Category Archives: Holidays

After the Bazaar – a Christmas in November Sale

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:

  1. Goodies donors get to downsize and get rid of things they don’t want.
  2. Things that might otherwise have been thrown away get reused (as opposed to swelling landfills).
  3. The money raised by the sale of the goodies funds neat activities for residents
  4. 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.

A Successful Holiday Bazaar​!

Contributed by Marian Fuchs

The 2017 Holiday Bazaar, held on November 3rd, will likely yield $3800 for the Resident Association coffers when late orders for salmon and pork smoked by Mike McCulley are factored in.

The entire Auditorium was filled with tables, with residents selling everything from food to clothes, plants, books, crafts and jewelry.  It was festive and enjoyable, and a win-win for all attendees.


Three knitters were selling their productions:  Ruth Hazen, Pat Kirkham and Jane Miller.   At the left, is Sue Regen, who was selling the lovely wood holiday decorations she makes here at Collington.


Two librarians, Barbara Fairchild and Barbara Florini, were manning the book sale stalls


Beaders Marlane Liddell and Marianne Mann were selling jewelry


Clara Fetters was selling pretty hand-made boxes for $1 each


Bill Preston was explaining to buyers just how to eat the persimmons he brought to sell at the bazaar.

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.