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All-star creatives publish literary magazine

"The CC Villager" is a blend of words, illustrations, photos

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July 10th, 2017
Editorial board for The CC Villager (from left) Doris Woolf, Janice Rubin, Jay Ludwig, David Greenwood, Sophie Murray, and Pat Thaler (not pictured: Walter Weglein).

Editorial board for "The CC Villager" (from left) Doris Woolf, Janice Rubin, Jay Ludwig, David Greenwood, Sophie Murray, and Pat Thaler (not pictured: Walter Weglein).

An all-star team of illustrators, journalists, professors, and artists has assembled to publish The CC Villager, a quarterly literary arts magazine first released in fall 2016.

Contributors include award-winning journalist Janice Rubin, newspaper reporter Walter Weglein, illustrator for Fortune and Saturday Evening Post Don Trawin, former dean at New York University (NYU) and children’s book author Pat Thaler, former advertising art director and watercolor artist Eli Rosenthal, professor emeritus of theater and communication at William Paterson University Jay Ludwig, NYU professor and WWII veteran Burt Schachter, as well as others who live at Cedar Crest, the Erickson Living community in Pompton Plains, N.J.

“It’s a collaborative effort,” says founder David Greenwood. “Our objective was to provide a creative outlet for residents. Our intent is to provide material the residents will find intriguing and thought-provoking.”

Artistic control

The CC Villager features creative writings, stories, opinion, as well as humorous pieces, poems, memoirs, essays, illustrations, and photographs—all submitted by about two dozen Cedar Crest residents. 

Inspired by The New Yorker, David gathered an editorial board of neighbors, including Ludwig, Sophie Murray, Janice Rubin, Thaler, Weglein, and Doris Woolf. The board selects the creative writings and illustrations for each issue and oversees subscription sales, advertising, printing, and finances. Janice designs each issue. 

An anonymous resident donor paid for the cost of publishing the inaugural issue, which allowed the editorial board to distribute it free of charge to residents, family members, and friends.  The magazine was well-received and currently has more than 100 subscribers. The third issue, published spring 2017, appeared the last week of March.

David says that although the magazine operates apart from Cedar Crest staff and resources, they maintain a strong, positive relationship. This separation allows the magazine to print opinion pieces and controversial topics. 

“I wanted a publication that was in no way tied to Erickson or Cedar Crest, so controversial material could be included,” David says.

Sitting down with a copy of the spring issue, one finds engaging stories, well-written memoirs, enlightening poems, moving photographs, and humorous sketches. 

As reader Ree Adler says to the editor:

The CC Villager is a wonderful addition to life at Cedar Crest. The articles are creative, well-written, moving, and diverse. The artwork and poetry serve to enhance the pleasure. Thank you and bravo!”

Renewed passion

Returning to writing and publishing for the first time since high school, when he served as coeditor of his high school newspaper, David also finds the literary magazine delightful and thought-provoking. 

“Meeting fellow creative people enriches my life. The people who contribute tend to be interesting people,” he says. 

A former mechanical engineer turned professional actor, David finds being creative “a lot like breathing. When the spirit moves me, I do something,” he says.

While he chose Cedar Crest over other continuing care retirement communities for its well-equipped woodshop, he now says, “I have gotten so involved in other activities that I haven’t made much use of the woodshop here. I go to three exercise classes, two meditation groups, the Cedar Crest Singers and Cedar Crest Chorale, Cedar Crest Players, and I participate in a playwriting workshop.”

All that in addition to running The CC Villager, one could say he has fully embraced the vibrant Cedar Crest lifestyle afforded by maintenance-free living and more than 180 activities and interest groups. 

To order The CC Villager, contact David Greenwood at greenwood.david2 [at] gmail [dot] com. A single copy costs $5, and a subscription for six quarterly issues costs $20. 

Cedar Crest is one of 19 communities managed by Erickson Living. The scenic 130-acre campus is located in Pompton Plains, N.J., and is home to more than 2,000 residents. To learn more, visit CedarCrestCommunity.com.


The Move

By Marcia Ivans

First published in The CC Villager, spring 2017 edition

 

Big move, final move

Two months now and a lifetime to go

It will take time to adjust

I am constantly told

But there are so many people to meet

Activities to keep me busy every day

Wonderful dinners at night

Some days

I am so excited by all these possibilities

Other days I long to hibernate

Or run back to familiar places

I met a very active woman

Who keeps encouraging me to participate

In all the activities available to me

A man who loves poetry

Asks me to lead a poetry group for residents

He introduces me to a local librarian

Who asks me to do a workshop

My calendar is filling up

It will take a while to adjust, they say

But maybe they don’t know

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