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Music is in the air!

St. Anthony Village, Franciscan Communities, and the Crown Point Community Foundation, will host the annual South Shore Music Festival featuring the Northwest Indiana Symphony.

As part of a long-standing tradition, the Northwest Indiana Symphony will make a musical appearance at St. Anthony Village on Saturday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m.

The free concert is planned to be held on the St. Anthony grounds at the corner of Main and Franciscan. The rain location is the Crown Point High School.

The summer program features a mix of patriotic songs, light classical pieces, and movie and Broadway tunes. Children can join in on the fun one hour before show time to play instruments brought by Plum Grove Music. The Instrument Garden provides an opportunity for children and adults to try their hand at playing an orchestral instrument. This event is free.

“We believe everyone should be ‘Living Joyfully,’ and our team dedicates their time to our residents and the community to make this happen,” says Pete Bolt, Executive Director at St. Anthony Village. “We are very proud to be able to make this concert available for our residents and our community. We are honored to enrich the lives of others.”

Bolt explains that St. Anthony Village, sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago, is all about connecting people to their life’s purpose, whether they are residents or associates. “Our mission is to celebrate life and serve with joy,” Bolt says. “Our tradition of caring for others is rooted in the compassion and servant leadership taught us by our Foundress Mother Mary Theresa Dudzik.”

A prime example is all of the extra effort that goes on behind the scenes at St. Anthony Village to prepare for the concert.

“Preparing for the concert adds a little extra to everyone’s plate,” says Gloria Fay, the coordinator of plant operations. “But we love doing it when we see the excitement it brings to the residents and the community.”

Fay explains that several departments in plant operations get involved. “We hook up speakers in the Life Enrichment room. We cordon off parking for visitors, bring in portable restrooms, we prepare the lawn, coordinate with vendors who come in to set things up. There are many roles, and we wear quite a few hats during the preparation stage.”

While it’s scramble mode for a couple of weeks, Fay says it’s all worth it. “This is what sets St. Anthony Village apart from others,” she says.

Joining in to help host and promote the annual concert is the Crown Point Community Foundation. The foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity, helps to sponsor the event as a way of connecting with the community.

“Thousands attend the concert every year,” Bolt says. “Many of our residents will go outside to enjoy the music up close. For those who prefer to stay indoors, we escort them to the Life Enrichment Room. The glass walls allow them a full, clear view of the concert, and the speakers inside provide clarity to hear the incredible music.”

For over 70 years, St. Anthony Village has been serving families with enriching and inspiring opportunities for all ages in Northwest Indiana. Our senior living community offers everything you need now and in the future including independent living, assisted living, memory support, skilled nursing care, and rehabilitation. We also operate Holy Family Child Care on-site which creates an opportunity to offer intergenerational programming that benefits both children and seniors.

“St. Anthony Village provides a multitude of features and amenities that are tailored to making our residents feel at home,” explains Jill Barr, a counselor in assisted living. “We do everything possible to make your loved ones feel comfortable and comforted. “

Barr explains that she holds family discussions with visitors who want to learn more about their options. “We treat every resident as an individual, based on their specific needs,” she says. “So, we have in-depth discussions to ensure both family and resident learn all of the wonderful options available here.”

Barr says there are 60 apartments in the assisted living unit consisting of one bedrooms and large studios, which she said are some of the largest of their kind in the area.

“This is a very cheerful environment. When my day is done, I know I’ve accomplished something in helping make the residents’ lives joyful,” she says.

From comfortable assisted living in a home-like environment, short-term or long-term skilled nursing care, to memory care that improves the quality of life for your loved ones, St. Anthony Village’s focus is to provide a variety of living accommodations to meet the changing needs of seniors. St. Anthony Village has been a part of Crown Point for 80 years. For more information about St. Anthony Village, call 219-661-5150 or click here.


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