LIVINGSTON, NJ — About 55 seniors attended a drive-up concert sponsored by Homewatch Caregivers and Arbor Terrace Roseland at the Livingston Senior and Community Center, featuring entertainment from The Perfect Duo Plus One.
Married couple Cindy and Mark Slotnick, known across New Jersey as "The Perfect Duo," and their keyboardist performed popular music from the 40s, 50s and 60s in the parking lot as local seniors danced in the parking lot at a safe distance from each other.
The outdoor concert was organized by Lilliana Branquinho, Program Supervisor for Senior and Adult Enrichment and Special Events for Livingston Township, in an effort to continue providing social opportunities for seniors in the midst of the pandemic.
“Everyone’s a little 'Zoom-ed' out right now,” said Donna Salvati of Arbor Terrace Roseland. “This was a way to get people outside and get some fresh air.”
Salvati co-sponsored the event alongside Randi Brokman of Homewatch Caregivers, who stated that the two organizations "just wanted to bring some joy to the seniors."
Twenty cars were parked in the senior center parking lot for the concert leaving at least one space in between vehicles. Some seniors brought lawn chairs and chose to wear a mask and sit outside their car.
One Livingston senior, Herta Conrads, said she had been looking forward to the concert for a few weeks after the initial event was postponed due to weather and then later canceled due to COVID-19 testing.
“Lilliana called and told me about the concert because I don’t have a computer,” said Conrads. “I like classical music to begin with, and the weather today is gorgeous.”
Teddi Pottheiser, who had been a regular at Livingston's senior recreational activities prior to the pandemic, was also enthusiastic about this event, stating that she has only been socializing with her immediate family since March and that this was her first time back at the Livingston Senior and Community Center.
Pottheiser added that she was motivated to attend after seeing the Perfect Duo Plus One perform in West Orange during a similar event sponsored by Homewatch Caregivers.
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