by Ozzie Nogg
On Sunday, Sept. 7, the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home will host an old-fashioned Blumkin Carnival and Grandparent’s Day Celebration, complete with food, rides, games-of chance, prizes and once-in-a-lifetime family photo ops. The event, a joint effort of L.O.V.E. (League Offering Volunteers for the Elderly) and the RBJH Activities Department staff, runs from 1 to 3 p.m. and the entire community is invited to join the fun.
“For a change of pace, we decided to shake up our annual RBJH Grandparents Day County Fair and Car Show,” said Karen Hook, Activities Director. “This year we’re going for an exciting carnival experience with a nod to the life and times of the ‘carnies’ who had sawdust in their blood and who kept the traveling carnivals up and running; plus the carnival barkers and exotic entertainment found on the midway. We may not have fire-eaters or sword swallowers at the Blumkin Carnival, but we promise some exotic side show attractions and activities for all ages.”
According to Maggie Conti, Director of Activities and Outreach Programs at the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home, “You don’t have to have a friend or loved one at the Home to enjoy the Blumkin Carnival and Grandparent’s Day Celebration. The games will appeal to young and old, and so will the food. I mean, who can resist balloons, face painting, a caricature artist, funnel cakes, pretzels, and popcorn? We’ll also feature the Wax Hand Machine which I know will be a big hit with the kids and so soothing for older folks. The afternoon mixes fun with a little nostalgia, and that recipe makes everyone smile. Admission is free, so bring your family and come share the festivities.”
The Blumkin Carnival is underwritten by the following funds which are administered by the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation: The Sheldon A. and Lorrie Bernstein Endowment Fund; The Betty A. Studna and Seymour T. Lee Endowment Fund; and The Chester and Phyllis Lustgarten Endowment Fund.