contributed by Julia Freeman
Mardi Gras was celebrated with food and music – and the auditorium was full. Thanks to the CollingKats for the live music that had folks dancing! Thanks also to Dining Services for the delicious food.
contributed by Marian Fuchs
In the first two weeks of August 2018, Collington residents were treated to all kinds of great entertainment.
On one afternoon and two evenings we were treated to a evening of total pleasure: Summer’s Lease: Songs, Sonnets and Scenes from the Bard, put on by a cast of dozens from the Drama Committee. Below are Musical Director, Marilyn Haskel, and Director Tim Sabin, in front of the charming set built by Grant Bagley and Don Collins.
For the production program, including the words of the songs and sonnets, and a background piece by Tim Sabin, click here.
The following week, Glen Johnson introduced the community to one of his former students, Chip Reid, a national correspondent for CBS News, speaking on From Obama to Trump: How Life has Changed for Political Reporters. This telegenic and fluent speaker charmed his packed audience, and aroused a series of interesting questions that kept us for much longer than expected.
There were two excellent and very different concerts. In the Sunday afternoon series, the audience enjoyed listening to the Transatlantic Duo of Alexander Paperney (balalaika) and Vladimir Friedman (guitar and vocals). Their music varied from Mozart and Bizet to Russian folk music, with tango music from Brazil in between.
Sponsored by our two departing summer interns, there was a concert in the short Beethoven series given by some highly talented young musicians from U Maryland. It was given to a packed house on a Friday afternoon.
Above are Molly Jones, Cello, Andrew Welch, Piano, and guest player, Lewis Gilmore on Clarinet. The three together played a Brahms trio; Molly and Andrew together gave us some delightful variations by Beethoven on a tune written by Handel, and finally a Sonata for cello and piano by the same composer.
The young woman in black on the right was introduced only as “Ria”, and is one of the two replacement music interns Collington will be hosting from September.
Residents who braved to off-and-on-again rain one Saturday got to enjoy the Doxoe jazz music of the Kollington Kats, while sipping cocktails in the courtyard or Clocktower. Below a picture of some of the Kats swinging at an earlier gig.
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.