Our residents that stayed back at the community during the Tulip Time parade wanted to send their thanks to the Pella Opera House for streaming the parade so they could watch it inside! With the generosity from the Opera House, our residents are able to watch all of the parades that happen up town in […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
We were very excited to host members of the Lads and Lassies Square Dancing group this week at Vriendschap Village. It was a great time by all and some of the staff and members even joined in.
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.
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!
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 […]
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 […]
Sounds of piano and accordion filled the air this week at Vriendschap Village thanks to the ladies of Notes in Harmony. The crowd clapped and sang along as they played familiar favorites and hymns.
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 […]
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 […]
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!
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!
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 […]
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!
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 […]
Roger Christians, brother of Vriendschap Village resident Mary Lou Heetland, and members of her family, came to entertain our residents this week with their songs and comedy in the German Oktoberfest style. Thanks you so much for the fun!
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 […]
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!
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 […]
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. […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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!
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" […]
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 […]
Resident Harold Van Maanen held a Watermark University class on being a representative in the Iowa House of Representatives and his time as Speaker of the House. Thanks for sharing Harold, we hope to hear more in the future.
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!
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!
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
Playing music with items from their kitchen, the Vriendschap Kitchen Band made a lot of fun sounds practicing this week. The smiles and laughs filled the room.
The ladies of Notes in Harmony once again wowed the residents at Vriendschap Village with their performance. Thanks again for sharing your talent with us!
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.
Members of the Covenant Reformed Church of Pella joined together with residents at Vriendschap Village for a hymn sing last night. There were some great chords and smiles to go around. After the hymn sing all were invited to stay, socialize and have refreshments.
Gary Geels, son of Vriendschap's own Nelson Geels, joined our residents after our monthly resident birthday and anniversary party to talk about climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. Gary spoke about the climb, gave out a booklet of information complete with pictures and answered all of the residents' questions. It was a very educational and entertaining presentation, thank-you Gary […]
Kindergarten classes from Madison Elementary School came to Vriendschap Village today and sang several songs for our residents. After the performance, the children brought books and read to the residents. Everyone had a great time. Thanks so much to the kids and teachers for visiting us!
Residents and staff of Vriendschap Village were thoroughly entertained by members of the Pella Christian Vocal Department as they presented their Spring Concert last night. Great music and fellowship shared by all!
Wow, what a great Pella Tulip Time 2018 for the town and the residents, friends and staff of Vriendschap Village. We welcomed many visitors to our town and participated in all the events: the food, the street sweeping, the parades and all of the fun! We look forward to doing it again next year!
Resident Dan Nugteren, who is a former military pilot and current commercial pilot, recently shared about his life as a pilot and the thrill of flight. Thanks so much Dan, we all enjoyed learning more about your love of flying and sharing it with us!
Vriendschap Village residents traveled to Pella First Reformed Church this week and attended the concert of the Pella Men's Gospel Chorus. What a wonderful event!
Kindergarten students from Pella Christian Elementary School visited Vriendschap Village residents on Friday and gave a special program of singing and dancing with enthusiasm. After the performance, the kids brought books along to read to our residents. Thanks so much to the students, teachers and helpers that made our afternoon so much fun. We would […]
Pella Tulip Queen for 2018, Juliana Van Gorp, and her court of Naomi Tripp, Lexi De Jong, Tressa Vos and Elise Beukelman visited Vriendschap Village this week to get us all in the mood for Tulip Time scheduled for the 1st week in May. The queen and her court gave a presentation full of singing, dancing […]
Vriendschap Village staff, residents and friends joined together to hold a Soup Supper with all proceeds going to the Alzheimer's Association. For a free-will donation, those in attendance got a great meal and conversation, and entertainment by the Living Water Quartet. It was a great night! Thanks to all who participated and attended.
Vriendschap Village residents and staff traveled to Pella Christian High School this week to see the band and vocal departments winter concert. What a great amount of talent on display!
Elfrieda DeHaii spoke to a packed room as she shared one of her passions: history about the town of Marion County. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge and we look to doing it again.
Ladies from 1st Reformed Church entertained our residents with their play "Esther" and held a special coffee time afterwards.
