Tuesday, October 10, residents were treated to duo delights performed by our University of Maryland student intern residents, cellist Samantha Flores and clarinetist Matt Rynes. They serenaded over 30 residents for about 30 minutes with 2 Beethoven duets. Everybody loved to hear them, and with good reason. Read at the bottom of this post for more information on what the two will be up to here in the next few months.
Matt has played the clarinet for about 15 years and is studying for a PhD in Clarinet Performance, and Samantha is a 2nd year Masters student in Cello Performance. They will be here until next summer but meantime have much planned for our residents.
We can look forward to more short performances in the Ivy Room by them as well as other University of Maryland music students. Later in October Samantha and Matt are planning a larger and longer performance in the Auditorium. This will include other musicians (students as well as faculty and professionals) and last about an hour. Keep your eyes open for flyers and news in the Courier. These longer performances will also become a more regular feature.
Both Samantha and Matt are also available for music lessons in clarinet, cello and beginner string instruments. A music reading class, lectures and workshops are also on the horizon. Clearly both these talented musicians have great affection for Collington and our residents and we reciprocate.
By Marian Fuchs
Saturday evening saw another delightful “Bond” cocktail hour. There was music with a beat and swing, there was delicious (and free) beer and cider brewed by the dynamic duo of Chris Ramsey and Denny Klass assisted by Peggy Latimer and Lois Brown. Delicious finger food was prepared by Exec Chef Stephanie Tolson.
Here are pictures of just four of the many people whose talent and charm made the happy hour in the new-and-improved courtyard so enjoyable.
We have now created a link to the 2017 Annual Report. If you need further nighttime reading material the previous two years are also available.
RA Annual Reports
Three members of Collington’s Sustainability Committee visited our local recycling center. While there, they learned the following startling facts about how long it takes various items of everyday household use to decompose. The Trip’s Committee may be considering to offer a trip for residents to the center in future. Here are excerpts from the list they were given on the tour.
By Marian Fuchs, photo editor
It’s been sad to see the leaves turning so early this year. But Collington still has plenty of flower viewing left for you to enjoy. Here are some examples from the Hilltop Garden, which you can visit for yourselves, ideally in the early morning of a sunny day.
In addition to the marigolds, cosmos, asters and daisies, there are still a few sunflowers, and lots of zinnias in full bloom. Below are a few samples.
And some other close-up blooms…
There are still multi-colored morning glories along the garden fence…
And a number of flowers whose names I do not know…
Many thanks once again to our talented photo editor and to our amazing gardeners! Our community is more beautiful because of your efforts.