An Eye for Detail: An Inside look into TopSide Lounge’s Design

A very important social hub, Berwick Parksville’s TopSide Lounge is one of the favourite spots to be, of which there are many. TopSide’s ’s
naming came about as the interior design and décor evolved. Berwick’s Interior Designer, Tracy Higgins, came up with a wonderful concept and sketches of a classic boat wall hanging were brought to life by Dave Helland, a craftsman joiner we often work with who, as luck would have it, also happens to be a boat builder.

Here are some unique design features we incorporated into the ambiance at TopSide:
˶ Patrick Bulmer’s (Waterglass Studios) custom light fixtures harken back to a Mid-Century nautical era of teak and chrome — A Tour de Force!
˶ Extensive use of sapele mahogany paneling on walls and the bar brings to mind classic boats and yacht clubs!
˶ Top Side logo mimics the style and font of our favourite boat builder Chris Craft
˶ Large format boat images and details captured by Photograher, Eiko Jones, last summer on anearly evening jaunt on our founders (Gordon & Chris Denford), family runabout.
˶ Outside patio area more than doubles the size of Top Side – with a variety of sheltered or sundrenched lounging options. A large retro-style ‘Visit Sunny Parksville’ billboard featuring a Chris-Craft provide another nod to a bygone era…

If you’re seeking a change and are looking for a design-forward and vibrant community,  say hello to life at Berwick Parksville and come for a visit! Book a tour today. 

Berwick’s Favourite Fall Cocktails to Make This Autumn

As the weather gets colder, we like to add layers (just as you would with clothing) and complexity to our weekly feature cocktails. The easiest way to do this is to start with a spirit, such as spiced rum or whiskey, that already has plenty of rich flavor. You can pair it with a taste of autumn, like cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, vanilla or ginger. Our Culinary Teams at Berwick have a lot of fun when it comes to creative weekly cocktails.

Here are a few of our Autumn flavours:

Berwick House: Sparkling Markijto – drink names are inspired by Mark, Director of Hospitality 

Ingredients

  • ½ oz of Rum

    ½ oz Simple Syrup 
    ½ oz Lime Juice
    4 oz Prosecco. 
    Mint

Directions

Muddle Mint, Simple Syrup, Lime Juice and Rum. Place in Shaker in Ice, shake then strain into Champagne Flute, fill the remainder of the flute with Prosecco. 

Berwick Royal Oak: It’s a Wonderful Life – featured drink names have a vintage movie theme. 

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) Empress Gin
    0.5 ounces St. Germain
    0.5 ounces Lemon Juice
    1 tablespoon Simple Syrup
    Lemon Wheel or Mint Leaves, to garnish
    Tonic, to top

Directions

Shake the gin, lemon juice, St. Germain and mint leaves on ice. Strain into a chilled red wine glass. Top with elderflower soda or tonic and garnish with a lemon wheel or mint spring.

Berwick on the Lake: Apple Maple Fizz – fall in a glass!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) Empress Gin
    0.5 ounces St. Germain
    0.5 ounces Lemon Juice
    1 tablespoon Simple Syrup
    Mint Leaves, plus more to garnish
    Tonic, to top

Directions

Shake the gin, lemon juice, St. Germain and mint leaves on ice. Strain into a chilled red wine glass. Top with elderflower soda or tonic and garnish with a lime wheel or mint spring.

Berwick Parksville: Moscow Mule

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) Empress Gin
    0.5 ounces St. Germain
    0.5 ounces Lemon Juice
    1 tablespoon Simple Syrup
    Mint Leaves, plus more to garnish
    Tonic, to top

Directions

Shake the gin, lemon juice, St. Germain and mint leaves on ice. Strain into a chilled red wine glass. Top with elderflower soda or tonic and garnish with a lime wheel or mint spring.

Berwick on the Lake: Apple Maple Fizz – fall in a glass!

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces whiskey
    0.5 ounces fresh lemon juice (1 tbsp)
    0.5 ounces maple syrup
    3-4 oounces hard apple cider
    Apple slice and cinnamon for garnish

Directions

Shake whiskey, lemon juice and maple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain into a glass filled with ice. Add hard apple cider and garnish with apple slice and cinnamon stick.

Berwick Comox Valley: Screwdriver 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
    Orange juice, freshly squeezed, to top

Directions

Fill a highball glass with ice, then add the vodka. Top with the orange juice.

