

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January 15, 2019

National Hat Day!

Residents and staff got out their favorite hats and had fun showing them off for each other.

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January 15, 2019

Giving Back – The Well Resource Center Educates & Inspires

Eden Youngberg, Director of Advancement and Marketing of The Well, came to Vriendschap Village for a presentation for a Watermark University class to discuss what The Well is and how residents and families can get involved. She had a power-point presentation with some videos and answered questions from the crowd. Thanks Eden for sharing your […]

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January 8, 2019

Breaking the Winter Blues with a Country Ride

Several residents hopped on the bus this afternoon to enjoy the sunshine and warmer temperatures with a country ride. Of course, a treat of ice cream was needed at the end of the ride. Everyone agreed, it hit the spot!

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January 4, 2019

Sully Coffee Cup Restaurant Outing

We were craving some good home-style cooking and out-of-this-world pie, so we headed to Sully Coffee Cup Restaurant this week for a lunch outing. Good food, deserts and conversation just can’t be beat!

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January 2, 2019

Peoria Christian School Brings Holiday Joy

Peoria Christian School students and staff made their annual trip to join with Vriendschap Village residents to sing Christmas carols and join together to share joy this holiday season. Thanks for the great memories again and we will see you next year!

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December 26, 2018

January 2019 Community Life Calendars

Looking for that next class, club or event to inspire, delight or amaze you? Look no further. We’ve got a month full of exciting programs and we are sure you will find something that will pique your interest!

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December 17, 2018

Rozenboom Trio Share Christmas Gospel with Residents

Last week the Rozenboom Trio blessed us with their harmonies during a Christmas performance. Despite one of their vocalists being out recovering from being sick, their trusty piano player stepped in an didn’t miss a beat! Thank you all for sharing your talents with us and we can’t wait to have you back!

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December 17, 2018

Pella Christian High School Holiday Concert

Vriendshap Village residents and staff loaded on our bus last week and headed to Pella Christian High School to listen to the beautiful sounds of their holiday concert with band and choral music. We had several grandchildren performing and all the students did great!

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December 12, 2018

Holiday Crafting Corner: Paper Snowflakes & Pipe Cleaner Candy Canes

We continue add festive decorations to adorn our community for the holidays. Residents used their art skills to create beautiful paper snowflakes to decorate part of our building. They also made candy cane ornaments using pipe cleaners to put on our Christmas trees and decorate their individual apartments.

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December 12, 2018

‘Tis the Season for Christmas Caroling

Students, parents and teachers from Pella home school, Classical Conversation, recently visited Vrienschap Village. They sang many popular Christmas carols for and with the residents and told the crowd what they wanted for Christmas. Thanks for visiting and we look forward to seeing you again next year!

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December 12, 2018

Extraordinary Outing to Jolly Holiday Lights

Residents from Vriendschap Village took a special trip recently to Jolly Holiday Lights in Altoona. The residents traveled on our bus and were surprised as they drove through the drive through light display. At the end of the trip they all got a special treat to remember the trip by… a holiday candy cane. We […]

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December 11, 2018

Central Students Spread Holiday Cheer

Central students from Associate Professor of Music Mitchell Lutch recently came to share some holiday spirit and to get to know our residents. Students brought homemade cookies and treats and sat and sang Christmas carols with their new Vriendschap Village friends.

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December 6, 2018

Holiday Light Outing in Altoona

We loaded on the bus and headed for a wonderful holiday tradition; to see the lights on the Adventureland campus for Jolly Holiday Lights. Everyone in attendance had a great time, the lights were truly spectacular!

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December 4, 2018

Sully Community Church Spreads Christmas Cheer

Members from the Sully Community Church joined together with Vriendschap Village residents this week to sing Christmas carols as Pastor Jerry shared a message about the true meaning of the season. Church members brought many goodies to share with the residents while they socialized. Thanks again for visiting us and making this an annual tradition!

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December 3, 2018

Altoona Christian Church Presents: “That Night in Bethlehem”

Vriendschap residents headed to Altoona to the Altoona Christian Church for our 5th annual event, “That Night in Bethlehem”. This event, held annually the first weekend in December, showcases hundreds of nativity scenes in a peaceful, candle-lit setting. All are welcome to share in the event, which includes holiday music, refreshments, and children’s activities. Free-will donations were given to the […]

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November 30, 2018

Guitarist Jim Skrydlak Shares Musical Talents

Local classical guitarist, Jim Skrydlak, played a variety of tunes on his guitar for residents this week. Jim gave a quick description of all the pieces he played and a brief history behind them. We look forward to having him back again soon!

