Train Ride to the Past


by Lauren Costello

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

The Power of Aging

by Christopher Taydus

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

You can also find out more about the expo by visiting its website:


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

Educational Benefits


by Christopher Taydus

What is active aging? The World Health Organization defines active aging as the process of optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age. For many seniors, Oak Crest and similar communities provide a variety of amenities that help them to actively age through protection, security, and care, but what can people over the age of 62 do for themselves to continue to actively age throughout the remainder of their lives.

One way is through continuing education.

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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

Reader’s Digest


by Lauren Costello
Reading is a great way for your brain to stay alert…which is why the Oak Crest Book Club is the perfect thing to get involved with!

This is a great group filled with residents who love talking about the book of the month and hearing others opinions. It’s a very relaxed environment, and they encourage everyone to come out to listen and join in on the conversation, even if you haven’t read the book.

During the interview, you will hear what each resident has to say about the book they read. Now we don’t want to give too much away, so it will just be the highlights! If you want to find out what happens you will have to read it!

Dr. Carla Hayden, CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, was inspiration for the books chosen for the months of July and August. Some of the titles include American Housewife: Stories by Ellen Ellis, Opening Belle by Maureen Sherry, Women Who Read Are Dangerous by Stefan Bollman and Karen Jay Fowler, and  Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes.

The July Book Club Meeting was held on July 26th, but do not worry if you missed it! There is another meeting on August 23rd at 10AM in the Crestview Classroom.

This show airs on Friday, July 29th at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12AM. You can also head to the following day to watch the program online. Happy Reading!

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


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