Witches, goblins, demented chefs, bacon and eggs, pilots dropped from the sky and the ghost of Jane Austen roamed the box-strewn corridors of 511 East Broadway as some 35 seniors joined together to have one last fun event at the old Tonari Gumi building before the big move to our new facilities at 42 West 8th Avenue. 95 year olds and those just a little younger were acting like giggling 10 year olds as they played games, ate candy (what else) and gorged on a lot of other great Halloween treats. In addition to mango pudding, strawberry shortcake and pumpkin pie, there were ghostly fingers masking as cookies.
It’s clear that everyone is going to miss the old Tonari Gumi site as there are many wonderful memories of fun activities, great meals and good friendships that took place at that location. However, just as Tonari Gumi continued to grow and benefit more people as it moved from East Hastings, then to Powell Street and next to the current East Broadway location, it will also grow and benefit even more people as we move to 42 West 8th Avenue in Vancouver. In addition, Tonari Gumi will be making a big leap, not in terms of location—because we’re not very far away from where we are now—but now Tonari Gumi is going to own its own building. Now we can work at creating a true “home away from home” for our many seniors and every other generation within the community. While we are sad to leave our old home behind, it is exciting to look forward to what lies ahead for Tonari Gumi and everyone in the community as we move into a brand new and bigger facility. Don’t forget, our grand opening at our new facility will be on Saturday, November 23 at 2:15 p.m. See you there!