Train Ride to the Past

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by Lauren Costello
lmcostello@erickson.com

If you’ve grown up in Baltimore you are very familiar with the ever popular B&O Railroad. You’ve probably walked past it as a child or maybe even ridden your bike around the neighborhood. Well, all these years later the B&O Railroad you know and love is back…but this time at Oak Crest.

Speaker, Dan Toomey is very familiar with the B&O Railroad having acted as a curator for some of the exhibits. He has written 12 books about various topics involving the war along with many things that have happened in the city of Baltimore. His lecture takes you back to the very beginning of time before the railroad was even established. The pictures he shows you through his presentation really show you how no one had any clues or insight into how to build a railroad. It is amazing to see how they went from having horses pulling cable cars, to actually creating a huge train for this process.

This program airs on Tuesday, October 18th at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12AM. You can also watch the program the following day online at www.oakcresttv.com.

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The Power of Aging

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by Christopher Taydus
ctaydus@erickson.com

Seniors are an important part of society and helping to keep them healthy and happy should be an important part of everyone’s life. The Baltimore County Department of Aging is doing its part to help with the 2016 Baltimore County Power of the Aging Expo.

On October 26th and 27th, older adults, baby boomers, caregivers, families, persons with disabilities and professionals can visit the expo to learn more about 300-plus exhibitors and vendors and how to take advantage of the many County resources designed for seniors and those with disabilities.

Incredible entertainment, a silent auction, and a wide assortment of free health screenings await visitors to this year’s expo as well. Delight in the talents of older adult artists competing in the Art and Craft Contest and Show, receive an annual flu shot or energize by trying a new exercise class in the Senior Center Demonstration Area. Investigate career and training opportunities at the Job Fair or visit the Veteran Resource Muster for resources and information.

Admission is $2 or two cans of non-perishable food. With paid admission, guest will be entitled to a free gift and full access to a multitude of opportunities for resources, enjoyment, and options. Proceeds from Baby Boomer and Senior Expo support the Seniors In Need Fund.

Learn more about the expo by watching Oak Crest Now on Friday, October 14th at 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:00 PM, and 12:00 AM as Chris Taydus sits down with Joanne Williams, Director of the Baltimore County Department of Aging. The show will also be available the following day on www.oakcresttv.com.

You can also find out more about the expo by visiting its website: www.seniorexpoonline.com

 

Born to Run

Some residents and staff are getting ready to compete in the various races of the 2016 Baltimore Running Festival.
Some residents and staff are getting ready to compete in the various races of the 2016 Baltimore Running Festival.
by Lauren Costello
lmcostello@erickson.com

October 15th marks the 2016 Baltimore Running Festival, and yet another year where Oak Crest residents and staff will be participating! Last year, many staff members ran as part of the Kennedy Krieger team and raised over $30,000! This year, they are hoping to surpass that amount and raise even more…but that’s not the only goal for this year’s race… Continue reading

The Big Band Theory

Learn more about the Big Band Theory of Baltimore in this month's Concert Update.
Learn more about the Big Band Theory of Baltimore in this month’s Concert Update.

The Big Band Theory of Baltimore is a non-profit jazz band that caters to local communities in Anne Arundel and Baltimore Counties as well as Baltimore City.  Their music features a wide variety of song styles from old big band standards from artists like Glenn Miller and Duke Ellington, Classic Rock from Chicago, Earth Wind and Fire, to Stevie Wonder, and much more.

The all adult group that is a reformation of a local big band that was established back in 1994 under the name of The Royal Knights Jazz Orchestra (TRKJO).  At that time the band ran strong for 5 years under various directors and had members consisting of mostly high school and college age students. As members got older and went their separate ways, the band dissolved like most do. Now after almost fifteen years, the original founder of the TRKJO has started a new band with a few old familiar faces and a lot of new ones. Now back with a full compliment of fifteen plus musicians, The Big Band Theory of Baltimore can helps to entertain with the gift of song, a truly wonderful reward in itself.

The group will appear on August’s Concert Update with Sallie Horner, Concert Coordinator, and Madelyn Daniel, Concert Committee Member, to discuss their upcoming concert on August 28th. Be sure to learn more about Big Band Theory of Baltimore, as well as the other concerts in the month of August, by tuning into Concert Update on Monday, August 1st at 10 AM, 2 PM, 7 PM, 9 PM, and 12 AM. The show will also be available later in the week at www.oakcresttv.com.

