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Let’s get this party started

Night Owls provide entertainment to fun-loving group

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November 20th, 2014
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Some people think moving to a retirement community means the end to exciting nightlife. For the vibrant retirees living at

Among the community’s hundreds of resident-run clubs and committees is a group called the Night Owls. The lively club was one of the first to form shortly after Riderwood opened in 2000. Long-time Riderwood resident and Night Owls member Jane Breen, who moved to the community from the Cheverly area, says the group’s mission is simple: “To put on events to provide fun and entertainment to the residents of Riderwood.”

Hot cider and (optional) Halloween costumes

One of the Night Owls’ biggest annual events is a fall festival that takes place at the end of October. Fun-loving attendees who want to come dressed in Halloween costumes are encouraged to do so, but costumes are entirely optional. 

Hot apple cider is served at the informal gathering to keep everyone warm as autumn temperatures begin to drop. Jane says a local band called the Barry Goodman Trio typically performs at the fall festival, and they know how to get the crowd in a celebratory mood. 

“There is a lot of dancing,” Jane says. “We have a number of people here at Riderwood who really enjoy dancing.”

Ending the year on a high note

The Night Owls also spearhead Riderwood’s annual New Year’s Eve party. Jane says the end-of-year bash includes finger foods, a cash bar, and a champagne toast at midnight. To count down to the big moment, the dropping of the ball at Times Square is broadcast on a large screen. 

A Baltimore band called the Retro Rockets typically performs at the party and keeps the group on their feet all night long. 

“The thing they do that is so interesting is that some of their players mingle with the crowd,” Jane says. “They play the music that appeals to our age group.”

The Night Owls also organize entertainment for other holidays. On St. Patrick’s Day, the club hosts a group of Irish singers from Baltimore. And on the Fourth of July, the gang typically organizes the showing of a movie that is pertinent to the historic day.

If you’re moving to Riderwood and enjoy socializing in the evening, you may want to consider joining the Night Owls. Jane says the group meets once a month to plan upcoming parties and is always seeking new members to generate fresh ideas. 

“It is a fun club,” Jane says. “Those of us who are involved have a really good time.”