Londonderry Resident Profile: Margaret Sherman Bryan

Margaret Sherman Bryan

The opening of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in 1952 was the most significant event impacting the character, landscape and modern history of Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  For locals and visitors alike, the Bay Bridge has become part of life on the Shore, and its presence is most felt during the summer months while we all contend with the associated traffic. As our local and state officials begin to more seriously ponder adding a second bay crossing in Maryland, we can’t help but wonder, what life was like on the Eastern Shore before the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

To answer this question, we spoke with Margaret Sherman Bryan. Margaret was born in 1923 and grew up in the village of Claiborne, located near St. Michaels on the Eastern Bay.  Margaret’s father, B. Frank Sherman, was the General Manager of the Annapolis-Claiborne Ferry, which operated from 1919 – 1952 and carried as many as 1 million vehicles and 2 million passengers annually during its peak operation. Up until the opening of the Bay Bridge, the Ferry was the only way to cross the Bay in Maryland.

Claiborne was a ferry town and the majority of the residents worked for the ferry company. It was also home to one of the stops on the now defunct Baltimore, Chesapeake and Atlantic Railroad that would take passengers all the way to Ocean City. Claiborne was a hub of activity during Margaret’s youth. Visitors came from the Western Shore to vacation, and Eastern Shore residents took the ferry to travel to Annapolis and Baltimore for shopping in the big department stores and other outings. It was a one-and-a-half-hour ride to Annapolis and then another hour trip to Baltimore by car, trolley or bus. Margaret loved to ride the ferry with her father and keenly remembers being served the world’s best hot dogs and the world’s worst coffee on her trips across the Bay.

While not on today’s scale, Bay Hundred residents had to contend with “ferry traffic” and there was a time when two traffic lights were needed in St. Michaels to accommodate the influx of 75-80 cars each time the ferry docked.

The ferry boat named in honor of Margaret’s father, who served as General Manager of the Annapolis-Claiborne Ferry.

Like today, the Eastern Shore was a tourist destination and visitors would come for the summer season and stay in hotels and boarding houses like the Wade’s Point Inn in McDaniel which is still in operation. Some would stay in Talbot County, and others would go on to the Maryland and Delaware beaches.

While growing up in Claiborne, Margaret and her younger sister attended a one-room school house and were later bussed to St. Michaels for high school where there were just 45 students in her graduating class. The village of Claiborne was a close-knit community and the children “made their own fun,” and rode their bikes, went swimming in the river, boated, sailed and went to the movies in St. Michaels to enjoy the air conditioning during the summer heat. The Miles River Yacht Club was the primary social center for Bay Hundred families.

Margaret attended the University of Maryland College Park and then married a local boy, Phillip Beverly “Bev” Bryan who also graduated from St. Michaels High School. He served in the United States Coast Guard’s Beach Patrol during WWII. After the war, they lived in Baltimore for two years before moving back home to the Eastern Shore to raise their family.

On July 30, 1952, the ferry made its last crossing with Margaret’s father at the helm, and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge opened bringing more visitors and development to the Eastern Shore.

Margaret had a front row seat to evolution of the modern Eastern Shore while raising her sons and working at local banks in the St. Michaels area over the next 35years.

When asked about the biggest changes she witnessed, Margaret says, she’s been struck by the growth of Easton and how much easier it is to travel around the Eastern Shore. When she was growing up in the Bay Hundred, it was easier to take the ferry to Annapolis or Baltimore to shop rather than travel to Easton.

Margaret also points to the continued role agriculture, tourism and the seafood industry play in the Eastern Shore’s economy, although she notes there are fewer farms from as in the decades past. She is also pleased that Eastern Shore communities have stayed true to their small-town roots and neighbors continue to look after each other.

Margaret and Bev lived in McDaniel along Harris Creek for many years, and Margaret remained in their home for 12 years following his death. She relocated to Londonderry in 2004 where she is currently working on her memoir to share with her family.

When asked about how Londonderry has grown and changed, she shared a memory of driving by the property that would become Londonderry during the early stages of construction. She remembers looking around and commenting to a friend, “Who would ever want to live here?”

About Londonderry on the Tred Avon

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.

