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One of Collington’s Beauties

By Peter Pfund

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The Music Continues!!!

By Elizabeth Gill
On Saturday afternoon a group of residents filled the Ivy Lounge for an up-close look into the artistic process. One of Collington’s new artists in residence from the University of Maryland School of Music, clarinetist Melissa Morales, was joined by flutist Ceylon Mitchell in an open rehearsal. They perform together in the Potomac Winds, a chamber music collective based in the Washington DC area.
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Melissa and Ceylon were working on perfecting a series of pieces by Glenn Gould. Although Mr. Gould was known primarily as a pianist, he composed a series of works for flute and clarinet. While not yet ready for a professional performance, Melissa expressed a desire to engage with residents as soon as possible. She certainly met that goal, having been on campus for only one week!

Welcome to Our New OO Shop!

The wait is now over for all you treasure seekers.  After 2 months of renovations the OO shop is once again open for business.  The grand opening was accompanied by boutonnieres and a bouquet provided by our flower committee and lots of good cheer.

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Our volunteers led by Karen and Carol have out done themselves in placing and organizing all the goodies.  The furniture room alone, makes one want take something home.  Redone from floor to ceiling, freshly painted with new shelving, the layout is now easier to negotiate to find those treasures. 

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Residents were indeed impressed and proud of their new shop.  Our many thanks go to the entire team of volunteers who emptied and placed in storage items for sale and then did a magnificent job setting up the new store.   You have made us proud.

Memorial Day Weekend – The Collington Way

By Marian Fuchs and Lois Brown

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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.
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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!
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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.

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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.

Collington Celebrates National Poetry Month

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Collington celebrates National Poetry Month with this first-ever display in the Creative Arts hallway across from The Landing bistro. Check the display for new poems, books, and inspirations every week during April.

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Lee McKnight was the longtime leader of the poetry group at Collington. He was a man of great compassion, wit, and generosity of spirit. He is greatly missed.

Everyone is invited to join the Poetry Group:

Who: We are residents who simply enjoy reading poetry.

What: We each bring a published poem to read to the group and tell a bit about the poem’s author.

When: The Poetry Group meets the 2nd Thursday of the month from 3:00-4:00

Where: In the Board Room.