Around the Community – August 2018


Riderwood honors the volunteers of the Treasure Chest

On July 27, Riderwood honored its dedicated Treasure Chest resident volunteers as part of its annual Appreciation Luncheon. This year’s theme was Planting the Seed for Growth.  Volunteers from across the campus were praised as part of the celebration and a symbolic check in the amount of $56,000, was donated to Riderwood’s Benevolent Care Fund; bringing the total donation to almost $800K since the year 2000. The luncheon memorialized the growth (and future growth) of the Treasure Chest since its inception on October 10, 2000, when the first sale took place in Riderwood’s Village Square craft room. “You are the seed that helps the Treasure Chest grow”, Fiona Divecha said as part of her emotional speech honoring the volunteers.

The Treasure Chest is operated by over 70 resident volunteers and has a threefold purpose: Allows residents a place to donate no longer needed items, provides an economical place for residents and staff to shop, and proceeds from store sales benefit Riderwood’s Benevolent Care Fund. Interested in Volunteering for the Treasure Chest? Call 301-572-8394. (Photos by Chris Taydus)

Residents and staff celebrate the Grand Opening of Town Center

On Monday, July 9, a very special ribbon-cutting ceremony for the brand new Town Center was held. The new lobby was packed with residents and staff excited to see the space in use and to sample some of the delicious food that will be available when the Seasons Restaurant opens in the near future. Executive Director Gary Hibbs led the ribbon-cutting ceremony, crediting the hundreds of people who were involved in the planning and construction of Town Center. He gave special thanks to Diane Johnson-Sipes for the huge part she played in the process. Dining director Jeff Kimbell spoke too, saying how excited he is for the new dining experience in Town Center, with the new Seasons Restaurant and Lounge in addition to the Wye Oak Bistro. (Photos by Chris Taydus)

Community resources hosts outdoor movie night with Willy Wonka

Community Resources hosted an outdoor movie night on July 12 in the Arbor Ridge parking lot, bringing entertainment and fun to residents, staff, and their guests and family all centered around the theme of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory! Attendees began arriving around the 5:00 hour and were greeted to the culinary offerings of the Say Cheese and Pretzel Shop food trucks, both of which offered a variety of dining choices for everyone. While waiting for the movie to begin, a number of activities were available for everyone to enjoy, including games of putt-putt golf, a basketball shot competition, and corn hole! Jim Hossick, an entertainer specializing in original children’s songs performed fun songs about everyone’s favorite topics such as ice cream and pets…and our very own Riderwood TV crew were in attendance, offering a special Willy Wonka themed photo booth for everyone to pick props, pose for a photo, and have a unique memento to commemorate their evening.  (Photos by Avedis Aghguiguian)

A fitting send off for Diane Johnson-Sipes and Ryan Barkley

This past month, Riderwood bid farewell to two popular staff members: Diane Johnson-Sipes and Ryan Barkley. The community celebrated Diane on Friday, July 20 with a farewell celebration in Maryland Hall. Many people spoke on the lasting effect Diane had on the community and as a going away gift, she was presented with a photo frame with a photograph of the polarizing Town Center fireplace as a bit of a gag. Diane will be transitioning to retirement in Florida, but will continue at Riderwood part time for a little while longer.

Ryan Barkley, the former Sales and Marketing Manager here at Riderwood, celebrated his going away on Tuesday, July 24 in the Chesapeake Room at Montgomery Station. Ryan will be moving to North Carolina to take on the position of Sales & Marketing Director of Windsor Run, the new Erickson Living community in Matthews, NC. Highlights from the two going away events are available at  (Photos by Avedis Aghguiguian & Courtney Coombs)


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