Senior Nation: Ask Irma on the Link between Dementia and Depression

Senior Nation is committed to offering resources to help us deal with the challenges and opportunities of aging. To that end, we are launching a new monthly video blog called “Ask Irma” hosted by Irma Toce, C.E.O. of the Londonderry on the Tred Avon in Easton, where we will be exploring on all topics related to aging.

This month: the important link between dementia and depression.

This video is approximately one minute in length. For information about Londonderry on the Tred Avon please go here

After the First Decade: Upper Shore Aging’s ​Brookletts Place Celebrates Ten Years

As the Spy celebrates its tenth year of operation, it dawned on us that there were quite a number of enterprises on the Mid-Shore that started at the same time as the Spy.

Ranging from bakeries to nonprofit businesses and buildings, dozens of small businesses opened their doors amid a significant economic recession, relying on instinct and confidence that their services would be sought after, no matter the current business climate.With that in mind, the Spy has decided to interview many of these brave entrepreneurs and leaders over the next year for them to reflect on their experiences.

We continue with our chat with the staff, designers, and volunteer leaders who made Brookletts Place, Upper Shore Aging’s senior center for Talbot County, a reality ten years ago.

This video is approximately four minutes in length. For more information about Brookletts Place please go here.

Bay Hundred Senior Center August Calendar of Events

Friday, Aug, 2

Friday Aug 2 Bay Hundred Senior Center 8:30 am Sketching Still Lifes with Abby Ober – Sketch still-life in pencil and charcoal. 2 hours. Take any class or all. Please register – call Abby Ober at 610-416-4238 or Ann DeMart at 410-745-4017. Materials included; $10 fee/class

Friday Aug 2 Bay Hundred Senior Center 9:30 am Stretch Class with Susan Irwin – Improves flexibility by stretching all major muscle groups. May be performed standing, seated on the floor or lying on a mat.

Friday Aug 2 Bay Hundred Senior Center from 11:00 to 12:00 am and 1:00 to 3:00 pm Cards & Games – Play pinochle, bridge, Scrabble, or other games. Talk to Ann in Senior Center Office for sign-up and connecting with others.

Monday, Aug 5

Monday Aug 5 Bay Hundred Senior Center at 8:30 am – Small Watercolor Abstracts with Abby Ober – Balance shapes and color to make unique compositions. 2 hours. Take any class or all. Please register – call Abby Ober at 610-416-4238 or Ann DeMart at 410-745-4017. Materials included; $10 fee/class.

Monday Aug 5 Bay Hundred Senior Center at 10:45 am Steady& Strong with Janet Pfeffer – Designed for older adults looking to develop better balance and enhance strength for daily living. No floor work – all exercises are done in or around a chair.

Monday Aug 5 Bay Hundred Senior Center from 11:00 to 12:00 am and 1:00 to 3:00 pm Cards & Games– Play pinochle, bridge, Scrabble, or other games. Talk to Ann in Senior Center Office for sign-up and connecting with others.

Tuesday, Aug 6

Tuesday Aug 6 Bay Hundred Senior Center Chair Yoga with Sara Robbins – Yoga that improves range of motion for those who cannot comfortably go to the floor. Gentle poses are performed by either sitting in or standing next to a chair.

Tuesday Aug 6 Bay Hundred Senior Center from 10:00 to 11:00 am Blood Pressure Clinic

Tuesday Aug 6 Bay Hundred Senior Center at 11:00 am – Intro to Classic Car Museum with Anita Schneider, Learn about St. Michaels’ Classic Car Museum, receive free passes to visit, and hear about volunteer opportunities.

Tuesday Aug 6 Bay Hundred Senior Center from 11:00 to 12:00pm Basketball Games with Alex Smith – Join in for casual basket shooting games.

Tuesday Aug 6 Bay Hundred Senior Center from 11:00 to 12:00 am and 1:00 to 3:00 pm Cards & Games – Play pinochle, bridge, Scrabble, or other games. Talk to Ann in Senior Center Office for sign-up and connecting with others.

