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Birchview Assisted Living brims with talent

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Gordy Lundquist, second place winner of last year's talent show, sang a hymn at the Birchview Assisted Living talent show. Travis Grimler / Echo Journal 2 / 5
Cathy Davis, a resident of Birchview Assisted Living in Hackensack regales the crowd at the annual talent show with the tale of a troublesome tea party. Travis Grimler / Echo Journal 3 / 5
Jan Sorenson and Del Norwood performed a duet at the annual Birchview Assisted Living Talent show. Travis Grimler / Echo Journal 4 / 5
Gordy Lundquist, second place winner of last year's talent show, sang a hymn at the Birchview Assisted Living talent show. Travis Grimler / Echo Journal 5 / 5

Residents and visitors to the Birchview Assisted Living in Hackensack joined in a friendly talent show competition Saturday, April 13, with several sharing their vocal skills as well as other talents.

In addition to singing, there were paintings, quilts, beaded artwork, fishing skills and maple syrup on display for judgment by several resident family members. Cathy Davis kicked off the event with a humorous story from her childhood in which she recounted the many "pet parades" she led through her mother's kitchen with all of the farm animals she trained to follow her, and the one and only "tea party" from when she and her friends were 5, and their little tea cups had somehow gotten adult beverages in them, much to their mothers' chagrin.

Visitor David Sewall earned the first-place title in the competition by sweetening up the judges with a presentation on maple syruping, followed by bowls of chocolate chip ice cream with warm maple syrup only hours from the tree.

Resident Pat Gibson wowed the audience for second place with detailed paintings and beaded artwork. Former resident John Houston took third for a solo rendition of a popular hymn.

This was the second talent show at Birchview Assisted Living.

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