What do you get when you put 175 residents of local Assisted Living Communities, a great Jazz Band, and good food together? The answer: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church’s annual Magnolia Ball!
And that occurred on Sunday, October 5, when guests from Arbor Terrace of East Cobb, Atria of Paces Ferry, Benton House in Woodstock, Bickford of Marietta, Chambrell of Roswell, Elmcroft, Freedom Pointe, Parc at Piedmont, Sunrise of East Cobb and The Jewish Tower came together in the Fellowship Hall of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church at 955 Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta, GA.
The Johnson Ferry Jazz Band, under the direction of Dr. Brian Hedrick, and guest vocalist, Andrea Mueller, had the guests packing the dance floor to jazz favorites, such as Take the A Train, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, and Summertime. Before and after the Jazz Band performed, Tom Olsen, pianist at Sunrise East Cobb, played memorable 1930’s and ‘40’s standards, such as Sentimental Journey.
Between songs, guests enjoyed light refreshments, including dessert cookies donated by Arbor Terrace of East Cobb and bananas foster, demonstrated by Brian Knapp, chef at Atria of Paces Ferry. John Morgan Photography took professional photos of the guests.
Each year residents are asked about their unfulfilled dreams and two to three residents have their “dreams” filled by Johnson Ferry Church. This year, Gene Sullivan of Atria, who said his favorite place is the dance floor, was awarded free dance lessons from Atlanta Dance on Roswell Road.
Dale Elbert Jones of Parc at Piedmont, who will be 100 in early November, had a dream that his “Ole Bull” model violin be played by an expert. This violin was purchased by his grandfather from a tramp while enroute to Arizona in 1886. Dale later inherited the damaged violin and completely restored it. His dream was accomplished when Colleen Lively, a local violinist and violin teacher at Johnson Ferry Conservatory of Music, performed the song, When I Fall in Love, on Dale’s heirloom violin.
Sonia Lohmeyer of Sunrise of East Cobb was the third “dream” recipient, but was unable to attend this year’s Ball. She will receive her dream later this month.
Also honored was Jim Neyland, who was celebrated by Johnson Ferry for his years of ministry to local assisted living communities.
Over 100 members of Johnson Ferry Church volunteer to make the Magnolia Ball a joyful experience for local seniors. Next year’s Ball will be held in early October 2015 and all local area seniors are invited.