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Reason to celebrate

Great Oak Clubhouse opens at Ashby Ponds

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March 20th, 2015
picture of Ashby Pond's new clubhouse

The opening of Ponds’ eighth residence building, Hickory Glen, this past January was only the beginning of an exciting year of expansion and new opportunity. This month, the Erickson Living community located in Ashburn, Va., will celebrate the opening of the 20,000-square-foot Great Oak Clubhouse, the community’s second clubhouse.

The highly anticipated new addition features a performing arts theater, an art studio and gallery, additional classrooms, a New York-style deli café with an outside eating area, and a new control room for the community’s in-house television station. 

“For more than six years, my wife Patricia and I have enjoyed meeting new people and taking advantage of all that Ashby Ponds has to offer,” says Bruce Vernor. “We now both look forward to the new conveniences the Great Oak Clubhouse will provide, especially the performing arts theater and café.”

Lights! Camera! Action!

For many residents, the performing arts theater is the favorite new addition in the Great Oak Clubhouse. The new theater will be the primary venue for guest speakers, movies, musical performances, and drama club activities.

“The new performing arts theater is a real plus,” says community member John Kraft. “We look forward to a high-quality sound system and the ability to accommodate more residents at each lecture, performance, or event.”

As the secretary of the resident-run community interest committee, John helps set up for the many political speakers who visit Ashby Ponds.

“We videotape these events and air them on our television station for our neighbors who are unable to attend,” he says. “In the past, our sound system has struggled with picking up all the questions and comments made by audience members. With the new sound system, we will no longer have that problem.” 

Also aiding in Ashby Ponds’ television programming, the Great Oak Clubhouse boasts a new, state-of-the-art television control room for use by the community’s in-house cable channel 971. This will allow for high-definition programming and the opportunity to offer new, resident-run programs to the already impressive lineup. 

Current programming includes videotaped performances of Ashby Ponds’ Songbirds, drama club, lectures, exercise videos, and presentations from local politicians.

New deli

The Great Oak Clubhouse will also feature the community’s fifth dining venue in the form of a New York-style deli. It will serve a variety of soups and sandwiches.

“We are excited to bring new options to our community members,” says Ashby Ponds Director of Dining Services Kera Wooten. “In fact, this new quick and casual restaurant is a first for Erickson Living.”

“My wife Anne and I look forward to visiting the new cafe,” says community member Greg Johnson. “Many of our neighbors light up, as we do, when talking about the new venue for soup and salad or other lighter fare. It’s a common belief that the soups at Ashby Ponds are terrific!”

Icing on the cake

Following closely after the opening of the Great Oak Clubhouse, Magnolia Place—Ashby Ponds’ ninth residence building—will open this summer. The addition brings the community one step closer to its goal of offering the gold standard in continuing care retirement living to as many people as possible.

“As with all of our recent additions, our new homes reserve quickly,” says Ashby Ponds Director of Sales Holly Henderson. “Within weeks of announcing Magnolia Place, it was almost completely sold out. But I’m happy to note that there are a few homes still available. Anyone interested in joining our community during this exciting time should definitely schedule a visit.”

All of Magnolia Place’s 83 apartment homes feature open layouts and beautiful finishes, modernized kitchens with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, full-sized side-by-side washers and dryers, walk-in closets, and custom flooring and light fixtures.  

Welcome wagon

For their part, current Ashby Ponds community members are eager to meet their new neighbors. 

John and his wife Dottie, two of the community’s first residents, make it their mission to help everyone feel welcome and find their unique niche at Ashby Ponds.

“Once people are moved in, we do our best to provide our new neighbors with information on various clubs, activities, and groups by both visiting them and putting up flyers,” says John. “We look forward to the continued growth of Ashby Ponds. Each new neighbor enriches our community in new ways.”

“Anne and I have already met a number of people moving to Magnolia Place because many are friends of current residents,” says Greg. “It’s a testament to the wonderful community at Ashby Ponds. We rely on each other and enjoy support and socialization.”

Time to party

In the coming weeks, the Ashby Ponds resident-run entertainment committee will present a grand opening gala weekend in celebration of the Great Oak Clubhouse.

“This is an exciting time for all of us,” says Phyllis Lynne, a member of the committee. “We hope to provide our neighbors with a fun way to celebrate our new addition.”