By Denny Klass
The Collington Weed Warriors have expanded their reach and adopted the Regents Park Trail. Under a program of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, they will pick up trash and clear branches off the trail four times a year.
On Saturday, August 25, thirteen Weed Warriors did their first trail cleaning. They hauled out five large bags, three of recyclables and two trash.
Regents Park abuts the Collington property. The paved path goes through a mature forest of American Beech and Tulip Popular. A full canopy means there is very little understory, giving walkers lovely views along the way. The trail can be accessed from the Collington Perimeter trail, but should be used only by very fit walkers. Getting to the trail means stepping over a couple large fallen trees and traversing some very uneven ground. The trail is outside SARA coverage.
Many thanks to our Weed Warriors for all their back breaking work. You make your community proud!
By Marian Fuchs and Lois Brown
There was more wind this year and more action in the five-boat regatta on the Collington Lake on the Saturday of Memorial Weekend 2018. The crowd enthusiastically cheered or groaned as the sturdy little boats made their rounds. Meanwhile, hamburgers, hotdogs, and trimmings were available to bolster spectators’ energies. Cluster 1000’s boat, the Priscilla, skippered by Dick Garrison, came in first. He received the trophy that evening at the Commodore’s Ball.
The Ball was to have started with cocktails and canapes in the courtyard, but fearing the predicted downpours (which in fact never came), the goodies were on offer in the Clocktower and corridors instead. Much-praised raw oysters, shrimp, and other offerings were enjoyed to the background of the Kollington Katz doing their thing. Their ‘thing’ is getting better and better with every performance — some attendees couldn’t resist the chance to start dancing early.
Ball-goers moved to the auditorium for a scallops appetizer, lobster-tail and steak entree, and a hand-made fruit tart dessert. Wine was flowing, inhibitions lowering, and the eight Big Band players attracted dancers right away. The best dancers of the night were by no means the youngest, but were certainly the most fun to watch. A very good start to the Memorial Weekend was had by all, including the foot-tapping servers!
As Memorial Day approached Collington became more serious. Sunday afternoon, Jessica Bateman on flute and Sherry Anaveson on piano presented their program “A Tempo.” The audience was moved by the patriotic, spiritual, and classical music. During “The Armed Forces Salute” Ms. Bateman gave her piccolo a real work out. The audience showed their appreciation as they stood for their branch of service.
Memorial Day brought Collington’s own unique service. Mary Ann Pellerin, in honor of her mother, has constructed our own “Memorial Wall” of remembrance. Going back to 1988, by year, the names of those late Collingtonians are written with their date of death.
The service included prayers and music and concluded with the naming out loud of Collingtonians who passed from January 2017 through May 2018. The audience then added other loved ones to the recital. Taps was played and the service concluded with a benediction.
The weekend ended on a high note with a Memorial Day brunch prepared and served by our dedicated culinary staff and enjoyed by residents, friends, and family.
On April 19th, a much anticipated program took place as over 100 Collingtonians packed our auditorium and an unknown number watched from home on channel 972. Dr. Peter Fielding, Chair of the Health Services Committee, introduced us to Medstar Gerontologist, Dr. Hennawi.
Dr. Hennawi presented his vision for medical care here at Collington based on a model already in place in Baltimore. As he demonstrated his enthusiasm, his presentation included statistics documenting this model of care’s success. Watch for yourself, understand the future of gerontology and how we may be part of that trailblazing experience!
Collington celebrates National Poetry Month with this first-ever display in the Creative Arts hallway across from The Landing bistro. Check the display for new poems, books, and inspirations every week during April.
Lee McKnight was the longtime leader of the poetry group at Collington. He was a man of great compassion, wit, and generosity of spirit. He is greatly missed.
Everyone is invited to join the Poetry Group:
Who: We are residents who simply enjoy reading poetry.
What: We each bring a published poem to read to the group and tell a bit about the poem’s author.
When: The Poetry Group meets the 2nd Thursday of the month from 3:00-4:00
Where: In the Board Room.
By Marian Fuchs
After weeks of enduring a seemingly never-ending winter, spring finally arrived at the very end of March, in time for a great Easter brunch on April 1 – no fooling! Here’s proof…
Flowers on campus
Easter bunny at brunch
Ice Sculpture and Seafood Bar
Easter Bunny and Ice Sculpture Seafood Bar
Mimosas in the Ivy Bar
Mimosas in the Ivy Lounge and Snacks
Easter Windowsill Creations by the Flower Committee
Forsythia all around Collington