Did You Hear What Happened to the Barn?

Written by Panorama resident, Dale Vincent. August 2016

Well, I’ll tell you this….it’s not the Barn anymore. No siree! If you go around asking people about “The Barn” you may just get a blank stare!

That’s because it has a new name. It is no longer, “The Barn”. Nope.

It is now “The Stiles-Beach Barn”. Or, if that is just a little too long to say easily and all the time, perhaps you could just say, “I’m going to the Stiles-Beach”. That has a nice ring to it.  Sort of like being on vacation, or something. Yes! I’m going to the Stiles-Beach. Kind of makes you think of palm trees, and surf with warm sun on the sand.

What really happened? Well, Diane Stiles and Jo Love Beach retired as manager and assistant manager of the Benevolent Fund Patio Sale, after 16 incredibly successful years. There was a very special tribute to Diane and Jo Love at the Benevolent Fund Patio Sale volunteer’s appreciation lunch on August 2nd.

Both Diane and Jo Love were given large bouquets of flowers, a $1,000 gift certificate, and most of all, in their honor, the Barn was officially renamed the “Stiles-Beach” Barn.  So to honor these amazing and hardworking ladies, you have to remember to call it by its new name….Stiles-Beach.


The honor and the official Panorama name change was one of the last official Chief Executive Officer actions of Joseph Di Santo.

Thank you Mr. Di Santo and congratulations, Diane and Jo Love. Remember, “Stiles-Beach”.

2016 Arts Walk is on its way!

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Panorama is home to a number of accomplished artists, as well as those who are exploring their artistic side for the first time. Please join us for the 2nd Annual Arts Walk at Panorama. This year’s event will be even bigger and than last year with more than 60 visual artists displaying their works in fabric art, oil painting, watercolors, colored pencil, woodworking, metalwork, Zentangle, ceramics, basketry and more! As you stroll the campus viewing these art displays, enjoy the sound of live music being played by resident musicians and stop by the theatre for a live stage performance! There will be something for everyone to enjoy.

Following the event, be sure to join us for a special Arts Walk Happy Hour at Seventeen51 Restaurant & Bistro ¤ 3:00p – 5:00p.

KPAN Presents Workshops with Katherine Billings






As residents are seated comfortably in the Panorama Auditorium seats, a screen portrays the chapter selection for “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.” Between the microphones being handed out and the movie, it is exciting to see what Katherine, Auditorium Coordinator, has in store for her students. As the workshop starts, Katherine dives into the world of voice over animation and post-production sound. Her intention for this session is to give her students a chance to put their voices in place of the characters’. It seems like a simple task until the students take a shot at it. The sound is turned off and subtitles scroll across the screen as each scene is played once before the students give it a try. With a combination of humans and animated characters, “Roger Rabbit” is a nice example to start with. Between the wide moving lips and fast paced subtitles, students quickly learn the difficultly of fitting their voice into a character.

Between multiple movie scenes, including some from “Up” and “Madagascar”, Katherine talks about post-production sound and how it plays a key role in movies. She covers a large amount of “behind the scenes” information of post-production sound, using technical terms and even sharing stories from past jobs. With practice and Katherine’s tips, the students slowly begin to learn how to articulate and pace themselves, improving the quality of their voiceover skills.

What seems to be a fun chance to voice an animated character is actually an in-depth lesson and background into the film industry. One small part of film making contributes a large deal to the creation of a film. If you ever have a moment, turn off your volume while watching a movie. Without any sound, the movie loses its pizzazz. Take out the extras, background noises, or even the music, and the film is just a series of scenes with simple dialogue.

Panorama residents are lifelong learners! In the workshop described above, they challenge themselves to “think out of the box” and find how many characters they can create with their voices and imagination. And…the laughter never stops!

KPAN is a resident performance group which creates live radio shows to delight audiences of fellow Panorama residents. The group has written radio shows and commercials looking back at the 1940’s & 50’s, honored Panorama Veterans in a show about how they served their country, discussed the media’s responsibility to its listeners in exploring the iconic broadcast, War of the Worlds,  and even created their own send ups of all things Panorama called Primose Path and Panoramaland.

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Requiem for a Giant Sequoia

Written by Panorama employee, Jacklynn Roberts. November 2015

In July we said farewell to a well known and beloved member of our arboretum. A 47 year old sequoia tree had become diseased and in danger of falling. The news that it had to come down safely before it fell on its own was hard for our community to hear but we knew it had to be done. So we gathered around and watched the two day process of tree felling so we wouldn’t forget the beauty of what stood there before. Read one resident’s farewell thoughts here.

