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“Dancing Grannies” Visit Kenosha Care Center

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The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies pose for a photo with Brookside Care Center resident Jerome Mutchler after the group performed at the nursing home on Thursday.
(Photo By Joe Potente, Kenosha County)

In a nursing home, there’s nothing unusual about seeing plenty of grandmothers, great-grandmothers, and even great-great-grandmothers.

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But some very special Grannies paid a visit to Kenosha County’s Brookside Care Center on Thursday.

The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies stopped in to entertain a large roomful of residents and staff with their finger-snapping, toe-tapping routine that’s usually found in parades across southeastern Wisconsin.

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Dancer Colleen Minisce said visiting nursing homes is a new act for the Grannies, who have been performing in parades since 1984.

The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies entertain an audience of residents and staff at Kenosha County’s Brookside Care Center on Thursday. The show included an adapted version of the performances that the Grannies usually stage in parades across southeastern Wisconsin.
(Photo by Joe Potente, Kenosha County)

“We just started doing it this year, to give back to the community,” Minisce said. “For people who can’t get out to the parade, we’re bringing the parade to them.”

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For the Brookside residents, that meant dance numbers that sent the performers and their pompoms up and down the aisles, set to recognizable tunes like “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” “Celebration,” “Born in the USA,” and the Dancing Grannies’ signature song, “We Are Family.”

The “family,” in the case of the Dancing Grannies, includes performers who range in age from 57 to 78. The eldest member has been with the group for 18 years, Minisce noted.

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After the show, the members of the Brookside audience had the opportunity to pose for pictures with the Grannies, bringing wide smiles to the residents, the staff and the performers.

Brookside Care Center resident Kitty Gott holds up pompoms while posing for a photo with the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies after the group performed at the nursing home on Thursday.
(Photo by Joe Potente, Kenosha County)

“I liked it,” said a beaming Nick Guarascio. “It was nice. They were really good!”

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Another resident, Kitty Gott, swung her hands back and forth and bobbed her head along with the beat throughout the performance. And then she entertained the Grannies with a few pompom tricks of her own while she posed for a photo with them.

Brookside Care Center resident Nick Guarascio poses for a photo with members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies. The group performed Thursday at the Kenosha County-owned nursing home.
(Photo by Joe Potente, Kenosha County)

“I like entertainment,” Gott said. “I’m glad everybody’s smiling.”

Note: Brookside Care Center is still actively seeking applicants for a variety of employee positions including Certified Nursing Assistant, Life Enrichment Assistant, Environmental Service Worker, and nurses of all experience levels. Learn more at https://www.kenoshacounty.org/jobs.

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  1. The Waukesha Parade was another false flag. The government has been running false flags in mostly Demorat states like Wisconsin, Michigan, and fake Rhino Gov Abbot in Texas. Anyway, do an internet search on governments using false flags and you won’t think I am just a crazy Gringo living in Mexico

    1. Please don’t come back to the United States. You are a menace. Wow! Do you honestly believe what you just wrote?

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  2. Brookside is hiring because of staff leaving, DPW had a mass-exodus of mechanics, and more of their staff is actively looking to leave. Two massive departments can’t keep people, AND can’t attract qualified people, and yet Kerkman is turning a blind eye to her ineffective HR department.

    1. HR is only one issue, unless you work for them it’s not the biggest one. My buddy is on the paving team for the county, and over half of their paving has been canceled because the paving money has disappeared. The two managers don’t have answers, they can’t get any answers from their boss.

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