Friday, Aug 9

Friday Aug 9 Bay Hundred Senior Center 8:30 am Sketching Still Lifes with Abby Ober – Sketch still-life in pencil and charcoal. 2 hours. Take any class or all. Please register – call Abby Ober at 610-416-4238 or Ann DeMart at 410-745-4017. Materials included; $10 fee/class

Friday Aug 9 Bay Hundred Senior Center 9:30 Stretch Class with Susan Irwin – Improves flexibility by stretching all major muscle groups. May be performed standing, seated on the floor or lying on a mat.

Friday Aug 9 Bay Hundred Senior Center at 10:45 am – Water Aerobics, Increases cardiovascular capacity, muscle tone, and flexibility. Time may be split between shallow and deep water. Please call 410-745-5963 to verify that pool has opened.

Friday Aug 9 Bay Hundred Senior Center from 11:00 to 12:00 am and 1:00 to 3:00 pm Cards & Games –Play pinochle, bridge, dominoes or other games. Talk to Ann in Senior Center Office for sign-up and connecting with others.

Monday, Aug 12

Monday Aug 12 Bay Hundred Senior Center from 9:30 am Small Watercolor Abstracts with Abby Ober – Balance shapes and color to make unique compositions. 2 hours. Take any class or all. Please register – call Abby Ober at 610-416-4238 or Ann DeMart at 410-745-4017. Materials included; $10 fee/class.

Monday Aug 12 Bay Hundred Senior Center at 10:45 am Steady & Strong with Janet Pfeffer – Designed for older adults looking to develop better balance and enhance strength for daily living. No floor work – all exercises are done in or around a chair.

Tuesday Aug 12 Bay Hundred Senior Center at noon Lunch & Music, Shelly Abbott – Enjoy lunch with songs from singer Shelly Abbott.

Monday Aug 12 Bay Hundred Senior Center from 11:00 to 12:00 am and 1:00 to 3:00 pm Cards & Games Play pinochle, bridge, Scrabble, or other games. Talk to Ann in Senior Center Office for sign-up and connecting with others.

Tuesday, Aug 13

Tuesday Aug 13 Bay Hundred Senior Center at 9:00 Chair Yoga with Sara Robbins – Yoga that improves range of motion for those who cannot comfortably go to the floor. Gentle poses are performed by either sitting in or standing next to a chair.

Tuesday Aug 13 Bay Hundred Senior Center from 11:00 to 12:00pm Basketball Games with Alex Smith – Join in for casual basket shooting games.

Tuesday Aug 13 Bay Hundred Senior Center from 11:00 to 12:00 am and 1:00 to 3:00 pm Cards & Games – Play pinochle, bridge, Scrabble, or other games. Talk to Ann in Senior Center Office for sign-up and connecting with other interested people.

Friday, Aug 16

Friday Aug 16 Bay Hundred Senior Center 8:30 am Sketching Still Lifes with Abby Ober – Sketch still-life in pencil and charcoal. 2 hours. Take any class or all. Please register – call Abby Ober at 610-416-4238 or Ann DeMart at 410-745-4017. Materials included; $10 fee/class

Friday Aug 16 Bay Hundred Senior Center 9:30 Stretch Class with Susan Irwin – Improves flexibility by stretching all major muscle groups. May be performed standing, seated on the floor or lying on a mat.

Friday Aug 16 Bay Hundred Senior Center at 10:45 Water Aerobics, Increases cardiovascular capacity, muscle tone, and flexibility. Time may be split between shallow and deep water. Please call 410-745-5963 to verify that pool has opened.

Friday Aug 16 Bay Hundred Senior Center from 11:00 to 12:00 am and 1:00 to 3:00 pm Cards & Games –Play pinochle, bridge, Scrabble, or other games. Talk to Ann in Senior Center Office for sign-up and connecting with others.

Monday, Aug 19

Monday Aug 19 Bay Hundred Senior Center from 9:30 to 11:00 Small Watercolor Abstracts with Abby Ober – Balance shapes and color to make unique compositions. 2 hours. Take any class or all. Please register – call Abby Ober at 610-416-4238 or Ann DeMart at 410-745-4017. Materials included; $10 fee/class.

Monday Aug 19 Bay Hundred Senior Center at 10:45 am Steady & Strong with Janet Pfeffer – Designed for older adults looking to develop better balance and enhance strength for daily living. No floor work – all exercises are done in or around a chair.

