Senior residents rock Belle Fourche with much-needed tunes

BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. – Senior residents in Belle Fourche ventured outside Thursday evening to dance the night away for a socially-distanced parking lot party.

What was scheduled for a half-hour concert turned into two hours of music and dancing at Belle Estate Senior Living. Administrator Lindsey Sainsbury says the facility is constantly trying to stay creative with the pandemic.

“Obviously, keeping our residents safe and healthy is so important, but bringing them joy…nothing compares to that,” said Sainsbury.

Sainsbury says the residents haven’t been able to have many visitors due to COVID-19 and their regular piano player, Shawn Hight, hasn’t been able to come inside to play music for them. So, the idea to host a concert outside, in the parking lot was born.

“Residents were all smiles while Shawn Hight played their favorite old-time music, some were literally brought to tears,” said Sainsbury. “Shawn played for two hours because residents were having so much fun.”

She says residents and staff couldn’t help but dance and have a ball.

“Don’t worry, we had our masks on, sanitized our hands, and did our best to keep residents appropriately distanced for the full party,” said Sainsbury.

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