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.



Our Resident Artists

Too good to miss!

The Art Gallery is a must-see destination at Pickersgill Retirement Community.  Located in a nook at the junction of  two busy corridors outside the Willard Auditorium, Pickersgill’s Art Gallery is a space where examples of fine art created by resident artists are on display for everyone to enjoy for their imaginative, aesthetic and intellectual content.

The revolving exhibits, which feature art on loan from the artists’ private collections, are curated collaboratively by the Gallery Committee (board members:  Jean Smith, Jean Heill, Carol Mackay and community volunteer Jean Lillquist) in consultation with the artists.  There are many talented artists among Pickersgill’s residents which means that the pieces selected for display in the Art Gallery change several times a year. Each new exhibit creates a high level of interest among our resident community as well as our visitors. Be sure to stop by the gallery next time you visit.

Read on to learn about some of our featured artists.

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Hula Hoopla

Pickersgill’s annual luau themed happy hour took place took place in the Willard Auditorium and featured music, dance performance, food and more! The room was bright and festive and filled with the distinct harmony of the ukulele, steel guitar and drums which blended with song to echo the sound of the islands. Guests were treated to a spectacular and exciting luau show that included dances from the islands of Hawaii, New Zealand, Samoa and Tahiti and the dancers wore exotic, authentic costumes. Many Pickersgill residents and guests dressed in tropical style for the event, including one resident who said she purchased her hibiscus patterned dress on the big Island of Hawaii in 1970.  Pineapple punch, fruit kabobs and macadamia nut cookies were some of the tasty treats served for the occasion. Residents were further amused when the current class of Pickersgill Red Cross interns were cajoled into joining the dancers on stage to learn a classic hula dance.  At the end of the party everyone universally agreed, “Hana Hou!”  (Let’s do it again!)

OUR FLAG: Celebrations at Pickersgill Retirement Community

For many Baltimoreans the American Flag holds a special meaning because of the historic connections between our city and The Stars and Stripes: connections such as the War of 1812, Fort McHenry, the “Star-Spangled Banner” and of course because of the famous local seamstress who made the great garrison flag that inspired the national anthem, Mary Pickersgill. Since Mary Pickersgill is not just the namesake of Pickersgill Retirement Community but also a founding board member of our organization, we’ve come to think of the American Flag as our icon, and because of this, here at Pickersgill, we take every opportunity to celebrate our flag and its symbolism.


Flag Day, June 14, commemorates the adoption of the Flag of the United States (aka the American Flag) which happened on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the 2nd Continental Congress during the Revolutionary War.  June 14 is an important day at Pickersgill Retirement Community.  On Flag Day we invite family, friends, neighbors and elected officials to honor our resident veterans and to celebrate with us. This year we honored over 40 men and women living at Pickersgill who served in the United States Armed Forces. At our celebration residents and guests recited the Pledge of Allegiance, sang the “Star-Spangled Banner,” enjoyed refreshments and were treated to patriotic songs and classic American harmonies performed by both the Pickersgill Singers and Harbor City Chorus.

Independence Day, July 4   As celebrations took place in cities and towns across the country to mark our nation’s birthday, residents were doing the same at Pickersgill.  On a day known for picnics and barbeques Pickersgill residents and their guests dined cookout style.  The traditional menu for the fourth: hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, baked beans, potato salad, cole slaw, watermelon, apple pie and ice cream was served as a buffet in the Independent Living Dining Room. A lively concert in the Willard Auditorium performed by pianist & vocalist Dick Smith featured numerous patriotic standards.  One resident remarked that it was her “favorite concert of the year.”  Some residents ventured out to attend fireworks displays with their families at local venues while residents in who preferred to stay in the air conditioning enjoyed watching the Inner Harbor Fireworks live on widescreen TVs.

Flags on display!  Pickersgill Retirement Community is lucky to have a friend named Bob Knowles.  Twelve years ago, to help Pickersgill Retirement Community, Mr. Knowles set up a special display– flags from his private collection. Knowles’ flag display quickly became a much-loved annual event.  Each year, Mr. Knowles goes through his flag collection – which consists of more than 600 flags – and carefully chooses pieces to display at Pickersgill.

The display, which features flags from all over the world, is so massive that it covers the entire auditorium at Pickersgill as well as the main hallway, creating a walkthrough exhibit for residents and their families.  “I’m very thankful to Pickersgill and glad that my flag display has become a tradition,” Knowles said.

Knowles, an avid flag collector since the age of 14, became interested in Pickersgill when looking for a retirement community for his mother in the summer of 2004. After looking at several different communities; Knowles found that Pickersgill was “the nicest one.” During a meeting between Knowles, his mother, and Pickersgill staff, Knowles mentioned that if his mother decided to live at Pickersgill, he would do a flag show for the community. Continue reading

Pickersgill Retirement Community is your resource for RIGHTSIZING

At Pickersgill’s annual RIGHTSIZING FAIR attendees met local experts: Downsizer & Organizer, Mover, Realtor, Financial Advisor, Antique Appraiser, Shredder Truck Company, Junk Remover and Elder Law Expert

Everyone spends a lifetime accumulating and storing stuff.  Now that you have moving to a retirement community in your sights wouldn’t you like to know how to manage that stuff and tackle the tasks of selling, moving and organizing?

If you missed the annual Rightsizing Fair at Pickersgill Retirement Community we can still connect you with local experts so you can get answers to your questions, set appointments to meet with you and your family and get the ball rolling toward a carefree lifestyle. Contact us to meet with an admissions director at Pickersgill – our in-house rightsizing experts!