Berwick by the Sea: Cranberry Thyme Gin & Tonic

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz. fluid Pure Cranberry Juice
    1 1/2 oz. fluid Gin
    1 1/2 oz. fluid Freshly Squeezed Clementine Or Orange Juice
    1 oz. fluid Simple Syrup
    3 sprigs (small) Fresh Thyme, Divided
    Crushed Ice, As Needed
    Cold Tonic Water, For Topping Off
    Fresh Cranberries For Garnish

Directions

In a 12-ounce glass, add cranberry juice, gin, clementine juice, simple syrup, and 2 sprigs of the thyme. With the back of a spoon, muddle the thyme against the inside of the glass. Add crushed ice to 2/3 full. Then top the remainder of the glass off with tonic water. Give a little stir to incorporate, and then garnish with the remaining thyme sprig and a few fresh cranberries.

Berwick on the Park: Peeping Ryan – variation of the Peeping Tom served with Aviation Gin (Ryan Reynolds signature gin) 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces Aviation gin
    1/2 ounce creme de violette
    1 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
    3/4 ounce simple syrup
    Garnish: 2 Peeps marshmallow candies

Directions

Add the Aviation gin, creme de violette, lemon juice and simple syrup into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled. Strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with 2 Peeps marshmallow candies.

Berwick Qualicum Beach: Maple Old Fashioned  

Ingredients

Directions

Use a vegetable peeler or knife to carefully cut a 2- to 3-inch-long piece of orange peel.  Run the pulp-side of the peel around the rim of the cocktail glass, then set the peel aside for later. Add the bourbon, bitters, and maple syrup to the glass, and briefly stir to combine.  Add the ice, then briefly stir the drink one more time to mix and chill. Give the orange peel a good twist above the glass to release its oils, then tuck it into the drink.  

From apple to maple and warming brown spirits, this list should keep you busy this fall! 

My Purposeful Life with Lael Popham – A Resident Blog Series

My Purposeful Life – A resident blog series on intentional living at any age.

In honour of Active Aging Week last week, we met with 8 incredible people who reside across all Berwick’s and spoke with them about the importance of continuing to life a life of purpose as we age. Lael is a major contributor and volunteer member at Berwick Comox Valley & her greater community. Lael approaches everything with a spirit of service and from what we have learned, it has transformed her life and made it much more meaningful and fulfilling.

What does living a life of purpose mean to you?

Living a life of purpose, to me, means volunteering.  My parents were volunteers, my mother throughout her whole life, and I learned early on what a meaningful yet fun way of serving my community really means.  

What are you most looking forward to in 2024?

During 2024 I would love to take a bicycle tour.  David and I did many bicycle trips, mainly on our own but a couple with tours, and that feeling of zipping down hills, accomplishing a steep hill, and then recounting adventures during a group dinner is just pure fun.  

What do you still want to learn?
Learning is a passion and although I’ve slowed down a lot I still pursue many opportunities.  I’m looking forward to taking Elizabeth’s course on the Roots of Religion.  Religion is an area I’ve avoided most of my adult life mainly because I felt it was dull and full of dogma.

If you could choose to do anything, right now, what would bring you the most happiness or pleasure?

The most happiness I could achieve right now is to have David back.  However, since that is impossible I would love to continue treating my grandchildren to either paying for part of their university education or to taking them on trips to exotic places like India….which I am doing in a couple of weeks.

My Purposeful Life with Tave Dandy – A Resident Blog Series

My Purposeful Life – A resident blog series on intentional living at any age.

In honour of Active Aging Week last week, we met with 8 incredible people who reside across all Berwick’s and spoke with them about the importance of continuing to life a life of purpose as we age. Tave is a very active, ambitious Berwick on the Park Resident.  She is retired and busier than ever. Tave has full days, is grateful to have so many exciting things to do seven days a week, the good health to stay involved, and the ability to continue managing her time the way she wants to. 

What does living a life of purpose mean to you?

For me, living a life of purpose means helping others, being happy and keeping busy. In this stage of my life, I’ve embraced the potential for personal growth, fulfillment, and making a positive impact. 

If you could choose to do anything right now, what would bring you the most happiness or pleasure? 

I actually wouldn’t change a thing about what I’m doing now, as everything I am doing and where I am at in life is bringing me happiness and pleasure. But, I wouldn’t mind being twenty years younger!

What would you like to learn more about?

From a technical standpoint, I will continue to work on my computer skills. Overall, I want to cultivate a mindset of gratitude, being more empathetic and compassionate towards others, and practicing mindfulness so I am more present and less critical of others. 

What are you most looking forward to in 2024?

In 2024, I am looking forward to staying healthy and active so I can continue to golf, curl and participate in lots of activities with my friends at Berwick! 

My Purposeful Life with Ted Percy – A Resident Blog Series

My Purposeful Life – A resident blog series on intentional living at any age.

