Creatively produced and directed by Grant Bagley,The Gift was written as a radio play by Virginia De Wyze and consists of five monologs. Superbly performed by our Collington Drama Committee players Marilyn Haskell, Joyce Garrison, Marilu Sherer, Vena Darling and Maja Keech we are taken through time and the country when a jewel box that one might think is ordinary takes a road trip. A simple set allows us to focus on the words and actions of our players. We hope that you enjoy this first Drama Committee play of 2021.
You can watch the entire production using the link:
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11/7 Lyle Denniston – “Is the Constitution Out of Date?”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.
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.
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.
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.