Category: Life at The Fountains

May 21, 2018

Executive Director of The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay Named Businessperson of 2017

The City of South Pasadena recently recognized Suzanne Burtzlaff as 2017 Businessperson of the Year for her work at The Fountains and the pivotal role she has played in fostering a strong partnership between the retirement community and Pasadena. Burtzlaff and her team have made great strides to promote public safety within the community as a […]

May 9, 2018

April in Paris

April showers surely bring may flowers, but in Paris it brings lovely weather and reasons to dance! With the spring season underway, the weather in Paris, France continues to get better in April. It truly must be the most magnificent month in Paris, because they wrote a song about it. For this, we found reason to gather and celebrate […]

May 2, 2018

Summer 2018 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With almost 100 different classes with everything from India: Its People and Culture to Inside the D-Day Invasion to LGBTQ History to The Benefits of Equine Therapy and even There's More to Florida than Oranges and Disney, we are sure you will […]

April 30, 2018

U.S. Navy Veteran of The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay Takes Honor Flight

Channel 8 News recently published a video feature of veterans in Clearwater Florida taking an honor flight to Washington D.C. on Tuesday, April 24th 2018. To view the segment please click here. Nearly 80 passengers boarded a plane in Clearwater, Florida last Tuesday, and they all had one thing in common – their service to […]

April 30, 2018

Farm to Table Two Chefs

The roots of the farm to table trend stretch back to the 1960's and 1970's when Americans became increasingly dissatisfied with processed foods that they found bland. One of the first farm to table restaurants that opened up was Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California in 1971. Chez Panisse was opened by Chef Alice Waters, who […]

April 3, 2018

Waterfront Renovations

The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay, located in St. Petersburg, Florida, is investing $90,000 in waterfront renovations that commenced last month. The pool and pool deck are being refinished. The patio outside the main dining room has been extended an additional 14 feet, with 2 automatic awnings that will retract with increased wind speeds, new landscaping, […]

March 14, 2018

The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay Supports Local Girl’s Journey to the Special Olympics

The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay and Watermark for Kids have driven another child's passion, this time galloping through new educational terrain in means of horseback riding and pure happiness. Elizabeth Backman, 17, loves horseback riding and it has played an important role in her growth as a young adult. Watermark for Kids has sponsored […]

March 6, 2018

Veterans Initiative: Flea Market Sale for Veteran Based Organizations

The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay's Veterans are currently supporting two local initiatives; Wreathes Across America and the Wounded Warrior Project. Our Veterans put a request out to the community for good condition items to be donated in order to sell at their Veterans' Flea Market Sale in the Lobby this past February. The residents […]

February 13, 2018

Mardi Gras Celebration

The literal translation of Mardi Gras is "Fat Tuesday." A traditional day to feast celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday, a day that begins a period of fasting in the Catholic Religion. The history of Mardi Gras dates back to the late 1600's when French Settlers brought the celebration to Louisiana. Today's celebrations are highlighted […]

December 5, 2017

Showcase of Talent

We’re thrilled to introduce our 2018 edition of EXPRESSIONS, Watermark’s annual calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. This calendar reminds us that our communities are collective creations of friendly, caring individuals who are generous with their time and talents. Whether expressing their individual creativity through paint, clay, yarn, stone or an outstretched hand, they […]

November 15, 2017

Boca Goes Green for the Cure with Former Mayor, Dick Holmes, Leading the Way

Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, and accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases and is not considered a normal part of aging. It currently affects millions, including over 200,000 people under the age of 65 years old. The Fountains of Boca Ciega Bay has always been a strong advocate in […]

November 2, 2017

A Bewitching Halloween Soire

The bewitching hour this year was eerily spooktacular! With our witches and brooms flying about, there was magic about for certain! We had an abundance of creative costumes from both residents and associates, from black Kitty Cats to sparkling Witches and even a Tequila Bottle came to party! After dancing to the wonderful John Hubbs […]

September 20, 2017

Watermark for Kids Helps Local Student, Riley Gigstead, Attend iD Tech Camp

The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay and Watermark for Kids have propelled another child’s passion, this time in the name of a tech-lover’s summer camp.  Riley Gigstead, 10, spent one week at iD Tech Camp practicing his craft while learning how to build a computer and baseline code for games. WFK sponsored Riley’s summer venture […]

September 7, 2017

Hurricane Irma

Dear Family Members and Friends of Our Community, As part of our preparation for the coming storm, we have established a 24-hour toll free number you can use to obtain information about our community and residents in the event our local phone number is inoperable. The number is 1-888-694-4517. Rest assured we have been preparing […]

August 9, 2017

Apple Pie in July

The Fountains has many traditions that we love all year round, but Apple Pie in July is one of our absolute favorites! Each year, we have a competition to determine who on Boca Ciega Bay makes the best apple pie and, while it's always a tough job being a judge, this year's was certainly the hardest! […]

