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A win-win-win-win solution

Submitted by the Sustainability Committee

What does Collington do with old appliances and fixtures?

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Collington always has items that it no longer needs.   It happened in the clear-out needed to start the Bistro.  It happens when units become empty and are refurbished for new residents.  It happened when Administration moved up a floor.   It has happened recently as try-out cottages are changed into sales units.  

Items may include outdated, but still functional stoves, dishwashers, and fridges.  It may be shelving, old picture frames, tables, filing cabinets, desks that the OO Shop doesn’t think it can sell quickly.  It may be kitchen cabinets that have life left in them.

A few items are kept in storage as emergency replacements for residents.   The rest of the still serviceable items are carefully priced to reflect their age and life expectancy.   Then, once a sufficient number have accumulated, there’s a special garage-type sale, open only to Collington staff.  

So far this year there have been three such sales, which have yielded some $4800.

That’s the first “win”.

The second “win” comes from what the money is used for:  it all goes towards the costs of the annual staff holiday party, an end-of-year, off-site bash with raffles and door prizes and food and fun.   So the staff members get to buy useful things cheaply and know that their money is going to give them future pleasure too.  

Then there’s a third “win”: whatever doesn’t sell is given away to Habitat for Humanity.  

The fourth “win” is a win for sustainability:  serviceable items end up being put to good use instead of prematurely ending up in a landfill.   

So Collington has a quadruple win solution!  

Good News!

By Marian Fuchs

It’s always fun to meet the children of fellow-residents.  Mostly we see them in the dining room for weekend meals.  But sometimes we get to hear from them directly, and that’s even better.   Later this week we’re going to have the chance to hear from the Florini’s two daughters, both of whom are following illustrious careers.   Their talk title suggests that we’re going to hear something positive — just what we need right around now!   sisters3a

 

Celebrating Artist Clarita Ricketts

Contributed by Don Collins

The Miniature Painters, Sculptors, and Gravers Society of Washington, DC, is celebrating its 84th Annual Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature at the historic Strathmore Mansion in Bethesda.  This year 292 artists are participating in this juried exhibit.  Among them is Clarita Ricketts, one of Collington’s resident artists, who has been a member of the Society for the past eight years.

To further celebrate this event, the Interiors Group is honoring Clarita with her own one-woman show here at Collington. 53 of her original works are featured, many framed by the Collington frame shop!

From upper left, clockwise – Grouping 1-6, Aspects of Collington, Untitled, and stamp-sized Country Garden.

For the first time, Clarita will offer some of her originals for purchase.  Please walk down the auditorium hallway and enjoy this unique and beautiful exhibit.  And be sure to bring a magnifier or reading glasses!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marketing Office Invite — Come to their Christmas Event Next Week!

We residents have been invited to join a group of possible future neighbors at a Marketing Event on Tuesday, December 5 from noon to 3:00 pm.
In addition to meeting the visitors, you’ll be able to enjoy:
  • Finger food in the Clocktower
  • Carriage rides throughout the campus
  • Singing by the Chesapeake Choral in the auditorium from 1:30 – 2:30 pm.
 Marketing Invitation

HEROES and Me

Since arriving at Collington this May, Nancy and I have participated in so many old and new pleasures.  Book clubs, memoir writing, tai chi, yoga, balance and beyond classes fill the days.  Plus innumerable volunteer opportunities allow us to expand beyond ourselves.  Growth is inevitable.  Nancy has learned all about haunted houses and how to become the scariest of Collington witches.  And I have become immersed in the theater.  Let me explain.

After attending a few drama committee meetings, I volunteered to help out with the upcoming play, HEROES.  Sometime after rehearsals started I was asked to help the assistant director;  she needed a prop lady.  My journey began by attending rehearsals and moving a few things around.

Experiencing the production of HEROES was a gift.  Watching 3 wonderful neighbors act like 3 confused old men in the manner of vaudeville and observing amusingly stealthy Sister Madeleine plague the men can hardly be called work. Watching the director and assistant director ply their trade will never allow me to see live theater again in the same way.  The inventiveness of the lights and scenery man just plain appealed to my engineering self.  The chanteuse and her accompanist could do no wrong.

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Contributing in my own small way — where to place a chair, fetch water, cue actors when to go on stage, tape ear mikes in place, push the button on the video recorder or even teach geese the correct way to fly — made the experience one that I want to take on again and again.

My biggest joy was the camaraderie and constant laughter to the very last bow.  Thank you one and all.