The holidays arrived early at High Point of Flemington. On Nov. 7, the facility arranged for Holiday Express, which delivers a full-fledged holiday party to businesses, complete with a full band, lunch, and well-known characters. By a few minutes after 11, the holiday spirit was in full swing for High Point’s mental health and substance use clients as well as for the staff.
The highlight at High Point was seeing the facility’s cafeteria transformed into a dance club. Holiday Express brought a 12-piece band to perform a full concert of songs befitting the season: “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, “Frosty the Snowman,” “Feliz Navidad,” I Want to Wish You A Merry Christmas – and a Happy Hanukah.” Jingle Bell Rock.” You get the idea. Not every numbers were in keeping with holidays, but all were danceable; “Get on the Love Train,” and Earth, Wind and Fire’s “September.” Client Lorraine (pictured have her face painted) did not sit a song.
Complementing the music was a cast of characters who appeared the band performed songs about them: Rudolph, Frosty, the Grinch, and, of course, a bearded gent with glint in his eye and warmth in his smile.
After working up their appetites dancing, High Point’s clients and staff sat down to a lunch of very good sub sandwiches. For dessert there were chocolate chip cookies.
There was also face painting with holiday-themed images: snowmen, rein deer and snow flakes.
And, of course, there were gifts. Bags overflowing with clothing and accessories went to the winners of drawings, but every client received a gift bag as the boarded their buses for home.
On this day, the entire High Point community -clients and staff alike – celebrated as winners. The party opened the holiday season in the best possible way, with smiles, fellowship – and some serious stepping.