On Course for a Cause

July28Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO
LMCOSTELLO@ERICKSON.COM

This past Monday, Oak Crest residents, staff, and vendors set out to raise money for the Benevolent Care Fund. The day opened with a little bit of rain and fog, but after about 20 minutes the sun started shining and a beautiful breeze hit the course.

I spent most of the day talking with the golfers and seeing if anyone got a hole in, resulting in winning a brand new Jeep.

Spoiler Alert: no one won.  

Screen Shot 2017-07-27 at 1.28.46 PM.png           Beautiful shot of one of the brides along the course at Rocky Point

Special shout out to Josh who drove the golf cart around and avoided some massive puddles…and also dodged some other obstacles. It was really nice to step outside of the studio for a few hours and see everyone having a great time and enjoying the weather.

Everyone I spoke with was so excited to be part of such a great event. Even some of the vendors were thrilled to be playing on such a beautiful course, on an even more beautiful day. I think there were about 120 people in attendance-a great turnout.

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Filming the intro overlooking the lake behind us

The theme of the day was definitely how wonderful Rocky Point was. Everywhere you looked you were surrounded by water. Don’t worry, you’ll see all these views when the segment airs. And yes, we did get drone footage. And by “we” I mean Josh…I don’t fly the drone anymore…

Screen Shot 2017-07-27 at 1.51.44 PM.png                   Gorgeous aerial shot of Rocky Point Golf Course using the drone

A special thanks to Stacey, Bev and all the volunteers who made this such a successful event. They netted over $22,000 for the Benevolent Care Fund. Right on par!

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 Jim Antonakos before his drive (added pressure because we filmed him)

Make sure you watch Channel 973 on Friday, August 4th to see more shots of Rocky Point Golf Course and see who I spoke to and what they had to say. You can also watch this program the following day at oakcresttv.com.

Town Center Renovation Updates

July21Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO
LMCOSTELLO@ERICKSON.COM

“The road to success is always under construction.” – Lily Tomlin

On Tuesday, July 18th, two Town Hall meetings took place in the Auditorium involving some updates and progress reports about Town Center. The phase has been long and tiring for many, but over the next few weeks much more progress is going to be made that is going to be easier for us to see.

For example, over the next few days, if you walk downstairs by the Auditorium you’ll be able to see the construction team painting, working on the ceiling, adding wallpaper, and putting in new flooring. Things are going to start to get interesting now that everything is happening right out in the open! As I write this, they have already removed the top part of the wall right across from Windows Dining Room.

During the Town Hall, Wendy Kelly, Jeff Hohenberger, and Kevin Goedeke explained what would be happening over the next few months, along with some updates on the new entrance to Town Center.

The most common items discussed included:
– Where the mailboxes will be located
– Where the new entrance to Town Center would be located
– What would happen when deliveries are made
– Updates on the new name that will be replacing Central Park
– A potential new route for transportation pickup

Residents then had the opportunity to ask questions expressing the areas they were most concerned about. The most common question involved the mailboxes and how residents would maneuver in and out of the apartment, along with the new location of the front lobby.

These questions, along with many others, can be seen on Wednesday, July 26th at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12 midnight. You can also watch the program online the following day at oakcresttv.com.

Remember, there are also many other ways to have your questions answered and stay informed! These include:
– Information cards located at the front desk in each lobby
– Flyers located in the communication racks
– Town Hall Meeting in September
– Monthly Call In Shows on Channel 973

Lights, Camera, Action!

July14headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO
LMCOSTELLO@ERICKSON.COM

Do you ever wonder how those concerts every Sunday end up airing on our channel? What about how the mics get set up? What about adjusting the lights and playing videos for certain performances? This can all be attributed to The Lite and Sound Committee.

This group formed a few years ago and we at the TV Studio are so proud it falls in our department! I am lucky to work with such great residents each day and it’s incredible to me that most of them had 0 years of TV Production experience prior to coming to Oak Crest. Talk about impressive!

Currently there are about 7 members on this committee. They rotate throughout the month working the concerts. The best thing is that when John Barnold creates the schedule, you reply saying when you are free- no one is ever forced to work a concert and you will never work a concert alone. Plus, most of them just sign up for the shows they want to see! Win-win situation!

You might be asking what is required if you decide to join the committee. Easy. You set up the mics, you turn on the lights, and you film the concert. ABC, easy as 1,2,3. I mean, sure, it’s a little more detailed, but that’s pretty much the gist of it! Nothing to be afraid of.

During the interview we will show you what the camera looks like, what the camera sits on (which is called a tripod) and then some basic camera moves that are used during the shows.

Make sure you watch Channel 973 on Wednesday, July 19th at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12 midnight to find out more about this group. If you’re interested in joining, feel free to give the TV Studio a call at 410-663-3013 or stop by one day and we can provide more information.

The program will also be available the following day online at oakcresttv.com

Sweet Land of Liberty

July10Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO
LMCOSTELLO@ERICKSON.COM

Just because the 4th of July has passed doesn’t mean the celebration has to end! Next week, make sure your channel is set to 973 on Thursday to watch the July 3rd event that took place last week in Erickson Hall.

Things were a bit different this year, and people were thrilled! A new band took the stage in Erickson Hall and people were anything but disappointed. The 229th Maryland Army National Guard Band performed a variety of songs for almost an hour! It was nice to see all the men and women who served (and are currently serving) our country come together for such a great event.

And of course, there was ice cream; who can forget the ice cream.

Tune in to Channel 973 on Thursday, July 13th at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12 midnight to watch the performance. The program will also be available the following day online at oakcresttv.com