Qualicum residents celebrate summer under the stars

An elegant menu, delightful music and a magical evening marks the change of seasons

The Gardens at Qualicum Beach enjoyed a sparking salute to summer with a dinner and dance “under the stars.

The Gardens at Qualicum Beach enjoyed a sparking salute to summer with a dinner and dance “under the stars.

How do you celebrate the conclusion of one of the most welcome summers in years? With a seasonal soirée, of course!

“Our residents and staff waited a long time for this summer to arrive and we definitely wanted to celebrate all the enjoyable times it brought,” says Billy Jolicoeur,Community Relations Manager. “Our Evening Under the Stars was graced with delicious food, sparkling wine, plenty of glitter and the musical magic of band Silver and Gold.”

As always, the Gardens’ culinary team pulled out all the stops, creating an elegant menu of beef tenderloin, red onion marmalade, glazed carrots, asparagus and duchess potato.

Qualicum Gardens’ culinary team pulled out all the stops for their Evening Under the Stars, creating an elegant menu of beef tenderloin with red onion marmalade.

Qualicum Gardens’ culinary team pulled out all the stops for their Evening Under the Stars, creating an elegant menu of beef tenderloin with red onion marmalade.

The summer salute topped a season of fun events for residents that included a festive English garden party with high tea and fine china. And last month, the Gardens at Qualicum hosted a special butterfly release to honour loved ones lost over the past 18 months and the resiliency demonstrated by residents, staff and families in response to the challenges of COVID.

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These kinds of events are instrumental in building community at the Qualicum Beach seniors’ residence, Jolicoeur notes.

The Gardens offers a wide variety of options all at one location, with independent living ranging from studio to two-bedroom suites, each complete with a kitchenette, walk-in shower and private balcony to enjoy the views. But what’s truly exceptional at this inviting community is the lifestyle – this is retirement as you want to live it. Free yourself from the burden of home maintenance, and instead indulge a new hobby, enjoy an enriching social calendar filled with recreation, fitness and entertainment, and a variety of special events.

In the comfortable dining room, savour delicious three-course lunches and dinners crafted with care by the executive chef and team, plus themed monthly dinners and special occasion menus. There’s even a private dining room for you to celebrate a special lunch or host a dinner party.

And with assisted living and residential care also available, if your needs change over the years, you’ll find the ideal level of care right here at home.

Book your visit to the Gardens at Qualicum Beach today! Call 250-752-2818 to learn more.

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