When Jay Mau of the area’s renowned Jay Mau Orchestra decided to retire, another member, Del Bergeson of Joliet, stepped up.
As the Del Bergeson Orchestra, Bergeson is continuing Mau’s legacy of traditional Big Band melodies, contemporary pop songs and dance hits, along with audience interaction.
“Music is the soundtrack of our lives,” said Bergeson, trombonist, director, arranger and vocalist.
This new ensemble plays weddings, corporate events, fundraisers, parties and festivals. It will perform Thursday at The Timbers of Shorewood retirement community.
Bergeson formed his orchestra with six veteran musicians from the Mau orchestra, seven new musicians, including a fourth saxophonist and a guitarist, and a vocalist. Each of the Del Bergeson Orchestra’s 13 members possess at least 25 years of professional music experience. Several teach at the university level.
Kathy Krizka’s roots lie in hospitality. So it is no coincidence that in every state she has resided, her jobs have consisted of care giving and serving. Upon returning to Shorewood, she established herself again in a position of selflessness. Krizka has become a dedicated volunteer at The Timbers of Shorewood, 1100 N. River Rd.
She calls Bingo for about 50 residents every Tuesday evening. When she’s not calling Bingo, she can be seen in the dining room serving residents.
Krizka explains her lifestyle with ease. “Volunteering just makes me feel good,” she said.
Gale Ahrens’ first volunteer experience at the Timbers of Shorewood was nearly two years ago when she and her husband Al helped out at the Senior Prom.
Al wore a suit and Ahrens wore her favorite black and white dress to match the prom’s theme. They staffed the door, filled water glasses, and strung decorations for the prom, an easy task for 6-foot 4-inch Al.
To Ahrens’ amusement, Al was the hit of the party.
Area senior citizens and Timbers’ residents had a great time at the 6th Annual Seniors’ Senior Prom titled, “A Tropical Summer Night,” held Friday, June 25, at The Timbers of Shorewood retirement community, 1100 N. River Rd., Shorewood.
This year the Easter bunny will hide more than 10,000 eggs at The Timbers of Shorewood's sixth annual Hippity-Hop Easter Egg Hunt on April 3.
I've been writing about their kid-friendly events since my column began, and the senior independent and assisted living retirement community never ceases to amaze me.
The hunt is one of the many things The Timbers does to mesh their residents with the community at large. In fall, the retirement community hosts a haunted house, and in the winter it always does something fun at Christmas.
Did you know that the listening to joyful music is good for your heart? According to a study released last year from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, the emotions aroused by joyful music have a healthy effect on blood vessel function.
A group of nine Timbers residents spent an afternoon with needle in hand to create and sew Christmas stockings for overseas servicemen. The special holiday stocking project is organized by “Operation Support Our Troops-Illinois.”
For those heavy metal fans who think they don't like orchestra music, Jay Mau extends an invitation to listen to his 10-piece band, the Jay Mau Orchestra.
"If you attend one our performances, I think you will like what you hear and enjoy it," said Mau, 70, of Channahon. "Even the people in the audience, who can't dance for some reason, will have their feet tapping and their hands clapping."