Out With the Old…In With the New

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As we all know, Long Range Planning for Town Center is underway! Dust is flying, walls are being torn down and beams are going up. Just think, the next time you blink, Town Center could be complete!! If only things worked like that…

This past Thursday there was a Town Hall meeting held in Erickson Hall to discuss the progress for the certain projects occurring in the Town Center area. Many photos were shown with updated chairs, tables, floor patterns, and furniture. Due to the weather and a delay on some approvals, the time frame was pushed back a bit.

I know the construction can be frustrating, but the other day I was watching the beams go up right outside of the studio and I have to say, it was amazing. First, I am terrified of heights, so seeing those men climb like monkeys all over the beams was truly incredible (also made me SO nervous).

Within 5 minutes the workers had seemed to gather a crowd of residents and staff watching them from the window. We were all talking about how they got up on the beams, how they knew what to do, and how fast they were moving. One resident leaned over to me and said “Isn’t this incredible? We get to see the whole process happen from right here! I can’t wait to see what happens when it’s finished!”

I couldn’t agree with you more! And to be honest…I think I stood at that window for about 20 minutes that day, getting shots and pictures, and just taking in what would soon be the new outside area of Windows.

So yes, change is scary, it’s unsettling, it’s annoying and it’s frustrating. BUT, with patience and a good attitude, change can be FUN! I mean, who else is excited for this new Bistro?!? This is only the beginning for this community and how cool is it that all of us get to be part of this!

The Long Range Planning Meeting airs on Wednesday, April 26th at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12 midnight. It will also be available the following day at oakcresttv.com

RESIDENTS: If you have a great view in your apartment of construction, feel free to send us pictures—we would love to show them on the air!



Monumental Baltimore

2017NewsletterHeadlineapril14.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

Sarah Achenbach and Bill Mcallen are no strangers to the Oak Crest community. This dynamic duo presented their lecture last year on their book, The Spirit of Place: Baltimore’s Favorite Spaces. If you have not picked up this book I highly recommend it. I have lived in Baltimore my entire life and there were at least 5-7 places I have never visited, or even heard of! 

Personal Side note: If you HAVE read this book, I would also recommend picking up Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton. The author captures people on the streets of New York City in amazing photographs, along with a quick caption or paragraph of this person telling their unique story…truly amazing and inspirational. 

This past Wednesday, Oak Crest was graced with the presence of Bill and Sarah once again for a very entertaining lecture. What made this so entertaining you might ask? Well, before putting together this presentation, neither Sarah nor Bill knew a thing about the monuments in Baltimore. They did as much research as they could before coming to present to the residents, and I have to say, they did an amazing job.

They talked about the history of the monuments from Mt. Vernon, to Mt. Washington, to the Inner Harbor, and everywhere in between. The pictures Bill photographed really helped add to their storytelling and got everyone very excited for the upcoming trip in May.

I think my favorite part about the lecture was when Bill was talking about the new 9/11 Memorial that was built right outside the World Trade Center in the Inner Harbor. I run past this monument at least three times a week and have never stopped to realize how powerful it was. The way this monument was constructed was almost as powerful as the monument itself. 

You can hear this story along with many others when the show airs on Tuesday, April 18th at 10AM. You can watch rebroadcasts at 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12 midnight. The episode will also be available the following day online at oakcresttv.com.

Hippity Hoppity Easter’s On Its Way!


Here comes Peter Cottontail!! Well…not quite, more like Lauren and Barbara…but we’re just as good as Peter (if not better), we promise!

Though I have to say Spring is my least favorite season, I think Easter is one of my favorite holidays. I feel like the sun always shines a little brighter and people smiler a little wider on that day…but it could also be from everyone wearing such bright and lively colors!

With help from the Media Arts Group, Barbara and I sat down and talked about some of our favorite Easter memories. You’ll learn a bit about the history of Easter, how the White House egg roll became so popular, some of our favorite Easter candy, and you’ll even see us dye eggs!

