Category: Life at The Fountains

April 29, 2019

Summer 2019 Watermark University Catalog

Watermark University (WU) strives to provide individuals with meaningful opportunities to learn, teach, grow and achieve wellness. Research shows that learning and keeping our mind active and sharp supports healthy aging. At Watermark Retirement Communities®, we are committed to encouraging our residents and associates to lead balanced lives, full of meaning and purpose and grounded […]

February 26, 2019

Veterans Initiative 2019: Rummage Sale for Tiny Homes for Homeless Veterans

The Fountains' Veterans are supporting a new local organization, Celebrate Outreach's Tiny Homes Project for homeless Veterans. We called upon our community to come together to declutter to help others, and the response was tremendous! In the three days of collection during Random Acts of Kindness Week, we collected more than we could dream of! […]

February 21, 2019

All You Need is Love, Wedding Vow Renewal on Valentine’s Day

On Valentine's Day, The Fountains hosted the first ever Vow Renewal Ceremony and Reception. The event was open to all married couples and domestic partners that wished to renew their commitments they made to each other, no matter if it has been 5, 10, 15 or 75 years! Shortly after sending out the personal invites to the […]

February 15, 2019

Married Couple of 75 Years Renews Vows, Shares their Secrets to Longevity

On Valentine's Day, The Fountains' hosted an All You Need is Love Wedding Vow & Domestic Partner Commitment Renewal Ceremony for ten resident couples. These lovely couples have been married between 27 years all the way to 75 years of bliss! While each story has a unique start, there's something to be said about one couple […]

February 12, 2019

Declutter to Help Others

Do you have too much stuff? You can declutter your home and help others thrive at the same time. As part of Watermark Retirement Communities, we’d like to help you make the most of your unwanted possessions. Check out these suggestions from Watermark and then contact us if you need help getting started. We’re always […]

January 28, 2019

Well, blow me down! It’s a Chef’s Show for Popeye the Sailorman!

It's Popeye's birthday and we celebrated with our Two Chefs Show on Thursday the 10th in the Auditorium! Chef payed homage to the famous cartoon by serving up an exciting spin on Popeye's favorite food: Spinach! Residents tested their best Popeye knowledge, and a few won tickets to the Chef's Harvest for it! Did you […]

January 14, 2019

Cheers to 100 Years, Pearl!

36,525 days; 876,000 hours; 52,596,000; 100 years; One amazing lifetime of stories to tell! Today, Pearl celebrated her 100th Birthday, orchestrated by her lovely daughter, Deborah, surrounded by her family & friends. Her one wish was to wear her tiara and stroll around the community, and that's just what her daughter did! With champagne in […]

January 14, 2019

Painting by St. Pete Artist, 97, Featured in Award-Winning Calendar

Stella Szemela made news again! This past week, Stella was interviewed for the Fox News segment, What's Right with Tampa Bay. Stella recently received the news that she has been featured in two national publications as her oil painting, titled “Magnolias,” that received recognition in the 2018 Expressions Calendar for the month of February, was […]

December 18, 2018

The Last Ladies Luncheon of 2018 with the Nauticat’s Winter Show

Each month, ladies in the community get together to mingle over a special lunch with the Community Life team. To end our year of luncheons, we had guest performers. The local Nauticats of the St. Pete Yacht Club came and sung Christmas songs as the ladies enjoyed Vegetable Lasagna with a House Salad, Garlic Bread, […]

December 18, 2018

Holidays Around the World

With so many holidays celebrated around this time of year all over the world, The Fountains wanted to bring light to the holidays less known and the traditions surrounding them. Our guest speaker Chris Wells did a spectacular and energetic presentation showing our community the many traditions we have in the US for this holiday […]

December 17, 2018

Spring 2019 Watermark University Catalog

Watermark University (WU) strives to provide individuals with meaningful opportunities to learn, teach, grow and achieve wellness. Research shows that learning and keeping our mind active and sharp supports healthy aging. At Watermark Retirement Communities®, we are committed to encouraging our residents and associates to lead balanced lives, full of meaning and purpose and grounded […]

December 13, 2018

Stella Szemela, Local Artist and Resident of The Fountains, Featured Nationally for Artwork

Annually, Watermark Retirement Communities hosts an Art Expressions Calendar event. This event is done at every community under Watermark and hundreds of resident artists submit their work for not only their community's art show, but to be considered for a place in the next year's Expressions calendar. The Expressions Calendar, an award-winning calendar that celebrates active aging […]

December 11, 2018

Annual Holiday Breakfast with Our Savior Lutheran School & Santa

For years, this has been one of our favorite Fountains' traditions! Our managers and supervisors have the opportunity to serve our residents a hot breakfast of eggs, biscuits and gravy, home fries and scrambled eggs in the Auditorium surrounded by all the colors and decorations of the season. After the plates are all cleared, the children from […]

December 11, 2018

Happy Hanukkah!

