Archive: Jul 2014

  1. Get to Know The Lodge

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    Marketing Director, Kristina Paré, has had the opportunity to speak to hundreds of people during her two decades working in senior living.  For the last two and a half years she has been sharing her passion for what we affectionately call “The Lodge Lifestyle”. As part of any discussion about The Lodge, Kristina highlights our unique setting, the beautiful views, opportunities to stay engaged in life, and our strong focus on creating amazing food.  However, it’s our core philosophy and the vision of owner David Hilliard that that really makes The Lodge different from traditional retirement communities.

    While Kristina’s enthusiasm for The Lodge is infectious, those that get to hear her speak usually come away with more than just information about The Lodge at Old Trail.

    What if you had the opportunity to not only hear Kristina speak, but also enjoy a delicious summer themed lunch prepared by The Lodge Culinary Team?

    Sounds like a win win, right?

    Here is your chance… The Lodge offers Lunch and Learn sessions that give you the opportunity to learn about The Lodge with a short presentation by our very own Kristina Paré.  You also get a lunch that is not only beautiful, but absolutely delicious. Then, as if it could get any better, you get a tour and question and answer session with Lodge Executive Director, Judy Bowes and owner, David Hilliard.

    Join us.

    For anyone interested in learning about The Lodge because it is a part of Old Trail Village, because you haven’t heard of us before, or simply that you haven’t had the opportunity to hear Kristina speak, you must come and see what you’ve been missing.

    Please call to RSVP today as Lunch and Learn sessions regularly sell out.

  2. The Lodge Residents and Staff Walk to Scotland

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    In an effort to promote wellness and staying active, The Lodge at Old Trail launched a walking campaign that paired residents and staff on walking teams. The brainchild of Executive Director Judy Bowes, every team member was given a pedometer to track their daily steps. The teams created names and submitted ideas for their walking destinations.

    The first destination picked… Scotland!

    On April 1, 2014 – the race to Scotland was launched.  At the end of every week, walking teams tallied up their cumulative steps and submitted them.

    On June  24th, residents and staff celebrated their arrival in Scotland with food, games, music and dancing.

    Lodge owner, David Hilliard, the Master of Ceremonies, himself a Scotsman, dressed in his kilt and judged “The Highland Games.” The games consisted of putt-putt golf, the caber toss – (log), the sheaf toss – (bale) and the stone put.

    The Lodge’s culinary team created a traditional Scottish dinner of:

     Cock-A-Leekie Stew (Chicken stew with leeks, carrot, barley and herbs)


    Shepherd’s Pie (Lamb and beef braised in Scottish lager with tomatoes, peas, carrots and onions topped with mashed potatoes and baked until golden brown)


    Scottish Salmon Cake (Smoked salmon cake served with a roasted potato medley, whiskey glazed carrots and a chive cream and malt sauce)


    Freshly baked Shortbread Cookies dipped in Chocolate with Strawberries

    Since The Lodge is equipped with its own Pub, there were drink specials as well; Whiskey Tea (Hot tea with Scottish whisky and a splash of milk) and a Rusty Nail (Drambuie and Scotch whiskey over ice with fresh lemon).

    Dinner was followed by music and dancing.  The Blue Ridge Scottish Country Dancers from Ivy, Virginia entertained Lodge residents and staff with their high energy movements. Bag pipers drew the attention of some Old Trail Village neighbors as they warmed up out in front of The Lodge.
    It was a great day of celebration to end our first walking adventure.

    The next leg of our journey will take us down under – Look out Australia… here we come!