After the tree came down, pieces of its trunk were taken for repurposing throughout the campus. Many took small pieces as a token of memorial in their own home, while others had plans for larger pieces. One such case resulted in a beautiful piece of native style art by resident artist, Chuck Magnusson. Northwest Native Style Sequoia Art

In this carving, the top face represents the life of the tree. The bottom face, a traditional native death mask, represents the death and felling of the tree. While the middle, an owl face, represents the life and sanctuary the tree provided for birds.



 About the Artist

Eighteen years ago, Chuck Magnusson took a class at the Seattle Art Museum that taught him to carve in a traditional style with traditional tools, adze, and knives.  Since then, he has been carving masks, bowls, and ceremonial rattles. He still considers himself a student of this stunning art form and the amazing culture of the First Nation people who brought it to us.


2015 Pumpkin Parade

Every year, Panorama staff teams up to put on a Pumpkin Parade for residents living in our skilled nursing facility. Each department gets a pumpkin to decorate, along with some form of float. Residents gather in halls to watch as each float parades by. Here’s some of the wonderful creativity that was exhibited during this year’s parade!

Charlottes Web Pumpkin

Charlotte’s Web Pumpkin

1920's Pumpkin

1920’s Flapper Girl Pumpkin

Snoopy Pumpkin

Snoopy versus the Red Baron Pumpkin

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Snoopy the Flying Ace Pumpkin

Scooby Doo Pumpkin

Scooby Doo Mystery Machine Pumpkin


Friday Share at Panorama’s Pea Patch Gardens

Photo taken by resident, Charlie Keck. August 2015

Photo taken by resident, Charlie Keck. August 2015

Residents who love to garden create such a beautiful atmosphere at our Pea Patch gardens. And it’s that time of year again when the produce is plentiful. Every Friday during harvest season, the gardeners of the Pea Patch bring together the surplus of their bounty and share it with other residents. This weekly event is so popular, patrons know they have to arrive early if they hope to take anything home! Donations for the produce and flowers taken during Friday share are greatly appreciated by the gardeners who use the earnings to keep those gardens flourishing!

Photo taken by resident Charlie Keck. August 2015

Photo taken by resident Charlie Keck. August 2015


A Resident’s Perspective – It Was All About Cars and Caring

Written by Panorama resident, Mike Turner. August 2015

On Saturday August 15th Panorama held it’s first Car Show. What a treat! Jean Jacobsen and Grace Moore from Lifestyle Enrichment did a bang up job of a show presenting new and vintage cars for Panorama and local residents alike. To be honest though, Jean was getting a little nervous on Friday when the torrential rains were looking a little ominous. Car show guys are just not in the habit of bringing those bright shiny cars out in the rain.20150815_121130_resized copy


Photo by resident Charlie Keck

The Show had two parking lots full of cars. A great band, Pumphouse, that played songs we all knew and some danced to. The Car Show had all the extras we love; fun T-shirts, a raffle with great prizes and of course food. This time the food was provided by food trucks! There was an Asian fusion and Mediterranean style offering, with my favorite being the dessert truck….elephant ears. Had never heard of them, had them and will be back for them.

The show was an overall success with lots of residents and local folks out with their kids. However I think there were some special moments.

Like one of the car owners saying he doesn’t go to many car shows where the spectators say things like “I remember when my family got one of those cars when it was new.” “We had that car when I was a kid.” “That was my first car when I was in high school.”20150815_121432_resized

One of the real special moments was when the show participants took their cars for a parade around Panorama as they left the show. The parade route even included a trip through the C&R parking lot so the residents in the nursing facility could look out the windows and see the cars. What a nice gesture.

For one of Panorama’s residents the show was particularly sweet and more than a little nostalgic. Frank Alberti of Holladay Park showed his 1917 King automobile. Incidentally the year the car was “born”, so was Frank. After many years of working on it, showing it off and taking the neighbors for rides, it was time to let it go. Frank sold his baby to an Air and Car Museum in Oregon where they not only display their exhibits but keep them in running order and have shows of their vintage planes and cars. The car went to a nice home.


Frank Alberti and his wife Reta pose in front of their 1917 King Motor Car just before it was loaded up for its trip to the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum.

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Residents Mike Turner, Jay Felzien and Frank Alberti pose with Frank’s 1917 King Motor Car on the morning of Panorama’s 1st Car Show.