Monday Aug 19, Bay Hundred Senior Center from 11:00 to 12:00 am and 1:00 to 3:00 pm Cards & Games – Play pinochle, bridge, Scrabble, or other games. Talk to Ann in Senior Center Office for sign-up and connecting with others.

Tuesday, Aug 20

Tuesday Aug 20 Bay Hundred Senior Center at 9:00 Chair Yoga with Sara Robbins – Yoga that improves range of motion for those who cannot comfortably go to the floor. Gentle poses are performed by either sitting in or standing next to a chair.

Tuesday Aug 20 Bay Hundred Senior Center from 10:00 to 11:00 am Blood Pressure Clinic

Tuesday Aug 20 Bay Hundred Senior Center from 11:00 to 12:00pm Basketball Games with Alex Smith – Join in for casual basket shooting games.

Tuesday Aug 20 Bay Hundred Senior Center from 11:00 to 12:00 am and 1:00 to 3:00 pm Cards & Games-Play pinochle, bridge, Scrabble, or other games. Talk to Ann in Senior Center Office for sign-up and connecting with others.

Friday, Aug 23

Friday Aug 23 Bay Hundred Senior Center 9:30 Stretch Class with Susan Irwin – Improves flexibility by stretching all major muscle groups. May be performed standing, seated on the floor or lying on a mat.

Friday Aug 23 Bay Hundred Senior Center 10:30 to 11:30 am Positive Music with DJ Randy

Friday Aug 23 Bay Hundred Senior Center at 10:45 Water Aerobics, Increases cardiovascular capacity, muscle tone, and flexibility. Time may be split between shallow and deep water. Please call 410-745-5963 to verify that pool has opened.

Friday Aug 23 Bay Hundred Senior Center from 11:00 to 12:00 am and 1:00 to 3:00 pm Cards & Games – Play pinochle, bridge, Scrabble, or other games. Talk to Ann in Senior Center Office for sign-up and connecting with others.

Monday, Aug 26

Monday Aug 26 Bay Hundred Senior Center from 9:30 to 11:00 Small Watercolor Abstracts with Abby Ober – Balance shapes and color to make unique compositions. 2 hours. Take any class or all. Please register – call Abby Ober at 610-416-4238 or Ann DeMart at 410-745-4017. Materials included; $10 fee/class.

Monday Aug 26 Bay Hundred Senior Center at 10:45 am Steady & Strong with Janet Pfeffer – Designed for older adults looking to develop better balance and enhance strength for daily living. No floor work – all exercises are done in or around a chair.

Monday Aug 26 Bay Hundred Senior Center from 11:00 to 12:00 am and 1:00 to 3:00 pm Cards & Games Play pinochle, bridge, Scrabble, or other games. Talk to Ann in Senior Center Office for sign-up and connecting with others.

Tuesday, Aug 27

Tuesday Aug 27 Bay Hundred Senior Center at 9:00 Chair Yoga with Sara Robbins – Yoga that improves range of motion for those who cannot comfortably go to the floor. Gentle poses are performed by either sitting in or standing next to a chair.

Tuesday Aug 27 Bay Hundred Senior Center from 11:00 to 12:00pm Basketball Games with Alex Smith Join in for casual basket shooting games.

Tuesday Aug 27 Bay Hundred Senior Center from 11:00 to 12:00 am and 1:00 to 3:00 pm Cards & Games – Play pinochle, bridge, Scrabble, or other games. Talk to Ann in Senior Center Office for sign-up and connecting with others.

Friday, Aug 30

Friday Aug 30 Bay Hundred Senior Center 8:30 am Sketching Still Lifes with Abby Ober – Sketch still-life in pencil and charcoal. 2 hours. Take any class or all. Please register – call Abby Ober at 610-416-4238 or Ann DeMart at 410-745-4017. Materials included; $10 fee/class

Friday Aug 30 Bay Hundred Senior Center 9:30 Stretch Class with Susan Irwin – Improves flexibility by stretching all major muscle groups. May be performed standing, seated on the floor or lying on a mat.