Residents and staff joined together to celebrate Valentine's Day in their own special way. First there was a Prime Rib lunch with all the fixings...Yum! Then in the afternoon we had a special Valentine's Day Party with sweet treats and entertainment by Russ Stravers. In the evening, residents watched a special Valentine's Day movie "The Lost Valentine" with popcorn […]
Vriendschap Village held it's August Resident Birthday and Anniversary Party on Wednesday. Residents were treated to birthday cake with ice cream and refreshments. We had some great entertainment by Don Joy and Melanie Lynn who specialize in country western duets. Thank you to all who attended and helped with the party!
Residents and staff traveled to Eldon, Iowa to visit the American Gothic House and Museum. There they learned about Grant Wood, the artist and more about the famous painting. The also bought items from the gift shop to remember the trip by. It was a great trip and wonderful memories were made.
Several residents and staff enjoyed some great music at the Pella Christian High School Spring Choral Ensembles Concert. Thanks for sharing your talent with us and everyone in attendance.
2017 Tulip Time Queen Halle Van Vark and Jessa Bokhoven, Hannah Emmert, Sophia Steenhoek and Jennifer Van Haaften, the 2017 Tulip Time Court visited Vriendschap Village for a special performance. Residents enjoyed the pageantry, songs and learning about the history of Pella Tulip Time and Holland. Thanks so much ladies for spending some time with […]
Sounds of piano and accordion filled the air this week at Vriendschap Village thanks to the ladies of Notes in Harmony. The crowd clapped and sang along as they played familiar favorites and hymns.
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!
Vriendschap Village residents traveled to a joint Gospel Concert with Men Of A-Chord from Chicago Illinois and Gospel Singers from Central Iowa 1st CRC in Pella. One of our own, Norm Rozenboom, participated in the choir. What a wonderful concert and many thanks to the gentlemen for sharing your gifts with us and the rest […]
Vriendschap residents and staff travelled to Pella Christian High School to hear the band and choirs perform their winter concert. What a great collection of young musicians! Thanks for all your hard work students and staff, we truly enjoyed it!
Girls and parents of the local Girl Scout Troop recently visited and brought homemade Valentines, sang some Valentine's songs and brought books which they read out loud to our Vriendschap residents. Thanks so much girls for spreading the love to our residents. We hope to see you again soon!
Sheryl Stam presented a special piano concert for our residents this afternoon entitled piano and poetry. All who attended were very impressed on her playing and the love she had for her craft. She even asked the residents to join in on a sing-along during one of the pieces. Thank-you Sheryl for sharing your gift […]
The ladies of Notes of Harmony came to entertain our residents here at Vriendschap Village yesterday afternoon. What a great performance, thank you! ladies!
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 […]
Members from the Sully Community Church recently joined us to celebrate the Christmas season with the singing of carols, a musical performance by a children's choir and a special message from the pastor. Church families also brought various goodies to share with the residents. Thanks for all those who participated.
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Marilyn Schuler is a retired elementary school teacher who lives in Grinnell, Iowa and writes stories for parents and grandparents to read to their children and grandchildren. She visited Vriendschap and read some of her stories for our residents and answered questions. We appreciate Mrs. Schuler talent and taking the time to visit with us […]
Several of our residents attended the SWE Variety Show in the Upper Chapel at Central College in Pella. SWE members and favorite professors performed different acts throughout the show. The acts ranged from instrumental ensembles, singing, trivia and dancing. Several residents participated in learning a new dance from one of the acts.
Recently our very own Vriendschap Village residents Lola Klein and Millie Lanser entertained their friends and family during a special concert. Lola played the piano and Millie played the organ. After the ladies played their favorite hymns there was a sing-a-long for the residents. Thank you ladies for sharing your talent and making Vriendschap a great […]
On June 25th,we traveled to Sigourney, Iowa to the Dumont Museum. The museum represents a lifetime of collecting by Lyle & Helen Dumont. The museum became a reality in 1994 with the plans being made for the large new building located south of Sigourney, Iowa, that would ultimately encase over 30,000 square feet of space. […]
Throughout its nearly 30 year history, Watermark has sought ways, large and small, to enhance the well-being of our residents and associates. Success is mostly measured in the strong and durable relationships between residents and associates that bring with them trust, comfort and more than a bit of warm fun. Particularly in our Memory Care […]