Frank and his wife Reta were surprised, proud and excited when they learned that the car had been voted BEST IN SHOW. But as we know life sometimes throws us curve balls or in this case a gas line leak. As Frank was taking his car to the fair early Saturday morning, the gas line sprung a leak. No gas, no moving. And here is where the “care” portion of the story comes in. We know how the Panorama staff looks out for us, provides great service and really care about our welfare and safety. Well who knew that care included some AAA service? When security and some of the Panorama staff found out about the situation they were on the spot providing a very long push to the Auditorium parking lot to make sure that Frank’s car was in its special place when the show opened. I spoke to Frank about that and showed him the pictures that were taken. He said he thought the one with all the guys pushing reminded him of the Iwo Jima statue with the Marines hoisting the American flag. Good eye Frank. 2

Panorama Staff give resident, Frank Alberti and is 1917 King a push to the Car Show.

Panorama Staff give resident, Frank Alberti and is 1917 King a push to the Car Show.

UntitledWell here’s to another great Panorama program! See you around campus.

Mike Turner


A Resident’s Perspective – My Arts Walk Experience

ShawsWritten by Panorama resident, Mary Jo Shaw. May 2015

When I think Panorama can’t get any better, they pull something else on us.  Well, they did again in May, when 300 guests and 300 residents attended our first annual Art Walk and tour of the campus, organized by Panorama and our Art Guild.

Chris and I arrived in our sage, Panorama Art Walk T-shirts to our assigned, white-skirted table with wooden easels made in the woodshop.  It was next to the grand piano I’d play as part of the Music Arts Division.

Chris’ framed scene of a tree on a hill in Rocky Mountain National Park was sketched with fine-point pens. So was my framed Fancy Fish Aquarium in Zentangle art-form. The larger of two fish was multi-sectioned—each filled with a different, intricate pattern.   A smaller identical fish—but colored, blending from light yellow to deep purple—was a cut-out mounted on the cardstock.  On the bottom of the scene were piles of ornate, tiny squiggles of aquarium-looking plants, shells, vines, and sand, illustrated with almost hair-thin pen points.

J.ShanowerWe were swarmed with excited visitors OH’s and AH’s who came to our table and other exhibits in the same large reception room of the skilled nursing facility.  There were demos of woven and twined baskets made primarily of bark.  A lady demonstrated functional baskets and sculptural art-work using fabric, water-colored paper, thread, paint and occasionally wire.  A resident-teacher was weaving exquisite coiled baskets with pine needles and waxed Irish linen thread.

At noon, Chambers Restaurant hosted a buffet of raw veggies and fruits, gourmet sandwiches, salads, and hearty soup amid the high volume of excited chatter.


C.BowersPanorama busses shuttled, or visitors walked in beautiful weather to the auditorium for theater scenes, artist profiles, then ice cream while listening to live stringed and brass music outdoors.

On to other areas, to view books by residents, metal and wood works, and fused glass jewelry.  Many strolled paradise in McGandy Park.

Visitors were also amazed with:

The Clay Arts Studio with artists at work

Demonstrations of hand-woven tapestry

Fabric art using hand-dyed and commercial cotton and silk fabric

Wood sculptures

Northwest Coast native style art–masks, rattles, bowls, flat art

Shadow boxes of unique found objects, images, fabric, fiber, trims

Acrylic, oil, watercolor, gouache paintings

Counted cross-stitch, and much more.

We are honored with two centenarian—artists:

*Russell Day, who mentored famous Dale Chihuly, whose “Glass Persians” hang over the large fireplace in Panorama Hall, and at our front entrance outdoors: the Icicle Tower.

*Cay Thomas, and her oil paintings, has encouraged and instructed many other residents in her 35 years as resident.

The next day, residents raved the success, quoting guests’ comments:

“You residents seem so happy.”

“I heard most residents say that one spouse wasn’t interested in moving, but glad they did.  Now I’m relieved.”

“The quality talent on Panorama campus is incredible.”

“I showed up early to fill out an application first thing.  I’ve been checking places—I’m ready!”

“Whenever I ask for cons about their choice, most say they wished they’d come sooner, and that Panorama just gets better and better.”

“My husband loves the wood and metal workshops.  I love that pool, art studio and many exercise rooms around the campus. I want to learn to weave.  So many choices!”

“My husband didn’t want to come today, but I made him.  He just now whispered to me, ‘Maybe we’d better get on the list!’” 

If you missed it this year, yep,—you missed!  Keep in touch.  Maybe we’ll see you next year.

P.S.  Wait ‘till you read what we’re doing every day in June!