To all our associates, residents and families that celebrated this past week, The Fountains would like to wish you a very Happy Hanukkah. The Fountains has celebrated the week with a Hanukkah Happy Hour with latkes, cinnamon apples, sour cream and assorted rugelach pastries, followed by nightly prayer and lighting of the Menorah in the lobby by […]

December 11, 2018

Fall Harvest Party 2018

As we enjoy the few days that is what we call "Florida's Fall," which consists of a gentle breeze and still 85 degree weather, we gathered together on a Saturday night to bring fall at The Fountains to life. With pumpkin soup and stuffed chicken and pumpkin cheesecake on the menu and our boots on […]

November 14, 2018

Expressions 2019: Celebrating Active Aging and the Arts

For 19 consecutive years, Watermark has proudly published a full-color wall calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. Featuring works submitted by Watermark residents from coast to coast, Expressions 2019 is sure to inspire creativity within everyone it reaches. Complimentary copies of Expressions 2019 are available for the asking while supplies last. Please call or […]

November 7, 2018

We Salute Veterans

Words cannot express our appreciation of those who served our country. This Veteran’s Day at Watermark communities coast to coast, we continue our commitment to recording the advice, life lessons and video interviews of our veterans in residence. We welcome veterans, their families and friends to join us for our Veteran’s Day observations, a special […]

October 16, 2018

ASHA Showcases Watermark Artists in State of Seniors Housing Annual Report

Look familiar? The cover of ASHA’s newly released State of Seniors Housing Report features “Magnolias,” a beautiful oil painting by Stella Szemela, resident of The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay. You may remember seeing it as February’s featured artwork in Expressions 2018. And that’s not all. Inside the report, you will see art by other […]

October 15, 2018

Boca Goes Green for the Cure in 2018’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s

According to the Alzheimer's Association, Alzheimer's Disease is the most common form of dementia, and accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases and is not, in fact, 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 […]

October 12, 2018

A Murder Mystery Dinner Party

In the spirit of October, The Fountains hosted their first Murder Mystery Dinner Party. With over 105 people in attendance and 11 people playing character roles, this party was a riot! Each in their role with characters ranging from Dr. Grape, the Chemist, to Ms. Pheasant, the High Society Socialite, to Jeeves, the Butler, players […]

October 8, 2018

Boca Goes Green for the Cure with a Week Long Green Bench Celebration

Celebrating the 101st Anniversary of The World Famous St. Pete Green Benches and preparing for the Walk to End Alzheimer's, Mr. Dick Holmes partnered a couple special events with Palms of Pasadena Hospital and the Alzheimer's Association to celebrate with a cause! On Monday, October 1st at 1:00pm, the Mayor of Pasadena gave a dedicated […]

October 2, 2018

Oktoberfest 2018

The first Oktoberfest was held in the year 1810 in honor of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig's marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. Traditions have been since occurring, with festivities ranging from September to October, and we couldn't miss the opportunity to don our Lederhosen and Dirndl-dresses! Let's not forget the most important part - […]

September 13, 2018

A Tailgating Two Chefs Show

Down, set, hike!! Thursday, September 6th was the official kick off to the NFL season and we celebrated at our Two Chefs Show with a rowdy Tailgating party. Before the Ravens take on the Bengels, our Fountain's associates served up a delicious game day ready food that was on par with us pre-gaming with friends […]

August 28, 2018

The Benefits of Taking an Art Class Go Well Beyond Pretty Pictures

The benefits of art classes extend well past just the idea of creating something and at The Fountains, we strongly believe in the power or art and what it can do for our residents. Our Watermark University Painting Instructor of over 10 years, John Comer, was featured in a local news piece showcasing his classes […]

August 3, 2018

Island Luau Party

We celebrated the summertime with an Island Luau this past July! Residents, associates and lots of family members hula'd on over in their best Island wear for an afternoon filled with tropical drinks and dancing! With grass skirts and tiki lights, Pina Coladas (virgin & spiked), and other tropical delights, it was surely a great […]

June 29, 2018

The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay Receives National Awards

Each year, Watermark Retirement Communities hosts a Summit Award program at Watermark that is designed to encourage and acknowledge excellence by recognizing our valuable associates for their outstanding leadership, attitude, achievements and contributions. Management and peers are able to nominate each other once a year for these positive attributes. Through the nomination process, the corporate […]

June 28, 2018

Wild Jungle Safari Party

Lets get wild! We had a swingin' jungle party as we danced to the beat of our own drums (rather the amazing sounds of John Hubbs) all afternoon. Residents and associates swung over from their tree tops in their best jungle attire and many even got their face painted as their favorite animal in the […]

June 14, 2018

All that Jazz Party

We know a whoopty spot where the gin is cold, but the piano's hot, and all that jazz! In May, we traveled back in time to the good ol' days of flappers, gangsters and silent screen stars. Residents and associates dressed to impress making this party a real ball in quite the noisy hall. We […]

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 […]