Oak Crest Resident Spreading Orioles Spirit!

Parkville, Maryland—Anne Brownson began sewing as a little girl to make her own clothes.

Now a resident of Oak Crest, she sews for a very different reason.

For the last two years, she has been creating hats, dozens of them, for 14 prep cooks, line cooks, the sous chef and the executive chef  of the retirement community’s Acorn Pub and Oak Room restaurant.

The hats are designed to fit the personality of the employee who wears it.  She’s made Star Wars and comic book-themed hats for sci-fi lovers, and now that baseball is back, the black and orange of the Orioles are the colors of the season.

“I do these on my leisure time,” stated Ms. Brownson.  “Each one takes a few hours to do.  It’s a matter of finding the right fabric on-line, cutting the design and then using my sewing machine to stitch it all together.”

Steve Sweeney is the General Manager of the two dining venues.  

“It’s another reminder why Oak Crest is the best place to work.  The relationships that you can develop between employees and residents are like no other,” he stated.  “As much as it means to the staff, it means even more to Anne.  She has the biggest smile on her face when she sees how excited they are to receive new hats.  It totally makes her day.”  

Ms. Brownson agrees.  “The hats also are light weight and comfortable.  I’m glad the culinary team enjoys them,” she said.

Since moving to Oak Crest in 2011, Ms. Brownson founded the Book Club and served on the Residents’ Advisory Council.  She currently volunteers with the AARP Tax Aide program and coordinates guests for the Speakers Series.  But using her sewing creativity has always been close to her heart.

“I moved here to have fun, and that’s exactly what I’m doing,” she noted.

About Oak Crest:  Oak Crest is one of nineteen continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living.  Located in Parkville, Maryland the scenic 87-acre campus is home to more than 2,100 residents.  Oak Crest is the ideal greater Baltimore retirement destination offering a true sense of community, convenience beyond compare and a sensible financial structure.