Visiting Havre de Grace

Join Special Trips on a visit to Concord Point Lighthouse in downtown Havre de Grace.
Join Special Trips on a visit to Concord Point Lighthouse in downtown Havre de Grace.
by Lauren Costello
lmcostello@erickson.com

During the summer months there are so many places to go and so many things to see in the surrounding area, which is why the Oak Crest Network is always on the road! Next week, we take a trip to the Concord Point Lighthouse and the Keepers House in downtown Havre de Grace.

The lighthouse is located right by the water in Havre de Grace, Maryland, which is only about a 40 minute ride up 95. It was built is 1827 and is one of the oldest lighthouses in operation on the East Coast. It has been fully renovated and you are even able to walk inside and get a beautiful view from the top. Unfortunately for us, the day we went it rained tremendously, so we were unable to go inside due to the slippery steps.

During the tour we heard from an older man who grew up in Dundalk but moved to Havre de Grace to spend most of his adult life. He was very familiar with the area and shared things about the Lighthouse along with more information about the Chesapeake Bay. He noted how the area where the lighthouse was built was a relatively small area in comparison to other lighthouses in the area. The Concord Point Lighthouse is a very popular site for weddings since it is right on the water.

This show will air on Oak Crest Now on Channel 973 on Friday, July 15th at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12AM. It can also be viewed the following day at oakcresttv.com.

 

The Old Ball Game

The Oak Crest Good Guys softball team earns 5th title in 6 years at tourney featuring Erickson Living seniors from the mid-Atlantic communities.
The Oak Crest Good Guys softball team earns 5th title in 6 years at tourney featuring Erickson Living seniors from the mid-Atlantic communities.
by Alison Schindler
with contribution by Christopher Taydus
studio@oakcresttv.com

Behind timely hitting, solid defense and clutch pitching, the Good Guys, the resident softball team at Oak Crest, earned a pair of victories to capture the Annual Erickson Living Softball Tournament.

It was their third consecutive championship.  The Good Guys also won the tournament in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015.

The event, held in Catonsville at Charlestown on June 8, matched residents from Oak Crest, Charlestown, Riderwood (Silver Spring) and Greenspring (northern Virginia) in a two-round format.

In the opening game, the Good Guys jumped to an early lead to defeat Charlestown 15-1.

In a highly competitive championship game, Oak Crest defeated Riderwood 7-5.

The Good Guys received vocal, enthusiastic support from residents of Oak Crest who made the trip to Charlestown.

If you weren’t able to make it to the game, Oak Crest TV will feature highlights as part of a show with updates from our Special Trips department. The show will air on Thursday, June 30th at 10:00 AM with rebroadcasts at 2 PM, 7 PM, 9 PM, and 12 AM. The show will also be available at www.oakcresttv.com.

A Park of Hope

A new park in Perry Hall looks to include all children and it’s here to honor the memory of a child of one of the founders.
A new park in Perry Hall looks to include all children and it’s here to honor the memory of a child of one of the founders.

The word “angel” can have many meanings, but it is always a reflection of something good and positive. Whether referring to a special person in our lives, an individual who has performed a good deed, or someone blessed with a special talent or gift, we all use the word “angel” in a complimentary and positive way.

Young or old, everyone can be someone’s angel. You’re an angel as a small child to your family, and when you help out a friend or neighbor in need. Even better, you’re an angel when you reach out to comfort a stranger. You’re an angel when you volunteer to help others who may not be as fortunate as you.

Angel Park – a new all-inclusive playground and amphitheater facility in Perry Hall has a very real and personal meaning to members of our community. The name was purposely chosen to represent a vision of an ideal setting for happiness and reflection. This name was selected to inspire support from the widest audience and to build the enthusiasm and momentum necessary to make it a reality.

Angel Park began from an idea that came to Kelli and Andy Szczybor after the loss of their baby boy, Ryan. From a sad origin, a bright and life affirming idea emerged – to build a place for laughter, activity and fun, for families and friends throughout the surrounding neighborhoods.

Kelli Szczybor, County Councilman David Marks, and Bill Paulshock will appear on Oak Crest Now on Tuesday, May 17th to discuss how the county has come together to make Angel Park happen and how you can help bring the park to life as well! The show will air at 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:00 PM, and 12:00 AM, and it will be available the following day at www.oakcresttv.com.