Friday Aug 30 Bay Hundred Senior Center 10:30 to 11:30 am Positive Music with DJ Randy

Friday Aug 30 Bay Hundred Senior Center at 10:45 Water Aerobics, Increases cardiovascular capacity, muscle tone, and flexibility. Time may be split between shallow and deep water. *Please call 410-745-5963 to verify that pool has opened.

Friday Aug 30 Bay Hundred Senior Center from 11:00 to 12:00 am and 1:00 to 3:00 pm Cards & Games –Play pinochle, bridge, Scrabble, or other games. Talk to Ann in Senior Center Office for sign-up and connecting with others.

Bay Hundred Senior Center Calendar of Events July 2019

Friday July 12

Friday July 12 Bay Hundred Senior Center 8:30 am – Creative Collages w/Abby Ober- Unleash your creativity by creating compositions with painted and torn papers, magazines and newspaper. Materials included, $10 fee/class.

Friday July 12 Bay Hundred Senior Center 9:30 am– Stretch Class with Susan Irwin – Improves flexibility by stretching all major muscle groups. May be performed standing, seated on the floor or lying on a mat.

Friday July 12 Bay Hundred Senior Center 11:00 am& 1:00 pm – Cards & Games – Play pinochle, bridge, dominoes or other games.

Monday July 15

Monday July 15, Bay Hundred Senior Center 9:30 am – Water Color Class with Abby Ober – Explore the fundamentals of watercolor painting, including color mixing and composition. Materials included, $10 fee/class.

Monday July 15, Bay Hundred Senior Center 10:45 am – Steady & Strong with Janet Pfeffer – Designed for older adults looking to develop better balance and enhance strength for daily living. No floor work, all exercises are done seated in or around a chair.

Monday July 15, Bay Hundred Senior Center 11:00 – 12:00 pm & 1:00 – 3:00 pm – Cards & Games – Play pinochle, bridge, dominoes or other games

Tuesday July 16

Tuesday July 16 Bay Hundred Senior Center at 9:00 am– Chair Yoga with Sara Robbins – Yoga that improves range of motion for those who cannot comfortably go to the floor. Gentle poses are performed by either sitting in or standing next to a chair.

Tuesday July 16 Bay Hundred Senior Center 11:00 – 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm – Cards & Games – Play pinochle, bridge, dominoes or other games.

Tuesday July 16 Bay Hundred Senior Center 11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Basketball Games with Alex Smith –Join in for casual basket shooting games.

Tuesday July 16 Bay Hundred Senior Center 1:30 pm – Crochet & Knitting with Katie Cooper–Learn to crochet or knit, or bring your needlework project and join in.

Friday July 19

Friday July 19 (no Collage class today)

Friday July 19 Bay Hundred Senior Center 9:30 am– Stretch Class with Susan Irwin – Improves flexibility by stretching all major muscle groups. May be performed standing, seated on the floor or lying on a mat.

Friday July 19 Bay Hundred Senior Center 11:00 am& 1:00 pm – Cards & Games – Play pinochle, bridge, dominoes or other games.

Monday July 22

Monday July 22, Bay Hundred Senior Center 9:30 am – Water Color Class with Abby Ober – Explore the fundamentals of watercolor painting, including color mixing and composition. Materials included, $10 fee/class.

Monday July 22, Bay Hundred Senior Center 10:45 am – Steady & Strong with Janet Pfeffer – Designed for older adults looking to develop better balance and enhance strength for daily living. No floor work, all exercises are done seated in or around a chair.

Monday July 22, Bay Hundred Senior Center 11:00 – 12:00 pm & 1:00 – 3:00 pm – Cards & Games – Play pinochle, bridge, dominoes or other games.

Tuesday July 23

Tuesday July 23 Bay Hundred Senior Center at 9:00 am– Chair Yoga with Sara Robbins – Yoga that improves range of motion for those who cannot comfortably go to the floor. Gentle poses are performed by either sitting in or standing next to a chair.

Tuesday July 23 Bay Hundred Senior Center 11:00 – 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm – Cards & Games – Play pinochle, bridge, dominoes or other games.

Tuesday July 23 Bay Hundred Senior Center 11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Basketball Games with Alex Smith –Join in for casual basket shooting games.

