Arthur Jones turned to his Charlestown neighbors for help with his latest book: The Jesus Spy. (L to R) Carol Davisson, Arthur Jones, Bill Bettridge, and Pat Bettridge.

Aside from a maintenance-free home and a wealth of on-site amenities and activities, one of the great things about living at Charlestown is the number of diverse and talented people who call it home. 

Bob Pelott shares his apartment at Charlestown with his best friend, Wills, a West Highland white terrier.

October is national Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, an annual campaign sponsored by the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) to encourage pet lovers to “adopt, don’t shop” when searching for their next best friend. 

The Charlestown Sluggers are all smiles after their win against the Riderwood Rockets at the 15th Annual Inter-Community Softball Tournament.

Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn once said, “Remember these two things: play hard and have fun.” 

It’s good advice and a philosophy that the Charlestown Sluggers, a competitive softball team composed of men and women who live at Charlestown, abide by. 

‘I’d rather be playing ball’

Susan Kowalewski is shown here holding a glue gun in her second bedroom at Charlestown, which she uses as a craft and quilting room.

For Susan Kowalewski, home has always been wherever she lays her hat. With more than a few moves under her belt, thanks to her husband’s military career, Susan is accustomed to frequent change.

The members of the Charlestown Cornhole league pose with their trophy and the cornhole boards designed by team member and resident Mary Wright.

Once reserved for tailgating and backyard barbeques, cornhole (or depending upon where you’re from—bean bag toss, bags, or corn toss) is quickly catching on as one of America’s favorite pastimes. 

Ted Albert appreciates Charlestown's on-site fitness center and pool for keeping his fitness regimen on track.

Former Formula One race car driver Jenson Button once said, “Resting, for me, is fitness training.” It’s a thought that crossed 77-year-old racing fan Ted Albert’s mind when he entered his very first sprint triathlon this spring.    

“I was a Jenson Button fan, and he used to do triathlons to keep in shape,” says Ted. “So, it became an ambition of sorts for me.”

Three seniors socialize in a comfortable and brightly lit common room.

When it comes to your home and your lifestyle in retirement, you probably have a few items on your wish list.

After decades of mowing the lawn and shoveling the snow, maybe maintenance-free living is on the top of your list. Maybe financial security is your number-one priority, or perhaps you’re really looking forward to making new friends.

Chef Paul Brewer is the executive chef at Charlestown’s Short Line Café.

Like a true Marylander, Chef Paul Brewer got his first taste of the culinary industry as a teenager steaming crabs at a seafood restaurant. After college, he pursued a career in hospitality and honed his skills at restaurants throughout the region.

Lake Charles is a freshwater lake located at Charlestown, the Erickson Living community in Catonsville, Md.

Maryland is home to 50 rivers and creeks, as well as dozens of streams, lakes, and ponds. As long as the temperature is above 40 and the winds are below 10 mph, you’ll likely find Bill May on one of them, casting a line from his flatwater kayak.