A day full of activities is planned for Thursday as the Good Samaritan Society-Hastings Village celebrates its annual SamFest.
“Celebrate Nebraska: Past and Present” will be the theme for this year’s event. Activities are free and open to the public, with participants 55 and older in mind.
Events kick off at 10 a.m. with a parade. Lineup begins at the Hastings Community Theatre, and the route winds through the Good Samaritan Village campus, finishing on South Fourth Avenue. Bands, golf carts, walkers and bicycles will be part of the mix.
Select units throughout campus will be open for tours from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tour maps are available at the Administration Building.
The Village Diner will be open for lunch, offering its standard menu plus brown-bag lunches for visitors who want a grab-and-go option.
David Seay, a performer with the Nebraska Humanities Council speakers’ bureau, will present at 1 p.m. at the Community Center. His topic is “Trains: Tales and Songs.” Afterward, residents will pay tribute to famous Nebraskans through costume, literary readings and song from 2:45-4 p.m.
The day will wrap up with a bake sale in Hoeger Hall, starting 3:30 p.m. and continuing through a Nebraska supper of runza and sides that will be served there from 4:30-6 p.m. The meal is free for everyone age 55 and older. Proceeds from the bake sale will go toward campus beautification projects.
The Good Samaritan Society-Hastings Village is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, a nonprofit organization based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, that owns post-acute rehabilitation, skilled care centers and senior living communities in 24 states.