Tuesday July 23 Bay Hundred Senior Center 1 – 2:30 pm – Balance Strategies with Stacey Fox, PT – Learn strategies for better balance with Stacy Fox, a licensed physical therapist whose practice, Balanced Care Physical Therapy is in St. Michaels.

Tuesday July 23 Bay Hundred Senior Center 1:30 pm – Crochet & Knitting with Katie Cooper–Learn to crochet or knit, or bring your needlework project and join in.

Friday July 26

Friday July 26 Bay Hundred Senior Center 8:30 am – Creative Collages w/Abby Ober- Unleash your creativity by creating compositions with painted and torn papers, magazines and newspaper. Materials included, $10 fee/class.

Friday July 26 Bay Hundred Senior Center 9:30 am– Stretch Class with Susan Irwin – Improves flexibility by stretching all major muscle groups. May be performed standing, seated on the floor or lying on a mat.

Friday July 26 Bay Hundred Senior Center 10:30 am – Positive Music w/DJ Randy– Relieve your stress and enjoy lively positive music with local DJ Randy Potter from Thirsty Soul Radio.

Friday July 26 Bay Hundred Senior Center 11:00 am& 1:00 pm – Cards & Games – Play pinochle, bridge, dominoes or other games.

Monday July 29

Monday July 29, Bay Hundred Senior Center 9:30 am – Water Color Class with Abby Ober – Explore the fundamentals of watercolor painting, including color mixing and composition. Materials included, $10 fee/class.

Monday July 29, Bay Hundred Senior Center 10:45 am – Steady & Strong with Janet Pfeffer – Designed for older adults looking to develop better balance and enhance strength for daily living. No floor work, all exercises are done seated in or around a chair.

Monday July 29, Bay Hundred Senior Center 11:00 – 12:00 pm & 1:00 – 3:00 pm – Cards & Games – Play pinochle, bridge, dominoes or other games.

Tuesday July 30

Tuesday July 30 Bay Hundred Senior Center at 9:00 am– Chair Yoga with Sara Robbins – Yoga that improves range of motion for those who cannot comfortably go to the floor. Gentle poses are performed by either sitting in or standing next to a chair.

Tuesday July 30 Bay Hundred Senior Center 11:00 am& 1:00 pm – Cards & Games – Play pinochle, bridge, dominoes or other games.

Tuesday July 30 Bay Hundred Senior Center 11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Basketball Games with Alex Smith –Join in for casual basket shooting games.

Tuesday July 30 Bay Hundred Senior Center 1:30 pm – Crochet & Knitting with Katie Cooper–Learn to crochet or knit, or bring your needlework project and join in.

Bay Hundred Senior Center is located at 300 Seymour Avenue, St Michaels, MD. For more information, call at 410 745-5963.

Londonderry’s Toce & Smith Recognized as Face of Retirement on the Eastern Shore

Londonderry on the Tred Avon CEO Irma Toce and Director of Sales and Marketing Rachel Smith were named the Face of Retirement on the Eastern Shore by Baltimore Magazine for the second consecutive year.

“Londonderry continues to shine as a premiere active retirement community,” said Irma Toce, Londonderry CEO. “The incredible relationships between our residents and staff, paired with our amenities and programs in a beautiful waterfront setting in Easton, create a truly special place to enjoy retirement. Rachel and I are proud of the Londonderry community and its growing reputation for excellence across the Eastern Shore and throughout the region.”

Toce and Smith were recognized for their success and contributions at Londonderry and in their respective fields. From Baltimore Magazine:

“CEO Irma Toce and Director of Sales and Marketing Rachel Smith each bring something special to the independent-living community, Londonderry on the Tred Avon. Irma, who has more than 25 years of executive experience in the senior-housing field, understands the importance of helping seniors after her grandmother’s dementia diagnosis. Rachel, who grew up on the Eastern Shore, has extensive experience in senior-housing sales and marketing, and enjoys sharing her love of the Shore with others. Irma and Rachel believe the key to a high quality of life for seniors is a robust and vibrant lifestyle…”

About Londonderry on the Tred Avon

Londonderry on the Tred Avon is an intimate residential cooperative community for adults ages 62+, 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.

