Join Schwenksville Parade, Make its Seniors Smile

SCHWENKSVILLE PA – Halloween is going to the dogs Saturday (Oct. 24, 2020) afternoon in Schwenksville, and its residents and staff members at the Greenfield Senior Living complex, 300 Perkiomen Ave., probably couldn’t be happier about it.

Greenfield is hosting a Halloween-themed dog parade that’s scheduled to assemble at 12:45 p.m. across the street in the parking lot of Heidelberg United Church of Christ, 251 Perkiomen Ave. Community members who own a dog are asked to join in … and if your pet is dressed in costume, so much the better! Pets in cars (don’t let them drive, though) or pets walked by owners both are welcomed.

The parade kicks off 15 minutes later, at 1 p.m. Cars will proceed first, walkers next, on a route past the home that allows the greatest number of seniors to enjoy them from a socially safe distance inside and out. Petting the dogs won’t be possible. Greenfield residents will have special treats for them, however. Its baking class produced hand-made goodies to be distributed at the parade’s end.

The event is organized by Kiersten Rivel, Greenfield marketing and admissions director, and Annette Renn, its director of activities. They considered it a perfect way to offer their residents a “paws-itively fun time,” Rivel wrote, enjoyable for kids of any age. Such parades aren’t new to Greenfield, either; an earlier Mother’s Day-themed parade attracted lots of local support.

Those who can participate with their pets to bring smiles to the home’s occupants are asked to make a reservation by Thursday (Oct. 22), by either calling or sending an e-mail to Rivel (610-287-1822, Ext. 76; or Renn (Ext. 41;

Be aware, this is a rain-or-shine event. If Mother Nature fails to cooperate, the parade will consist of cars only, and the residents will view it from windows indoors. Keep your fingers crossed. As of Monday at 6 a.m., AccuWeather predicted Saturday to be partly cloudy with 73-percent humidity but only a 20-percent chance of precipitation, and a high temperature of 60 degrees.

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