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Snow doesn't slow Linden Ponds down

Activity-seekers have daytrips, transportation planned to a ‘t’

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November 23rd, 2009

Wintertime doesn t slow activity at Linden Ponds, where residents have dozens of options, both at home and beyond. From trips to the movies and live theater productions to afternoon teas, museums, and overnight excursions, entertainment is never far. Those trips usually begin as ideas passed from community members to Rose Duggan, who lives at Linden Ponds and runs its Off-Campus Events Committee. Duggan and her fellow committee members perk up at events wherever we think something exciting is happening, anything that might be a little bit different, she says. She and her team of eight others meet monthly to discuss the suggestions and then present them to the community s Transportation Department, which irons out the logistics and makes as many trips happen as possible. This month, residents will take their annual trips to see the Reagle Players It s ChristmasTime production in Waltham, Mass., followed by dinner at the Norwood Chateau; and to see Keith Lockwood and the Boston Pops.

Theater experience

Duggan has been involved with the committee for almost as long as she s been living at Linden Ponds. Her neighbors know to save her the Arts section of the local paper and drop her notes when they see interesting events advertised. While her organizational skills are unmistakable, Duggan is undoubtedly aided in her position by 20 years of theater experience. Though she was involved in theater in high school, after she retired from work as a restaurant owner with her late husband, she took an improvisation course and began acting in various productions at the North River Theater in Norwell. In addition, Duggan became treasurer and later president of the theater. Despite her experience, Duggan says the Off-Campus Events Committee is not a one-person job; other committee members remain responsible for their genres of choice, be it ballet or the symphony. In addition to the many big events attended by those at Linden Ponds, the Transportation Department arranges smaller trips, for example, to the movies. Participants pay $15, which includes the movie ticket and transportation. You d never be able to go into town and back again for what they charge, Duggan says. She has a car, but like many others in the community, prefers not to drive long distances. Linden Ponds also offers a complimentary shuttle, which travels to local shopping malls, supermarkets, churches, and the nearby train station.