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Choir Party – A raffle with a twist!

Contributed by Marian Fuchs

After the success of the “Love and Passion:  Collington Singers Spring Concert”, there was a delightful post-performance party on May 6.

Choir-master Marilyn Haskel had devised a raffle with a twist.  Every attendee was given two raffle tickets.   Helen Lauck picked the lucky winners, but the prizes were funny and clever wordplay on a fancy certificate rather than tangible things to enjoy.  Here are some of what the winners won:

  • You have been selected to join a private cruise aboard the African Queen through the Florida Everglades! Complimentary leeches.  Remember to pack insect repellent.
  • The holder of this certificate may claim a magnum of Verve Cliquot Champagne at the Ivy Lounge (when Yolanda isn’t looking) next to Collington’s premiere dining venue.
  • ou have just won a Russian Sable Jacket worth $20,000! You may pick up your prize in the Collington first floor OO Shop.
  • An all-expenses-paid two-week trip to the fabulous WEGMAN’S RESORT in Maine anytime between May 15–June 15, 2019 during the classic black fly season. Enjoy!
  • Gift Certificate For the man with time on his hands a Rolex Men’s Diamond Watch. Redeemable from any portable street vendor in New York City.   Tell ‘em Vinnie sent you.
  • You have won matching his-and-hers tattoos. Once in a lifetime prize! You must supply your own ink.

And here are Marilyn, Helen and some of the surprised and delighted winners.

Collington Singers Spring 2019 Concert

Contributed by Julia Freeman

Love and Passion was the theme of the Collington Singers Spring Concert May 3, repeated May 4. The singers were ably led by the Music Director, Marily Haskel. Pat Howard as narrator introduced the songs and gave some background. Songs and lyrics were displayed on a screen in lieu of programs.

 

The program was varied as were the folks singing. One program segment was presented by the Small Group Singers.

Another segment by the Bowie Babes – a Barbershop group.

The program included Steve Woodbury on the violin and Ed Robbins on the guitar.

The final song of the evening had a refrain all related to!

“How do I know my youth is all spent! My get up and go has got up and went. But in spite of it all I’m able to grin, and think of the places my get up has been.”

Thanks to all our residents in the Collington Singers for another delightful program!  Well done.

Passover Seder at Collington

Contributed by Marian Fuchs and Joan Zorza

Fifty-four people attended this year’s Seder ceremony – on the same day as Good Friday.  As in previous years, there were more non-Jews than Jews who listened and spoke the words of the Haggadah, telling the story of the escape of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt, across the desert to their homeland.  As in previous years, the story has been revised to make it relevant to life today, and to acknowledge its role as a spring festival, welcoming new life after winter.

The Seder was led by Mitchell Naimark, who is the husband of Barbara Naimark, who is in charge of medical records at Collington.   The first half of the occasion involved an explanation of the various symbolic foods in front of each diner – and to celebrating the ‘fruit of the vine’ with either red wine or grape juice.

The main meal was delicious:  matzo ball soup, followed by salmon or brisket served with potato pancakes and asparagus, and followed by generous scoops of raspberry sorbet.

Towards the end of the seder, there is a role for the youngest person present.   This turned out to be a well-dressed little boy who is the grandson of Evelyn Westebbe, a patient in the Creighton Center.  His job is to find some ‘hidden’ matzos, which he did, with the help of his mother.

Special thanks to Stephanie Tolson, Lydia, Taimi Ando, and Chris Ramsey who did a fabulous job cooking scrumptious food, serving it, and quietly cleaning up. Thanks also to Priscilla Lindenauer, Frances Nebesky, Donna Gould, Resa Jascourt and Joan Zorza for planning and organizing the event and putting together the new Haggadah, and to Ana Amaya for coordinating the meal and service with them.

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

Contributed by Marian Fuchs

On Monday March 18 some happy Collington revelers came to the Ivy Bar to drink green beer or white wine and celebrate this famous holiday.  Ana and Yolanda poured the drinks, and many smiling folks imbibed them.

Mardi Gras Fun

contributed by Julia Freeman

Mardi Gras was celebrated with food and music – and the auditorium was full.  Thanks to the CollingKats for the live music that had folks dancing! Thanks also to Dining Services for the delicious food.