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Mount Vernon's Wartburg Celebrates 150th With Fall Festival

The group at the fall festival.
The group at the fall festival. Photo Credit: Contributed

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- Wartburg, an award-winning provider of senior services, celebrated the start of its 150th anniversary with a fall festival on Oct. 3.

The festival included music and dance recitals, children's activities, a drum circle, a farmers market and food from local restaurants. Nearly 500 people attended. Even those who did not win one of the many prizes enjoyed the festival.

The fall festival was a celebration for the Wartburg residents, their families and members of the surrounding Westchester communities. “This festival was held to honor our past, celebrate the present and build for the future" said David Gentner, president and CEO of Wartburg.

During the festival, the Wartburg staff and residents dedicated new buildings and discussed plans for the expansion of services to the New York metro area and to an outpatient center.

While Wartburg is known for providing services to seniors, it opened in 1866 as the Wartburg Orphan Farm School and provided a safe haven for children until the late 1970s. The festival included a chapel service and reception for former farm school residents.

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