Londonderry Residents Learn About Soils, Archaeology

Londonderry on the Tred Avon residents were recently treated to a lecture on soil science and archaeology by Dr. J.E. Foss, professor emeritus at the University of Tennessee.

Presented at the end of May, the program was titled “Soils and Archaeology: From Pompeii to Guatemala,” and gave residents a look at a number of archaeological sites Foss has had the opportunity to work at as a soil scientist. Over the past 30 years, he’s worked to help do things like date sites and examine contamination in places like Puerto Rico, Central America, Italy, Jordan, Albania, Tunisia and Greece.

Londonderry resident Dr. J.E. Foss is pictured atop a Mayan temple in Guatemala with fellow researchers.

“Soils are different all over the world,” Foss, a Londonderry resident of about six months, said. “I bounced around quite a bit.”

Foss’ work has taken him to sites both commonly heard of, like Pompeii, and those less name recognizable, like Mitrou and Petra. Though some of the residents at Foss’ lecture had actually visited Pompeii themselves — he calls them a “well traveled group” — they still showed a lot of interest in the historical aspects of his presentation.

“They were especially interested in the Mayan sites in Guatemala, El Mirador,” Foss said. “Everyone has a natural interest in archaeology — where do we come from, what’s the history, that sort of thing.”

Foss hopes to organize a trip in the future for residents to visit an active archaeological dig. He says he’d also like to present other lectures specific to some of the interesting sites he’s worked.

Londonderry on the Tred Avon is an intimate residential cooperative community for adults ages 62 and up, offering a variety of housing options from convenient apartments to spacious cottages among 29 acres, including 1500 feet of waterfront shoreline. For more information, visit www.londonderrytredavon.com.

Londonderry Breaks Ground on New Clubhouse

More than 200 people showed up to  Londonderry on the Tred Avon in Easton on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, to celebrate the groundbreaking of the community’s new clubhouse.

Complete with food, drinks and a band ¾ all with a Jimmy Buffet theme ¾ the event was a party for both current and future residents. Priority List members, or those looking to move to Londonderry, were included in the celebration so they could get a glimpse of what they have to look forward to.

“I had not been to any social affairs there yet, but it was very nice,” said Ruth Dominick, a Londonderry Priority List member who attended the celebration with her husband, Walter. “They keep us in the loop with reports and their newsletter, so it’ll be easy to move over.”

As for the new clubhouse, it’s been designed by Easton architecture firm Atelier 11. It boasts a number of new amenities for residents, including rooms for meetings and lectures, a yoga studio, a workout room with fitness equipment, a spa area for residents to have their hair and nails done, an art studio, a shaded garden and larger outside deck, and a kitchen and living room area for residents who may want to entertain larger parties.

Lauren Dianich, principle architect from Atelier 11, said the goal was to make the space very flexible so it could meet a variety of needs for Londonderry’s very active residents.

“We thought what would serve them well was a more informal setting,” Dianich said. “The whole senior time of life is very cool when you live at a senior community ¾ there’s people around your age, with your interests. It’s great.”

The clubhouse, which will move forward with Willow Construction, LLC, also of Easton, will be built as a one story, but has been designed to hold a second floor in the future should the need arise. The design also features a tower as its focal point, tying the new structure into the existing landscape by mirroring a windmill near the water at Londonderry.

The hope is for the clubhouse to serve as the heart and center of the community, and the new tower will make it even easier for residents to find. Dianich said she thinks it even brings character to the building.

“This is going to be a really neat jump forward,” Dianich said. “I think it’s representative of how vital Londonderry has become to this area.”

Londonderry on the Tred Avon is an intimate residential cooperative community for adults ages 62 and up, offering a variety of housing options from convenient apartments to spacious cottages among 29 acres, including 1500 feet of waterfront shoreline. For more information, visit www.londonderrytredavon.com.

Connolly Joins Londonderry Board

Charles C. Connolly III recently joined the Board of Directors at Londonderry on the Tred Avon.

Connolly has been the Director of Finance for Talbot County Public Schools since July 1990.

A graduate of Wilmington College with Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration degrees, he is a certified public accountant. He began his career farming with his parents before moving on to C.W. Amos & Company, a certified public accounting firm, working his way up to become a manager in the regional office.

Connolly serves as a liaison and trustee for Maryland Association of Boards of Education Group Insurance Pool, Maryland Association of Boards of Education Workers Compensation Fund, Maryland Association of Boards of Education Legal Services Association, Eastern Shore of Maryland Education Energy Trust and Maryland Association of Counties OPEB Trust. He is a member and serves on boards of various non-profit organizations throughout Talbot County.

A Talbot County native, he and his wife Mollie, a teacher for Talbot County Public School for 37 years, are planning for their daughter Keegan’s upcoming wedding in July. Connolly enjoys riding motorcycles, woodworking, making children’s toys and assisting with his wife and daughter’s scarf manufacturing and sales business.

Londonderry on the Tred Avon is an intimate residential cooperative community for adults ages 62 and over, offering a variety of housing options from convenient apartments to spacious cottages among 29 acres, including 1500 feet of waterfront shoreline. For more information, visit www.londonderrytredavon.com.

