Eiffel tower

Ruimsig Retirement Village enjoys a night under the Eiffel Tower

On Saturday, April 2, residents of Ruimsig Retirement Village dressed up in feathers and beads according to the Charleston dance period as part of their “Night in Paris” themed event.

Emile Jordaan and Martie Jordaan. Photo: Thabisile Mgwali.

A gala event is held every year at Ruimsig Retirement Village, and it’s an event for which the ladies should dig deep into their closets for their fanciest and most elegant dresses and feathers, and fine jewelry.

In previous years, the themes were “Feathers and Finery”, followed by “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”.

Men also liked to dress up and some of them were barely recognizable.

The room was decorated according to the theme and nothing was too much for the ladies of the Social Committee.

There were platters of cheeses and biscuits on the beautifully decorated tables as starters, and later charcuterie platters, open-faced French bread sandwiches with delicious toppings and quiches were served.

“Everything was prepared by the ladies of the social committee. Tonight in Paris under the Eiffel Tower, the quarter moon and the many dazzling string lights will be the talk of the village for a long, long time,” said Renell Liebenberg.

Renell is the current President of the Management Association and was the organizer of the amazing event. She said it was the first year that a guest entertainer had been brought in to entertain residents.

Tonya Koenderman kept the participants spellbound with her performance of French songs and dancing between the tables.

She said she had lost track of how many years she had been in the entertainment industry, but said she had traveled the world and seen, among other places, Morocco, Australia and France.

Tonya is a resident of Weltevreden Park and this was her first performance at Ruimsig Retirement Village.

“Since leaving university in 1989, I’ve had a very fortunate career. There were very few times when I could say I was unemployed, even though Covid-19 hit us all hard; but it looks like things are on the right track. I was very lucky and blessed to have traveled all over the world,” concluded Tonya.