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Awesome! The energy, enthusiasm and excitement of what’s on offer at Collington!

Contributed by Marian Fuchs

Friday’s Activities Fair filled the Auditorium with residents at tables presenting 45 campus activities, ranging from audio-visual training to yoga.  Arranged by the RA Executive Committee, this event was a huge success, offering a dazzling variety of things to do for the lucky people who live on campus.  The photos below are just a few of the dozens of people who showed up to promote their favorites.

Marion Robbins at the Yoga table, Shirley Denman of the Coloring Club, Bud Gardiner at the Camera Club, Scotti at Dining Committee, Clarita Rickets painting for Creative Arts group.

Pat Duggan and Joyce Garrison of the Flower Committee, Peter Pfund of the Sustainability Committee, Jim Giese promoting audio-visual training, and Don Peterson representing both the Garden Committee and the Composting project.  Liz Barbehenn is at the next door Weed Warriors table. 

Here are Delores Padrone and Mary Bird offering Spanish;  Pat Kirkham, Herb Stone and Joyce Koch three of the large Library contingent, and Elizabeth Gill representing both the Marketing Committee and the Ambassadors Program.

 Noel McPherson and Faith Torsani on the Collington Singers table; Gretta Esty and Nancy Brown signing up a new member of the Fitness Committee. Lorrie Rogers is talking to Anita Myers about the Collington MACCRA branch

RoAnne and Helen Hindinger were showing some of the Glass Case wares they sell for the benefit of the RA; Stephen Poole and Bill Lively were playing to promote the newly created Chess Club (although Bill is obviously taking a moment to chat with Elizabeth Gill).  On the right Florence Zook shows what fun is to be had playing mahjongg.

Here are Irmgard Dugge for the Weed Warriors, Dorothy Yuan for the Booker and Beyond Book Club and Eloise Brache and Marion Henry for the ever-popular Drama Committee.

On the stage were Jim Florini with his drones (unpictured, alas), and two gentlemen billiard players; Laurie Cobb was at the table of the Health Service Committee, and in that picture Barbara Florini is talking Bonnie Cronin of the Women’s History Month, shown in the next picture. Peggy Latimer is representing the Collingtonian.  Jane Miller was one of three women at the knitting table. 

 As time wore on, the Auditorium became more and more crowded, and the noise level went up.   Two residents were said to have removed their hearing aids.  The energy, enthusiasm and excitement were palpable.

What a rich and lively campus we have!  What an extraordinary number of activities we (and the residents before us) have created for our education, enjoyment or self-improvement!  As if the array of activities on offer in the fair were not enough, there are many, many others – perhaps as many as another 45.

Consider, for instance, the unrepresented operational committees and groups (e.g. Grounds, Fiscal Review, Committees, Low Vision Group), so many other opportunities (working at the Country Store, visiting in Creighton Center, welcoming newcomers at dinner).  Think of our many musicians, (the Kollington Kats, and the many great singers and players who accompany evening glasses of wine in the Ivy Bar.)  Think of our radio hams, and the many folks who fix things in the woodshop/hobby shop, where a plethora of tools are on offer. Then there’s the list-serve and the residents’ website keeping residents informed of what’s going on. There are the diverse ways of worship in the Chapel, and residents bringing worship to folks in the Creighton; there’s the Speakers Program, the Neighbor Program, and the wonderful array of concerts that come our way on Sundays and throughout the week.  There’s the Interiors Group, bringing art to the walls of our Community Building, and the OO Shop that finds new homes for the things we no longer need, and funds all the wonderful things that we do.

What energy on the part of our community!  All this activity is generated by us, the residents.  These things are neither initiated, funded or organized by Management, or Sage or anyone but just us, and the residents who came before us.

When asked if they had seen anything like the verve of the Activities Fair in their previous CCRC positions, Justin Reaves and Megan Barbour both said they hadn’t.  It is they who used the word ‘awesome’.

Let’s give ourselves a big pat on the back!

 

Chess Play Begins!

Contributed by Bill LIvely

Nine Collingtonians got together on January 8 and exercised the little gray cells by playing chess. Everyone had a good time. Wow, what deep concentration.

We plan on meeting every Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. in the Landing Lakeview Room.

Come join us.    Bill Lively

Glamerous Collington

Contributed by Marian Fuchs

On New Year’s Eve a select group of residents put on their glad rags, and ate, drank and danced the night away in the Auditorium.  Here are some pictures of the revelers that night, taken by Joyce Koch.

