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  • 11/7 Lyle Denniston – “Is the Constitution Out of Date?”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.

Collington Bird Group

By Anne Chase and Joe Howard

Collington is blessed with a large campus much of which is forest, wild and cultivated bushes, shrubs, a large open field, ponds, and streams. In other words, a unique parkland in a metropolitan area. The wildlife and especially bird life is abundant.

Early September 2020, Joe Howard suggested to Mike Burke that we should establish an informal “Bird Discussion Group” by e-mail. Mike, who is a bird expert, agreed and a new group was enthusiastically formed on the “Collington Discussion Group” with a membership now over 40 residents.  

(Photo by Bud Gardiner)

Mike and Anne Chase have collaborated on a survey asking members about their interests.  Following is a selected brief summary.  

  • Over four-fifths of the group expressed interest in (1) learning to identify birds (2) learning about bird behavior and (3) improving their understanding of the natural world.  
  • Backyard birders favored three items: (1) learn which plants birds love (2) learn what bird food attracts each species (3) learn how to deal with unwanted guests.
  • Most were interested in birding locations within 30 minutes of Collington, and in locations in the Delaware, Maryland, Virginia area.
  • Also of interest was information regarding birding websites, birding apps, and bird ID guides.

Stay tuned for future lectures, movies, campus bird walks and posts regarding bird facts and interesting sitings here at Collington.

To become a member please respond to this post.

Transit of Mercury

Contributed by Dennis Evans

The planet Mercury moved across the face of the Sun on November 11, 2019.  It will not repeat such a transit again until 2032.  A 2 minute 48 second video of the transit images has been prepared from 54 images that were taken during the  5-1/2 hour event.

 

Dennis Evans, Apartment 254, has been an Astronomer Member of the Slooh Community Observatories since 2012. (https://www.slooh.com) He captured the live images of Mercury from the Canary-Five Solar telescope that were assembled into the video. For details of the Canary-Five Solar telescope, click here.