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The 1940s club

Riderwood neighbors create a fun way to get to know each other

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March 8th, 2017

One evening while Suzan Wynne and Robbie Goldstein were having dinner at one of the restaurants at Riderwood, the Erickson Living community in Silver Spring, Md., where they both live, they discovered that they were both born in 1942. They got to talking and thought it would be fun to connect with other residents who were also born in the 1940s. They reserved a room on campus and publicized the first meeting of the new 1940s club.

“I went there, and there were probably 40 to 45 people in the room,” Robbie says. “I was very surprised.”

Getting to know you

The goal of the group, Robbie explains, is simply to create opportunities for neighbors who were born in the 1940s to get to know one another. To that end, they’ve been meeting twice a month for a luncheon at Riderwood’s Overlook Restaurant. 

“The lunches have been very popular,” Robbie says. “My idea was that during these lunches, we would get to know each other better and could make smaller groups of friends who could get together do other things if they wanted.”

Indeed, that is exactly what happens. One group discovered they all enjoy hiking, so they have started getting together every month for a two- or three-mile hike in a scenic area within convenient driving distance of Riderwood. 

Ronnie Lowell , one of the hikers, says they have gone to Patuxent, a wildlife refuge in Maryland; they’ve walked trails around Lake Artemesia in College Park; and they have done a longer hike in Maryland’s Seneca Creek State Park.

“If it’s the summer, we try to keep it shady,” Ronnie says. “We carpool to wherever we’re hiking. It’s a nice activity for people.”

Staying connected

All of the members of the 1940s club subscribe to an email listserv, so they can keep in touch with one another and share information about organized activities. 

As for future outings, Robbie says group members have expressed an interest in going to the movies together, visiting the museums in Washington, D.C., and going to plays. 

Ultimately, Robbie says, she’s accomplished her original goal of connecting with people from her generation living at Riderwood. 

“I know the people now, and I feel as though I know the community more,” she says. 

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