Newsletter December 2023

Demille Clark Student Piano Recital

This month, we invite you to join us in some musical Christmas cheer with Demille Clark students’ piano recital.

Come to the restaurant at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 9 and enjoy the performances.

Inside this issue:

Welcome Neighbors

Ugly Sweater Day

Wii Games

Resident Spotlight:
John “Jack” Favilla

Holiday Happenings at Edenton

A New Year’s Resolution

Lisa Ambrose, Life Enrichment Director

Setting a New Year’s resolution is most common in the western world but also found in eastern world. New year, fresh slate. It’s a time when people make plans at the beginning of the new year to set personal and/or professional goals. Things like improving behavior, losing weight, getting into shape, eating healthier, going after a promotion, applying for a new job, reaching out to friends more often, or even curbing the procrastination habit top the list for many.

What’s the success rate for resolutions? Research shows that 23% of people quit by the end of the first week; 45% give up by the end of January. But, the statistics are not going to stop Garden House residents from setting goals. On Thursday, December 28 at 1:30 p.m., Garden House residents will gather together and make their New Year’s resolutions for 2024. What is your goal for the new year?

Let There Be Peace On Earth

Thérèse Keegan, Chaplain

Join us as we stand together for peace and healing in Israel and Palestine at a special service on Sunday, December 10 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel. We will raise our hearts and voices through music, readings, and prayer. As we witness the violence and casualties in Gaza and beyond, you are invited to gather with others in prayer and solidarity with all the victims, and to strengthen our compassion and hope through the power of our collective intention.



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We’re back at the movies this year!

Don’t miss the 2024 Calendar Reveal Reception. Come see our
Edenton resident “stars” in their glamour shots from famous flicks.
Wednesday December 6
2 to 4 p.m.
at the Restaurant


Page Turner’s
Book Club

This month’s selection is Mistletoe Murders, by P.D. James.

Four previously uncollected stories from one of the great mystery writers of our time — swift, cunning murder mysteries (two feature the young Adam Dalgliesh) — that together, to borrow the author’s own word, add up to “delightful entertainment.”

Please join us on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 3 p.m. in the library for our final book club discussion of the year.


Welcome, neighbor, to Orchard Terrace!

Andy Wright, Life Enrichment Coordinator

A warm welcome to Mrs. Shirley Brinsfield who recently moved into Room 707. Shirley was born in Iowa and grew up in Washington, D.C., where she graduated from Anacostia High School. She then worked as a comptroller at Bank of America in Tacoma Park. That’s where she met her husband, and they got married when she was 21.

Shirley and her late husband had three wonderful children. More recently, she had the opportunity to take a trip with her sister around the New Mexico area.

She enjoys crafts of many types, ceramics, reading, games and playing bingo!

Join all of us in making Shirley feel welcomed! 

Christmas Around the World

Liz Lyles, Life Enrichment Coordinator

The Christmas holiday is celebrated around the world with so many different traditions. Traditions are varied to include putting up a Christmas tree, hanging wreaths, setting up a nativity scene, putting out Christmas stockings, enjoying candy canes and welcoming Santa Claus with milk and cookies. There are some nationalities that celebrate all month long while others celebrate on specific days.

On Wednesday, December 13 at 2:30 p.m., Blossom Place residents will explore traditions and customs from around the world. The residents will also enjoy decorating holiday cookies to eat and share. 



Helping Hands

Blossom Place is happy to have two Independent Living residents volunteering and lending a helping hand. 

Pictured with Blossom Place residents during a recent activity are Harriet Sampieri and Mary Kay McManus.


Reindeer Games

Neon Christmas Reindeer

Lisa Ambrose, Life Enrichment Director

In both holiday legend and popular culture, Santa Claus’ reindeer are said to pull a sleigh through the night sky to help him deliver gifts to children on Christmas Eve. We learned that Rudolph the Red-Nosed reindeer saved Christmas with his bright, shiny nose. In the famous holiday song named after Rudolph we also hear about the eight tiny reindeer who love to play reindeer games.

At Fiddler’s Green on Monday, December 4 at 2:30 p.m. we’ll host our first Reindeer Games Race. Who will be the fastest reindeer?

Join us to find out! Then relax with us and enjoy some reindeer treats—peanut butter munch and crunch.

Ugly Sweater Day

Senior bearded man wearing Christmas party sweater

Liz Lyles, Life Enrichment Coordinator

In 2011, Ugly Sweater Day began and has since become an international event. This year, on Friday, December 15, we will celebrate by wearing our favorite festive sweater.

Blossom Place residents will be making ugly sweaters by cutting out poster board and decorating their own ugly sweaters. Join us for some holiday fun on December 15 at 1:30 p.m.

