Claire Stern, who is originally from Casablanca, started a French club at Fox Run to connect other people who are interested in the French language and culture.

While she had previously lived in Michigan, Claire Stern moved to Chicago in 1980 and lived there for several decades. Last year, she decided to return to Michigan to be closer to her family. 

“My son, who is a doctor, said, ‘Mom, I want my children to know you,’” Claire says. “I thought that was a good incentive.”

The right move

Fox Run residents recently enjoyed a traditional Japanese tea ceremony presented by the Japanese Embassy’s Women’s Club, photographed here above.

For people who are interested in learning about new ideas, places, and cultures, Fox Run is the perfect place to retire. With more than 100 resident-run clubs and committees, an opportunity to expand your mind is always right around the corner.

A headshot of Rob Miller, Fox Run’s new director of dining services.

The food and dining experience is arguably one of the most important elements people consider when choosing a retirement community. That’s why current and prospective Fox Run residents will be interested in knowing more about Rob Miller, the community’s new dining services director.

Fox Run’s Ascot Clubhouse is getting a fresh, modern update. The renovations include a new on-site coffee shop and fireplace with cozy seating areas. Stone, wood, and iron are incorporated throughout the design.

Fox Run opened 15 years ago, back in 2003. With that longevity comes stability, rich history, and a proven track record. But, of course, there’s a certain appeal to freshly decorated spaces. That’s why Fox Run’s management team has made it a priority to periodically renovate common areas on campus.

Updating amenities

Ashley Martin recently joined Fox Run’s management team as the associate executive director.

The newest member of Fox Run’s executive team, Ashley Martin, became the community’s associate executive director in April. Martin brings 12 years of experience in the senior living industry, and she earned her bachelor’s degree in management and finance while working full time.

Students of Shakespeare: (from left) Marilyn Luebeck, Sharon Hunter, Betty Maysa, George Smith, Jerry Gerger, Nancy Snyder, Shirley Sirotkin, Marianne Balding (in front), and Dorothy Gagnier.

You probably studied Shakespeare in high school, but when was the last time you dug into those classic plays? People sometimes shy away from Shakespearean texts because they can be difficult to understand—but not when you take the No Fear Shakespeare approach.

Ken Noble is one of the organizers of Fox Run’s gardens, pictured here in the gardens filled with flowers, vegetables, and herbs.

Maintaining a garden can be one of the greatest joys of summertime, and when people sell their houses to move to Fox Run, they don’t have to give up their gardens. The community has a large garden area where green-thumbed residents can reserve spaces to grow their own vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers. 

Fox Run Pastoral Ministries Coordinator Dominic Francese (left) and resident Jim Harnden (right) are part of a men’s book club that reads biographies of men who have had a major impact on the world.

For many years, women have been forming book clubs to discuss their favorite novels and memoirs over coffee and cookies or wine and cheese. At Fox Run, the Erickson Living community in Novi, Mich., there are a few book clubs with primarily female members. But now, men at the community have a book club of their own. 

Susan Lemon poses in front of a lush green space

Deciding where to live for your retirement is a big decision—there’s no denying that. A lot of information exists about different living options and the many factors to consider.