Cobalt Lodge residents host Halloween visit by East Hampton MOMS Club

By Kevin Hotary - Staff Writer
East Hampton - posted Tue., Oct. 25, 2011
Cobalt Lodge resident Josephine Romanofsky gives a toy spider to Mikah. Photos by Kevin Hotary.
Cobalt Lodge resident Josephine Romanofsky gives a toy spider to Mikah. Photos by Kevin Hotary.

As part of an ongoing effort to reach out to the senior community, the East Hampton MOMS Club held its first Halloween visit to the Cobalt Lodge health care and rehabilitation center last Monday, Oct. 24. Approximately 25 preschool-age children walked door-to-door through the lodge, stopping at nearly every room for a treat and a visit with the residents.

“The residents really respond to the kids. This is what puts smiles on their faces,” said Karen Bloomquist, the recreation director at Cobalt Lodge. Bloomquist worked closely with the MOMS Club in arranging the first of what both she and the MOMS Club members hope will be a monthly visit. She has brought in other children’s groups as part of an intergenerational program, and has tried to have the schools pay regular visits, but transportation issues made that very difficult.

“But this is really great,” she said of the visiting moms and their children, who walked the halls dressed in their Halloween costumes, bringing smiles to the faces of residents and workers, and drawing a number of compliments.

“She’s adorable, with the wings. How cute!” said Mimi Maynard about one of the young trick-or-treaters, as she passed out candy in front of her room. She, like many of the other residents, was so taken with the children that she often offered an extra piece of candy.

“This is a good thing. She’s happy,” said Kim Kiernan of her daughter, Ellie, who was all smiles as she worked on a piece of candy that she received at one of the stops. Even the Lodge workers took part in the event, passing out treats to the young visitors as they passed by their work area.

Established in 2005, The MOMS Club of East Hampton is part of a nationwide organization founded in 1983 as a means for stay-at-home moms to find other moms and children to help socialize the kids, “and to socialize the moms, too,” said club president Sharyon Holness. In addition to regular play groups, the MOMS Club holds frequent events like the Cobalt Lodge visit, a visit that Holness would like to see repeated, not only at Halloween, but throughout the year.

“It was a nice thing,” she said.

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