Lantern Hill, a new Erickson Living retirement community in New Providence, hosted a festive and elegant holiday luncheon for its pioneer residents on December 9. More than 140 people attended the event held at the Fairmont Country Club in Chatham Township.
Guests enjoyed a delicious meal of surf and turf, mingled with their new neighbors, and watched a musical show about the life and music of Frank Sinatra featuring Donnie Fararro and Joe Gilligan. In addition, each resident received a "Lantern Hill Pioneer" mug filled with chocolate and candy.
"I am so excited to bring the Lantern Hill pioneers, the first residents of our community, together for this celebration lunch and thank them for their enthusiasm for the project," said Patricia Swan, executive director.
Residents will move into the 161 independent living apartments of Lantern Hill's Phase 1 in May/June 2016. This first phase sold out in 10 weeks, setting a record for Erickson Living as well as industry-wide.
The campus will have a wealth of amenities and services including three unique on-campus restaurants, a fitness center, swimming pool, salon, marketplace, theater, transportation, weekly housekeeping, activities program, and concierge services. Residents of the Library Committee are currently collecting books for the Lantern Hill Library.
Swan said that in the first six months of 2016, she expects to hire more than 100 employees in various departments including dining services, general services, and residential life.
For more information, visit www.LanternHillCommunity.com.
Photo: Ann and Thomas Foley take photo in Lantern Hill "Class of 2016" frame