HERMISTON - Laughter and tears accompanied show and tell at Sun Terrace Friday as many residents shared stories and treasures from their lives.
Show and tell wrapped up a week long series of events at Sun Terrace in honor of Heritage Week. The week began with an ice cream social on Sunday and continued with a penny candy store, a spelling bee, childhood game day, a dinner for family and friends and a Treasures of a Lifetime table containing the residents' most prized possessions from their past.
Renee Lovejoy, the activities director, planned the week for the residents to share items and stories from their past and to have fun. She put together a book of childhood memories from stories told to her by the residents. She presented it to the residents on Friday afternoon.
The book is filled with stories of having to dress in front of the wood stove on cold mornings, special treats of baker's bread, playing in the grain bin, traveling to see grandparents in a Model T, Christmas trees with big red lights, helping in the hay fields and wearing bloomers and how "I disliked them showing."
On Wednesday the residents gathered in a circle for childhood games. Lovejoy put together a list of favorite games the residents were interested in playing.
Musical chairs, turned into passing a piece of candy until the music stopped, whoever was left with the candy had to leave the circle. Sylvia Gettig won the game and won the piece of candy. They played button, who has the button, drop the hanky and even a couple of rounds of a gossip game.
"This will be funny with all these hearing aids," said resident Dorothy Borchert.
Lovejoy played jingles on the piano and residents had to guess the product associated with the jingle. It seemed each event ended with a time of remembering.
After the gossip game everyone tried to remember where they were and what they were doing when Pearl Harbor was bombed.
Margaret Rutledge helped with evacuation sites into the mountains. Alice Eft was with the Ground Observer Corps and looked at every plane.
"We identified it, wrote it down and sent the information to La Grande," Eft said.
Irv Borchert was evacuated from Los Angeles in case the Japanese invaded the West Coast, he said.
"We didn't know at the time it was so huge," Irv Borchert said. "We just didn't know if they would go for the mainland."
The week ended with show and tell.
Rose Hoosier showed a picture of her family in front of a sod barn on the plains of North Dakota. Aileen Ware's prized possession is a bottle that once contained bath oil, given to her by her son, the late John Ware, who died in 1979 in Vietnam. Some of the other items at show and tell were glassware as old as 100 years, a Campbell soup doll, a hand-carved wooden cross from Germany, Teddy bears, an uncut black diamond and a shadow box with a hand-sewn, hand-tatted handkerchief carried by Dorothy Brochert on her wedding day.
"All three of my daughters carried it at their weddings," Dorothy Borchert said.
At the end of the week the residents knew each other a little better.
"It was a fun week," said Elva Sanders. "My favorite was the Heritage Table."