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Where Exactly is this Garden?


At the Landing of course.

the landing

Sometime during the week of 2/26 to 3/2, the long-awaited “Landing” will open.   You can expect your senses to be delighted.  Not only will you experience great tastes and aromas, but no end of consideration has gone into sights and should I say lack of sounds.

One unique treasure is the Garden on the Wall.  The idea was imported from Europe and is now used by many large and famous businesses to enhance their headquarters.  One look and you will understand why.  It does indeed turn our Patio area (where the terrace used to exist) into a bright tranquil space.  Large windows and skylights enhance this atmosphere.

There are “cloud” baffling, sound absorbing wall panels and even the purple sprayed ceilings aid with noise reduction.  The energy-efficient LED dimmable, motion sensor lighting with multiple zones and timers is state of the art.

SONY DSCChris awaiting furniture.

There will be separate sections in the Landing that will also be available for cozy group meals as well as the ability to open the spaces to the max.  These include the dining room adjacent to the kitchen, French doors leading to the Patio, and a Banquette area adjacent to the patio.   Total capacity will be 70 – 80 people.  Coat racks and scooter parking are readily available.


Rob and avRob Reigle fine-tuning the wireless projector and screen.

The Landing will be overseen by our culinary team including Chris, Taimi, and Ana.  Interviews are taking place for an internal promotion for a supervisor, and Mark Thompson will be promoted to sous chef.

Now on to the food.   You can expect a dining experience that will include an extensive menu from which you order food at a counter or even on a stand-alone computer, fill your own drink and then seat yourself.   You will be served your silverware and food.

The menu will include appetizers including Oven Baked Four Cheese mac and cheese, Flatbreads, salads, fresh made sandwiches, soups and combos.  Pizzas from our own wood stone pizza oven, burgers, pasta, rack of lamb, hickory plank salmon, and rib eye steak are all on the menu.  And of course decadent desserts.  Everything will be made to order and there will be many gluten-free options.

SONY DSCChris explaining our pizza oven that can bake six 12 inch pizzas at one time.

There is also a “grab and go” section that will include pre-made salads, sandwiches, yogurts, parfaits, drinks, etc. for those who want a quick bite to go.

Available for your drinking pleasure is a Barista’s Corner with specialty coffees and complimentary regular or decaf coffee and tea.  Premium wine and homemade Collington beer, as well as Coca-Cola products and specialty soft drinks, will be available.

The Landing is planning a “soft” opening, where breakfast will be the first meal available.  Afterwards, small groups will be invited to preview lunches and dinners.  This will allow the staff to ensure all mechanical functions are working, the staff is properly trained, and any initial problems remedied.  We must all be patient – the best is on the horizon – landing soon!

Photos by Sandy Short and Lois Brown

New Year’s Eve at Collington

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.


Christmas Comes to Collington!

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!



Good News!

By Marian Fuchs

It’s always fun to meet the children of fellow-residents.  Mostly we see them in the dining room for weekend meals.  But sometimes we get to hear from them directly, and that’s even better.   Later this week we’re going to have the chance to hear from the Florini’s two daughters, both of whom are following illustrious careers.   Their talk title suggests that we’re going to hear something positive — just what we need right around now!   sisters3a


Celebrating Artist Clarita Ricketts

Contributed by Don Collins

The Miniature Painters, Sculptors, and Gravers Society of Washington, DC, is celebrating its 84th Annual Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature at the historic Strathmore Mansion in Bethesda.  This year 292 artists are participating in this juried exhibit.  Among them is Clarita Ricketts, one of Collington’s resident artists, who has been a member of the Society for the past eight years.

To further celebrate this event, the Interiors Group is honoring Clarita with her own one-woman show here at Collington. 53 of her original works are featured, many framed by the Collington frame shop!

From upper left, clockwise – Grouping 1-6, Aspects of Collington, Untitled, and stamp-sized Country Garden.

For the first time, Clarita will offer some of her originals for purchase.  Please walk down the auditorium hallway and enjoy this unique and beautiful exhibit.  And be sure to bring a magnifier or reading glasses!