For the seniors, it’s the laughter of children on the lawn. For the children, it’s the wonder of experiencing what it might be like to have a granddad or grandmother. With a new partnership between Fair Haven and Fresh Air Family, these two natural allies will come together to learn about fishing, tadpoles, salamanders, snakes, and crafts, along with wisdom, caring and the joys of childhood.
Fresh Air Family and Fair Haven are working together to bridge the generations at summer camps and special events, starting with the Wacky Tacky Light Tour, a fundraiser for Fresh Air Family’s award-winning Gross Out Camp. The light tour runs Dec. 9, 10, 11 and 12, with buses leaving from Golden Age Wine in Mountain Brook every ten minutes between 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tickets are available at www.WackyTacky.org. Fair Haven is serving as the mid-point stop for refreshments.
The Wacky Tacky Light Tour focuses on over-the-top holiday lights for a two-hour tour. Claiming the best of the worst of Birmingham’s holiday lights, decorated houses include: Dueling Neighbors, the Hanukkah House, Singing Trees, Santa’s Trailer Park, Giant Mooning Santa, Toomer’s Corner in Lights, Grandma being run over by a reindeer, and nothing says Christmas like Darth Vader.
“I personally curate the route and my standards are really low, and hard to meet,” jokes Verna Gates, Executive Director of Fresh Air Family and creator of the Wacky Tacky Light Tour.
Last year, the light tour raised enough money to help 214 underserved children attend Gross Out Camp for free. Gross Out Camp (it’s science but please don’t tell the kids) features hands-on field biology. Student campers will join senior residents at Fair Haven each camp day for activities such as nature crafts and ice cream making. Senior volunteers will help campers with daily activities such as fishing and journaling.
“One of our goals is intergenerational activities and we believe both the kids and the seniors will enjoy learning together,” said Liz Prosch, Vice President of Quality and Mission Integration, Methodist Homes.