Mary Jo Bio

Special Event: Patient Education Program for Parkinson’s Awareness


Wednesday, April 29th

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Panorama Auditorium

 1670 Circle Loop SE, Lacey, WA 98503

Panorama is inviting the community to attend a patient education program in recognition of Parkinson’s Awareness Month. The guest speaker will be Dr. Pinky Agarwal from the Booth Gardner Parkinson’s Care Center and she will present Parkinson’s Disease: Medication and Non-Medication Options. The Washington Chapter of the American Parkinson’s Disease Association will also be sharing valuable information and resources with attendees.

WHY:  April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month.  Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder after Alzheimer’s, affecting approximately one million people in the United States. Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder.  Although promising research is being conducted, there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s.

Panorama offers a support group to over thirty residents who are battling Parkinson’s or have a loved one who’s been affected by the disease. The support group is organized and facilitated by the Campus Social Services department and meets once per month. In addition, the retirement community has a Parkinson’s exercise class and dinner group which have proven to be another great form of support to these residents. This month, Panorama wants to open its doors to educate, support and renew hope by inviting community members to this special event!

TO LEARN MORE:  For more information about the event, please contact Sara Wasser at 360-438-7776 or sara.wasser@panorama.org.  For more information on Parkinson’s and how you can help make a difference, contact the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) at (800) 457-6676, info@pdf.org or www.pdf.org.

A Resident’s Perspective – My Talent Show Experience

Written by Panorama resident, Mary Jo Shaw. March 2015

Announcer Melissa walked into the spotlight in our auditorium with a 10-foot no-longer-used pole from our Aquatic Center.  It had a large half-circle-hook at the top.  She knocked the other end on the stage floor, for attention from the standing-room-only crowd.  After welcoming everyone to the annual talent show, she warned, “If any performance goes beyond 10 minutes, I’m coming out.”  She waved the pole back and forth horizontally, mimicking pulling someone backstage.

Panorama's Got Talent 2015 _1Laughter bounced off the walls!  Then she announced that Helen W. and I were going to play duets of Verdi’s “March Militaire” from Aida and Handel’s “Largo” from Xerxes.  Overwhelmed with applause, we were pleased with our performance.  It was heartwarming during our final bow to see smiles from our encouraging neighbors of Woodland Court who sat together in row four to cheer us on.  To our right, I spied our daughter, Melody, her hubby John and seven-year-old Hope in the row with my hubby, Chris.

Panorama's Got Talent 2015_2A few acts later, I returned with Jane B. to perform what Melissa announced was “a very serious, classical duet called C. S. Theme and Variations, Opus 6, by Compton.”  We bowed. I sat on the primo (right) side of the bench, Jane to my left.  After playing eight bars of the classic Hungarian Rhapsody exchange of ta-dah, ta-ta-ta-dah…we directly exploded into a big sounding, fast Chopsticks. (Even kids and adults who don’t play piano seem to learn to play this in simple style!)  Surprised, hilarious laughter and clapping kept us motivated!  In our 15 pages we played very fast, very difficult, all-over-the-piano, 13 variations of Chopsticks.

Panorama's Got Talent 2015_3BUT half-way through our routine, Jane plays fast, three octaves, of alternating hands of 16th note octaves progressing up the piano, edging me from my positon and off the piano bench.  While I choreograph standing behind her to the audience, what am I supposed to do?…look at her just playing away, forgetting that I’m part of the performance, she continues with her inserted version of twinkling-lightly, “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”  I pretend to tap her shoulder to say, I’m here, too, remember?  She turns to recognize me and cues me to join playing with her again.  She’s now occupying my right side of the bench. I quickly climb over the left end of the bench, and we take off playing.  The music progresses louder and faster.  Jane ends with a glissando (a swish on the keys to the right, with one finger) up the keyboard as she’s standing up to bow while I’m still at the piano.  I stand to exit the right side of the bench swishing another loud glissando.

She’s already bobbing up and down when I finally join her to begin my bow.  We carry on like the lady on the stage in The Sound of Music.  We bow constantly, even encouraging more from the roaring audience until…you guessed it…announcer Melissa marches out onto the stage with her 10’ pole!  We exit, waving with big smiles to a roaring audience for intermission.

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P.S. The C. S. Variations stands for Chopsticks, written and dedicated to Victor Borge.

Footnotes:  When we burst out playing Chopsticks, little Hope whispered slowly with puckered lips, “Mommie, why is everybody laughing at Granny?”

