Tuesday, October 10, residents were treated to duo delights performed by our University of Maryland student intern residents, cellist Samantha Flores and clarinetist Matt Rynes. They serenaded over 30 residents for about 30 minutes with 2 Beethoven duets. Everybody loved to hear them, and with good reason. Read at the bottom of this post for more information on what the two will be up to here in the next few months.
Matt has played the clarinet for about 15 years and is studying for a PhD in Clarinet Performance, and Samantha is a 2nd year Masters student in Cello Performance. They will be here until next summer but meantime have much planned for our residents.
We can look forward to more short performances in the Ivy Room by them as well as other University of Maryland music students. Later in October Samantha and Matt are planning a larger and longer performance in the Auditorium. This will include other musicians (students as well as faculty and professionals) and last about an hour. Keep your eyes open for flyers and news in the Courier. These longer performances will also become a more regular feature.
Both Samantha and Matt are also available for music lessons in clarinet, cello and beginner string instruments. A music reading class, lectures and workshops are also on the horizon. Clearly both these talented musicians have great affection for Collington and our residents and we reciprocate.
By Marian Fuchs
Saturday evening saw another delightful “Bond” cocktail hour. There was music with a beat and swing, there was delicious (and free) beer and cider brewed by the dynamic duo of Chris Ramsey and Denny Klass assisted by Peggy Latimer and Lois Brown. Delicious finger food was prepared by Exec Chef Stephanie Tolson.
Here are pictures of just four of the many people whose talent and charm made the happy hour in the new-and-improved courtyard so enjoyable.
By Marian Fuchs, photo editor
It’s been sad to see the leaves turning so early this year. But Collington still has plenty of flower viewing left for you to enjoy. Here are some examples from the Hilltop Garden, which you can visit for yourselves, ideally in the early morning of a sunny day.
In addition to the marigolds, cosmos, asters and daisies, there are still a few sunflowers, and lots of zinnias in full bloom. Below are a few samples.
And some other close-up blooms…
There are still multi-colored morning glories along the garden fence…
And a number of flowers whose names I do not know…
Many thanks once again to our talented photo editor and to our amazing gardeners! Our community is more beautiful because of your efforts.
Our photo editor Marian Fuchs writes:
The other day I took a few pictures at the Lake, after the construction of the barrier. I think these pictures show that the recent construction will not significantly detract from our enjoyment of the Lake — in fact, the gabions look rather attractive. The third picture shows the mesh that the crew have spread over the areas of grass that they damaged; in time the seed in the mesh will sprout and make the grassy area whole again. The two shadows are Jacob and me.
I look forward to the lake filling up again soon.
Our Weed warriors took advantage of the temporary lowering of the lake to clean up the perimineter.