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November 28, 2018

Intergenerational Tea Tasting Brings Education, Understanding and Fun

Vriendschap Village held their Watermark University class, Intergenerational Tea Tasting, by staff member Carol Hartog. Carol brought several loose leaf teas to share while educating us about the history and location of where the teas came from. Those in attendance, aged 7 to 90+ had a chance to taste the tea, have a cookie and […]

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November 27, 2018

Join us December 4th – Annual Festival of Trees and Christmas Lighting

Come join us on Tuesday, December 4th at 3:00pm as we welcome the Holiday Season with our annual Lighting of the Christmas Tree followed by our Deck the Halls Festival of Trees and Wreaths extravaganza. We will have a special sing-along, treats and madrigal singers for entertain. Contact the main office if you plan to attend!

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November 27, 2018

A Snowy Country Ride with a Sweet Surprise

Vriendschap Village residents loaded on our bus for a country ride to see the snow-fallen countryside. The bus was nice and warm but what really hit the spot was towards the end of the ride, we picked up coffee and hot chocolate for everyone to enjoy!

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November 26, 2018

December 2018 Community Life Calendars

Looking for that next class, club or event to inspire, delight or amaze you? Look no further. We’ve got a month full of exciting programs and we are sure you will find something that will pique your interest!

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November 20, 2018

A Special Hymn Sing

We had a special hymn sing this week as volunteers and family members led a large group of Vriendschap Village residents and they sang together for over an hour.

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November 19, 2018

Sharing Stories with GEMS Girls Group

The GEMS (Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior) from 1st Church came to visit our residents. They performed a couple of songs and then brought some questions and got to know our residents and their biblical knowledge as they worked together to answer questions. Thanks so much for visiting us girls and we look forward to […]

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November 15, 2018

A Special Visit from Creation Station Preschoolers

Preschool children from the Creation Station in town came to visit residents of Vriendschap Village this afternoon. The children shared several songs with the “grandmas and grandpas” as they were described by the teachers to the students. The students wished everyone a happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas! Creation Station Christian Preschool is offered by […]

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November 6, 2018

We Salute Veterans

Words cannot express our appreciation of those who served our country. This Veteran’s Day at Watermark communities coast to coast, we continue our commitment to recording the advice, life lessons and video interviews of our veterans in residence. We welcome veterans, their families and friends to join us for our Veteran’s Day observations and upcoming […]

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October 31, 2018

Central Students Lend A Helping Hand

Central students and staff came to Vriendschap Village during their work day and helped clear out old bushes in the front entrance and plant tulip bulbs. They also helped move lawn furniture inside for the winter and reorganize the activity room. Thanks so much for your help Central, we appreciate you!

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October 29, 2018

Oklahoma! Musical Receives Rave Reviews

We loaded a bus full of Vriendschap Village residents and attended Pella Christian High School’s presentation of the musical Oklahoma! The residents were all a “buzz” about the great singing, acting and dancing performances the students did in the show. Great job everyone —— WE LOVED IT! The musical is based on Lynn Riggs’ 1931 […]

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October 26, 2018

November 2018 Community Life Calendars

Looking for that next class, club or event to inspire, delight or amaze you? Look no further. We’ve got a month full of exciting programs and we are sure you will find something that will pique your interest!

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October 24, 2018

Mobility Worldwide – PET Carts and the Ministry Behind Them

Pete Verhey of Mobility Worldwide from Leighton Iowa gave a presentation about the PET carts that are peddled by hand. It provides mobility for many across the world. PET International is based in Columbia Missouri. They have 20+ branches across the country. There is a branch in Leighton Iowa. The focus of PET is to […]

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October 23, 2018

A Fall Country Ride Is Just What We Needed

Vriendschap Village residents climbed on the bus this week for a country ride to see all the changing fall colors and leaves falling. We headed towards Lake Red Rock and drove around the dam, several campgrounds and ended up back in town. It was a sunny day and perfect for the drive!

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October 22, 2018

Bluegrass Sounds with Joe & Lori King

Joe and Lori King brought bluegrass sound to Vriendschap Village to share with our residents. Joe is a great guitarist and Lori is a great vocalist and musician as well. We really enjoyed the performance and look forward to having them back!