After the excited intermission with cookies and visiting, Hope told Daddy John, “I like seeing all the Grannies!”

Mary Jo Bio

Behind the Scenes – The Patio Sale

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Images provided by Panorama resident, Carol D.

It’s just about that time of year again. Time for the annual Benevolent Fund Patio Sale at Panorama! If you haven’t heard, the Patio Sale is a legend around here, grossing around $50,000 for the Benevolent Fund which provides assistance for Panorama residents in need as well as improvements for the whole campus to enjoy.

The following is a pictorial journey through this phenomenal community event.

Patio Sale History

The Patio Sale today

The Patio Sale crew works throughout the year gathering, sorting, and pricing items for resale. When a Panorama resident has something to donate, they call the Patio Sale volunteers who then pick up right from their front door.

The loot that accumulates come July is truly a sight to see! It’s all hands on deck for set-up. “So, don your ribbons and here we go!”

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All set up and ready for shoppers

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An eager crowd waits for the gate to open!

We’ll see you on Saturday, July 19th!

Introducing the Newest Addition to Our Campus

Dale Chihuly, Panorama Icicle Tower, 2014, 10 x 5 x 5’

Dale Chihuly, Panorama Icicle Tower, 2014, 10 x 5 x 5’

Dale Chihuly’s Panorama Icicle Tower was installed on Monday, April 14, 2014 by two members of Team Chihuly.

This is Chihuly’s second installation at Panorama. It is an astonishing 10’x5’x5’ and is comprised of approximately 230 yellow, red, and orange hand-blown glass elements.

Chihuly’s Towers evolved from his Chandeliers. The first Tower was made for the narrow vertical space of the American Craft Museum stairway in 1997. Subsequent projects continued to challenge Chihuly to create large sculptures for spaces where the ceilings could not bear the weight of Chandeliers, or spaces without ceilings, giving life to the development of this important series.

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Dale Chihuly, Panorama Icicle Tower (detail), 2014, 10 x 5 x 5’

“The idea of a Tower just came from looking at one of my Chandeliers and imagining what it would look like upside down.” –Chihuly

There will be a formal dedication ceremony on June 10.

Panorama Disaster Preparedness – Map Your Neighborhood

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In a disaster, your most immediate source of help will be the neighbors around you.

The Panorama Resident Council, with support from the Panorama Corporation, is sponsoring Map Your Neighborhood training for resident disaster preparedness.

In line with the national “Map Your Neighbor Hood” program, our campus has been divided in to small “neighborhoods” based on the homes that are located nearest each other. To gain a clear idea of this, picture the homes that you can see while standing in your front yard. This is your “neighborhood” of immediate sources for disaster assistance.

For each of these “neighborhoods” a captain and co-captain have been assigned. Some volunteered on their own while others were approached due to their personal skills and qualities. During the month of April, these captains and co-captains will be undergoing Map Your Neighborhood training which addresses the following:

1) The “9 Steps to Take Immediately Following a Disaster” to secure your home and protect your neighborhood.

2) The skills and equipment each neighbor has and how they would apply in a disaster situation.

3) Identifying the nearest locations of natural gas and propane tanks in your neighborhood.

4) Developing a contact list that identifies neighbors with specific needs

5) Working together as a team to evaluate and take the necessary actions

If you would like information on Map Your Neighborhood training for Thurston County residents, visit the Thurston County Emergency Management site.

Readers Theatre and The Grand Christmas History of the Andy Landy Clan

Andy Landy ClanThe Panorama Readers Theatre group gave a delightful performance of the comical short play, The Grand Christmas History of the Andy Landy Clan, by Jules Tasca. The story follows the Landy family through years of Christmas letters as they share the details of their lives with one another. Each character is colorful in their own way and represents the differences we all find between our own lives and those of our relatives.

The Landys were represented by 5 readers who skillfully used voice manipulation and dramatic facial expression to bring life to the words of each Christmas letter. It was a uniquely hysterical  holiday show presented by a very talented crew.


Panorama resident, Mike T. as Bart Landy

Panorama resident, Mike T. as Bart Landy

Panorama resident, Ellie D. as Molly Landy

Panorama resident, Ellie D. as Molly Landy

Panorama resident, Elaine R. as Edna Landy

Panorama resident, Elaine R. as Edna Landy

Panorama resident, Helen S. and Sister Barbara Landy

Panorama resident, Helen S. as Sister Barbara Landy

Panorama resident, Mary Ann E. as Alice Landy

Panorama resident, Mary Ann E. as Alice Landy