Sand Tart Traditions

Christmas cookies

Andy Wright, Life Enrichment Coordinator

Do you remember those cold winter days in the kitchen, baking with your family? Each year, my family bakes sand tart cookies for the holiday season (usually during Thanksgiving week). We make the dough, roll it out, cut out the cute Christmas shapes, brush with egg whites and sprinkle with colorful decorations… then bake!

Join us Monday, December 4 at 1:30 for cookie baking and decorating. Nothing says “home” like the smell of cookies fresh from the oven served with a glass of cold milk!

Trivia Tuesday

Red Christmas Ball Ornament Building Word Trivia

Lisa Ambrose, Life Enrichment Director

Did you know that trivia is not only fun, but it has many benefits as well? Trivia games can help improve your memory and keep your mind sharp and alert. It can help reduce stress and anxiety levels and even help improve your problem solving skills.

We are adding trivia to our monthly Independent Living activity calendar. Resident Bill Smith and his trusty sidekick, Patsy Andrews, will host these regular game dates. Save the date!

On Tuesday, December 5 at 3:15 p.m., join your friends and neighbors in the Manor House for our first Trivia Tuesday and test your knowledge of all things trivia.


Wii Games

Andy Wright, Life Enrichment Coordinator

It’s no secret that staying fit and active is easier said than done. And while we try to make our workouts fun… it’s not always easy to get up and do “the thing.” We’ve been looking to spice up our daily exercises. So, we’re introducing Wii sports and table tennis!

I know you’re thinking… get fit playing video games? Yes! Studies have shown that active video games like Wii sports can improve cognitive function and physical function! Your brain and your body get a workout.

At Edenton, we stay active and keep our bodies moving in many fun and different creative ways. We keep new activities flowing and constantly incorporate new ideas from resident suggestions. Join us at 3 p.m. on Thursday, December 14 for a different exercise experience and try out some video game sports!

Thank you for your service…

Edenton honored their Military Veterans at a well-attended special program in November. Former Sergeant Danny Rodriguez of the United States Marines (pictured below) was our guest speaker.

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Our Sincere Condolences

All of us at Edenton extend our heartfelt sympathy to the
family and friends of those in our community
who recently passed away.
You will be missed.

Mrs. Harriet Kenly

Resident Spotlight

Lisa Ambrose, Life Enrichment Director

This month’s spotlight shines on Fiddler’s Green resident John “Jack” Favilla.

Jack was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and had one brother.
He married his first wife at the age of 17. He then entered the United States Navy and served for four years; two of those years were with an aircraft squadron based in Norfolk, VA, and he was aboard a ship for the other two, also stationed outside of Norfolk.

After leaving the Navy, he moved his family to Washington, D.C. and was a professional firefighter in the District for over 30 years. During his first five years, he transferred to different stations around the city to gain experience. He then was promoted to an engine driver at Company 31. He was a driver for Engine 31 for ten years, then worked for 15 years on the rescue unit. Company 31, where Jack spent most of is career, was on Connecticut Avenue in Upper Northwest D.C.

Jack has three sons and one daughter, 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

His hobby was fixing things and his claim to fame is he can fix almost anything. He did electrical work, home improvements, and even built houses.

Jack has also traveled extensively. He has been to Europe on several occasions: London, Paris, Rome, Brussels, and Belgium. And, he’s enjoyed at least five cruises.

He married his second wife, Faye, and they have been married for over 13 years.

Jack has become an active participant in many activities on campus including card games, bingo and word games, which he says are his favorite. And, he also participates in some of the spiritual programs at Edenton.

We are so happy to have Jack as part of our Edenton family.

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 Don’t Forget – Holiday Happenings!

Lots of fun holiday activities on the December calendars! Here are just a few you won’t want to miss:

Saturday, December 2 at 1:30 p.m.: Holiday Happy Hour hosted in the Community Room. Come get festive with us! Wear your favorite holiday tee shirt or sweater.

Monday, December 4 at 6 p.m.: Edenton’s official Tree Lighting Ceremony. The new Edenton mayor will be announced. Entertainment will be provided by the Clustered Spires Sweet Adelines.

Friday, December 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Edenton’s Holiday Gift Bazaar returns! The bazaar is being held in the Manor House Community Room. Start your holiday shopping early with us.

Saturday, December 16 at 10:30 a.m.: Holiday Pokeno with Lisa at the Manor House.
Tuesday, December 19 at 6:30 p.m.: Holiday Lights Tour. The van will depart promptly at 6:30 for a tour of Frederick’s festive neighborhood light displays. The cost is $8. Please sign up in advance.

Thursday, December 21 at 1:30 p.m.: Join us for the Community Christmas Party featuring musical entertainer Mark Hanak. A surprise visitor might even stop by.

Mark your calendars and make plans to attend. 

Also, make sure you check the whole activities calendar. There are so many fun things planned for December that we couldn’t list them all here. We look forward to seeing you at the many holiday events this month.


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