Londonderry Residents Model Latest Fashions

Residents and staff members from Londonderry on the Tred Avon walked the catwalk on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, showing off their biggest smiles and best poses in a fashion show organized by the Londonderry on The Tred Avon community’s Residents Activities Committee.

Around 15 residents and four staff members volunteered to model for all the community residents, who were able to watch the show, shop from a pop up boutique, and win chances at a number of centerpieces and donated door prizes.

Photo – from left, Londonderry on the Tred Avon residents Pat Lewers, Vita Strong, Camille Kneale and Betty Hurford show off their best model poses during a fashion show on Tuesday, March 7, organized by the retirement community’s Residents Activities Committee.

“It was a lot of fun for everyone involved,” said Susan Andrews, a Londonderry resident and member of the Residents Activities Committee involved in planning the event. “The outfits were bright, beautiful and fun … and people had a very enjoyable, lighthearted time.”

The fashion show was a true community event, with Lu LaRue clothing provided by Renee Bounds Barringer, jewelry from Piazzzz in St. Michaels, and hair and makeup done by Trish Smith. It was the first fashion show planned by the Residents Activities Committee, which keeps Londonderry’s residents busy with a variety of events and happenings.

“Physical, intellectual, artistic activities – we try cover all the possible activities that somebody might like to participate in,” said longtime Londonderry resident and member of the activities committee Lari Caldwell. “We like to see our residents enjoying everything that we have available here. It’s a lovely place to live.”

Londonderry on the Tred Avon is an intimate residential cooperative community for adults ages 62 and up, offering a variety of housing options from convenient apartments to spacious cottages among 29 acres, including 1500 feet of waterfront shoreline. For more information, visit www.londonderrytredavon.com.

House as Biography: Londonderry’s Manor House with Pat Lewers & Susan Andrews

While it is true that almost every retirement community has something very special going for it, whether it be a golf course, location, or excellent cuisine, Londonderry on the Tred Avon is one of the very few that has a historically significant house on its grounds.

Nestled among Londonderry’s many cottages along the Tred Avon stands the Manor House which was built in 1867. Designed by the 19th-century architect Richard Upjohn, whose credits included Trinity Church in lower Manhattan, the gate designs of the Boston Commons, and more locally, the Parish House at Christ Church in Easton and Oxford’s own Trinity Church, the Manor House not only reflects the exceptional design of the time but also is one of the Mid-Shore’s most important reference points for the history of region with such familiar Eastern Shore names as Armstrong and Pinckney.

Now under the stewardship of volunteers who live in the Londonderry community, the house is not only used as a guesthouse for visitors of the residents who live there but is now open to the public during the day for meetings, weddings, and other special occasions.

The Spy talked to Manor House volunteers Susan Andrews and Pat Lewers a few weeks ago about some of its history, architectural features, and the remarkable charm of a very special home which has withstood the tests of time, a civil war, and two fires.

This video is approximately four minutes in length. For more information about Londonderry and the Manor House please go here

Londonderry Retirement Community Celebrates the Holidays

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Londonderry residents caroling in Londonderry Retirement Community.

Residents at Londonderry Retirement Community in Easton embraced the holidays this year by participating in the annual Talbot Hospice Festival of Trees in Easton. Residents Thelma Haney, Dottie Dew, and Pat Lewers created an angel tree for the Festival of Trees which eventually made its home in Londonderry’s Community Center. Thelma Haney used a computerized sewing machine to create the machine-crocheted angels on the tree, as well an embroidered tree skirt.

Residents also organized a caroling event throughout the community in December to serenade and bring cheer to Londonderry residents.

Londonderry Retirement Community Brings Back Regatta

Residents and staff of Londonderry Retirement Community in Easton recently hoisted their sails again for the Londonderry Regatta. The Manor House pool was the setting for the event, which featured model boats created by Londonderry residents and staff. The pool was reopened in the fall following renovations to the Manor House.

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Photo: Pictured back row, left to right are Londonderry 2016 Regatta winners: Ken Sadler for the “Most Humorous” for Ship of State; Art Schmidt for the “Most Creative” for the USS Nautilus; Ed Schmidt for “Most Elaborate” for USS Londonderry; and Jim Bradley for the “Best Craft of All Natural Elements” for Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Londonderry residents and staff used recycled bottles and aluminum pans, twigs from plants, and toys in making their seaworthy vessels. Some residents even constructed historic scaled boat models to sail in the event. Winners of the 2016 Regatta were Art Schmidt for the “Most Creative” for the USS Nautilus; Jim Bradley for the “Best Craft of All Natural Elements” for Adventures of Tom Sawyer; Ed Schmidt for “Most Elaborate” for USS Londonderry; and Ken Sadler for the “Most Humorous” for Ship of State.

Londonderry on the Tred Avon is a cooperative waterfront retirement community for seniors ages 62+. Cooperative senior housing is a unique option for seniors seeking a retirement lifestyle while maintaining control over their investment. There are 98 nationwide and only two in Maryland. For information about Londonderry on the Tred Avon, call 410-820-8732 or visit Londonderryonthetredavon.com.

