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MaCCRA State-Wide Annual Meeting

Charlestown Chapter is hosting the

Maryland Continuing Care Residents Association

State-Wide Annual Meeting

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Charlestown Square – The Gallery

10:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

10:30 a.m. MaCCRA Business Meeting & Election

Noon Lunch

1:00 p.m. Program Speaker: Sherry Parrish, LCSW-C – Embracing Wellness

$20 per person for continental breakfast and lunch
Checks payable to MaCCRA Charlestown Chapter.
Send to Hope Tillman, Chapter Treasurer, HR 331

Non-Members may attend the 1:00 p.m. program if there is space but should RSVP to Hope Tillman.

2019 Scholars’ Fund Goal Exceeded!

Congratulations and thank you, Charlestown residents! With your generous donations, we have exceeded our goal of $190,000 by raising $232,173 for the Charlestown Scholars’ Program, which provides academic financial assistance to eligible student-employees at Charlestown. Thirty-six new Scholars were each awarded $2,000 per year for college expenses at the Scholars’ Ceremony, which took place on Thursday evening, May 17. 2019 in the Auditorium.

This class of Scholars will join the current 121 Charlestown Scholars, some of whom will graduate this spring. We thank the residents who made a donation to the 31st Annual Scholars’ Fund Campaign, without whom we would not have been able to offer this opportunity to the student-employees who work so hard for us.

Along with the Charlestown scholarship, the Scholar candidates had an opportunity to apply for additional merit-based named scholarships. The following Scholars received these special awards: Arion Peterson, the Ruth Harden-Inglis Award; ($750), Rose Thornquist, the Andrew Murray Myers Scholarship ($2000); Christen Gibson, the Treasure Sale Award ($2000); Shawn Watson, the Committee Recognition Award ($500); Onyedika Onyemeziem, in conjunction with the Charlestown Scholars’ Committee and Towson University, the four-year Towson Scholarship ($6000); and Talha Meher and Asiah Taylor were presented with two-year CCBC Awards ($1000 each).

The committee is grateful to this year’s guest speaker, Feyisayo Omotoso, a former recipient of a Scholars’ award. Sayo began her career at Charlestown nine years ago in the Fireside Dining Room and developed her path to Communications Specialist. She graduated from UMBC in December 2017 and is currently working as a Human Resources Management System Analyst at the Erickson Corporate office. 

If you were unable to attend the Scholars’ Ceremony last night, or if you just want to enjoy it again, the program will air on May 18 and May 19 on Channel 972. Tune in at 2 p.m. or 7 p.m. on each day to watch this year’s ceremony. The program will also be available for a month in the Community Videos area of MyErickson (after the Town Hall Meetings heading.)

Charlie Eichenlaub
Scholars’ Committee Chair

14th Annual Inter-Community Softball Tournament

Come and enjoy a fun day of softball with residents of Charlestown, Oak Crest, Greenspring, and Riderwood communities on:

Wednesday, June 5, 2019
9 AM – 2 PM
Charlestown Softball Field
Rain date: June 13, 2019

Players, spectators, and cheerleaders are welcome to attend and cheer on The Sluggers! Food, drinks, and music provided!

Gallery News: May 2019

The Spring Members’ Show by the Fireside Artists of Charlestown is now on display with three pieces on view from each participating artist. There is also a special exhibit of the work of former Charlestown resident, Maxine Guertler, who died in March.

Fireside Artists present programs that are of interest not only to practicing artists, but also to whose who like to look at art and learn more about it, to enhance their appreciation. All are welcome to their meetings. On Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 10 AM in the CTS Card Room, Fireside artist and BMA docent, Carol Davisson, will lead an activity inspired by the major show currently on view at the BMA, Monsters and Myths – Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s.  This exhibit includes the works of artists including Dali, Magritte, Masson, and Breton. The activity will allow each participant to create a Surrealist-inspired collage. Most materials will be provided, but please bring your own scissors and glue stick. Surrealists created with the idea that the subconscious would be their guide and so can you!

Convert Your PERSONAL Videos to DVDs and Support the Archives

Charlestown Archives is providing a new service for a donation to the Archives. Archives resident volunteers Marty Tewksbury and Bob Plummer will convert your personal VHS tapes to DVDs in return for a monetary contribution to the Archives.

Conversion of one VHS tape to one DVD:
30 minutes maximum – $10 contribution to the Charlestown Archives
31 minutes – 2 hours maximum – $15 contribution to the Charlestown Archives

This does NOT include conversion of commercially produced VHS tapes.
The video and audio quality of the VHS determines the quality of the resulting DVD.

For more information and an appointment to drop off your VHS for conversion to a DVD, please call or email Marty Tewksbury. Contact information can be found in the Resident Directory.

Harmonizers Spring 2019 Concert June 6 – 7

Harmonizers’ Spring Concert
World Peace and Love
Thursday, June 6, 2019 or
Friday, June 7, 2019
7:30 PM (Doors open at 7 PM)
Tickets: $5 in advance; $6 at the door

All are cordially invited to attend this concert! Please ask for an EMV/Wheelchair ticket ahead of time to guarantee a special spot. There will be a valet service for those using walkers.

Advance Ticket Sales
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Terrace Cafe Lounge – 9:30 – 10:30 AM
Shortline Cafe – 11 AM – Noon
Fireside Lounge – 12:30 – 1:30 PM

For more information on tickets, call Mary Caulfield. Please check the Resident Directory for her contact information.

Little Theatre Company Invites You to Help Choose Their Next Production

The Little Theatre Company will be reading the story lines of half a dozen plays from the catalogues of the Dramatists Play Service and Samuel French, Inc., as well as scripts of a local writer, to select its next production. Charlestown residents are invited to come for the fun and to vote on the next production.

The group meets on the first Tuesday of the month, including May 7, June 4, and July 2, 2019 at 1:30 PM in the Auditorium.

2019 Tin Cup Golf Tournament on July 8

27th Annual Tin Cup Golf Tournament
Monday, July 8, 2019
Rolling Road Golf Club
9 AM Shotgun Start

The golf tournament proceeds will benefit the Charlestown Benevolent Care Fund. The Rolling Road Golf Club is located at 814 Hilltop Avenue in Catonsville, MD. Contact Emily Fowler in Philanthropy at 410-737-8892 for more information.

2019 Scholarship Ceremony on May 16

Our Scholars’ Ceremony is scheduled for 6:30 PM on Thursday, May 16, 2019. Due to the construction in the Conference Center, this year’s ceremony will be held in the Auditorium. With the smaller venue, and our largest Scholars’ class yet, there are a limited number of seats available. Everything will be done to accommodate residents who are interested in attending.

Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis until the Auditorium is full. The ceremony will be taped and aired on Channel 972 beginning on Saturday, May 18 and repeated multiple times as part of Special Programming, to ensure all residents have an opportunity to view it.

To request a ticket to the ceremony, please contact Lisa Zehring in Philanthropy at: or
410-737-8838 x8397.

White Fragility is the Topic for Discussion on May 15

Multiracial Awareness Discussion Group
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
10 – 11:30 AM
Brookside Classroom 1
Topic: White fragility
Optional: Lunch following discussion

How do you define racism? What impedes your ability to relate to people of other races or cultures?

Join with your fellow residents to explore what happens when we identify ourselves and others through race. Questions? Contact Lois Schmidt or Joan Green. Check the printed copy of the Resident Directory, or online in MyErickson, for contact information.