Skip is our resident of the month for June. Skip as been a part of our Fairview Park Family since the beginning of 2018, when he said he fell into Fairview Park. A fall is what brought Skip to Fairview, literally. He is one of our youngest residents and adds so much to our family. His humor is quite witty. Skip chose us for what he saw during his tour and after meeting staff and a few residents, he decided if he had to go into assisted living, Fairview Park is where he wanted to be.
Skip has an older sister in Florida, five children scattered around the country and a few grandchildren. Skips closest son, Jason, lives in Atlanta and visits frequently Jason is a favorite visitor among our residents. He as such great stories, funny jokes to tell, and makes time for everyone. You can see the pride on Skips face each time Jason surprises him with a visit.
To say Skip has lead a very colorful life would be a bit of an understatement. He was raised and went to college in Pennsylvania. His careers have been in the fields of chefs and an illustration designer with his own company.
Skip loved being a chef, and you can go on YouTube and see him make his award winning Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce on the Regis and Cathy Lee Show. That’s right, our Skip won first place with his recipe, $10,000 and a trip to Hawaii!
After his career as a chef, Skip put his college education to work and became an illustrator for companies and then he began his own business. He did photo shoots, some which included famous people. Remember when Bill Crosby was the spokesperson for Coca Cola? Skip was instrumental in the photo shoot. And Skip has a great story about his photoshoot with the French skier, Jean-Claude Killy when he was the spokesperson for Rolex. If you look through Skips portfolio you would recognize many of his creations. Skip has his design table in our Art Room and many days you can fid him at his table designing and creating. If you see him stop in and say hi!
Oh! Here is a little known fun fact about our Skip. Back In the beginning of the Keep America Beautiful Campaign, he was Captain Greenville. As Captain Greenville, Skip made pubic appearances where he promoted antilitter programs with children around Greenville. If you look in the archives of Greenville you will see pictures of Skip in his Superhero days!
He is an excellent listener and his deep caring results in uplifting advice. He’s a cheerleader to all, is a quite man, yet he can talk with the best of them.
Thank you, Skip, for continuing to bring humor and creativity and kindness to our Fairview Family.
Audrey is our featured resident this month. Audrey made the decision to move into assisted living shortly after losing her husband and not wanting to be alone. Friends from her church took her to tour several facilities and Audrey decided perhaps she wasn’t ready for a move from her home.
Audrey said her friends had just one more place to show her and it was Fairview Park. She explains the minute she walked in our front door she knew we were the place she wanted to make her new home. Family was how she described meeting staff and residents. “This is home.” Is what Audrey said as she stood in our living room.. And she has been with us since, we are happy to say.
Audrey was born in Spartanburg to James and Bessie, and she is the eldest of three girls. She has a daughter, Ashley who is a nurse in North Carolina. She is Grandma to Porter and Woods, her two grandsons.
Growing up Audrey would spend summers with her Aunt who was a painter. Each summer her aunt would teach her the details of becoming a painter, which is exactly what Audrey grew up to be.
Audrey studied under Carl Blair, who was a teacher at Bob Jones University and the Greenville Museum of Art. Audrey also studied her art in Europe, including France. Audrey spent two weeks in France where she was able to paint in Monet’s garden in Giverny. We love listening to her travels abroad and the places she painted.
Audrey taught art for several years at Greenville’s Museum of Art. She also had a studio with three other women in Charleston, the Pink House. She did many art shows along the east coast and she received awards for her paintings. She is known as Audrey Dillard Price and her paintings are in private collections worldwide and many hang in corporate offices. You may actually look up our Audrey Dillard Price on the internet and see some of her paintings she has sold. Five of her paintings are hanging in her room and she loves to share them with visitors when they find out she’s a painter with her oils paintings showing around the world.
Audrey now paints in our art room at Fairview Park where she keeps her easel and oil paints. On any given day you will find Audrey painting. Now she paints and wants to share them so many of our staff and residents have her paintings hung on their walls. She delights in giving them to people when she sees how happy they are as they admire her painting in the Art Room.
Audrey also met someone special when she moved to Fairview Park. She and Les have been a couple for over a year now and both bring so much to one another’s lives. Both are involved in many of our activities and our outings.
Thank you, Audrey, for choosing to join our family.