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The world's an oyster at any age

Life is sweet for Harry and Nancy Drew

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July 31st, 2009

The world is your oyster is usually a saying reserved for youngsters or teens. But Harry and Nancy Drew are finding that life is full of opportunities at any age if you just know where to find them. The Drews live at Maris Grove, in Delaware County, Pa., and they say the full-service community is opening up a whole new world for both of them. Growing in mind and manner Living at Maris Grove has given both Mr. and Mrs. Drew the opportunity to resurrect past interests. Mr. Drew has been a member of the Barbershop Quartet for more than 20 years, his falsetto tenor voice still in tune. But now he s able to expand his musical horizons by playing solo piano every other Friday in the Cardinal Lounge. I ve never had this kind of solo exposure before. I ve even heard they sell more drinks at the lounge on the nights that I play, he laughs. Harry and Nancy Drew say living at Maris Grove has truly expanded their horizons. Here, they relax on the large, flower-filled balcony of their Maris Grove apartment home. "][/caption] He plays at outside venues as well. The music that has been resting deep within is calling to him, quietly whispering for him not to forget how much playing has always meant to him. He stopped playing jazz in public in 1978 after his first wife passed away. Now that passion has been reignited. I m getting back into playing jazz again, thanks to Maris Grove, Mr. Drew says. Mrs. Drew loves how giddy her husband is. This has opened up a whole diff erent world for him, she says. While Mr. Drew is shining in the spotlight, Mrs. Drew is establishing roots of her own; she s turned their fifth-floor balcony into a gardener s paradise. In the morning, they enjoy coffee amongst the flowers; in the evening, it s wine. The Drews used to live on a half-acre lot that backed up into an arboretum, so having the greenery is important to them. I still get to dig in the dirt and get my hands dirty, Mrs. Drew says. They re also members of the garden club, and their garden plot is purely for beauty s sake; it houses a variety of differently shaped and colored flowers. Friends abound One of the biggest benefits the Drews have gained from moving to Maris Grove is the amount of new friends they ve made. We would never have been able to meet so many new, lovely people had we not moved here. We look forward to eating dinner every night and either meeting someone new or connecting with the friends we ve already made, Mrs. Drew says. It still delights them when they discover all of the common interests they have with their neighbors and new friends. For Mr. Drew, he s realized just how small the world really is. Familiar faces greet him wherever he goes. He discovered that an old friend he used to share playdates with back in the 1930s lives in the community; a former bandmate with whom he used to play jazz from the 1940s through the 1970s has recently made Maris Grove his home; and he met his new music partner the woman he accompanies while she sings in her low and subtle voice on a bus when they were on a Maris Grove trip. She recognized him from a story in the Erickson Tribune, written a few years ago. The rest is history played in the notes. In addition to his musical interests, Mr. Drew has taken up hobbies, like art and trains, that he hasn t been able to even consider in more than 20 years; he just didn t have the time. Harmonious balance Mr. and Mrs. Drew speak together and finish each other s sentences. His voice is a bit foggy from years of vocal cords stretching to hit notes; her voice is high-pitched and giddy. They echo each other when they say together, We re enjoying living here far more than we ever imagined.