News & Updates
Congratulations are in order to Bill Long and Joe Graves for winning this year’s Regional Signature’s Got Talent competition. The men performed a guitar and harmonica duo. The two will compete in the final competition in August to win it all! Congratulations Bill and Joe! You can view their performance here.
Thank you to Rebel Hill Florist with Teleflora for choosing us as the smiles that they made this week. They brought mugs of beautiful African violets to our residents. We love that they spread joy to Bordeaux!
Lip syncing instead of actually singing allows the performers to put more effort into their dance moves! We had a good variety of songs for this battle. Residents performed songs like “Stop in the Name of Love,” “Proud Mary,” and “Dancing in the Street.” The staff added some spice to the show. Chaplain Laws did “Billy Jean” with a pretty smooth moon walk. Michelle, from quality of life, looked like a diva while doing Shania Twain’s “Man! I Feel Like a Woman,” while other staff members did dance moves like perfect back up dancers. Our resident, Jon, won the show with his “Tears of a Clown” by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles. Brenda, another of our residents, also got a medal for being the most enthusiastic dancer, because she danced while a few other residents were performing. The battle was won!
Twelve of us recently had a staycation to the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. We enjoyed seeing one of Elvis’s classic cars with an old school style TV in the back, a Blake Shelton exhibit, and loved the interactive exhibits where residents got their picture on a screen and pretended to announce award winners. We learned a lot about the history of this town and enjoyed seeing how much downtown has grown.
“It’s that time of year where people say, “It’s too hot for coffee.” These people do not understand coffee and are not to be trusted.” – Anonymous
Bordeaux’s Got Talent was a huge success. The residents, staff and visitors all got a great show. The theme was “Baby, I’m a Star” and was done in honor of Prince.
The stage was decorated with many CDs, a disco ball, and a sparkly purple motorcycle. The quality of life staff got the party started by performing “I Would Die for You.” The performance began with a fog machine (like true rock stars have), instruments in hand, and dancing galore. After that, Chaplain Laws began his emcee skills. He introduced Ceanna and Taylor (staff members) who danced to “Bet you Can’t Dance like Me.” Linda, a resident starlet, belted out her rendition of Craig Morgan’s “Something to Write Home About.” To take a break from emceeing, Laws got everyone moving by playing piano and singing while Joe played bass to “Whole Lotta Shakin’.” Joe, maintenance department star, stayed on stage to play guitar and sing George Strait’s “Adalida.” He did it justice! Joe was the guitar player to resident crooner, Jeff, singing Vince Gill’s “Go Rest High.” Kevin, in housekeeping, wowed the crowd with a mime mask, flowers for all of the ladies in the audience, and some smooth dance moves.
Next up, a daily entertainer and resident harmonica player, Bill played with his friend Joe, in maintenance, for back up on guitar and vocals. They taught us what “What the World Go Away” sounds like when two friends perform together. Tameka, a nursing assistant, had an emotional performance singing “I Can’t Give up Now.” Her voice was powerful. She and the crowd got emotional, but her loving coworkers got on stage to show her how much she means to them. Sadly for us, Robert, a nursing assistant, took his son on a field trip the day of the show, but he thought ahead and recorded a gorgeous song for us to play for the crowd. He brought soul and new life into a beautiful hymn. Resident CJ sang and swayed to a song about summer and the beach.
Shocking the crowd with a tribute to the late Merle Haggard, our new resident superstar James played guitar and sang “Mama Tried.” It was perfection. Resident, and lovely lady, Theresa brought the house down by singing a sassy version of “You, Me and He.” Odessa, our resident piano player during many church services, played piano and sang a heartfelt hymn.
Our judges were Joshua, a resident who is not shy to share his opinion, Daniella, our funny business office staff member, and Angela, hilarious director of medical records. The judges gave each act a score. While we tallied the scores, the crowd got to dance to “Party Like It’s 1999.” The scores were very close, and the top three residents and top three staff members got prizes. The only perfect score in the house was James who sang and played “Mama Tried.” The top score for the staff humbly accepted his award, just like George Strait would! Joe deserved the victory. He lent the show his drums, basses, guitars, and motorcycle.
In our opinion, Bordeaux is the most talented facility in the world!
In honor of the Kentucky Derby, we played horse shoes outside. There were a few discussions about the “real way” to keep score, but we had a lot of fun listening to country music and being outside together.
The Bordeaux Striker 300s are the Wii bowling champions of the world (at least of Signature’s world)! Congrats to this great team for practicing and striving for great scores each round. Our group beat 35 other Signature facilities. Today, we celebrated with gold medals, a trophy, and a nice lunch of pizza and cupcakes. Go Bordeaux!
Ten years ago the Bordeaux Advocates provided the funding for the computer lab at Bordeaux. On March 17, 2016, the updated computer lab was officially dedicated with Stephen Francescon from Piedmont Gas Company attending, along with Bordeaux Advocates Board members and employees of Signature present. This project was made possible through the gracious provision of a grant submitted by the Bordeaux Advocates to Piedmont Gas Company. The Advocates are grateful to Piedmont and to Board member, Roger Armes, a long-time employee of Piedmont, who was instrumental in making this grant possible. All the old computers were removed and replaced by new computers, flat screens, and easy-to-read keyboards. Speakers and cameras were added to a few of the computers as well.
The Bordeaux Advocates is an organization that has worked inside Bordeaux for many years. Some of the past accomplishments of the Advocates include building the Pavilion and the gated area outside the secure unit. The Board meets monthly at Bordeaux to plan activities for the residents at Bordeaux and they are currently seeking new Board members. If you have interest in working on projects that improve the lives of the residents at Signature’s Bordeaux facility, please send completed application to Amelia Workman, Bordeaux Advocates (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dana Galuten (email@example.com) with Signature for more information.
-Amelia Workman, President of the Bordeaux Advocates