Introducing –

“CollingtonPresents”

Logo by Clarita Ricketts

The first in this 7 part series was broadcast on our local TV Channel 972, on Saturday, October 10th.  Dr. Bud Gardiner presented a psychological backdrop to the Covid-19 pandemic as well as offering personal insights.

The second introduced us to Women’s history professor and scholar, Dr. Nancy Hewitt  spoke about the effort to grant women’s suffrage including the complexity of African-American women’s efforts. 

This entire series will be shown on select Saturdays at 3 pm. 

The next event is November 7th.  Lyle Denniston retired last year after 72 years in the news business including 62 years covering the United States Supreme Court for various newspapers, magazines and online news organizations.  Although not trained as a lawyer, he taught for eight years at the Georgetown University Law Center and various colleges and universities, and lectured and published widely.  His book, The Reporter and the Law: Techniques of Covering the Courts remains used in newsrooms and in journalism education. 

Future Presentations include: 

  • 11/7 Lyle Denniston – “Is the Constitution Out of Date?” 
  • 11/21 Natalie Groom – “Whistling Hens”
  • 12/5 Phyllis Marsh – “Women’s Rights Worldwide: Finding Ways to Make A Difference”
  • 12/19 Peter Basquin – “Peter Basquin Plays! Piano Masters in Three-Quarter Time”
  • 1/9/21 Katie Basquin & Co. – “Snippets from Samantha Rastles the Woman Question.”

So please join us, as we highlight just a few of us who make Collington our special place.  If you have any questions, please contact Heather Huyck, Lois Brown, or Bonnie Cronin, the “CollingtonPresents” team.

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.