​Pooch Powers


by Christopher Taydus

Dogs have been called man’s best friend, and it’s rare to find someone who would argue that fact, but what are some of the benefits to owning a four-legged friend? Continue reading


Never Forget

Blog160909_Sept11.pngThe United States marks a sad anniversary every September 11. That’s the day in 2001 that terrorist attacks occurred in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

For a while, it seemed like the entire world was upside down and confusing. In the years that followed, attacks also happened in Spain, London, Bali, and Mumbai. For those who lost loved ones, life will never be exactly the same. Even for people not directly impacted by the attacks, finding a way to deal with the tragedy can be difficult.

Artist Deborah Patterson used painting as a form of catharsis that allowed her to honor the first responders on that day, and she found an inventive way to incorporate mixed media in the process.

TRIPTYCH is a collaboration between Patterson and composer, Robert Sirota. It consists of three oil on panel paintings (48″ x 96″ total dimensions) with accompanying music for string quartet.  The paintings/movements are entitled respectively, Desecration, Lamentation, and Prayer.

Learn more about the painting, Patterson’s process, and the meaning behind it all on a special episode of Oak Crest Now. The show will premiere Sunday, September 11th and will replay on Thursday, September 15th. Both days, the show will air at 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:00 PM, and 12:00 AM. The show will also be available the following day on www.oakcresttv.com.

The Fun is Popping Up!

by Mel Tansil

Robbie Furman, the manager of Erickson Advantage for Charlestown retirement community, is always full of surprises, especially when it comes to his twisting balloons. He constantly delights residents and staff who are “children of all ages” with his balloon creations that depict people – real and fictional – and a wide range of animals and pop culture characters.

He has been working with balloons for over 20 years, and his original designs and techniques have become a mainstay for many balloon designers and artists around the world.

Ever since he was a young boy, Robbie has known that twisting balloons was what he wished to do for the rest of his life. Now he has had the chance to share his love of balloons and knowledge with those around the world; teaching them his deco-twisting style.

His designs have been featured on many popular television shows such as, ABC’s All My Children, One Life to Live, Live with Regis and Kelly, Ugly Betty, and Good Morning America.

Robbie’s amazing balloon designs — from arches to an out-of-this-world life-size car that a person can actually sit in – are now found at Charlestown and other retirement communities nationwide managed by Erickson Living. He often teaches residents and staff the wondrous craft of twisting balloons.

Learn more about Robbie, his ballooning skills, and his dedication to the health and well being of Oak Crest residents when he appears on Oak Crest Now on Wednesday, August 24th at 10:00 AM. You can also catch the rebroadcasts at 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:00 PM, and 12:00 AM. The show will be available the following day at www.oakcresttv.com.

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.

Walk on the Wild Side


A fan favorite Good Morning Oak Crest show is Zoomobile Live. We all love seeing  Kathy Hogue talk about many of the animals from the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore and we are so lucky we get the chance to do that live in our studio on a regular basis. So…we figured why not bring the fun to everyone on campus!

In May we had Zoomobile Live in the Crestview Conference Room as part of the Live the Life event put on by the Sales & Marketing department. It was PACKED. Everyone was so excited to see all the animals from the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Current residents and potential residents stopped by to learn about some animal ambassadors from the zoo. Kathy brought a wide array of animals starting with a gator and ending with a Flemish Giant Rabbit! And trust us, this is no ordinary bunny!

Each of the animals were taken around the room so guests had the opportunity to get an up close look at some wild friends from the zoo. It was great to see the interactions between the audience and the animals- it really made for a great show.

There are many upcoming events coming to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore over the next few months that are definitely worth checking out. You can visit www.marylandzoo.org to find out more information.

This program can be viewed on Channel 973 on Wednesday, July 20th at 10:00AM, 2:00PM, 7:00PM, 9:00PM, and 12 midnight. The show is also available right now 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

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

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.

You’re a Grand Old Flag

After months of preparation, the Oak Crest residents put on a spectacular performance recognizing the flag of the United States of America.
After months of preparation, the Oak Crest residents put on a spectacular performance recognizing the flag of the United States of America.
by Lauren Costello

For the past 6 months, resident Darlene Koch and her flag day committee have been working tirelessly to put on a great show for the Oak Crest Community. From knitting ties, to perfecting pamphlets, to putting up decorations, Flag Day 2016 was a huge success.

Flag Day is celebrated on June 14th every year. The sole reason we celebrate this day is due to the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened back on June 14th, 1777. Several Presidents and many people had a huge role in getting our flag where it is today.

During the program, each resident will talk about a different star that was added to the flag. You will hear about the history of the flag, as well as what Presidents served under the flag, and any other important information regarding that specific flag.

And what is a celebration without music? You will get to hear some great songs including God Bless America and The Star Spangled Banner. And the most special part of the program for a lot of residents was the folding of the American flag. What some people didn’t know is that each fold has a very specific meaning…and you are able to hear that and learn what the meaning is during the program. The flag that was folded will be given to a troop of soldiers overseas.

This program will air on Oak Crest Now on Tuesday, June 21st at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12AM. You can also catch this broadcast online the following day at oakcresttv.com.