Londonderry on the Tred Avon Manor House Reopens Offering Community Rentals

The Manor House at Londonderry on the Tred Avon recently had a grand reopening since a fire, caused by a lightning strike, closed its doors in April 2015. The 1867 Gothic Revival villa on the property, which was built at the end of the Civil War for a surgeon in the U.S. Navy, is listed on the Maryland Historical Trust’s (MHT) Historic Sites Inventory. The house was designed by prominent architect Richard Upjohn, a founding member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), who also designed Trinity Church and the Church of the Ascension in New York City. Locally, he designed the Christ Church Rectory and the Trippe-Beale House in Easton.

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Photo: the recent ribbon cutting for the recently renovated Londonderry on the Tred Avon Manor House following its closing after a fire caused by a lightning strike occurred in April 2015.

The waterfront house, which has always provided space for meetings, small gatherings, and special events, has been completely renovated. The entire house has been repainted, its hardwood floors have been refinished, and a handicap-accessible bathroom has been added on the first floor and the kitchen has been updated for catering. The house has three comfortable designer guest rooms available for rent to accommodate overnight guests of Londonderry residents. The suites can also be used by bridal parties who have rented the entire facility for their weddings.

Resident Pat Lewers, who served on the Redecorating Committee for the Manor House, comments, “The whole place shines with fun! It’s a bright and cheerful space. In addition to it being available to our residents, we are thrilled to be able to offer it for rentals for special events, business gatherings, holiday parties, bridal and baby showers, and weddings.”

The downstairs of the Manor House consists of a large dining room, sitting room, breakfast room, kitchen and bathroom, as well as a large waterfront screened porch. Upstairs, there are three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Events held at the Manor House may be catered by the Londonderry kitchen or outside caterers can use the kitchen for events.

For further information on rentals of Londonderry’s Manor House, call 410-820-8732 or email info@londonderrytredavon.com.

Londonderry on the Tred Avon Hosts Water Olympics

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Residents of Londonderry on the Tred Avon recently participating in the Water Olympics.

Londonderry on the Tred Avon recently hosted its first “Water Olympics” between residents and staff. The afternoon of fun included water volleyball, water basketball, and relay races on inflatable turtles. The pool at the Londonderry Manor House was just re-opened after a lightning strike to the house last year. 

According to resident Lari Caldwell, a member of the Londonderry Activity Committee, “The Water Olympics provided a healthy competition between the residents and staff of Londonderry. It was a fun afternoon and there were a lot of laughs!” She adds, “We have such a lovely group of residents here.”

Executive Director Irma Toce said that the games were in honor of the opening of the Summer Olympics this year and hopes to offer them every year at the pool.

Joe Cleveland, a Maintenance Technician at Londonderry, adds, “It was good for residents and employees to get to know one another. The games really brought the place together.”

Londonderry on the Tred Avon is a cooperative waterfront retirement community for seniors ages 62+. Cooperative senior housing is a unique option for seniors seeking a retirement lifestyle while maintaining control over their investment. There are 98 nationwide and only two in Maryland. For information about Londonderry on the Tred Avon, contact Rachel Smith at 410-820-8732 or visit Londonderryonthetredavon.com.

Londonderry on the Tred Avon Offers New Model Cottage

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Pictured is a rendering of the new model of cottage.

Londonderry on the Tred Avon is breaking ground for the next phase of its expansion, offering a new model of cottage for its residents.  The one-floor two-bedroom, two-bath over 1300 square-foot cottages are being built to suit, with such new features as an open floor plan, a roomy kitchen pantry, a larger master suite, and a garage, as well as an optional fireplace.

According to Rachel Smith, Director of Sales and Marketing at Londonderry on the Tred Avon, “The new design came from feedback from residents in the six new cottages we built in 2015 and 2016. We had a lot of positive feedback from homebuyers and are excited to offer this new model, in addition to the other models we have built.”

Elaine Utley, President of the Board of Directors of Londonderry on the Tred Avon adds, “Our new cottages are smaller and more affordable, which will be attractive to retirees.”

In 1992, Londonderry Retirement Community was built on 24-acres at the head of the Tred Avon Creek, originally part of a 1664 land grant known as Westmoreland that was granted to Irish immigrant Francis Armstrong.  As the property changed hands over the next 100 years, it became known as London Derry, and eventually Londonderry on the Tred Avon, as it is called today.

Smith adds, “We are looking forward to building more cottages in this next phase to accommodate our growing retirement community.” 

Currently, there are 102 cottages and 26 apartments on the Londonderry campus. Londonderry on the Tred Avon is a cooperative waterfront retirement community for seniors ages 62+. Cooperative senior housing is a unique option for seniors seeking a retirement lifestyle while maintaining control over their investment. There are 98 nationwide and only two in Maryland. For information about Londonderry on the Tred Avon, contact Rachel Smith at 410-820-8732 or visit www.londonderrytredavon.com.