Morning Point Residential Senior Community celebrated Resident Appreciation Week

September 15, 2012

Berea College Craft Education and Outreach program demonstrated weaving on the loom, wool spinning, weaving stool seats, and making pottery on the wheel, broom craft and wood turning on the lathe.  Six students who work in Berea College Crafts as their labor position spent the day with residents teaching about their craft and Berea College.  Students also engaged residents in asking them about their experiences with craft or if anyone in their family made craft.  One resident told us about her aunt who worked for Churchill Weavers *.  “My aunt would bring home scarves and pay me a few pennies to sew on the labels.”

*A weaving manufacturer in Berea, KY

Here are some student reflections from their Craft Education and Outreach Journal:

 Senior Nicole Fischer

“What I enjoyed most was getting to have lunch with some of the residents there in their dining hall. This was the time I had more of an opportunity to talk with one of the women who lived there and learn more about her story. I would like to go back and visit sometime just to have lunch again.”

 Senior Martha Savage

“Many of the residents opened up about their pasts through memories they had relating to the arts.  Some talked about their grandfather’s hand-made cabinets, or a high school pottery class.  It was really interesting to hear their stories and learn about their different histories.  The staff were equally (if not more) excited to have us there and asked millions of questions and got to try their hand at the different crafts. “

 Junior Jennifer Schwika

“While turning on the lathe you cannot actively communicate while demonstrating because of the noise level.  It was especially hard to communicate and engage some of the people, especially since unlike children, they did not bombard you with questions to keep the conversation going.  I shut off the lathe and started explaining the process of turning and how it works and asking them questions.  After this some of the residents began asking more questions and showing interest.”