Balfour Celebrates Father’s Day with Traditional Automotive Cruise – Boulder Each day Digital camera
Residents and families on Balfour Senior Living’s campus in Louisville celebrated Father’s Day – and the easing of coronavirus restrictions after a long year of isolation – with a car show, live music, and food on Sunday.
Last year, the senior citizens’ community organized a drive-by car parade on Father’s Day with distant and masked residents and limited participation by family members. This year Balfour kept the car theme, with streets around the campus lined with classic and modern cars for a “cruise-in” show open to the community as well.
“Cars are very popular with our residents,” said Louise Garrels, Balfour’s communications director.
Ben Gust picks up 4-year-old Felix Gust while 7-year-old Lukas Gust stands next to them as they check out a car during a Father’s Day car show on Sunday at the Balfour Senior Living Campus in Louisville. (Amy Bounds / Staff Writer)
Last year’s drive-by car parade was the brainchild of Balfour Life Enrichment Director Nikole Bari and resident Bill Reichenberg, a longtime car enthusiast. On Sunday, Reichenberg, with the help of his son, brought two of his cars, a red and white 1957 Chevy Bel Air and a black 1951 Ford sedan.
“The 57er was always my favorite,” said Reichenberg.
While he liked the auto show, Reichenberg said he’d rather drive or drive in vintage cars than see them – and he snuck in on Sunday morning. After retiring in the 1990s, he became a car collector and showed cars around the country. As a long-time member of the Good Guys Rod & Custom Association, his passion is cars from the 1950s.
“This wonderful hobby is expensive, but it’s great fun,” he said.
The Denver Dolls perform during a Father’s Day Sunday auto show at the Balfour Senior Living Campus in Louisville. (Amy Bounds / Staff Writer)
The event on Sunday felt like a street fair, with grilled hamburgers and hot dogs for lunch and Kona ice and sweet cow for dessert. Fathers could also buy root beer, cream soda, or brownies. The Denver Dolls, a vintage tribute group, and the YoungHeart Band provided entertainment.
Sisters Christina Trigg and Connie Whitmore met their father, Hank Espinsoa, a Balfour Memorial Care resident, for the event. They said he wasn’t thrilled to attend until he found out about the auto show.
“When you mentioned classic cars, he was ready to go,” said Trigg, adding that he had renovated classic cars as a hobby.
David Craver said checking out vintage cars was a great way to spend Father’s Day. Before that, he restored a rusty 1968 Camaro “from scratch”.
“I’ve been into cars since I was a kid,” he said. “I started with Hot Wheels.”
Left to right, Carol Jaffe, George Williams and Sarah Jaffe pose with Williams’ dog Willy Wonka by a photo booth during a Father’s Day Sunday auto show at the Balfour Senior Living Campus in Louisville. (Amy Bounds / Staff Writer)
In recognition of the many Balfour residents with dogs, the event also included a dog photo box with homemade dog biscuits to reward good dog behavior.
George Williams, who lives in Balfour, posed for photos with his daughter Carol Jaffe, granddaughter Sarah Jaffe and dog Willy Wonka. After the car show, they wanted to go out to eat and play games at home.
“We are so happy,” said Carol Jaffe. “We like to be out and about.”