August 1, 2017

Advice for a Happy Marriage

During a recent Happily Ever After Two Chef's Show, community staff asked residents for their advice on how to have a long and happy marriage. Seeing as though many have been married for over 50 years, they had lots of great advice to share. “Never go to bed with conflict on your mind. Life is too short, […]

July 28, 2017

Christmas in July

Santa Claus swapped his red suit for swimming trunks and a bottle of sunscreen on Boca Ciega! We're five months away from Christmas, but that didn't keep us from rocking around the Christmas tree! Surrounded by palm trees and sand, our Auditorium was decked out in the traditional holiday fashion with a Florida twist. Buckets […]

July 10, 2017

Girl Scouts Cookie Eating Contest & Fundraiser for Watermark For Kids

We've supported our local Girl Scout troop this year by buying an abundance of cookies during cookie season. We put those cookies to good use with a good ol' cookie eating contest! We asked residents, associates and visitors to drop their spare change into the jars with the candidates pictures at the front desk for […]

May 5, 2017

Gibbs High School Special Needs Talent Show

While the arts are important for all students, it’s crucial for those with special needs. Artistic activities directly exercise and strengthen the cognitive and physical skills that generally challenge special needs children. Gibbs High School is known for their impressive performing arts program and their special needs students are no exception. The Fountains is lucky […]

April 28, 2017

Summer 2017 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With more than 100 different classes with everything from Wii Bowling Basics to Water Aerobics to Watercolor Painting to Summer Science and even Nature Photography, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes are for, […]

April 10, 2017

The Inn’s Spring Family BBQ

Spring means it was time for our quarterly Family Night for our Assisted Living neighborhood! The weather was perfect with spring upon us, and what better way to enjoy it than with a cook-out put on by our chefs in the courtyard while mingling with family, The Fountains Team and residents. The night was surely a gorgeous […]

April 4, 2017

Tampa Bay Times Newspaper Recognizes Donation Efforts to Women’s Shelter

Residents and associates from The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay collected items to donate to a local domestic abuse women’s shelter in the community. Together, we ended up donating over $200 worth of items that weighed over 130 pounds! We had our Gardens, Inn, and Town Center residents accompany us to deliver the items. On […]

March 8, 2017

International Women’s Day

According to their website, International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It's celebrated in different ways using themes specific to the organization planning the event. No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women's network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women's Day. Observed […]

January 6, 2017

Spring 2017 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With more than 90 different classes with everything from Veteran’s Club to Pinterest Planning & Productions to Meditation Hour to Fountains FunMakers and even Fishing Frenzy, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes are […]

December 16, 2016

Holly Trolley Jolley Ride!

Hang on to your knickers, The Fountain's went on one amazing ride! Every year, we do the holiday lights tour at the famous Lake Park Estates neighborhood, where almost every single house is decorated and the nightly event is sponsored by Hospice. The last few years have been a little difficult to see with our bus […]

December 8, 2016

National Calendar Features 98 Year Old Resident, Homer Prentice

An article was recently published in the Tampa Patch, located at on December 6th 2016. To read the full article, please click here. Homer Prentice, a resident of The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay has been featured in the Expressions 2017 Calendar, an award-winning calendar that celebrates active aging and the arts. His oil […]

November 22, 2016

Celebrating Active Aging and the Arts

We’re thrilled to introduce our 2017 edition of EXPRESSIONS, Watermark’s annual calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. Complimentary copies of this beautiful, full-color wall calendar are available while they last at every Watermark community. In addition, we hope you’ll enjoy our online gallery featuring all the wonderful submissions we received this year from artists […]

November 11, 2016

Veterans offer life lessons in service, featured in Healthy Aging.

We are thrilled to announce that we have received outstanding national coverage for our Veterans Life Lessons initiative in the Healthy Aging Magazine, published on November 11th, 2016. To read the original article, please click here. Celebrating Our Veterans Around the U.S. Watermark Retirement Communities Shares Vet Words of Wisdom From practical, lifesaving advice, “You […]

November 7, 2016

Pokemon, Go!

Town Center resident, Mary Cordary, believes in having fun everyday. What started about two months ago when her Grandson, Andrew, who was going to Pokemon tournaments on the Beach and had requested his grandma to make him a Snorlax, has turned into quite the array of Pokemon creatures! Each Pokemon takes about two days to […]

November 3, 2016

Fountains Funmakers Performance

Our Fountains Funmakers made their debut in October with a fantastic performance of an original production called "The Dining Experience." The Funmakers originated at The Fountains in 2010 and had successful gatherings that produced music and laughter. The group fizzled after a few years, but was sparked back to life thanks to a push by […]

October 31, 2016

Apiculture: The Art of Beekeeping

To honor National Honey Month, we invited the Pinellas Bee Keepers Association to our community for an interesting look at these amazing creatures. They are a volunteer run organization dedicated to the preservation, assisting with the removal of bees to safe locations, and offer the community training opportunities to learn about bees and go through […]

October 31, 2016

Sunset Beach Stroll

The northern states may see the leaves changing colors, but here in Florida, the slight breeze in the air signals autumn for us and we relish every moment! We took an evening stroll along beautiful St. Pete Beach to admire the setting sun and the cool (low 80s!) weather. We took off our shoes and […]

September 27, 2016

Thanking our Local Heroes

Pay it forward is a phrase used to convey the passage of good deeds onto others after receiving your own. The Fountains is grateful for all of our local heroes - firefighters, paramedics, police officers - and we wanted to show our appreciation and pay it forward for all of their kindness by creating care […]

September 12, 2016

The Fountains Olympics!

