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By the People, Riderwood Wins Best Vegetable Crab Soup Award at 2013 Maryland Seafood Festival

Sep 11, 2013
SILVER SPRING, MD---In Texas, it's homemade barbecue.  In Louisiana, it's fresh gumbo.  But in Maryland, crab soup is undoubtedly king. Marylanders have taken advantage of the Chesapeake Bay's famous blue crabs to create homemade recipes that feature "secret" blends of spices and ingredients.  This tradition was celebrated at the Crab Soup Cook-Off, a highlight of the prestigious 46th Annual Maryland Seafood Festival at Sandy Point State Park on September 7-8. So when the culinary team of Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community, entered recipes in three categories, it was done knowing the high standards of Maryland crab soup connoisseurs.  Sponsored...

Gala Flamenco Theme Highlights Black Tie Affair at Riderwood

Aug 30, 2013
SILVER SPRING, MD---A moonlit summer night in Madrid?  No, but it was a virtual experience for those attending the 14th Annual Gala at Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community, on August 23rd. Over two hundred residents, employees and friends of Riderwood wore their black-tie best for Gala Flamenco, the theme of this year's event.  Proceeds from the gala supported the community's Benevolent Care Fund. "The Annual Gala is a celebration of a beautiful form of generosity, neighbors helping neighbors," stated Chip Warner, Executive Director.  "The campus looked terrific in showcasing the evening's vibrant theme, and it was rewarding to help...

Who Are the Acousti-cats? You'll Only Know by Attending the Opportunities Fair at Riderwood on Friday!

Aug 15, 2013
SILVER SPRING, MD---On Friday August 16th from 1pm-3pm, no one will be having more fun than the residents of Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community in Silver Spring. Sixty-one groups and clubs, all created and led by Riderwood residents, will be highlighting their activities to their peers at the annual Opportunities Fair. Interested in salsa dancing?  Meet Martin Swetnick's Moving to the Latin Beat Group. You might be related to a king!  You'll only know if you visit Peggy Mentzer's Genealogy Club. From New York and miss it?  Helen Helm's New Yorker Club is the place to go. And only...

High Rollers at Riderwood as Bocce Courts Open

Aug 14, 2013
SILVER SPRING, MD---Riderwood resident Dr. George Galasso proves that good things can happen when history repeats itself. Ten years ago, Dr. Galasso, as a member of the Rockville Senior Center in Montgomery County, initiated a campaign for the construction of bocce courts at the facility.  Played around the world, bocce is a ball sport that developed into its present form in Italy. "Bocce is a low-impact sport for older adults.  It's easily played and encourages socialization," stated Dr. Galasso.  "I thought it would be fun." His mission successful, the activity remains popular there. So when he moved into the Erickson...

Riderwood Announces Interactive Education Series on Dementia for Family Caregivers

Aug 12, 2013
SILVER SPRING, MD---Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community, will be hosting a three-part series in the fall designed to educate families that have loved ones with dementia. This interactive discussion series will focus on sharing the latest information as well as best strategies for care.  Jennifer Fitzpatrick of Jenerations Health Education Inc. will be the keynote speaker for the series.  A licensed clinical social worker with over twenty years of experience with older adults, Ms. Fitzpatrick is a nationally-recognized speaker on issues involving dementia. According to the Alzheimer's Association, more than 15.4 million family and friends provided 17.5 billion hours...

A Summer of Champions at Riderwood

Aug 6, 2013
SILVER SPRING, MD---Timely hitting, a competitive spirit and even a quirky mascot were the keys to victory for the employee softball team of Riderwood retirement community.  The squad captured its second consecutive Erickson Living Softball Tournament championship on Saturday, August 3rd at Rockburn Branch Park in Elkridge, Maryland.   The tournament consisted of teams from five Erickson Living communities throughout the mid-Atlantic (Riderwood, Ann's Choice from Warminster, PA, Charlestown from Catonsville, MD, Oak Crest from Parkville, MD and Greenspring from Springfield, VA). Battling windy, wet conditions, Team Riderwood advanced through the round robin format to the championship game against Charlestown. ...

Riderwood Announces Appointment of Louis Varella as Associate Executive Director

Jul 25, 2013
SILVER SPRING, MD---Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community, announced the appointment of Louis W. Varella as its Associate Executive Director. In this leadership position, Mr. Varella will work with administration on campus operations as well as workforce training & development at the 120-acre community that is home to over 2,500 residents and 1,400 employees.   Mr. Varella has twenty-five years of operations and finance experience in the senior living industry.  Most recently, he served as the Executive Director of Quincy Village Retirement Community in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania.  He also held regional positions with Marriott International Senior Living Services. Mr. Varella has...

From New York City Museums to the Smithsonian: Art Is a Lifelong Journey for Riderwood Residents

Jul 22, 2013
SILVER SPRING, MD---As a girl growing up in New York City, Sheila Pinsker was fascinated by art.  She would take the subway to visit the Brooklyn Museum and the famous Metropolitan Museum, mini-adventures that paved the way for her current career as a museum education consultant.  Mrs. Pinsker, a resident of Riderwood retirement community, plans and leads study tours for the Smithsonian.  This week, her glasswork art will be on display at a two-day art show in Silver Spring. Residents of Riderwood share a diverse range of talents, honed over a lifetime or realized in retirement. The celebration of art...

Passion Behind the Art Work Makes for a Feast for the Eyes

Jul 16, 2013
SILVER SPRING, MD--Residents of Riderwood retirement community share a diverse range of talents, honed over a lifetime or realized in retirement. The celebration of art holds a special place for many residents of the Erickson Living community, and next week, their creativity will be on display during the Feast for the Eyes, a showcase of original artistry.  Twenty-three residents will display over one hundred pieces, ranging from oil paintings to silk screens to acrylics and metal weavings.  Sponsored by the Riderwood Diversity & Inclusion Committee, the two-day event will take place on Wednesday, July 24th from 2pm-7pm and Thursday, July...

The Catholic University Alumni at Riderwood Relive College Days During Luncheons

Jul 15, 2013
SILVER SPRING, MD---Some entered the Catholic University of America (CUA) on the G.I. Bill following World War II.  Others enrolled to pursue specific careers.  They attended mutual weddings and served as colleagues in professional life. But over sixty years later, these alumni of the Catholic University remain friends and share memories of their time at the Washington, D.C.-based school of higher learning. Some CUA residents of Riderwood retirement community in Silver Spring who graduated in the 1950's gather periodically for lunch to stay in touch. "It's always a celebration of people, and of course, our beloved Catholic University," described Mrs...