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Finding harmony

Ann Arbor couple discovers shared interests with new neighbors at Fox Run

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March 14th, 2017
Shirley and Jack Sirotkin decided to move to Fox Run in part because the community offers the kinds of music, art, film, and cultural activities they enjoyed while living for many years in Ann Arbor.

Shirley and Jack Sirotkin decided to move to Fox Run in part because the community offers the kinds of music, art, film, and cultural activities they enjoyed while living for many years in Ann Arbor.

Shirley and Jack Sirotkin lived for many years in Ann Arbor, Mich. One of the things they enjoyed most about the vibrant town that is home to the University of Michigan is the abundance of art, music, and culture. However, a few years ago, taking care of their house started to become a burden, so Shirley and Jack began researching retirement communities in the area. In 2014, they moved to Fox Run, where they now enjoy maintenance-free living.

“After investigating other places, Fox Run was the best we could find,” Shirley says. “Living here, we can continue to do some of the cultural activities we had been doing in Ann Arbor.”

Notable clubs, amenities

While living in Ann Arbor, Shirley and Jack frequently attended recitals and performances at University of Michigan’s music school. They also took classes through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), and they belonged to an opera club. 

“We also had a very successful film group that was an offshoot from an OLLI class,” Shirley says. “We would meet twice a month and see films and talk about them.”

One of Jack’s hobbies is stained glass artwork. He set up a workshop in his garage in Ann Arbor. Over the years, he created many beautiful pieces for his and Shirley’s home, and also gave them to family and neighbors. 

When they moved to Fox Run, Shirley and Jack discovered a whole community of vibrant retirees, many of whom share their interests in music, art, culture, and film. 

Fox Run has dozens of resident-run clubs and committees, from a German language club to ceramics classes to a current events discussion group. As long-time music lovers, Shirley and Jack gravitated to Fox Run’s music study group, which meets once a month to explore a different composer, genre, or musical trend such as Italian music, unfinished masterpieces, or the music of the concentration camps during WWII.

“We found the music group after we moved in, and it offers us an opportunity to hear a variety of musical types,” Shirley says.

With an on-site performing arts center (PAC), Fox Run also hosts a variety of live performances, recorded music, and film screenings throughout the year. Because the PAC is located just a short indoor walk from residents’ own front doors, attending those special events is convenient, even in inclement weather.

“We enjoy the presentations they do at the PAC,” Shirley says. “Every month, there’s an opera or a recording from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. That has been very nice.”

Shirley has also joined a book club at Fox Run, and belongs to the movie committee that selects films for on-site screenings. 

To stay fit, she attends line-dancing and yoga classes. Jack also does group exercise classes taught by fellow community members. 

Hostess with the mostes’

“We have some wonderful neighbors here,” Shirley says. “The people are very friendly. We felt very comfortable here very shortly after we moved in—it wasn’t a long adjustment period.”

At Fox Run, Shirley and Jack live in a Jackson-style apartment home with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. They love to get visits from their large family, which includes three children, eight grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. 

Recently, the whole Sirotkin clan gathered at Fox Run to celebrate Shirley’s and Jack’s birthdays. Between their spare bedroom and the community’s guest suites, which are available for residents’ overnight guests, most of the group was able to stay at Fox Run. 

Shirley says hosting a special birthday celebration was a breeze. They simply booked one of the community’s private dining rooms and left the rest of the work to the Fox Run dining staff.

“They did a very nice job providing catering for us,” Shirley says. 

 

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