King City Senior Village does Father’s Day right

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Enjoying the King City Senior Village Father’s Day festivities are (left to right) residents Phyllis Vertress, Julie and LeRoy Nollette, and Ray Holden with his dog Rico. (Barbara Sherman/Tualatin Life)

King City Senior Village sure knows how to do Father’s Day (and all the holidays) right. The facility always hosts celebrations on the major holidays for its residents and often invites the public to join in the fun.

Its Father’s Day event, held Saturday, June 19, and featuring the Dixieland Jammers and a barbecue lunch, was no exception. It was also extra-special because it was the first major event held at the facility in more than a year, according to activities director Deana McIntyre.

“We have had the Dixieland Jammers come for a long time, maybe 10 years,” she said. “This is the first time we have provided entertainment and the first time the public has been invited in 16 months. It is so nice to be able to do this again.”

King City Senior Village followed the same COVID protocols that other senior facilities in the area followed, such as closing their dining rooms and holding no communal activities. And it paid off.

“We did not have one single case of COVID,” McIntyre said.

Several musicians comprise the Dixieland Jammers, with members playing the piano, drums, wind instruments or banjo, and occasionally they bring along a vocalist. In addition to the Dixieland Jammers playing a medley of tunes outside the rear of the facility where the raised gardens are located, there was a barbecue lunch and a Kona shave-ice truck out front that offered a wide variety of flavors.

And King City Senior Village is just getting started now that the state is opening back up. Its Fourth of July celebration will be held Saturday, July 3, and feature a performance by Ellen Whyte with Ken Brewer between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Whyte is an Oregon Music Hall of Fame inductee and three-time Grammy Award-nominated singer, songwriter and guitarist who easily switches between blues, pop, funk and jazz while entertaining audiences in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Before the concert, a barbecue lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The performance is free, and tickets for the lunch cost $12 each. 

Reservations for the lunch are required and can be made by calling (503) 684-1008.

King City Senior Village is located at 11777 S.W. Queen Elizabeth St.