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Charlestown Volunteers Have The Time of Their Lives at Annual Party

Oct 30, 2018

Charlestown recently hosted its Annual Volunteer Appreciation Event, filling the John Erickson Conference Center with about 300 attendees.

The evening’s “Dirty Dancing” theme was a smash hit, featuring fun nods to the classic movie, including signature cocktails: the “Baby & Johnny”, named for the main characters, and the “Kellerman’s Cosmo”, a reference to the resort where the movie is set. The watermelon salsa and chips was another detail that fans of the movie will recognize as inspired by a favorite scene.

Dance instructors were on hand to perform and teach guests a few new steps. The floor was...

Charlestown Celebrates Re-Opening of Shortline Café

Oct 12, 2018

Today, Charlestown residents and staff gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the re-opening of one of its signature dining venues, the Shortline Café.

Located in the community’s recently updated Cross Creek Station, the Shortline Café is named for Catonsville’s historic Short Line railroad, which began service in 1884. The Catonsville Short Line shuttled both people and freight between Catonsville and the mainline tracks of the Baltimore & Potomac (later Pennsylvania) Railroad for decades before ending operation in 1972, due to competition from streetcar lines.

This local heritage features prominently in the restaurant’s décor as well as its...

Charlestown Hosts Ambassador from Ghana

Oct 3, 2018

Charlestown recently had the honor of hosting His Excellency Dr. Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah, the 19 th Ambassador of the Republic of Ghana to the United States. The Ambassador was a special guest of Charlestown resident Diane Winn, who earlier this year was honored by the Embassy of Ghana for her work in plant medicinal treatment of malaria in the African nation.

Winn has been studying the disease, which affects more than 400 million people each year, and its treatments for more than 50 years. She has made more than 100 trips to the African nation and considers it...

Charlestown Resident Benefits from Integrated Care to Enjoy Optimal Health

Sep 7, 2018

Earlier this year, John Roth wasn’t quite feeling like his usual energetic self. Soon, he developed a cough that seemed serious enough that his adult children asked him to have it checked out. After consulting with his doctor at Charlestown, John was referred to nearby St. Agnes Hospital for additional treatment for a case of pneumonia in his right lung.

John was admitted for care and from the start, Charlestown Care Coordinator Shannon Loudermilk was by his side. Thanks to Charlestown’s strong relationship with St. Agnes and Shannon’s expertise, John was able to relax and focus on healing without...

Couples discover unexpected benefits of early move to Charlestown

Sep 4, 2018

When Peggy and Dick Crebs considered moving into Charlestown , a senior living community in Catonsville, Md., they were already familiar with the amenities available at the sprawling 110-acre residential campus. The Erickson Living community offers seven restaurants, a state-of-the-art fitness center with a swimming pool, and a constant series of continuing learning opportunities.

However, less obvious was something even more important: a new sense of freedom.

“We just got back from a trip to Norway that was mostly a cruise. The month before that, we took a rail trip to the northern national parks,”...

Charlestown Celebrates Grand Re-Opening of Cross Creek Station

Aug 29, 2018

On August 28, Charlestown, Erickson Living ’s flagship retirement community in Catonsville, Maryland, held a grand re-opening celebration for its Cross Creek Station Clubhouse, marking the completion of the first of a two-phase repositioning plan. More than 75 residents and staff attended the exciting event, which included a ribbon-cutting, commentary from community leadership, and a champagne and sparkling cider toast.

“All of us here at Charlestown have been eagerly anticipating this day,” said Nathan Blumberg, Associate Executive Director. “This year, we celebrate 35 years of experience and excellence in serving the senior living industry in Maryland. The modernization...

Charlestown Residents Help Each Other Become Tech Savvy

Mar 2, 2018

CATONSVILLE, MD – Charlestown’s Tech Tutors, a free, resident-run service, is helping people each day become more computer savvy. The service helps people select an appropriate device, get it up and running and troubleshoot solutions.

Howard Nixon and Jack Harrison started Tech Tutors three years ago. “I remember my dad once attended a computer class, and it was confusing to him,” says Nixon. “At the time I thought, ‘We need to figure out a way to help seniors learn how to use technology...

Meditative Photography and Watercolor Display Now at Charlestown

Mar 2, 2018

CATONSVILLE, MD -- Photographer Betty Caldwell and artist Carol Schimpff, who are Charlestown's Artists of the Month, have collaborated for a special "Moments of Wonder" exhibit in March that is free and open to the public in the community's Gallery.

Caldwell's meditative photography has been featured in many juried exhibits, as has Schimpff's intricate watercolors.

-- Caldwell, as a high school student, backpacked in the Three Sisters Wilderness in Oregon. This is when she first experienced the deep sense of connection that emerged when she engaged with the natural world and began her practice of photography....

Incoming Charlestown Residents are Keeping Their Lifetime Treasures

Nov 13, 2017

CATONSVILLE, MD – When Bodil Tice and her husband John moved into Charlestown they had one issue to deal with: the delicate move of Bodil’s cherished collection of pewter Norwegian-themed Christmas plates from their former home in Severna Park, MD.

The one-of-a-kind collection was passed down to Bodil by her mother, who gave a new plate to her each Christmas. "I am an American citizen, but Norway always has a special place in my heart," said Bodil, who grew up in Aalesund, Norway...

Charlestown's Denis Holden Publishes "Dirty Rotten Boomers"

Nov 13, 2017

CATONSVILLE, MD -- Charlestown's Denis Holden, a former technical writer and proposal manager for Northrop Grumman, has published "Dirty Rotten Boomers!" a novel of friendship, romance and Rock and Roll at a retirement community. The plot of the book, written under his pen name Jack Holden, follows: Scott Fairweather, a protagonist through which the author admits to living vicariously, resides at the St. Clements Retirement Community, a large community of people enjoying retirement and the fruits of their labors. Scott finds the place holds more than he ever dreamed possible.