MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Grand Opening celebration of Arbor Terrace Mountainside not only met expectations, it exceeded most people's.
It drew hundreds of people – including Mayor Paul Mirabelli, members of the Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce, Arbor Terrace “home office” executives, and others who helped turn Arbor Terrace Mountainside from a dream into a reality – including the bankers, developer, architect and the experts who navigated the plan from its inception through the borough’s planning process, until it was approved.
While there were a lot of those people at the event, most of those who attended the ribbon cutting and celebration were current and future residents, with their families, and community members.
About 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, Arbor Terrace residents Diane Kuperschmid, Ann DeMaio and Joyce Tarman officially cut the red ribbon – first with a huge pair of gold faux scissors, then with a shiny silver pair that actually worked. Surrounding the three women were more than 20 Arbor Terrace Mountainside staff, executives, the mayor and more.
Before and after the ribbon cutting and brief speeches, visitors could check out the entire facility – including the courtyard.
On the main floor, tables with champagne, wine, beer and soft beverages were strategically placed, while staff members passed hot hors d'oeuvres. A colorful popcorn bar filled one wall of a sitting area and, in the dining room, people lined up for the hot buffet, which offered crab cakes, beef, fresh vegetables and more. Buffet service continued for at least two hours.
Upstairs, on the third floor, one room was devoted to dessert – including three brightly colored chocolate fountains, plus an assortment of dessert squares, as well as hot chocolate, coffee and tea. In the adjacent room, the Tavern, people were invited to sample drinks and enjoy a circus-like performance by an acrobat in gold with fringe, who struck various poses while in a not so large circle about seven feet above the floor.
That entertainer was only one of several performers who helped bring the Cirque Du Soleil-inspired celebration alive. A band on the second-floor balcony provided the beat for a hula hoop artist, who could dance and twirl four hoops at one time. At other times, the same artist balanced a huge flower on a stick on her forehead while standing on the landing on the grand staircase.
A magician roamed the various floors, pulling off various sleights of hand with cards, coins and some hats and, occasionally, riding a unicycle. There was even a psychic visitors could consult in a private dining room.
Mayor Mirabelli called Arbor Terrace, “one of the hidden gems” of Mountainside. To hear the residents and the staff speak about Arbor Terrace, he was right. And, they know how to throw a good party.
Arbor Terrace Mountainside offers quality, state-of-the-art senior living and memory care. Arbor Terrace Mountainside gives residents the freedom to do what they want to do, when they want to do it. Independent, assisted living - we don't believe in labels. Instead, we believe in giving seniors the best service, no matter what you need.
Arbor Terrace is located at 1050 Springfield Avenue in Mountainside. For more information, call 908-386-4179