216th Anniversary Celebration

In 1802 Pickersgill Retirement Community was founded as a charitable organization making it older than many other well known Baltimore institutions.  For instance– Johns Hopkins University was founded in 1876, Bromo-Seltzer was invented in 1888 and McCormick & Co. opened its doors in 1889.  Outside of Baltimore in 1802 Thomas Jefferson was our President, Beethoven wrote “Moonlight Sonata,” it was Napoleonic era, and women’s fashion featured empire silhouettes — think Jane Austen. “Pride and Prejudice” was written in 1797 and published in the early 1800s.

To say that Pickersgill established itself in the 19th century as a change-maker is an understatement.  Along with a rich history of serving seniors for more two centuries, the Community is named for one of the nation’s most famous female patriots, Mary Pickersgill, and boasts the distinction of having the oldest all-female Board of Directors in the nation.

 

A lot to celebrate!

 

Today Pickersgill takes pride in its impressive past and looks forward to an equally remarkable future starting with the Grand Opening of a brand new Physical Therapy Center in early 2018.  Expect the announcement of additional milestone projects in the near future.

 

The party!

 

With 235 guests in all, residents, board members, staff, volunteers and many community friends gathered for dinner and drinks to celebrate the start of our 216th year.  The evening kicked-off at 5:30 with a selection of hors d’oeuvres including crispy phyllo pastries filled with feta and olives, savory mini quiches and grilled chicken satay. In the center of the Willard Auditorium was a colorful and elegant fruit and cheese display anchored by a pineapple palm tree and a spectacular six foot tall floral arrangement. The menu for the sit-down dinner was tenderloin, asparagus, stuffed mushrooms and roasted potatoes. For those who wanted dessert there were confections a-plenty which included a 216th anniversary cake and petite fours in a variety of flavors.