Mon. Dec 4th, 2023

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) – Residents at the Hermitage in Roanoke had something to celebrate Friday. Amid the tall trees and large lawns at the retirement home, Acrobats danced, a carousel spun, and street vendors sold candy corn.

The pop up carnival, the first Hermitage has put on, was meant as a treat for residents, who’ve been stuck inside because of COVID-19 restrictions. It’s also the first major event Hermitage has staged since the pandemic began. Residents attended alongside family, and staff.

“You know, I think their smiles say everything,” said Joe Cobb, Hermitage Pastor and city council member. “One of our residents has been on the carousel probably eight times.”

The event ran from 2 to 4 Friday afternoon. Hermitage officials say while this was their first carnival, it was such a success it likely won’t be the last.

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