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  • Writer's pictureFrank Finamore

From Frank ... | Apr 30

The best part of my job is talking with members. This week I had the pleasure to meet one new member from Woodley Park and visit with a longtime member who lives on the West side of Wisconsin Avenue with a fantastic view of the cathedral. Both members have had wonderful lives and are accomplished in their fields. The gentleman near the cathedral and I spent a lovely evening outside on his terrace where he told me how he was an organist at St. John’s Lafayette Square, among other venues. He then showed me a letter from President Ford thanking him for his great work which didn’t surprise me in the least. What was truly delightful was just connecting, in-person, laughing and sharing stories. After this long pandemic, I guess I no longer take for granted being with others.

More In-Person Activities

We previously announced that we’d be holding more in-person activities. Later in May, we’ll be hosting several in-person activities including walks through the Hillwood Estate gardens, Rock Creek Park, and the Tregaron Conservancy.

We are also excited to feature All Fired Up ceramics shop in Cleveland Park as our Small Business Spotlight. Limited to 25 people on Zoom (with all materials provided) you’ll learn how to paint ceramics and make a keepsake for yourself or a loved one!

Our first-ever (I think) Caregivers Support program will launch in May and so we’re encouraging everyone that feels that this might benefit them to join us on Zoom with our Village case manager, Barbara Scott.

We will also collaborate with other Villages for various events throughout the month so please be sure to check the complete listing of events. Our goal is always to have something of interest to everyone. If you don’t see something that interests you, please send me a suggestion via email. Our new member mentioned that she enjoys bird watching, so if you’re also an enthusiast please let me know. Perhaps we’ll form a group or at the very least I can connect you with the new member.

Greek Orthodox Easter is Sunday so let me wish happiness, joy, and contentment to those that celebrate. May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month which is perhaps especially important to recognize and celebrate this year after so much violence and hate against Asian/Pacific Americans. Finally, May is also Older Americans Month! The organizers are emphasizing the power of connection and engagement in building strong communities. As Villagers, we certainly demonstrate that strong connections and community! So, happy month to us.


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