But that’s not it…we have one more surprise in store but of course you’ll have to wait for the show to air to find out.

So make sure your TV is set to Channel 973 on Thursday, April 13th at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12 midnight. It will also be available online the following day at oakcresttv.com.

Hoppy Easter!

Celebrating our Students


Every spring we gather in Erickson Hall to celebrate our Student Scholars who are about to head out into the world of college. The residents love seeing the students honored, and the students love seeing the residents at the event.

During the ceremony, a video played featuring each student scholar. You find out what dining room they work at, where they are going to school, and what they love most about working with the residents. It’s great to see the interaction between the residents and the students and how much they respect them. In fact, many of them wrote about how they act as grandparents and love getting advice from them.

Enjoy a great program celebrating the students you see every night in the dining rooms! This airs on Friday, March 7th at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12 midnight.

You can also watch it the following day online at oakcresttv.com

The Science Wagon


Located in the Inner Harbor, the Maryland Science Center is one of the best places for kids to visit…but we believe the same is true when it comes to seniors. Thanks to the Media Arts Group and Ruth Pundt, we were able to get two members from the Science Center in our studio for some live demonstrations!

Pete Yancone and Wendy Ackerman both work at the Science Center in the educational department. When it comes to hands on activities and demonstrations, they are ready to roll! The main idea they wanted to present during our show was how certain science myths can be broken.

The two main topics they focused on included ideas surrounding the Spring Equinox and Pie Day. Pete brought three eggs with him and a broom…and that’s all I’m going to say. You’ll have to watch the episode to see what happened next! Did the broom stand alone? Did the eggs break?

For someone who isn’t a real fan of science, I have to say, I did learn a lot. Along with these demonstrations, Wendy also shared some additional information about the Science Center. They have three floors filled with multiple exhibits, a planetarium, and an observatory…so essentially something that is of interest to everyone! It’s a great place to expand your knowledge and walk away having learned something new.

So make sure your channel is set to 973 on Wednesday, March 29th at 10AM to see what happens!

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

Happy learning!

Readers’ Theater Presents…

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This coming week there is a performance on Channel 973 that you do not want to miss. Have you ever had income tax problems? Well if so, now you know how Gracie and George Burns felt.

The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show: Income Tax Problems features a cast of 7 residents who love to perform. The cast includes, Frank Martin, Louise Kaufman, Ellsworth Williams, Harvey Jacob, Carol Hagan, Ursula Jacob, and Jay Lyston. Each resident has a unique role that will have you laughing many times throughout the performance.

This hit show aired back in the 1950’s for eight years, and received many Emmy Award nominations. The show was originally staged live and broadcast every other Thursday at 8pm. The show set always aimed at looking like an actual real life living room during that time period.

This performance is full of laughs, sarcastic commentary, and great acting! You’ll even hear what some of the advertisements sounded like back in the day!

So sit back from the comfort of your living room on Friday, March 24th at 10AM to watch Gracie and George tackle some situational problems. The show also airs at 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, 12AM and online at oakcresttv.com the following day.


Let’s Talk Sports!

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I’m going to start everyone off with a short quiz! It’s easy, I promise, so don’t stop reading yet! In the picture above we have a Towson University basketball player, a sports broadcaster, an avid golfer, and a Penn State baseball catcher…can you tell which title goes to each person?

Oh, and you won’t find out the answers until the show airs on Channel 973 on Friday, March 17th at 10AM …I know, I know, I’m sorry.

Here at the Oak Crest Network we love receiving feedback. Recently, we have been getting requests to have more sports related shows on our channel, and we couldn’t agree more!

I’m sure you have all seen the ever popular “Jeff and Jim Sports Talk Show”, but we decided to bring in Mark Roussey and John Gregory for this first edition of the 2017 year. It was such a great time hearing them talk about the history of sports and how it has evolved and changed over time. The intergenerational aspect especially made for a great discussion.

