Eclipse party at Copeland Oaks

About 400 Copeland Oaks residents, family members and guests gathered Monday afternoon throughout the retirement campus to view the solar eclipse. Party central was the tent and patio outside Lakeview Terrace where music was by provided by DJ Bud Householder and ice cream treats were served by Tom Mather from an old fashioned ice cream bike. Catered living residents and guests watched from the deck adjacent to Murphy Auditorium and the Aquatic Center while those in the Donald R. James Assisted Living Center viewed the eclipse from the balconies on each of the three floors of the building that overlooks Copeland Lake. Residents of Crandall Medical Center gathered on the first floor patio to view the eclipse via NASA television programming on a huge screen. Protective glasses were provided to residents, staff and guests viewing the eclipse outside. The viewing party also celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Moon Pie, with everyone attending receiving a Moon Pie. Kayla Hood, left, and her grandmother Irma Hood, a Copeland resident, attended the viewing party together. Mather delivers ice cream. Residents and guests watch the eclipse from the deck adjacent to Murphy Auditorium and the Aquatic Center. (Salem News photos by Kevin Howell)