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  • 11/7 Lyle Denniston – “Is the Constitution Out of Date?”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

The Hats We Wear

Collington women have shown us the way of the world just by sharing their hats.  From an Admiral’s hat to traditional nurses caps to hard hats to church hats to pussy hats, this year’s Women’s History Clocktower Exhibit displayed our unique places in the world.   Colorful and diverse and observed and commented by residents and visitors alike the exhibit was changed out some, mid-month to accommodate all hats donated.  Fun and fascinating and successful!  Whatever shall we do next year???

Hope you enjoy the pictures.

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Meet Today’s Women Musicians​

In keeping with Collington’s celebration of Women’s History Month, I promised to speak with our artist in residence, Samantha regarding a music program.  We met and that was that!  She corralled 5 of her friends (local and out of towners) to educate and perform for our community.  The packed auditorium was astounded!

Below you will find the program broken into 4 parts, each presenting a set from the musicians.

Now meet the Women who represent the future of music!

Part 1 – Ruth Bright is a collaborative pianist based in the Washington, DC area. She is currently studying at the University of Maryland School of Music, pursuing her MM in collaborative piano.   In addition, Ruth is an active choir director and accompanist for three community churches.  She is also a co-founder of OperaTerps, and is currently serving as Artistic Director of this pioneer undergraduate opera company.

Part 2 – Sequina Dubose is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in vocal pedagogy at the University of Maryland.  She has numerous opera credits performing traditional and new roles around the country.  She has also toured as a soloist with The American Spiritual Ensemble and sang alongside famed trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.  In addition to her personal academic and artistic pursuits, she serves as Director of Development for ArtsCentric, a non-profit theater company she helped to found in the Baltimore area.

Part 3 – Tiffany Lu is a third-year Doctoral student in conducting at the University of Maryland. She has conducted many orchestras including the University of Maryland Repertory orchestra and symphony orchestra. She is assistant conductor of the Capital City Symphony, conducting associate of the Monteux School and Music Festival, interim music director of the Wilmington Community Orchestra in Delaware, among other commitments.

Part 4 Marina Murayama Nir and Rob’n Delaine – Marina organizes events in the DIY music and art scene in Philadelphia.  She is a writer, music educator and performer.  Her interests lie in bringing together artists of varying disciplines and in building spaces that nurture and support people of color, gender-marginaliaes, and queer creatives.  Marina is a contributor and co-curator of the social justice art blog, Culturework, and is a facilitator at Girls Rock Philly.

Rob’n Delaine is a 23-year-old Philly native.  She’s a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and feminist.  Her music touches on a wide range of issues from mental health to politics and her influences span a variety of genres and artists.  She released her debut EP “Westbound” last September.

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The original videos were posted by Richard Zorza.

Meet Mrs. ​Davenport – 104 Years Young!

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On Thursday, March 8, International Women’s Day, the residents of Collington and members of Mrs. Davenport’s church met in “conversation.”   It was quite fitting since she initiated a celebration of International Women’s Day in her church.  Mrs. Davenport lived in accordance with her favorite hymn, “If I Can Help Somebody.”  This was demonstrated over and over again as Mrs. Davenport described her life!  Watch below.

photo and video by Lois Brown
The original video was posted by Richard Zorza.

Women’s History Videos

We can now post two videos of presentations given here during Women’s History month this year, arranged by Tucker Farley.

First, Clare Coss, discussing Political Theater, Women, Race, Class and Power.

Second, Eleanor Roosvelt Comes to Collington, with Blanche Cook, distinguished biographer.


The original videos were posted by Richard Zorza.