ST. MARYS — Otterbein Senior Living kicked off its annual fish fry Thursday night with root beer floats and a performance by Don Smithey, gospel and country guitarist.
Resident Life Director Dianna Uhlenhake said every year the tent goes up Thursday and there’s an event Thursday night that makes use of the tent. The event builds excitement for Saturday’s fish fry.
“The fish fry is our biggest event of the year,” she said. “We pull out all the stops.”
Besides fish, there will be hamburgers, free cotton candy and snow cones, vendors, live entertainment by a swing band, Bob Gray’s Orchestra, and meals will come with ice cream and a drink.
There will be train rides and an antique tractor show, pontoon boat rides, a craft and bake sale, and a silent auction. Grandma’s attic, where residents can sell furniture or other items that maybe don’t fit in their new house when they move in, will have its biggest sale of the year, Uhlenhake said.
The event is open to the public.
“There’s a big misconception that we’re closed, people can’t come in and residents can’t leave,” Uhlenhake said.
“That’s not true. We want people to come and see how beautiful the campus is.”
The social aspect of the community is a big focus, with trips, activities and soup and sandwich programs, even for residents who live independently.
“We feel a sense of community here,” Uhlenhake said. “We want to people see that when they come for the fish fry,” she said.
The fish fry will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday with fish or hamburger dinners at $6.50 for adults and $3.50 for children under 10.