A Fit Retirement with Janet Pfeffer: Peggy Ford

Janet is perhaps Talbot County’s most popular exercise instructor of a certain age. With a long-standing following at the Saint Michaels Family Y, Londonderry, and the Oxford Community Center for her classes, she has seen inspiring examples of transformation with her friends and students as they move from a rewarding professional career to a physically fit and purposeful retirement life.

We are happy to report that Janet accepted a Spy proposal to seek out some of these fit and purposeful retirees to share their unique stories over the next year.

Janet continues this series with her friend, Peggy Ford. Peggy retired from teaching after 38 years at Chapel District Elementary in Talbot County in 2014. In her conversation with Janet, Anne talks about how she maintains her intellectual interests, a fitness routine, including dancing lessons with her husband, John,  and her volunteer work supporting the arts and now CASA.

This video is approximately five minutes in length.

Helen Crow Celebrates 100th Birthday at Dixon House

Born in rural Ohio, Helen Crow of Easton was always physically active. Her father, a builder, was also a physically active person. Helen recalls doing handstands and headstands when she was young. Today, she doesn’t miss an exercise class at The Dixon House. She recently celebrated her 100th birthday with a festive celebration with family, friends, and public officials at Dixon House, receiving citations from the President, Governor, Maryland Senate and House of Delegates, Talbot County Sheriff’s Department and Town of Easton.

Helen and her husband, Elmer, nicknamed “Amo” married after Amo served in the Army’s 17th Airborne Division as a paratrooper during World War II. The two had three children, and today she has three grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Amo had a career as a master craftsman, training many young men who entered the flooring trade, while Helen did office work for a law firm, then a refinery.

Photo: Back row, left to right, Matt Crow, Etta Crow, and Ben Crow. Middle row, left to right, Heather Crow, Helen Crow, Connie Crow, Philip Crow, and Roger Crow. Bottom row, left to right, Isaac Crow and Stella Crow.

Both Helen and Amo participated in an activities group for art in Cincinnati, where Helen enjoyed oils and watercolors and Amo enjoyed stained glass, caning, and pottery. The two also enjoyed music, attending Cincinnati Symphony concerts for 40 years. The couple retired to Florida and then to Easton, where their son, Roger and daughter-in-law Heather live. The two then came to live at The Dixon House in 2014.

Crow comments, “Easton is a nice town. We were amazed at the quality of friends we have made at Dixon House.” She adds, “I have had a good life.”

The mission of The Dixon House is to provide high quality and affordable residential care to seniors in an enriching home-like environment. For further information, contact Linda Elben, Executive Director at 410-822-6661 or visit dixonhouse.org.

Better to Wear Out Than Rust Out While Aging with Phil Burgess

For the last four years, the Senior Summit, an annual gathering for seniors, children of seniors, and caregivers on the Mid-Shore, has gone out of its way to select nationally prominent experts in the field of aging to be their keynote speaker. And this year, it is no different with Dr. Phillip Burgess as their 2019 speaker.

Burgess, who has worked and lectured world-wide, has appeared on PBS, NPR, CNN, and CNBC, and his views have been reported in national and regional media – including “The New York Times,” “Wall Street Journal,” and “Christian Science Monitor.” He currently is President of The Annapolis Institute and a Senior Fellow, Center for the Digital Economy, University of Southern California. He writes a weekly column called “Bonus Years” – found in the Lifestyle section of the “Sunday Annapolis Capital.

The Spy sat down with Phil at the Bullitt House a few days ago to talk about his presentation, which is entitled, It’s Better To Wear Out Than Rust Out: How The New Longevity Is Changing Our Culture.” In a perceptive and penetrating look at retirement, he makes the argument that work, and the social interaction that comes with that labor, is the most essential ingredient for a successful and rewarding final phase of life.

This video is approximately thirteen minutes in length.

The Senior Summit will include workshops such as Rising Strength and Self-Defense; Body-Wise Gardening; End-of-Life Wishes; Increasing Resilience; Dementia: Diagnosis, Treatment and the Impact on Families; and Scams, Identity Theft, and Financial Exploitation. In addition to break-out workshops, there will be the opportunity for participants to have lunch and to visit vendor tables to gather additional information on aging issues and services.

