Valentine's Day comes a week early at The Bridge


There was so much enthusiasm after The Bridge at Cherry Hill held a festival last fall, officials at the assisted living community decided to hold a Valentine’s Extravaganza yesterday.

“We had lots of requests for this event; it worked out well and we’ve got nine vendors here today,” explained Gayle Raposa, the director of Activities at The Bridge.

But Raposa and other staffers like Assistant Activities Director Jean Rivard decided to hold a pre-holiday festival that they thought would help residents and even area residents shop for Valentine’s Day. They also wanted to draw attention to a traditional ceremony that will be held next Thursday at the facility.

That’s when The Bridge at Cherry Hill will hold its annual Valentine’s Day Dinner, during which the King and Queen will be crowned for 2013.

As for yesterday’s event, shoppers purchased such items as denim pocketbooks, cosmetics, cupcakes and even jewelry.

Larry Iadevaia, who lives in Greenville, set up the largest display yesterday. He had tables inside the main lobby that were covered with a variety of items from his local business, Hand Crafted Quality Products.

“There’s certainly something here for almost everyone,” Raposa said.

The same was true at Jean Simonin’s booth, quality handmade chocolates. Diana Dorsey, the “Cup Cake Lady,” also had a selection of sweets on display. Other vendors who set up shop in Johnston for about six hours were Designs by Kathy, Cynthia the Bag Lady and Kay Nunn’s Mary Kay Cosmetics.

The Valentine’s Extravaganza also featured a booth where patrons could enjoy a cup of coffee, cinnamon muffins and other specialty candies.

Tuie Mellor, whose office is in Cranston and who lives in North Kingstown, manned the latter booth that was sponsored by Life Care at Home. Mellor is the nurse for the Home Care Division, and volunteered her time yesterday.

Each vendor donated prizes for an upcoming Valentine’s raffle.

“They were all very generous in the prizes they donated,” Raposa said. “We’ll be selling tickets right up until next Thursday, Valentine’s Day, when we draw for all the prizes.”


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