Woodland Pond at New Paltz, the only continuing care retirement community in the Mid-Hudson Valley area, is teaming up with the Rambling Rose Boutique to host a fashion show to raise funds for the Woodland Pond Interfaith Meditation Room. This project was initiated by Woodland Pond residents through their Interfaith Committee. The fashion show, which will feature 15 models comprised of Woodland Pond staff and residents, students and the residents’ grandchildren, will be held on Friday, April 25, from 7 – 8 PM and is open to the public. Rambling Rose will debut it’s spring and summer collection of clothing and accessories at the event. Admission is $20 per person and complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served. There will also be 50/50 raffle tickets available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit the project. Seating is limited, please RSVP by calling 845-256-5900.
“The Woodland Pond Interfaith Meditation Room will be a room for individual or shared prayer, meditation, and contemplation for all residents of Woodland Pond, their families, friends and clergy,” said Lyn Mayo, a Woodland Pond resident and chair of the Interfaith Committee. “The Interfaith Committee initiated the project and sought to utilize space that is currently not serving a purpose. Woodland Pond has been buzzing about the fashion show and the outside community is getting excited too. This will be a lighthearted and entertaining fundraiser for all.”
Once built, the Woodland Pond Interfaith Meditation Room will be decorated with serene nature scenes and will be furnished with simple furniture. In addition to being a place for meditation and worship, the Interfaith Committee also encourages people to use the space to honor a loved one or friend, or memorialize any special occasion – birthday, anniversary, or milestone.
“It will be a space for all walks of faith to utilize for quiet contemplation and prayer,” said Sarah Hull, resident services director for Woodland Pond. “We have many faiths at Woodland Pond and this will be a place that all residents’ family members and guests can use. I am very excited about the outside community, residents and employees coming together for a fun event that has a great purpose. The residents are thrilled that Rambling Rose is donating its time and gorgeous clothing for the event.”
The Woodland Pond Interfaith Committee recognizes all faiths and plans monthly services for various religious observances. This month the committee is planning a Seder for Passover and a service for the Easter celebration on Good Friday. The committee invites clergy from outside of Woodland Pond, as well as residents who are retired clergy, to lead the services. The Interfaith Committee was designed with the purpose of recognizing different faiths and fulfilling the spiritual needs of seniors.