Category Archives: Holidays

Passover Pictures

It was the first night of Passover, and over 50 people at Collington appropriately celebrated the liberation of the ancient Hebrews from slavery in Egypt, grounding our service in universal themes.  The service was led by Mitchell Naimark, husband of Barbara Naimark, who is our Director of Health Records.  Dining Services did us proud, as did organizer Joan Zorza.  Tim Sabin ended by reading the Declaration of Human Rights, the drafting of which was Chaired by  Eleanor Roosevelt, and adopted without any dissents on December 10, 1948.  Here are some photographs.

The Halloween Diorama in the Dining Room

George Newman writes: You may have wondered who’s responsible for the Halloween diorama in the dining room.   It’s Denise Bunting.  The story of how the display came to be is in the November Collingtonian, coming soon.


The Collington Regata — History and Pictures

As we gear up for a new generation of radio-controlled skipjack models — now fully digital, and hopefully a new generation of organizers for the annual Regatta, here is a piece from our historian Frances Kolarek, and a gallery of photos from different years.

How did it all get started — the regatta  on Collington Lake with model skipjacks?

The Beginning

Blame three early residents who were sailors.  One of these pioneers, George Dankers, learned  that “Pepper” Langley, a master carver on Solomon’s Island, had drawn up meticulous plans for a model skipjack, a boat distinguished by its raked mast.

Soon our Woodshop contingent was caught up in the building of model skip-jacks, taking infinite care in the details of their construction, scouring hobby shops for miniature turnbuckles and the like  .

The models are controlled by radio signals to the sail and the rudder.
The skipjack is used  in the Chesapeake Bay for dredging for oysters since use of motor boats for dredging is forbidden by law.

Appreciating George and Lauretta Dankers

George and Lauretta Dankers moved into the 3100 cluster in 1989, joining Pat and Charles Trammell, Jr. already residents.  Both couples owned boats and loved sailing.  By training, George was a marine architect and is credited with working on the designs for the Liberty ships of World War II fame.  Other than the fact that George worked his butt off for everybody who lived at Collington, there are other reasons we we loved him.  Here’s a little verse he wrote about the Woodshop where he spent many, many hours:

“Shop men and women are Collington trixters;
Of sick lamps and furniture we are the fixers.”

George’s car carried the vanity license plate  GADZOOK. (His initials were G.A.D.) a gift from one of his daughters.

At a monster Christmas festival with a medieval theme George arrived in a coat of mail — a jacket to which were pinned envelopes that had been through the mail.  Lauretta could weave unique baskets which were sold for the benefit of the Residents Association.   She spent long hours teaching  basketry to anybody who wanted to come to the Creative Arts Room and learn.  

Remembering Charles and Pat Trammell

Charles Trammell, Jr.,  a lawyer and a sailor whose  most visible asset was his wife, Pat.  Coco Chanel would have envied Pat’s sense of style.  She  swept into the Dining Room  stylishly dressed in an outfit no other woman of of her age  would have dared to put  together. Rumor had  it that Pat’s wardrobe filled trunks as well as closets.

Charles was enlisted by former Executive Director Gail Kohn, to do whatever negotiating was needed to get water to stay in our lake.  Asking for miracles?  Mysteriously, water that drained into our lake from small streams and storm drains rapidly filtered out through its sandy bottom.  Charles  consulted with the proper county authorities — of which there were a number, since all the lakes and ponds in the county are man-made.  

Finally an enormous piece of heavy rubber was laid over the lake bed. The miracle lay in the fact that Charles’ patience outlasted long delays and red tape. Negotiations lasted so long we could all recite, in unison, his periodic reports, ”Nothing new to report just now, but we hope to have an answer next month.”

And, in time, Charley did.  Today, we have a lake, we have a Regatta, we have Canada geese and other wild life  — and maintenance problems. 

And, we also have these pictures.  Please send more.

Memorial Day At Collington

Here is an 8 minute edited video of the Memorial Day Celebration held in the Interfaith Chapel at Collington today.

We take this as an opportunity not only to celebrate those who sacrificed, but all from this community who died during the year.  Their names are read, and a Wall of all from years past is also on display.  It is a 22 year tradition.

Thanks to all who have participated in organizing this important event over the years.

Passover Seder: Monday April 18 is Last Day to Sign Up

Collington’s Passover Seder  will be celebrated on Friday, April 22nd, beginning promptly at 5:20 PM in the Auditorium.  All are invited to attend.  NOW OVER.

Residents are free. Guests are $18 each.

You must reserve by calling Ext. 2135 no later than Monday, April 18th at 3 PM.   Let  them know (a) the names of the residents coming, (b) how many outside guests you will be bringing, and (c) how many in your party want brisket, how many want salmon. Note: Attendees get salmon unless they specified brisket.

Here are some photos from a couple of years ago.