Phil Burgess will be speaking  on Thursday, June 6, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Talbot Community Center on Route 50 in Easton, MD.

Talbot Community Connections (TCC), a nonprofit arm of the Talbot County Department of Social Services, has the mission to raise and distribute funds to help keep families together, support children in foster care, and support the elderly so they can remain independent, safe, and healthy members of our communities.

The cost of the Senior Summit is $15 for the General Public, including seniors, and $80 for Professional Social Work CEUs. A healthy continental breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee. Pre-registration is required by May 31. For further information, contact Kelley Werner at kelley.werner@maryland.gov or call 410-770-5908 or visit talbotcommunityconnections.org to download a registration form or to purchase tickets online. Registration forms are also available at the front desk at Talbot County Department of Social Services at 301 Bay Street, Unit 5 in Easton.  

Talbot Community Connections Holds Fourth Annual Senior Summit on Aging – Phil Burgess to be Keynote Speaker

Phil Burgess, PhD, an award-winning educator, businessman, and writer, will be the keynote speaker for the fourth annual Senior Summit, “Illuminating Your Life,” on Thursday, June 6, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Talbot Community Center on Route 50 in Easton, MD.

The day-long Summit for seniors, children of seniors, caregivers, professionals, and concerned residents will provide presentations and discussions on the issues that seniors face today, including health and wellness, technology, staying active, and transitioning in life. The event, sponsored by Talbot Community Connections (TCC) and the Talbot County Department of Social Services, helps to fund the unmet needs that are fundamental to the safety, security, health, and well-being of Talbot County’s children and adults.

Burgess, who has worked and lectured world-wide, has appeared on PBS, NPR, CNN, and CNBC, and his views have been reported in national and regional media – including “The New York Times,” “Wall Street Journal,” and “Christian Science Monitor.” He currently is President of The Annapolis Institute and a Senior Fellow, Center for the Digital Economy, University of Southern California. He writes a weekly column called “Bonus Years” – found in the Lifestyle section of the “Sunday Annapolis Capital.”

At the Senior Summit, Burgess will present “It’s Better To Wear Out Than Rust Out: How The New Longevity Is Changing Our Culture.” His presentation will discuss how the post-career, bonus years are as rich and dynamic as the years from 25-60; why the core value of continued social engagement is a key element in successful; and to review the implications of increasing longevity for aging individuals and the rapid growth of aging-in-place alternatives.

The Senior Summit will include workshops such as Rising Strength and Self-Defense, Body-Wise Gardening, End-of-Life Wishes, Increasing Resilience: Dementia; Scams, and Identity Theft, and Financial Exploitation; and Heart Health. In addition to break-out workshops, there will be the opportunity for participants to have lunch and to visit vendor tables to gather additional information on aging issues and services.

Talbot Community Connections (TCC), a nonprofit arm of the Talbot County Department of Social Services, has the mission to raise and distribute funds to help keep families together, support children in foster care, and support the elderly so they can remain independent, safe, and healthy members of our communities.

The cost of the Senior Summit is $15 for the General Public, including seniors, and $80 for Professional Social Work CEUs. A healthy continental breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee. Pre-registration is required by May 31. For further information, contact Kelley Werner at kelley.werner@maryland.gov or call 410-770-5908 or visit talbotcommunityconnections.org to download a registration form or to purchase tickets online. Registration forms are also available at the front desk at Talbot County Department of Social Services at 301 Bay Street, Unit 5 in Easton.

Platinum sponsors for the 2018 Senior Summit are the Talbot County Department of Social Services, the Talbot County Government, and The Star Democrat. Gold sponsors to date are the Talbot County Health Department, University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, CareFirst, and Anne Arundel Medical Center.

Caption: Pictured is Phil Burgess, PhD, an award-winning educator, businessman, and writer, who will be the keynote speaker for the fourth annual Senior Summit. Talbot Community Connections and Talbot County Department of Social Services are hosting the fourth annual Senior Summit, “Illuminating Your Life,” on Thursday, June 6, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Talbot Community Center on Route 50 in Easton, MD.

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