“Oh Little Town of Collington…!”

Contributed by Marian Fuchs

The Collington Singers, pictured below in rehearsal before their final performance, provided two enchanted evenings at Collington this holiday season.

Playing to packed houses both nights,  Marilyn Haskel, the choirmaster, gave the happy audience a delightful mixture of holiday music from different parts of the world, and ranging from serious and spiritual to downright funny.   “Superb,” said one audience member.  And so it was.

There were many stars and soloists.  Among the singers there were Merritt Edner, Eloise Scott (‘Scotti’), Pat Bozeman, and Howard Piggee, whose deep, rich baritone made “Keep Your Lamps” zing with meaning.   Tim Sabin gave an excellent narrative that was illustrated by a range of slides, that included the words of the songs, and illustrations that ranged from sentimentally moving to downright silly,  skillfully administered by Jim Holmes.  Piano music was brilliantly provided by Louise Huddleston (below right), and, towards the end of the program, by our artist in resident, Ria Yang.   A new capella group known to us by Tim as the “Bowie Barbershop Babes”  gave us the  pretty German  “Christmas Tree” carol in English and a moving rendition of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”.

The program started with a small group of sopranos, chanting softly near the entrance, ( below left) quickly setting the Christmas story tone.

Many songs were new to the audience, but many were old favorites, with a new twist.   We had “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, “Oh Little Town”, and the rousing finale  in which the audience was allowed to participate in with the “Twelve Days of a Re-Gifted Christmas” was turned into a morality story against such practice.

In addition to singing stars, there were two instrument soloists.  In the first performance, Steve Woodbury played violin, and on the second, Don Zelman played clarinet, as shown below right, next to a post-performance picture of Marilyn and Tim, still high after the wonderful evening’s fun.

 

A Few of the December Collington Events…

Contributed by Marian Fuchs

December is one of our community’s busiest months.  In the past handful of days, for instance, we’ve had the following three memorable events:

A Taste of the Holidays – a special event put on by Kim Rivers, our Vitalize 360 coach, the Culinary Services team and Corinne Pearce, our dietician.

The purpose was to present residents with healthy options for party food for the holidays.  In addition to a range of foods and a punch drink, there were talks and printed information and some useful recipes.  Some 60 – 70 residents attended.

Here are Kim, Corinne, and three of the ‘healthy nibbles’: endives with walnuts and blue cheese, crispy spiced chickpeas and a Margherita Flatbread from the Landing.

A Talk about a Lovely Boat Collection

 Sue Regen talked to a group of about 30 residents about the charming collection of boats from around the world that she and her husband Rich and their families had collected over the years.  This collection has been delighting viewers for many weeks now.

Here are Sue, Rich, and a tiny part of their collection.

 

 

 

MaCCRA Meeting with Collington’s Local Government Representatives

 Lorrie Rogers, Collington’s MCCRA leader, organized this meeting, introducing our four representatives.  They are State Senator Joann Benson, and State Representatives Erek Barron, Jazz Lewis and Andrea Harrison, shown below.

Each representative spoke about their priorities for the coming session, and answered audience questions.  The newest representative, Andrea Harrison said the least, stressing that she was on a learning curve and would have to read bills and talk to others before making pronouncements.  All the others shared progressive agendas, with plans to try to craft bills and win support for all of the following:

  • tackling the unreasonably steep rise in the cost of some prescription drugs
  • Education funding, especially for school construction and maintenance
  • Cutting health care costs, by e.g. cutting out middlemen, and advocating for a State-wide individual mandate for the Affordable Care Act.
  • Making a dent in opioid addiction, by e.g. strengthening the legal uses of the existing database on overdoses
  • Treating substance abuse in jail, seeking to build on a successful project underway in Rhode Island
  • Making major changes to the juvenile justice system in Maryland
  • Reducing the use of solitary confinement in prison in place of mental health treatment
  • Making efforts to reduce drunk driving in Maryland by strengthening the existing NOAH program
  • Providing tax incentives to lure one or more grocery stores to the ‘food desert’ in the part of the country inside the Beltway.
  • Capping the premiums on long term care insurance policies.

This was a lively and informative meeting, with much goodwill between audience and speakers.  Thanks to Lorrie Rogers, this was the third visit to Collington of this group, which augers well for future good relations with our representatives.