Resident Club at Highland Springs is “New England Strong”

Dallas, Texas—While the Lone Star State holds a robust place in American history, a group of its citizens celebrates another region of the country, too.

They are part of the “New England Club and the Red Sox Nation,” a resident group active at Highland Springs retirement community in North Dallas.  Formed by resident Bob Brenner, the fifty residents are proudly “New England Strong.”

Eligibility into the club is pretty simple, says Mr. Brenner: “Either you have lived in New England at some point in your life or admit to being a Red Sox fan.”

Mr. Brenner grew up in the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester.  Following his service in the U.S. Army, he graduated from Boston University on the GI Bill.

“As a youngster, I cheered for Ted Williams, Jimmy Fox and Bobby Doerr at Fenway Park, and in my conversations at Highland Springs discovered that there were others from New England.  I asked our Resident Life Coordinator, Barbara Blachly, about forming the group, and she was enthusiastically supportive,” stated Mr. Brenner.

The New England Club meets quarterly for a dinner prepared by the Catering Team of Highland Springs.  New members are introduced, all are invited to share stories, and Mr. Brenner creates a program that includes a quiz on a New England topic.  During their first meeting of 2017, he tested the group’s knowledge about the rivers and streams of the six-state region.

“The entire evening is a pure joy.  What’s better than socializing and relaxing over a delicious meal?  We came from all walks of life, but now our paths are crossing,” noted Mr. Brenner.

Each area of the United States seemingly has its own personality.  Laid-back Californians.  Southern hospitality and charm.  Midwestern sensibility.  So what makes New Englanders unique?

“To me, it’s a built-in love for American history,” said Mr. Brenner.  “During a grade-school field trip, I stood on Plymouth Rock.  I’ve been on Old Ironsides and walked up to the top of Bunker Hill Monument.  These are iconic locations that are bigger than just New England history.”

The New England Club sparks some friendly sports rivalries at Highland Springs.  For the first time in recent memory, there is realistic talk of a Dallas Cowboys-New England Patriots match-up in the Super Bowl on February 5.

“The Patriots were founded after I left New England, but I still email my nieces, nephews and sister-in-law who live in Boston about the team,” noted Mr. Brenner.  “And while there’s certainly such a thing as New England pride, maybe just this once, the Cowboys could play David to the Patriots’ Goliath in the Super Bowl.”

About Highland Springs:  Highland Springs is one of nineteen continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living.  Located in North Dallas, Texas, the scenic 89-acre campus is home to more than 830 residents.  Highland Springs is the ideal greater Dallas retirement destination offering a true sense of community, convenience beyond compare and a sensible financial structure.