Classic Cars Sail to Oak Park Place as Baraboo Facility Begins to Resume | Regional news
“We really involve the residents. I had them come to me with their favorite car growing up and what make and model it was, ”said Burch. She found pictures of the cars and tied them up at the event so residents could find theirs.
A resident’s son-in-law, Dennis Gorder, helped organize the parade, driving his own sky-blue 1957 Ford Fairlane. He said Cruisers started doing “drive-bys” for nursing homes and children’s birthday parties last spring when COVID-19 first shut down.
“It seemed like everyone was feeling good,” he said, especially when they couldn’t make it inside. “Now you can, but we always thought, like with memory care up there, it would be good for them and good to bring people out.”
Many people react well to the sight of cars from the 50s and 60s because they remember them from their childhood, he said.
“It doesn’t matter where we go with one of our classic cars here… people come to talk to you about it,” Gorder said. “You know, ‘Oh, my dad had one like that,’ or ‘my uncle had one,’ or something like that. … I think it brings up a lot of memories of their youth, and I think it just helps them feel better about themselves and everything else.
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Residents said living in quarantine for the past 14 months has been difficult. As a member of the American Legion’s honor guard, Allen Paschen said it bothered him that he was unable to attend his friends’ funerals.