Cheers to the Knickerbocker in Bay Village

The Knickerbocker Senior Center, located in the Knickerbocker Apartments at 27100 Knickerbocker Road in Bay Village, will be hosting a “wine & cheese” fundraiser, a “last hurrah” of sorts in the building’s original glory before construction begins this summer. Come and celebrate this historic building on Thursday, May 10, 5-8 p.m.; sip and eat and win some amazing prizes with all proceeds to benefit our senior residents. The event will be the last in the building before remodeling and funds will serve the residents for activities, meals and outings during the lengthy construction period.

Bay Inter-Faith Housing, LSC Service Corporation and PIRHL Developers have partnered to rehabilitate and recapitalize Knickerbocker Apartments. It was originally developed and is still owned by Bay Inter-Faith Housing, which is a consortium of four Bay Village churches (Bay Presbyterian, Bay United Methodist, Bethesda on-the-Bay Lutheran, and St. Barnabas Episcopal), that organized in the late 1960s to address the growing need for senior housing and services in the area. Constructed in 1974, the property is restricted to seniors over age 62.

Many things have changed culturally within the building. There once was a dress code, women could only wear dresses and men business attire while residents were required to come in the side door with packages, groceries and carts. It is now a more modern, casual atmosphere. The entire west parking lot was once home to gardens before cars became essential and a raised garden is in the new backyard development plan. The Senior Center itself (Westshore Senior Center) once served the entire community with dinners, socials and volunteer events.

Residents continue to enjoy the social activities from morning coffee to exercise classes, hot lunches, sing-a-longs, birthday celebrations, craft classes, movie nights and a monthly entertainment event. These events, especially music, are always popular and critical to the well-being of the residents. The building now provides an in-house activities coordinator, social services coordinator and Eliza Jennings health care.

All in all, our seniors deserve our care and attention. They are our past, and key wisdom to our future. They are the parents and teachers that set our morals, values and principles. Many don’t like to ask for help, but it is beneficial to us as human beings to support and respect them for a strong community. The Knickerbocker Senior Center helps to provide warm meals, outings, socials, educational programs and recreational activities to its residents. The Center is a 501(c)(3) and all funds are acquired by donation.

Tickets for the May 10 fundraiser are $35 (tax deductible) and can be purchased on site at the Knickerbocker Apartments between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. May 1-4. For questions contact Cheryl at 440-835-1111. Mary Beth Ions will be serenading guests at event from 6-7 p.m. Renderings of the new building will be on site to view.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 9:44 AM, 04.17.2018