Every four years, we get to tune into our televisions and watch as the world's most impressive athletes compete in the Olympic games. This year's games in August were held in Rio, but they weren't the only Olympics being held! The Fountains held our own competition to see who's the best of the best on […]

September 8, 2016

Fall 2016 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With more than 100 different classes with everything from Writer’s Workshop to Water Aerobics to Holiday Floral Arrangements to Mom’s Sweet Recipes and even Healthy Smoothies, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes […]

August 3, 2016

Apple Pie in July 2016

Before July was over, we put our baking mitts on and created some delicious apple pies. We held our 6th annual Apple Pie in July contest on July 14th. This year we had a total of eight contestants who were required to bake two separate pies. One would be judged on appearance and the other […]

June 30, 2016

Under the Sea

We've got no troubles down in the bubbles Under the Sea! The Seaweed is said to be greener in somebody else's lake, but The Fountain's has the greenest seaweed around! Our Mermaids and Mermen casted their sunscreen aside and broke out their flippers! It's better down where it's wetter, and we're ready to embrace the […]

June 10, 2016

An Extraordinary Glamping Trip

We braved the indecisive weather and spent a night “Glamping” at Westgate River Ranch, located near Lake Whales, with residents from The Inn and The Gardens and an awesome team of five associates! This type of glamorous camping makes all other camping seem drab! With plush mattresses inside a canvas covered tent, comfortable furniture, a […]

June 9, 2016

2016 Expressions Art Show

Each year, The Fountains hosts our Expressions Art Show which gives our most talented residents an opportunity to showcase their incredible works of art. This year's collection featured over 50 pieces of art in a variety of mediums. From counted cross stitch to oil paintings and everything in between, every type of art was represented […]

April 29, 2016

Summer 2016 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With almost 100 different classes with everything from Zumba to Wine Making to Water Aerobics to Spanish 101 and even Soap Making, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes are for, and taught by, […]

April 25, 2016

Fountains Book Buddies

An article was recently published in the Tampa Bay Newswire on Friday, April 21st, 2016 on To see the entire article, please click here. Residents of The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay have started a new intergenerational reading partnership with preschoolers from Temple Beth-El. On April 15th residents from The Town Center, The Inn […]

March 31, 2016

Easter Egg-Stravaganza

Spring has sprung, and new life has begun! Resident and associates families and friends came to celebrate Easter early with an Easter Egg-stravaganza in our beautiful courtyard. It's amazing how many kids can find over 200 hidden Easter eggs in less than ten minutes, but can't find their shoes! While the kiddos were busy finding […]

March 22, 2016

Learning to Sign

Our Watermark University catalog provides opportunities for our residents to learn about different foods, cultures and skills they may have always been interested in, but maybe never pursued or always wanted to gain more knowledge of. It's also an opportunity for our associates to share their passions. Our Community Life Director, Melissa Goodnow, has a […]

February 17, 2016

Mardi Gras Madness

What do you get when you combine a centuries-old Catholic tradition with a bit of French culture, baubles, beads, parade floats, hot jazz, masked revelers, and a city that knows how to laissez les bons temps rouler (let the good times roll)? You get Mardi Gras in New Orleans! Our Mardi Gras Masquerade was an affair […]

February 2, 2016

Toga! Toga! Toga!

We embraced our inner Gods and Goddesses and took a trip to ancient Greece where togas and gold wreath crowns were the fashion and the Acropolis was the place to be. The Auditorium was transformed into a Mediterranean scene with Mount Olympus and ivory and gold draped around the ancient ruins. We kicked off the […]

February 2, 2016

Israel: An Inside Look

Within its small perimeter, Israel packs in abundant riches, from cherished religious sites and plentiful archaeological treasures to spectacular natural wonders. Holy Land to Jews, Christians, and Muslims, this is where biblical place names like Jerusalem and the Galilee come vibrantly alive. Our Executive Director, Suzanne, and her husband and community Pastor, Paul Burtzlaff, took […]

January 29, 2016

Mismatched Monday with Sundaes

The best way to start the week off is with a day to wear your most mismatched outfit! Our residents and associates mixed polka dots and stripes, clashing colors, and there were a whole lot of "worst dressed" for our Mismatched Monday with Sundaes Social. From our shirts to our socks, we went all out. We mixed and […]

January 25, 2016

Happy Birthday, Elvis!

The King of Rock and Roll would have been 81 on January 8th so we had to celebrate his life in a true Boca Ciega Bay style. We kicked off the morning with a presentation all about Elvis and his amazing life and rise to fame. In the afternoon, it was time for the jailhouse […]