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October 15, 2018

Behind the Scenes at Pella Municipal Airport

Thanks to the wonderful people who work at the Pella airport, along with our resident pilot, Dan Nugteren, we had a great tour of the airport and see the behind the scenes work that goes on everyday. Even though it was a little windy and cold we got to go out to the hanger and […]

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October 15, 2018

Fall Wreath Craft Project

Thanks to good friend Robin Braun, Vriendschap Village residents got to help decorate their doors and apartments for the fall season with wreaths last week. Robin helped residents use wooden hoops and then glue on fall flowers, leaves and other decorations. Everyone who attended left with a wreath. Some went on doors, in apartments and […]

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October 11, 2018

Robert Slings Country & Gospel Performance Delights Crowd

Entertainer Robert Slings (Have Guitar, Will Travel) from Prairie City joined together with residents this week for some singing and story sharing. Bob sang several gospel and old time hymns which the crowd joined in on and then sang several country tunes. After the performance, he sat and talked with several friends that are residents. […]

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October 9, 2018

Pella Public Library Educational Talk

Wendy Street, Pella Public Library Director, spoke with Vriendschap Village residents about the opportunities that are available through the library. Wendy talked not only about books, but educational programs, on-line resources and even checking out cake pans, tools and seeds to plant in your garden.

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October 2, 2018

Flying Pans Concert at Central College

This week, Vriendschap Village residents and staff traveled to Central College to enjoy the Flying Pans Alumni Steel Band 12th Annual Concert. The Flying Pans Steel Band is the only college ensemble in the country that plays steel pan drums. The instruments originated in Trinidad and Tobago, but the group doesn’t limit itself to Caribbean […]

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September 26, 2018

The Real Beal’s One-Man Band

The Real Beal’s One-Man Band from Oskaloosa entertained residents this week for Active Aging Week. Jeff Beals played his one-man-band while his wife Nancy sang along. Residents and staff got a close look at the one-man-band and how Jeff plays. They sang and played a variety of music and got the crowd clapping and singing […]

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September 26, 2018

Wii Bowling Tournament Promotes Senior Health

As part of Vriendschap Village celebrating Active Aging Week, we held a Wii Bowling Tournament. We helped residents learn how to play and then held the tournament, promoting activity, playing the game, standing, sitting and cheering each other on. It was fun for all those that participated and attended!

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September 25, 2018

Ice Cream Outing to Monroe – Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall

Vriendschap Village residents decided to get one more outing in to Jersey Freeze in Monroe for ice cream before they close for the season in mid-October. There was some new faces to go with those who always love going and getting some great ice cream.

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September 25, 2018

October 2018 Community Life Calendars

Looking for that next class, club or event to inspire, delight or amaze you? Look no further. We’ve got a month full of exciting programs and we are sure you will find something that will pique your interest!

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September 19, 2018

Shepherd’s Staff Gospel Quartet

We were once again happy to host the members of Shepherd’s Staff Quartet as they entertained us this week. Thanks gentlemen (and Nora) for entertaining us and spreading your positive message. We look forward to having you back!

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September 18, 2018

Residents Attend “The Last Lion: Winston Churchill” at Pella Opera House

This weekend, Vriendschap Village residents and staff traveled to Pella Opera House for “The Last Lion: Winston Churchill.” This one-man show is both educational and historical. It was performed by author Andrew Edlin. We received free tickets from the Opera House to this performance as a result of a grant from the Marion Co. Community […]

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September 14, 2018

Extraordinary Outing to Meswaki Casino

Vriendschap residents and staff headed to Tama, Iowa this week to have fun and try our luck. We had good conversation, good food and even though we didn’t strike it rich, we had a blast!

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August 28, 2018

Vriendschap Village’s Thrive Dining™ Tasting Featured in Pella Chronicle

The following article was recently posted in the Pella Chronicle about our recent Thrive Dining™ event. To be directed to the article, please click here. Vriendschap Gets Taste of Cutting-Edge Senior Cuisine By Pat Finan, Editor PELLA – Chef Jeff Ross whetted appetites at Vriendschap Village on Aug. 23 for a new cooking method that […]

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August 27, 2018

Extraordinary Outing in Geocaching – Finding Hidden Treasures

A group of brave Vriendschap Village explorers climbed on the bus and headed towards unknown locations within Pella and the surrounding areas this weekend with the Extraordinary Outing: Geocaching. Participants who go geocaching use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or […]

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August 27, 2018

September 2018 Community Life Calendars

Looking for that next class, club or event to inspire, delight or amaze you? Look no further. We’ve got a month full of exciting programs and we are sure you will find something that will pique your interest.

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August 24, 2018

Red Red Army Corps of Engineers Educate Residents About Geocaching

Jessica Heath, Natural Resource Specialist (Park Ranger) USACE – Lake Red Rock, came to Vriendschap Village to talk to our residents about geocaching. Have you heard about the geocaching? It is a modern-day nature scavenger hunt. Participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” […]

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August 10, 2018

Entertainer Russ Stravers Spreads Joy & Hope

Vriendschap Village welcomed Russ Stravers recently to our community for some lively entertainment. He delighted residents with his wonderful singing voice and stories of both joy and hope. Between songs, Russ spoke about some of the struggles he has had in life, and shared how his faith continues to make him strong daily. After the performance, residents had […]

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August 8, 2018

Residents Attend “Kiss Me, Kate” Performance by Union Street Players

Union Street Players of Pella recently put on the play Kiss Me, Kate and residents of Vriendschap Village attended the performance, thoroughly enjoying the show. There were many local residents in the play that were friends and family of our residents. Kiss Me, Kate was written by Samuel and Bella Spewack with music and lyrics […]

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August 6, 2018

We brought the fair to Vriendschap!

