Nearly 100 Oneida Nation Members, Health Services clients, Government Programs and Services employees and guests attended the 11th annual Enter the Healing Circle Spa & Wellness Night on Thurs., Sept. 22 at the Children & Elders Center. The event featured a variety of exhibitors from the Nation as well as community partners including the Oneida YMCA, Oneida County Office for the Aging, Rome Memorial Hospital, Empire Visionworks and United Healthcare.

Turning Stone Resort Casino chefs Bryan Hammond and Mallory Winters put on a fabulous cooking demo for the guests, preparing wild rice with butternut squash and corn along with refreshing apple smoothies. Shako:wi Cultural Center staff members Jessica Farmer and Lisa Latocha (Wolf Clan) assisted guests in making their own tea bags using fresh herbs to help with relaxation and healing properties.

Recreation Supervisor Cole Perkins offered a plank fitness challenge with several takers. Winners were Kim Stein at 4 minutes, 37 seconds and Carl Jacobs (Wolf Clan), who lasted 4 minutes, 41 seconds. Each received a $10 gift card for their efforts.

Gift basket winners were: SU fan: Shirl Oatman (Turtle Clan), coffee lovers: Debby Carey (Turtle Clan), spa: Peggy Southworth, healthy cooking: Dawn Wyant Smith, movie night: Brenda Bear (Wolf Clan), Oneida Nation gifts: Kara Kaplan, Waterpiks: Gail Semian, Bree Carinci, Peter’s Cornucopia: Margaret Splain (Turtle Clan) and the Ahsi Spa package: Jeni Wilson.