Staying Active

Contributed by Marian Fuchs and Mike Burke

Last month the RA Marketing Committee asked resident Mike Burke to write a piece on how Collington was coping with the coronavirus, and his delightful piece, “Care in an Unsettled Time” was posted on the website, after being used by the Marketing Office in the virtual marketing newsletter and website.  This month the Committee asked Mike to write a second piece, on what we residents were doing during the corona shutdown.  He wrote another winner, which has already appeared in Collington’s digital marketing places, and which you can read right here.

Memorial Wall Displayed

Contributed by Marian Fuchs and Mary Kim

 

Each year on Memorial Day we have a special chapel service sponsored by the Interfaith Committee to remember all those residents and staff who have died during the past year. On display is a Memorial Board listing all those who have died since Collington began in 1988. This Memorial Board has been a project of Mary Ann Pellerin. She is now turning over this project to Mary Kim.

Since the covid-19 pandemic had Collington closed on Memorial Day, the Interfaith Committee arranged for the Memorial Wall to be displayed in the hall near the Chapel during July 17-20 for residents and staff to see.  In the picture are Mary Kim, Mary Ann Pellerin, Pat Johns, Priscilla Lindenauer, Carol Edner and Merrit Edner.

 

 

Care in an Unsettled Time

Contributed by Marian Fuchs

To coincide with the resumption of potential residents being able to visit Collington as the community gradually relaxed its covid constraints, the Resident Association Marketing Committee commissioned an essay on how we coped with the coronavirus.  The paper was written for the Marketing Office and for residents to share with family and friends by Mike Burke, a Collington resident.  The Office used it immediately in its monthly newsletter. You can access it by clicking here.

Booker and Beyond Book Club

Contributed by Dorothy Yuan

After the enforced hiatus to our monthly meetings the group was finally allowed to meet outdoors in the courtyard.  Fortunately, the number was kept at exactly ten and an active discourse progressed, albeit through voices muffled by masks.  It turns out that few of us enjoyed reading The Vexations,by Caitlin Horrocks, the book chosen for this session.Nonetheless, Ann Carlson lead us through an interesting discussion on the “vexations” engendered in the readers by the author, a discussion that amply shows, again, the value of our book club.

 

Hopefully, we will be able to resume full activity by our next meeting, scheduled for July 15.  The book chosen for that session is The Dutch House by Ann Patchett.  The meeting is open to ALL.  Even if you choose not to read the book you’ll find the discussion interesting.

Or more background on the Booker and Beyond Book Club, click here.

Spring Plant Sale – Orders Being Taken

Contributed by Mike McCulley and Joe Howard

Get ready to plant!  This spring’s plant sale begins today. Mike McCulley, Chair of the Garden Committee, reports, “We are not going to be able to have our plant sale in the traditional way this year, because of the restrictions, and that is why we are doing a virtual sale and need to get the order form on the RA website.”  So, click here to download the order form.  Joe Howard has included pictures of the flowers and vegetables available on the order form. You complete the order form with a check made out to the Residents Association and return it to Mike. (The form has all the instructions.) Plants will be delivered on a first come, first serve.

Mike reports that the committee began planning right after last year’s sale. They got a new supplier, a new watering and fertilizing program and the expertise of Kyle Olsen. As the pictures show, the plants are growing well! A crew of residents planted 1200 flower plugs in early March and later planted 250 vegetable seeds – tomatoes, peppers and herbs. They have been diligently cultivating them since.