Briarcliffe’s employee appreciation event a scary good time


“This is such a great party,” Carol March said Saturday in the sun-covered courtyard at Briarcliffe Manor in Johnston. “Look at all the costumes. They’re beautiful, and my father’s going to love the way his great-grandchildren are dressed.”

That was, March later agreed, “an understatement,” simply because her dad, Vinny DiDonato, cherishes everything his great-grandchildren and daughter do – no matter what day or time of the year it is.

Saturday, though, DiDonato was as impressed with Morgan Harris’ angel outfit and halo as he was Liv Rose’s colored hair and hippie attire.

“He’s thrilled to see them any time,” March said of her father, who like all the residents at Briarcliffe Manor enjoyed the fun, food and music of Saturday’s Employee Appreciation Halloween Party. “This is quite the event.”

It was an event – or Halloween happening – for the ages, and it co-starred witches, ghosts, goblins, leopards and just about every type of colorful costume imaginable.

It was, as Activities Director Shannon Izzi and Assistant Director Pam Raymond concurred, a “fun way for all our families to celebrate Halloween.”

The bash, though, was unlike any other in recent memory at Briarcliffe, especially when it came to the afternoon’s food menu and pumpkin decorating contest.

In fact, Henary Yan, the talented food service director at Briarcliffe, was probably the star of the show Saturday, as he prepared a lavish and bountiful Halloween meal complete with deviled eggs that actually had eyeballs.

Yan also made creepy finger hot dogs, pumpkin pastry puffs, festive holiday cupcakes and pumpkin carved cheese ball with crackers.

As for the decorated pumpkin competition, the winning team of Miguelina Santana, Yamileth Sosa, Carlos Menacho, Evelyn Tavares and Anastasia Hernandez created the “Dinosaur” that landed first place.

However, as Izzi and Raymond agreed: “Every costume was special, as was the Employee Appreciation Party.”


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