Delphia Dirks has displayed her ornate iconography in Riderwood’s resident art shows.

Delphia Dirks has always counted art as one of her hobbies. Over the years, she’s tried her hand at ceramics, oil painting, and pottery. But when her husband’s work brought the family to Moscow, Russia, Delphia became interested in iconography, an ancient form of ornate painting that depicts religious images. 

King Zee and Glenna Lee (under wraps) play with a lion’s head during a Chinese New Year party at Riderwood in Silver Spring, Md., where they live.

Riderwood’s Chinese club began ten years ago as a handful of Chinese community members meeting periodically for dinner.

The women of Riderwood recently came together to share their experiences in an event about the ways women have broken barriers to equality over the years.

It’s difficult to appreciate how much progress has been made toward equality for women without taking a look back at the way things used to be.

Paul Pumphrey, a lifelong social activist and organizer, was recently elected president of Riderwood’s African-American History Club.

In June, Paul Pumphrey was elected president of Riderwood’s resident-run African-American History Club. The post is fitting as Paul, a lifelong activist and organizer, is a veritable walking, talking history book, with numerous insights about the history of African-Americans as well as Africa’s past, culture, and conflicts. 

Artist Renate Chernoff displayed a series of metal weavings entitled Never Forget at Riderwood’s 2015 resident art show.

When Renate Chernoff was in her forties and her children were all in school, she decided to reinvent herself. The family was living in in Knoxville, Tenn., and Renate enrolled in a master’s program at the University of Tennessee.

Riderwood’s Democratic Club recently hosted State Delegates Eric Luedtke and Pam Queen. (From left) Delegate Luedtke, residents Millie Bluestein and Lyn Doyle, Delegate Queen, and resident Anna Owens.

As the U.S. presidential campaign season kicks into high gear, the politically active retirees living at Riderwood, the Erickson Living community in Silver Spring, Md., will no doubt pay close attention to the races. 

Current and former presidents of Colesville Meals on Wheels. (From left) Riderwood resident Alan Hedin, Annie McLane, Daniele Zartman, Pam Jones, and Helen Beschner.

Earlier this year, Riderwood hosted the fortieth anniversary celebration of Colesville Meals on Wheels.  

Professional photographer Marketa Ebert and her husband David enjoy traveling together and taking photos of the places they visit.

When Marketa Ebert retired from her career as a clinical psychologist, her husband David bought her a camera with hopes it would inspire her to travel with him more frequently. 

Robert Davis, pictured in the den at his home at Riderwood, has shared his love of tennis with his neighbors by giving lessons and restringing rackets.

Robert Davis first discovered tennis as a high school student in Oklahoma. He was taking a biology class that he didn’t enjoy, so he dropped it and enrolled in a tennis class. He really liked the game, started playing after school with classmates, and went on to letter in tennis for two years.