In honour of Active Aging Week last week, we met with 8 incredible people who reside across all Berwick’s and spoke with them about the importance of continuing to life a life of purpose as we age. Ted Percy is a proud Berwick Qualicum Beach Resident and very active in his greater community.  Ted plays plays the ukulele in traveling Berwick Qualicum Beach Strings & Sings Ukulele Band, he has made a calendar of his art that he is selling with proceeds going to the Salvation Army and he says a few words to the Berwick Qualicum Beach community after the monthly hymn sings. If anyone is living life intentionally, it’s Ted. 

What does living a life of purpose mean to you?

In a world filled with complexities, social and economic challenges, my greatest desire has always been, and will continue to be of service to my fellow citizens wherever and whenever possible. For me, no greater purpose in life is to love our neighbours as ourselves. I will endeavor to strive for a better life for all mankind; physically, mentally and spiritually.

Over time, how have you changed the way you look at life/people?

For many years, I have been involved in ministry to people of all classes. Such ministry has enlarged my concept of how people live and endeavor to survive in a world of many challenges socially, economically and environmentally regardless of class, creed or culture. In our modern world, I have viewed life and people to be just as precious in every aspect and must be treated with honour and respect. My endeavor has been to try and keep up to date with methods and procedures to combat poverty and homelessness more effectively.

If you had the power to solve one and only one problem in the world, what would it be and why?

The one enormous problem in the global economy is poverty. This would be my priority in light of the fact you cannot preach to any person on any subject until the poverty question is met. Once that problem is addressed and hopefully conquered we could move forward in addressing other areas of healthy living.

What would you like to learn more about?

I endeavor to keep pace with the social requirements of mankind in order to meet the necessary spiritual need in all humankind. I would like to learn and become more equipped to meet this awesome challenge.

If you had the choice, would you prefer to lead or follow? (are you inclined to lead OR would you prefer to sit back and absorb)

My choice would be to lead. Having said that, I am a learner who will always apply any learned current methods to accomplish the goals.

What are you most looking forward to in 2024?

In 2024 I would earnestly look forward to, and hope for a world free from war, strife and global unrest. A world in which mankind would appreciate each other regardless of class, creed or colour. This is possible! For with our Great God, Creator, Preserver and Governor of all things, it is possible!

Celebrating National Yoga Month with Resident Yoga Guru Joe Artibise

Did you know the month of September is National Yoga Month? It is an entire month dedicated to the awareness of yoga and its numerous health benefits. You can find various yoga classes on our Berwick Retirement Communities active living schedules year-round, but we took yoga to a whole new level this September with some new and exciting opportunities. From chair yoga to advanced yoga and everything in between, we fully embraced the benefits of this popular form of physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness.

Yoga, the discipline of beginning harmony between your mind and body, can be traced back over 5000 years.  The word ‘Yoga’ is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘Yuj’, meaning ‘to join’ or ‘to unite’. Practising yoga on a regular basis has been shown to improve flexibility, muscle strength, respiration, energy and balance. It also aids in weight reduction, cardio and joint health and can improve posture.  Further to the physical benefits there are several emotional benefits including reduction in stress, increased relaxation and self confidence as well as can be used to treat anxiety and depression.

We would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all our Berwick yoga instructors!  You are an important part of our wellness team, our residents love you and we are so grateful for the opportunities you offer our communities. We would like to give a special shout-out to our very own resident Yoga guru, Joe Artibise! Joe, who is a resident of Berwick Royal Oak, embraced National yoga Month by helping teach other residents about the benefits of practising yoga in a two-part workshop. We chatted with Joe to learn a bit more about his love of yoga and how he got started.

Joe has been practising yoga for about 10 years and continues do so each morning as part of his daily routine. He attended yoga classes on a regular basis and his love for the practise lead him to learn more through books and videos. From here he turned to leading yoga at a community centre when the previous volunteer leader could no longer continue. Joe was originally drawn to yoga because of the mind-body connection. He says that “by following the moves I was improving my body’s flexibility and strength, but the big bonus was the peace of mind I would achieve after each session.” Joe’s favourite part of leading yoga is the pleasure the participants have after each class, they leave feeling “refreshed and peaceful.”

Yoga can be done by people of all ages and abilities. Joe says that “Participants must be aware of their medical limitations on joint movement. However, there are many forms of yoga, and most people can find a form of yoga that will work for them.” Vinyasa yoga (yoga that flows from one position to the next) is Joe’s favourite. He says “I like the Warrior poses as they improve balance and help me focus on the present and separate from other issues and distractions.” 

Joe’s message to anyone who has never tried yoga before is that “Most Yoga is not twisting you into pretzel positions. It can be gentle and improve flexibility and achieve peace of mind. Yoga can become a calming constant in your life providing health and flexibility benefits.” Joes says “it was great to get back in to leading” at the two-part workshop at Berwick Royal Oak. Thanks, Joe, for sharing your passion and providing a new and beneficial experience to your community!