You will hear everything from their time spent playing in college, to certain rules that will be enforced this spring when it comes to baseball, to what team each person is going to pick to win March Madness (suggestions welcome). And of course, we can’t leave out the beloved Ravens. Will they fire Harbaugh? Will this be his last season? And the question everyone wants an answer to…is Joe Flacco elite?

Make sure you tune in on Friday, March 17th at 10AM on Channel 973. And not to worry, if you miss the 10AM show you can tune back in again at 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12midnight. It will also be available the following day at oakcresttv.com.

If I do say so myself, this show is a “slam dunk”, a real “homerun”, a “hole in one”…you know I couldn’t get away without having a sports pun in this article somewhere…


The Future is Now

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GREETINGS…from the future! Well…not quite yet. The future is something everyone is always talking about. What are your plans next weekend? Should we book a trip for next year? Should I get the latest iPhone or wait for them to come out with a newer version?

Everyday things are changing. Software systems are constantly being updated, cars are getting the latest and greatest installations, and technology is changing quicker than we blink our eyes. How do we stay up to date with everything that’s happening? Better yet, is it even possible?

On Tuesday, 4 Oak Crest residents sit down to discuss things they think will disappear in their lifetime. The conversation involving the ever popular app, Uber, was brought to the table, focusing on how this app will take off for riders everywhere. Whether you need a ride home after dinner, don’t feel like driving yourself to the airport, or it’s just too cold to walk home from around the block (which I must admit, I have done before…), they believe this app will continue to get new features to increase it’s popularity.

Some other hot topics include constant software updates, using your eyes to obtain or give information, fingerprint scanning instead of credit cards, the increase in 3D Printers, and the use of windmills across the country to preserve the environment.

So what do you think the future looks like? Tune in on Tuesday, March 7th at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12AM to find out! You can also watch the program online the following day at oakcresttv.com

Lauren Learns…Handbells

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One of my main goals working in the TV Studio is getting out in the community as much as I can to meet new residents and explore new groups. Last week, that is exactly what I did…and it was a blast!

Now, let me preface that I am by no means musically talented. I used to sing (back in the day) and play the piano…but I sort of cheated my way through that. I would always memorize the pieces and try to play them based on where the notes were on the piano rather than reading the sheet music. If you asked me what a B flat looked like on sheet music- no way I could tell you, but if you asked me to find it on the piano-done.

 Side note: I do enjoy blasting 80’s music in the car and singing at the top of my lungs…so that counts for something, right?

 When I was asked to come play with the handbells I was a bit nervous. One of the first questions Carol asked me was if I could read music to which I responded very hesitantly, “ummm…yes?”

 Fast forward two weeks, and I’m part of the group ringing my bell and following sheet music. Now, I will say I did only  have one bell to ring, which was middle C, so that did make things a bit easier. But it was so interesting to see how many residents were playing 2, 3 and even 4 bells when I couldn’t even keep track of one!

 I have to admit, I did get lost within the pieces once…or twice…maybe even a few times, but who’s counting? I would glance up and look back down to realize I was completely out of place. As I quickly learned, focusing was not my strong suit.

 It was nice to spend time with the residents to see how their group worked. It was very laid back and everyone was super welcoming and encouraging. The room was always full of laughter, which is something I am immediately drawn to. For anyone thinking about joining this group, I would say go for it! If I can do it, so can you!

 Some things I learned from playing with the handbells:

  • I am now officially called a “ding a ling”
  • I still cannot read music
  • I get distracted very easily
  • I realize I am, by no means, musically talented
  • I should definitely stick with TV

 This episode airs on Wednesday, March 1st at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12 midnight. The episode will also be available the following day online at http://www.oakcresttv.com

 A special “Thank You” to Carol and the group for letting me spend the morning with you and “learn” what you do!