Vriendschap Village brought the fair to our residents last week. Our fair started with our blue ribbon events (items brought by residents such as handcrafts, woodwork and baked goods). Then we ushered our residents just outside our doors where we had tractors provided by Red Rock Threshers, FFA students and several resident families had farm animals to […]

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July 25, 2018

August 2018 Community Life Calendars

Looking for that next class, club or event to inspire, delight or amaze you? Look no further. We’ve got a month full of exciting programs and we are sure you will find something that will pique your interest.

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July 9, 2018

Red Rock Balloon Festival Outing

Residents and staff traveled to Red Rock Lake to the Red Rock Balloon Fest. Even though the evening flight didn’t take place, hot air balloons were blown up for people to see. We had a great time!

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July 6, 2018

Pella 4th of July Parade

Despite the heat, residents and staff found a nice shady spot to sit and watch the 4th of July parade. Such a wonderful event and thanks for all the Pella residents for making it so special.

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July 2, 2018

Hymn Sing with Paul Zagunis

Vriendschap Village welcomed Mr. Paul Zagunis as he played his guitar and led a hymn sing with our residents this week. Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to sing and make a joyful noise. Thanks for sharing your talent, Paul!

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June 29, 2018

Watermark University Class: Patriotic Crafts

A Watermark University Class with Robin Braun was held this week on making patriotic crafts to get ready for Independence week. Residents made a flag out of red, white and blue buttons. After the class, many of the flags went to decorate community doors and apartments. Thanks Robin for hosting the event.

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June 27, 2018

July 2018 Community Life Calendars

Looking for that next class, club or event to inspire, delight or amaze you? Look no further. We’ve got a month full of exciting programs and we are sure you will find something that will pique your interest.

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June 20, 2018

Vriendschap Village Hosts Family Picnic

Nearly 200 happy guests arrived at Vriendschap Village on Tuesday, June 19th for the first annual Family Picnic. Everyone enjoyed delicious food from the grill, homemade ice cream from Jerry Bandstra and refreshing drinks all while listening to the Sully Big Band on in the courtyard. Residents, friends, and family complimented the great evening enjoyed […]

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June 18, 2018

Watermark University Class: Buxton History

Resident Elfrieda DeHaai held a Watermark University class on the history of Buxton Iowa, an area mining town with a unique history and short lifespan. Thanks so much Elfrieda for sharing your vast knowledge. You’ll love having unlimited access to all of our mind and body fitness classes just steps from your door. These programs […]

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June 18, 2018

Thursday Evenings in Pella a Delightful Experience

Residents and staff from Vriendschap Village traveled to downtown Pella for Thursday Evenings in Pella this past week. It was entitled “Game Night” and featured entertainment from Central College Summer Band Camp and the Pella Community Band.

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June 11, 2018

Vriendschap Family Picnic on June 19th – Deadline to register is June 13th!

We welcome summer with our Family Picnic on June 19th from 4:30pm – 6:30pm. Residents are encouraged to invite family members to join us for a picnic meal of hamburgers, hot dogs with all the fixings and special homemade ice-cream for dessert. We will also have special entertainment by the Sully Big Band starting at […]

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June 4, 2018

Applebee’s Lunch Outing

Vriendschap Village residents and staff recently traveled to Applebee’s for our first Sunday lunch outing. The food was delicious and the company was delightful!

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June 4, 2018

Lads and Lassies Square Dancer Performance

We were very excited to host members of the Lads and Lassie Square Dancing group this weekend at Vriendschap Village. It was a great time by all and some of the staff and family members even joined in.

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June 1, 2018

Lunch at Coffee Cup Cafe

Despite the warm temperatures this week. A good lunch with a piece of their well-known pie at Sully’s Coffee Cup Cafe was just what we needed to beat the heat!

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May 30, 2018

June 2018 Community Life Calendars

Looking for that next class or event to inspire, delight or amaze you? Look no further. Here at Vriendschap Village, we’ve got a month full of exciting programs and outings. We are sure you will find something that will pique your interest.

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May 29, 2018

Vriendschap Village Says Thanks to Local Law Enforcement

Vriendschap Village residents and staff took time this week to say thanks to local law enforcement by bringing them boxed lunches. We appreciate the Pella Police Department and all area police & first-responders for what they do for our community and all surrounding communities.

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