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.
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.
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.