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.
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
Thanks to the Hospitality Committee and the staff of the Culinary Services Department, on the evening of December 31st some 80 – 90 residents enjoyed a splendid evening of dining, drinking and dancing, bidding farewell to 2017, and welcoming in the New Year.
Our fellow residents were resplendent in fine attire. There were suits, ties, tuxes on our gentlemen, and an array of outfits from charming to chic on our ladies. Grant Bagley was there taking pictures. Be sure to check out this slideshow.
The evening started with a cocktail bar (Yolanda mixing, and Vionne and colleagues pouring) providing attendees with a variety of drinks to enjoy in the corridor alongside Clarita’s miniature pictures. A delicious 3-course surf and turf dinner was served in the Auditorium, beside elegant centerpieces provide by our Flower Committee.
No sooner had the four-piece band began to play gentle tunes from the American songbook, than couples were coming up to dance. A memory of the 70s – a mirror ball (thank you Grant) – provided the atmosphere that propelled many to dance to slow and faster numbers.
New Year’s Eve at Collington was designated to occur at 9:30 pm. There were champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries. Hugs and kisses, and good wishes were exchanged. our servers and chefs received a round of applause. Many thanks to our MC, Greg Gay, and his wife, Marlane Liddell, co-chairs of the Hospitality Committee for a perfect start to the New Year.
Contributed by Marian Fuchs
All over campus signs of the holiday season are proliferating. There’s obviously much more to come:
- a Dickens Dinner at the weekend
- a Holiday Party on the 12th
- a service on Christmas Eve and a Breakfast on the day
- and a dinner-dance on New Year’s Eve.
But just today, Monday December 4, we had the trimming of the giant tree in the Clocktower. Below you see some of the trimmers, and the results of their trimming. If you weren’t there, you missed some great petit fours and hot chocolate!
by Marian Fuchs
A week after the Holiday Bazaar, Collington had its second holiday shopping event on November 10th. This was the Christmas in November sale put on by the 0pporttunity 0utlet (OO) Shop. It was a festive affair, especially after Grant Bagley got the Christmas music (the very first of the season) going in the Auditorium. Tables displaying holiday gifts were arrayed around the room, and 00 Shop manager, Joe Howard, had priced things to sell. There were bargains to be had – most prices ranged down from $3 to free! Unbeatable! The Glass Case wing of the 00 Shop had more special Christmas gift items for sale – several tables of them. They, too, were doing a brisk business.
At the end of the sale, resident Larry Harris took possession of all the left-over goods and drove them to a church thrift shop in Southern Maryland. So the recycling and re-use will continue.
These Collington sales are win-win-win-win events. Here are the four wins:
- Goodies donors get to downsize and get rid of things they don’t want.
- Things that might otherwise have been thrown away get reused (as opposed to swelling landfills).
- The money raised by the sale of the goodies funds neat activities for residents
- Shoppers have the fun of getting inexpensive gifts, cards, music and plenty of sparkly bling for their holiday season in a cheerful and friendly setting.
At this year’s sale, some of the happiest shoppers were members of two refugee families adopted by Mary Kim. When she learned about the families, Marion Henry made a substantial donation to both of them, and they used her gift to make substantial purchases, leaving the sale with bulging bags of goodies.
Next day Joe Howard reported: “Thanks, all of you for what you did toward making another Christmas in November sale so successful
- The Shop earned about $450 – all going to the Residents Association
- Glass Cases earned $150 – all going to the Residents Association
- The Shop was able to clear out much needed space in the Furniture Room
- We were able to recycle many items provided by residents which would likely have been discarded or clutter their storage space.
- We provided a happy time for lots of happy shoppers – and volunteers.”
Some of the Collington resident happy shoppers and salespersons are shown below.