Red, white and blue bash

Photo: Jesse Buchanan, Meriden Record-Journal
Photo: Jesse Buchanan, Meriden Record-Journal

President Donald Trump was in two places at one time on Jan. 20 — his inauguration in Washington, D.C., and The Summit at Plantsville in Plantsville, CT.

Not really, of course, but the long-term care facility's Inauguration Day festivities did include a visit from two recreation department employees dressed as the president and First Lady Melania Trump.

“We do a lot of bizarre things,” joked therapeutic recreation director Barbara Blau. “My philosophy is: the crazier the better.”

Inauguration Day also included rounds of presidential bingo and trivia, as well as an inaugural ball complete with a red, white and blue cupcake tower and entertainment from a local musician.

January's event marked the second inaugural bash for the facility, which hosted a similar day of festivities for Barack Obama's 2012 swearing in. Obama wasn't in attendance that day, Blau said, although a former coworker's husband did appear as Mitt Romney.

Despite the divisive nature of the recent election, the event received positive feedback from the residents for its “out-of-the-box” nature, Blau said.

“We kept saying it has nothing to do with politics. Our residents know that this is just us doing what we do,” Blau said. “They were able to be part of a worldwide event here at The Summit.”