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Linden Ponds
Michael and Audrey Straight smile under the shade of a stone entryway at the top of Machu Picchu.

Linden Ponds residents Audrey and Michael Straight have always had an adventurous life together. They lived on a sailboat near Annapolis, Md., on and off for 14 years. Monday through Friday, they commuted to Washington, D.C., where they both worked as lawyers.

Highland Springs
Robert Miles oversees catering services at Highland Springs.

Everyone loves a good party. For the host, however, the planning, shopping, cooking, and cleanup can add up to days of work for a few hours of fun.

Highland Springs
Pastor Jamie Bruning (left) and intern Drew Southworth oversee pastoral ministries at Highland Springs, an interfaith community in North Dallas.

As chair of the Interfaith Advisory Council at Highland Springs, Judith Barnes says opportunities for spiritual growth abound at the North Dallas Erickson Living-managed community.

Highland Springs
Elze Hemmen designed a new toy, a car carrier, to add to Highland Springs’ annual toy donation to Fort Hood’s Operation Once in a Lifetime.

Never was there a more diligent workshop crew than the one at Highland Springs, where community members teamed up to make more than 350 toys this holiday season.

Greenspring
Greenspring residents made up the winning team at the first-ever pickleball tournament between four Erickson Living-managed retirement communities.

According to a report by NBC News, “Pickleball is the fastest-growing sport you’ve never heard of.” However, for community members at Greenspring, an Erickson Living-managed community in Springfield, Va., the pickleball group has continued to draw members for the past 16 years. 

Greenspring
A Greenspring resident cuts the ribbon at the opening ceremonies, surrounding by staff and board members.

In the midst of holiday preparations, community members and staff at Greenspring look back on an exciting year of milestones at the Erickson Living-managed community in Springfield, Va. 

1. Construction begins on new fitness and aquatics center

Fox Run
Pictured here (from left) Karalee Taron, Meghan Owoc, Linda Chon, Rebecca Bowles, Erica Patterson, Keith Ryner, Sherri Lucius, Lisa Lorius, Mike McCormick, Jackie Pomeroy-Miller, Ashley Bulat, Kristina Dobring, Elizabeth Griffin, and Anjuree Moore.

Many Fox Run residents say that one of the things that attracted them to the community is the access to different levels of care, should they ever require it.

Fox Run
Fox Run residents Mary Ann and Joe Macura, seen canoodling here, say they met on a blind date, hit if off, and have been together ever since.

About four years ago, Mary and Joe Macura decided to sell the Northville, Mich., house where they lived for 45 years and move to Fox Run. The large house no longer suited their lifestyle and keeping it up was becoming a burden, so they decided the time was right to enjoy maintenance-free living at Fox Run.

Fox Run
Mary Ann Marini (center), who lives at Fox Run, is credited with coming up with the name for the Cadillac Eldorado. She is pictured here with her children Christine Winkler and Matt Marini.

In 1952, Fox Run resident Mary Ann Marini was a young secretary working for Cadillac. One Friday afternoon her boss, Cadillac’s then national merchandising manager Bud Schooley, asked his staff for help coming up with a name for the company’s new sports show car.