The Kensington Senior Living Community is planning several celebrations for national Assisted Living Week next week. The celebration is also a chance for The Kensington to recognize its 30 years of existence at the historic Paddock Hotel.
The public is invited to a celebration kickoff on Sunday, Sept. 8, from 11a.m.-1:30 p.m. for tours of the Kensington, as well as homemade lemonade, root beer, chips and hotdogs from Julie’s Dogsled.
On Monday, Sept. 9 at 1:30 p.m., magician Adam White will perform in the ballroom. On Tuesday, September 10 at 1:30 p.m., the Kensington will host bingo in the ballroom.
On Wednesday, Sept. 11, there will be a Patriot Day Veterans program starting at 9 a.m., with colors posted and a performance of the National Anthem by the American Legion Riders.
Originally the Paddock Kensington, the facility was opened by Agemark in 1989. So on Thursday, Sept. 12 from 4-7 p.m. The Kensington will have tours, refreshments and door prizes.
The events end Friday, Sept. 13 with a noon picnic in Pickrell City Park, followed by a screening of classic scary movies at 6:30 p.m. with free popcorn and pop.
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“It’s an opportunity to celebrate both the last 30 years and also look forward to the next 30 as far as meeting with us here in the building, taking a tour of what we’ve done lately and for us to get to know folks and the community a little bit better, too,” Alex Fall, a senior living consultant at The Kensington, said.
Fall said different pieces of the building’s history will be displayed during the tours, including the antique skeleton keys and previous newsletters.
Located at 105 N Sixth Street, the Paddock Hotel was founded in 1887 and named after Senator Algernon Paddock. The original building was destroyed in a fire in 1919 before being rebuilt in 1924.
Through the years, the Paddock Hotel was also a bank, billiard room, barber shop, coffee shop and beauty parlor.
The building was added to the national registrar of historic places in 1987, shortly before The Kensington opened its doors.
“Along with the celebration, we also want to celebrate all of the residents over the last 30 years and also all of the history of the building,” Fall said.