Happy Hour with a Twist
26 Jun 2020
At St Peter's Green, residents have taken happy hour into their own hands.
Before social distancing they used to meet in the Village common room every Wednesday evening for a catch up and a drink. The weekly event had to be put on hold, but a group of residents decided to continue the tradition - now meeting in a wide circle on the balcony of their apartments.
As the evenings have turned cooler, happy hour has moved to 4pm. Margaret Anne and her husband Robert bring some nibbles and a bottle of sauvignon blanc. Jill is fond of a chilled white wine, John and Don prefer a nice shiraz while 92 year old Burge enjoys a Johnnie Walker scotch whisky straight.
"It's nice to be sociable," says Margaret Anne. "It's an opportunity to meet with neighbours who are now also friends. We are lucky at St Peter's Green as it is only a small Village, so we have all got to know each other."
Karen, Village Manager at St Peter's Green, agrees the social aspect of happy hour is very important.
"The residents were missing their usual interactions and social gatherings, as each week is usually filled with a bus trip, shopping trip, Friday Night Footy and happy hour on a Wednesday," says Karen.
"I was trying to work out how they could still see each other, while also ensuring social distancing. Luckily at St Peter's Green we have the perfect set-up of four to five apartments grouped together and that's how Happy Hour with a Twist was born.
"The residents have embraced it wholeheartedly, even ordering pizzas one night. Others have joined in even though they didn't usually attend happy hour and I think once restrictions are lifted, Happy Hour with a Twist will continue."
Pictured at St Peter's Green Happy Hour are (l-r) Margaret Anne, Robert, John with his dog Clooney, Don, Jill and Burge.
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