The Ormond Heritage
Condominium courtyard resonated with music on Sunday, April
12, as residents stepped out on their balconies and joined
together in song.
They used to have
monthly social events before COVID-19, said condo Board
President Jerry Cutter. They sat around, talked, danced and
“We’re 156 apartments, and the only time we can get together
is when we have a get-together," he said.
With social distancing guidelines in place because of the
pandemic, the board got creative. Resident Janie Waters
organized a sing-a-long featuring Board member and musician
Rich Ryan, and the song lyrics to "You Are My Sunshine," by
Johnny Cash were distributed in the complex.
Ryan, a violin player for over 30 years, had played at the
Heritage's socials before. But never like this.
“Never outdoors," Ryan said. "Never on Easter and never with
social distancing being observed. This is a whole different
Joining him were local musicians Philip Levy, Trienah Meyers
and Dan Walters, all of whom assembled in the courtyard, and
sang up to the residents on the balconies. Board Member Pat
Sample getting together like this made sense.
Rose Declerco and Robert Nickerson wave from their
balcony at the Ormond Heritage Condominiums
“We all have to stay separate, and
this is a way we can separate, but be on our balconies and
be together," she said.
Why did they choose "You Are My Sunshine"? Ryan said it's
because most people already knew the words.
“By golly, ‘You Are My Sunshine’ would be a nice sentiment
in a time like this," Ryan said.