Summer Time at Pickersgill

Nothing says summer time in Baltimore like a crab feast.

If you love Maryland crabs, there was no better place to be than the annual Pickersgill Crab Feast right here on Chestnut Avenue. On a simply beautiful evening, residents gathered around paper-topped tables outside on the patios and inside in the activity room. Not only were the banquet tables piled high with spicy steamed crabs that have been a Maryland favorite for centuries, the feast also featured Maryland crab soup, sweet Maryland corn on the cob, classic crab cake sandwiches and creamy crunchy slaw, followed by delicious chilled watermelon and enormous chocolate chip cookies to finish the feast.  Hailed as one of Pickersgill’s great events, the crab feast is arguably one of the most anticipated occasions on the calendar.

 

 

Fashion & Enjoyment for Everyone

The Annual Spring Fashion Show is a long standing tradition at Pickersgill Retirement Community.  Residents look forward to the occasion not only because its a great opportunity to see the new spring looks but also because its a special treat to see their close friends and neighbors stroll down the runway as models.

The collection of colorful, warm-weather clothes on display was styled by TaylorMarie’s Apparel. A pop-up store with fabulous designer brands- Alfred Dunner, Ruby Road, Erin London, Tribal, Southern Lady, Karen Kane and Foxcroft to name a few- with a complete range of sizes for every woman.  In addition to clothing, an impressive display of costume jewelry and scarves were also available for shoppers to peruse. Everyone found something to tickle their fancy!

“It’s like a shopping spree at a boutique right here at Pickersgill!”

Each of the models chose their outfits from 20 racks of fashion-forward clothing that ranged in style from sporty to dressy.  The designer ensembles welcomed the colors of the season; sunny yellow, soothing blue, bright pink and subtle peach, in addition to graphic black and crisp white. A variety beautiful patterns and luxurious fabrics evoked an enthusiastic response from the crowd. But, it was one particular model that garnered the most attention and had heads turning; Pickersgill’s beloved physical therapy dog, Walt,  strutted the runway wearing an elegant scarf.

The models glided down the runway, smiling at their friends and neighbors, responding to the cheering sections along their route, and obviously enjoying themselves as much as their audience. Maryann Priddy, owner/manager of TaylorMarie’s, described all the models and their outfits as they cruised the runway.

Our models were: residents – Jane, Bobby, Sally, Nancy, Elinore, Mary, Vinny, Mitch, Pat and Marty: staff associates – Karen, Bridget and of course Walt.  Take a look at the slide show:

 

 

The Pickersgill Spring Party

Mardi Gras Theme Offers the Perfect Backdrop for a Spirited Party!

Colorful decorations, delicious refreshments, lively music and dancing blended to create a festive atmosphere at the Mardi Gras themed celebration held in the Pickersgill Willard Room.  The party vibe on Chestnut Avenue was akin to that of New Orleans’ famed February fete.  The smooth big band sound of Ain’t Misbehavin’ beguiled guests to step onto the dance floor.  Tables were decorated in purple, green and gold and set with displays of masks and beads; revelers were encouraged adorn themselves the jaunty accessories.

What would a Mardi Gras party be without a float?

Many surprises greeted the crowd when the auditorium doors opened.  Party guests were invited to have their picture taken in a custom-made photo booth designed to look like a glamorous Mardi Gras parade float.  The “float” and many other decorations were made by artist Kim Deacon, who devoted countless volunteer hours preparing props to bring about the perfect ambiance.  “The creative touches were magnificent,” remarked one guest, “I was amazed at how the room was transformed.”  Scenes set with lamp posts and street signs conveyed guests to les rues imaginaries of the French Quarter.

Entertainment is key to recreating the joyful spirit of Mardi Gras.

Dancing was opened by Pickersgill Executive Director, Barry Eisenberg, and his wife Susan; they were followed to the dance floor by residents escorted by charismatic Towson University students.  Refreshments were in keeping with Big Easy culinary traditions such as beignets, King Cake and Hurricane Punch- both spiked and plain!  Before the night was over Richard Davidson and Lucille Scribner were crowned Mardi Gras King and Queen.

The Mardi Gras party was hosted by the Pickersgill Board of Directors.  Each spring the Board plans a magnificent themed party for residents and their guests, the theme of last year’s event was “High School Prom.”  Needless to say quite a bit of thoughtful planning goes into the annual spring party which calls on the talent and time of many dedicated members of the Board as well as Pickersgill staff.  The party planning committee was lead by Board Member Nancy Flowers, her “krewe” included Vici Heineman, Kim Deacon, Henry Clay, Lynn Hunovice, Lenore D’Adamo, Barry Eisenberg, Robin Fletcher, Jane Croft, Sandra Ortwein, Marsha Carroll, Carol Long, Fran Finnegan and Jean Lillquist.  Special thanks to our Towson University volunteer corps, 25 young men and women who regularly interact with our residents.

The Mardi Gras party was a great way to say goodbye to the winter blahs and welcome the spring season.  Many wondered, what will next year’s party theme be?

Pickersgill is Proud to Offer Area Social Workers CEU-Credit Courses

Ethics, confidentiality, and risk management are the some of the topics that will be discussed at three CEU-credit eligible seminars that Pickersgill Retirement Community is hosting during the next few months.
Pickersgill places a high value on the Pickersgill Educational Program and its continual development. The community looks to become an increasingly important educational resource to the professional/social work community, and values the connections that we have with many area social workers. As we connect through the Pickersgill Educational Program, we tailor future seminars based on the feedback and requests that we receive after each session; this mindset ensures that all programs offered are timely and relevant to the needs of social workers who attend.
Join us for “Ethical Considerations In Working With Caregivers of Competent Elderly Clients,” on April 12 presented by Ann Morrison, PhD, RN with Jenerations Health Education.
Gisele Ferretto, a clinical instructor for both the Title IV-E Education for Public Child Welfare Program and the Child Welfare Academy at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, will present, “What You Don’t Know Can Harm YOU: Links Between Law, Ethics and Risk Management,” on May 23.
Ferretto will also present the seminar, “Ethical Considerations and Complexity of Confidentiality When Serving Individuals and Families,” on June 13.
Three CEU credits will be earned for each half-day session attended.
The cost is $25 for each session.  Registration for this event can be found on the Pickersgill Retirement Community website.
Pickersgill Retirement Community is a nonprofit retirement community nestled among dogwoods on a beautiful campus in Towson, Md. Pickersgill has a tradition of excellence, and a rich history. Founded, and named after former board member Mary Pickersgill—the seamstress who inspired “The Star Spangled Banner” with her flag that waved over Fort McHenry—Pickersgill is the rare community that can claim it has dutifully served generations of seniors in the Baltimore area for more than 200 years. To find out more about our community, check out our website, find us on Facebook, or give us a call at 410-825-7423.