Life can get pretty boring at a nursing home but not if you are living at Bethsda. Seven women and a guy , aged between 65-97, decided to let their hair down and hang out at the “Evil Olive” bar, a local bikers joint, for the night. The Bethesda residents had often driven past the bar during their day trips and wondered what went on inside. Eventually Elizabeth Barrett (68) plucked up enough courage to ask the Life Enrichment Director, Ruth Werstler, if they could go and hang out there one evening. Next thing they knew hairstylists, make-up artists, a professional costumer and a tattoo artist from Artreach rocked up the the retirement center to make them look like a real biker gang. Well, they couldn’t have them looking like old ducks out of water, now could they?
All dolled up, they were ready to party. One of the grannies who was a tad overweight and in a wheelchair was disappointed to discover when they arrived there were stairs at the entrance, but before she could say bippity boppity boo she was being lifted up, wheelchair and all, by a group of burly bikers and carried into the club.Inside they were greeted by over 100 bikers (including members of the Latino American Motorcycle Association and Chicago’s Chapter of A.B.A.T.E.) and patrons who spent the night chatting, drinking and dancing with them. One of the ladies (97), was seen at the bar downing a few dirty martinis. By the end of the night they had managed to extract $250 from the bikers to go towards a touch screen computer system for their retirement home and a promise to visit them when it was a bit warmer to take them all for a spin on their bikes. The club was so enamored by the sprightly group they are planning to arrange another night out for them. Good on you boys!