Around the Community – January 2020


Riderwood celebrates Nationals World Series win!

For the first time in 95 years, the 2019 Washington Nationals have won the World Series! After the playoff disappointments of recent years, this dynamic team of young stars, veteran leaders, and Manager Dave Martinez and his coaching staff strung late inning comeback victories and brought glory just before midnight on October 30. Timely hitting, great defense, and stellar pitching proved to be a winning formula against the Brewers, Dodgers, Cardinals, and Astros.

Since the World Series began 116 years ago, the Nationals are the first team ever to win all four road games of a seven-game series. Clutch hitting in the last innings of several playoff games by the likes of Anthony Rendon, Juan Soto, Howie Kendrick, Ryan Zimmerman, and Adam Eaton combined with a stellar pitching rotation led by Stephen Strasburg and bullpen heroics from starter Patrick Corbin and relievers Sean Doolittle and Daniel Hudson paved the way. The team join the ranks of Walter Johnson, Sam Rice, Bucky Harris, Goose Goslin and others from the 1924 World Series champions!

A Riderwood shuttle bus took a group of residents down the nation’s capital to help the Nats celebrate their championship on Saturday, November 2. The residents got the chance to see members of the team, the racing president mascots, and the World Series Trophy. (Summary by Richard Bennof. Photos by David Nation)

Residents thank employees with Staff Appreciation Fund

On December 3rd, the Staff Appreciation Fund was distributed to Riderwood’s hourly staff members. During two separate events, one at 7am in the Arbor Ridge Garden Room and the second taking place at 2 pm in the Town Center Celebrations Room, Riderwood’s employees were able to receive their gift and thank the residents in attendance. To further set the festive mood, cookies and hot chocolate were served. During the 2019 campaign’s main fund drive, Riderwood’s residents generously donated $375,000, which in turn was distributed to approximately 1,300 staff members. Staff took the opportunity to sign banners which will be hung in the lobbies of the community buildings. On behalf of the various hourly staff members, thanks to all the residents for their donations. (Photos by Chris Taydus)

Renovations continue in Lakeside Commons

As work on Phase 2 of the Lakeside Commons repositioning construction continues, residents received a look at the work during a town hall meeting on December 11. Project Manager Simone Gomez highlighted the work being done in the Overlook Dining Room, the private dining room, the new classroom space, the lobby entrance, the new Lakeside Commons market and coffee shop, and the administration suite.

Phase one of the construction consisted of the new Blue Heron Pub, renovations to the Encore Theater, construction of a new Finance Office, and the creation of a pre-function art gallery, among other things. The remaining construction is scheduled to be completed in February 2020. (Photos by Chris Taydus)

Winterfest takes a ride on the Polar Express

It certainly wasn’t an unlucky day on Friday, December 13 for the residents, staff, friends, and family of Riderwood as the community held its annual Winterfest celebration throughout the community. Every clubhouse building had various activities centered around the winter holidays and this year’s theme of The Polar Express, the movie based on the book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg.

Activities included various arts and crafts, a create-your-own melted snowman slime station, a screening of the movie The Polar Express, and even a magic show by Riderwood favorite, Mike Rose. Maryland Hall acted as the stand in for the North Pole as the big man himself, Santa Claus, along with Mrs. Claus, took photos with guests. A special thank you to all the departments and volunteers that helped to make the event a success! (Photos by Chris Taydus)

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