Scores of Valentine’s Days have come and gone for David and Barbara Henington, who usually have a nice dinner but don’t do anything special on Feb. 14.
This year’s loved-themed holiday will be different for the elderly Houston couple, who have been married for 62 years. They are first-year residents of The Village of the Heights, an assisted-living center with a series of special events planned for its 92 residents.
First there will be a one-actress performance by Mary Mann at 10:30 a.m. Representatives from the Houston Heights Women’s Club are scheduled to bring baked goods and Valentine’s cards at 1 p.m.
Scheduled for later in the afternoon is a happy hour including wine, appetizers and live music by Gloria Middleton. The grand finale is a steak dinner on tables decorated with rose petals and napkins folded into the shapes of flowers and hearts.
Best of all? It won’t cost residents a thing outside of their usual monthly fees.
“I am cheap,” David Henington joked. “If it’s free, I love it.”
Most of the other residents at 1407 Studewood St., who range in age from 55-98, figure to enjoy it as well. The Village of the Heights implemented the Valentine’s program last year and expanded on it this year, adding the happy hour and live entertainment.
Middleton will be playing guitar and singing classic tunes while her audience sips on drinks and nibbles on hors d’oeuvres.
“She’s got a voice like an angel,” said 96-year-old resident Vivian Kasmiroski.
Activities director Christian Salazar said The Village of the Heights has themed events for most of the major holidays. Valentine’s Day has a special place in her heart, so Salazar goes above and beyond for the occasion in an attempt to relay that sentiment to those she serves.
One of those residents, Aileen Sparks, said it had been a while since she celebrated Valentine’s Day. So last year’s events were a treat.
“As I recall, it was lively,” Sparks said. “Christian did a good job on the decorations.”