Luncheon of the Boating Party – Afternoon River Cruise

Today, aboard the MS River Rouge, 300 sailing seniors brought to life this immortal Renoir masterpiece. At All Seniors Care Living Centres Residences our residents and guest enjoy many unique, fun and exciting experiences… and today, a Picnic aboard ship, live music, dancing and fun were the order of the day.

Luncheon of the Boating Party by Pierre-Auguste Renoir captures an idyllic atmosphere as Renoir’s friends share food, wine, and conversation on a balcony overlooking the Seine at the Maison Fournaise restaurant in Chatou, France. The painting also reflects the character of French society in the mid- to late 19th century, the restaurant welcomed businessmen, society women, artists, actresses, writers, critics, seamstresses, and shop girls. This is also representative of our luxury retirement residences where diverse groups of people come together to enjoy a vibrant and active community lifestyle.

Highlights of the Voyage:

Play By Play of the Day

10:08 am  All Seniors Care staff worked alongside River Rouge owner, Kerry Vogiatzakis, and crew to transform the ship for today’s picnic cruise.

10:44 am  Excitement is in the air as the local TV news camera crews record the arrival of the first bus

10:52 am  Passengers begin to board the MS River Rouge and are escorted by the fine young officers of Winnipeg Police Cadet Corp.

11:15 am  Mr. Miller from River Ridge gets everyone into the mood of the day by playing maraca’s as he boards the boat

11.45 am  While final passengers staff and volunteers are introduced and made clear that they are available to help

12:15 pm  Passengers all aboard and band “Diva Knows Best” begins to entertain

Ship sets sail for afternoon cruise

12:30 pm  Picnic lunch is served and enjoyed by all aboard while watching the fascinating sights along the historic Red River

1:00 pm  Captain Curtis Grimmelson sounds horn twice to indicate to all other boats that this 150 foot river beauty is making its turn for home, while continuing to share river facts and boat history

1:23 pm  Passengers are overheard exclaiming “Beautiful Day”, “Wonderful Scenery” and compliments amongst the passengers on the stunning array of fine hats each was wearing

1:45 pm  Mrs. J. Killington from Sturgeon Creek I Retirement Residence was overheard telling fellow passengers “I grew up on the other side of the river junction of St. Anne’s and St. Mary’s and I remember swimming here as kids and watching the ducks White-Tailed Deer

2:00 pm  The winning continued when, after referring friends to move in, three residents from Sturgeon Creek II, Shaftesbury Park and River Ridge had their spins of the Wheel of Treasurers and came away big winners

2:10 pm Live Music and Dancing

2:30 pm Boat returns to Alexander Docks and passengers return to their buses for the ride home… Mrs. Bye from Seine River Retirement Residence summed up the afternoon best when she exclaimed as she left the boat “It was a wonderful afternoon.”

River Ridge Retirement Residence

Seine River Retirement Residence

Shaftesbury Park Retirement Residence

Sturgeon Creek I Retirement Residence

Sturgeon Creek II Retirement Residence

Victoria Landing Retirement Residence

50 Ridgecrest Ave.

1015 St. Anne’s Rd.

905 Shaftesbury Blvd.

10 Hallonquist Dr.

707 Setter St.

Brandon, MB








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