Residents cruise into the 50s at Vineyard Place in Murrieta

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Carolyn and Dennis Kelly pose for a picture before the car show starts. Valley News/Lexington Howe photo

Classic cars rolled out for a morning drive-by at Vineyard Place, an assisted living facility, in Murrieta Thursday, Aug. 20.

“We’re trying to do as much as we can for the residents right now with limited family visitors, so I called the Drifters Car Club because our property is perfect,” Jodi Cornman, senior community relations director of Vineyard Place, an Anthem Memory Care Community, said. “I think they have over 20 cars coming and they’re just going to drive real slow a few times around the community.”

Members of Vineyard Place, an Anthem Memory Care Community, wait for the cars to begin rolling down their street. Valley News/Lexington Howe photo
Local entertainment performs at Vineyard Place, playing a variety of 50s tunes. Valley News/Lexington Howe photo
Staff and residents dance along to familiar tunes. Valley News/Lexington Howe photo

The theme was classic 50s nostalgia.

“Just to make it fun, we have 50s music that’s going to play,” Cornman said, and the staff dressed up with the residents in 50s attire.

With the coronavirus pandemic, it’s been difficult to coordinate social activities, she said.

“It’s limited,” Cornman said of people being able to visit. “Visitors window visit, Zoom, Skype, Facebook; we’re trying to keep in touch as much as we can.”

Drifters Car Club of Southern California drive their old classic cars Thursday, Aug. 20. Valley News/Lexington Howe photo
Drifters Car Club of Southern California drive their old classic cars Thursday, Aug. 20. Valley News/Lexington Howe photo
Residents cheer, raise their hands, dance and wave as the cars make their rounds around Vineyard Place. Valley News/Lexington Howe photo

They went on Facebook and let the families know of the event.

At 10 a.m., cars began to roll through the lot, and residents began waving and cheering. Before starting, they had a photo booth available in front of a backdrop of classic cars.

“(The residents) they’ve known for days, and so this morning we’re getting their car shirts and all that stuff so they were just, ‘when are the cars coming?’” Cornman said.

Lexington Howe can be reached by email at lhowe@reedermedia.com.