Special week, special cars roll into Ecumen

These folks enjoyed a photo opportunity with a 1969 Plymouth Fury III named Gypsy Rose by owner Ralph Bates, of Chisago City, at Ecumen’s Classic Car Show. At left are George and Florence Paulson (front) and Larry and Kathy Ehnstrom, of Hugo. On the right are Al Sohlo, of Lindstrom, Bates and Charlie LaBarre, of Woodbury. Photos by Jon Tatting Some vehicles become instant classics, like this 2014 Mustang GT California Special, presented by owner Mike Suwan, of Shoreview, at the Classic Car Show Monday at Ecumen North Branch. Ecumen resident Kathy Dreher could hardly wait to get behind the wheel of this 1969 Plymouth Fury III, named Gypsy Rose by owner Ralph Bates, of Chisago City. “This is from my day,” she said of the classic, smiling. Larry and Kathy Ehnstrom, of Hugo, pictured with their 1950 Oldsmobile Rocket 88 at Ecumen’s Classic Car Show Monday afternoon. Ecumen resident Norman Collins, 97, graduated from North Branch High School in 1935 and is known as the school’s first cheerleader. Collins, pictured with Ecumen staff alongside of a 1948 Chrysler, has been a car enthusiast since his days as a driver for a wealthy man in Minneapolis. He went on serve in World War II and the Korean War.
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These folks enjoyed a photo opportunity with a 1969 Plymouth Fury III named Gypsy Rose by owner Ralph Bates, of Chisago City, at Ecumen’s Classic Car Show. At left are George and Florence Paulson (front) and Larry and Kathy Ehnstrom, of Hugo. On the right are Al Sohlo, of Lindstrom, Bates and Charlie LaBarre, of Woodbury. Photos by Jon Tatting

The Ecumen senior living campus in North Branch is buzzing with activities in celebration of National Long-Term Care Week.

Festivities began with the annual Classic Car Show Monday afternoon, when residents were encouraged to dress in throw-back style with vintage shirts and jeans.

How about a Cheese and Bison Tasting? This was Tuesday’s theme, featuring representatives from Eichten’s Bison Farm.

On Wednesday, residents traded their animal prints for garb on the more colorful side as they walked, wheeled and rolled around campus on Bright Color Day.

Coming up is Wear Western Day, complete with a resident barbecue, at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 15, followed by Senior Olympics and Sports Apparel Day with events starting at the same time Friday. At 9:30 that morning, residents will head out to a clothing sale in Lindstrom.