To describe someone as "two-faced" is considered an insult unless you are referring to the Roman god, Janus, for whom the month of January is aptly named. This ancient deity is depicted with two back-to-back faces — one looking backward on the past and the other looking forward to the future, appropriate as a new year begins.
For the second time in just a few months, Freedom Plaza residents have imitated Janus in considering the past while anticipating the future.
The first occasion for this introspection came last September as Freedom Plaza celebrated its 20th anniversary.
John and Margaret Garbett, who moved in on the day Freedom Plaza opened its doors in 1992, were honored guests at one of the several anniversary events. Others, both residents and staff, reminisced about events that marked those early years.
And even as the "past" was being remembered and celebrated, the "future" made itself evident as a major redecorating project got underway. Common areas — the main entrance, the atrium and elevator lobbies — were the first to be dismantled so the transformation could begin. It continues, with refurbishing now in progress.
As residents welcome 2013, they look back on a year filled with pleasantries and excitement. Excursions included a Florida Wine Tour, Caribbean cruise, dinner theaters, horse races, concerts, historical sites and trips to area restaurants. In-house theater shows offered a variety of entertainment extending from rock 'n' roll to opera.
Last April our residents saw the 20th production of Freedom Frolics, which has played a major role over the years in enabling the Freedom Plaza Scholarship Fund to award more than $500,000 in educational grants to employees. September's weeklong anniversary celebration was a truly sumptuous affair from beginning to end.
Residents look forward to a year that will continue to encompass all their tried and true activities, but one that also has in store some fascinating new programs along with a sparkling new décor.
Janus, the two-faced god, is considered guardian of gates and doorways. If his image were represented over the doors of Freedom Plaza it would be, undoubtedly, with smiles on both his faces, indicating a happy year past and an even happier new year.