Health and Wellness Fair

Health and Wellness Fair
Place: Miller Center at Friends House Retirement Community
Date: Thursday May 26,
Time: 2:30-5:00
Invite your family and friends


APG Care
Senior Connection Winter Growth
Olney Home for Life
Embrace Your Space
Blueberry Gardens
Holy Cross Hospice Advanced Nursing and
Home Support
Geriatric Care Counseling Capital Area Food Bank
Push Button Emergency
Montgomery Hospice
Affiliated Sante Group
Financial Planning


Museum Workshop: Home and the Meaning of Place

Home and The Meaning of Place – a workshop series

Next All Ages workshop Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Sandy Spring Museum, 1pm to 4pm

Pictures from the February 27th workshop



What can we learn from our treasures and memories?

Our first Meaning of Home workshop was held Saturday February 27.  The meaning of home is complex, and unique. It is connected to your experiences and embedded within your heart. Home is a place for your stuff and for your memories…and can include the homes of grandparents, or other historical places or experiences, a beach or mountain vacation home or annual trips to a home country. Our participants ranges in age from 17-mid eighties! We learned about the special collections at the Museum from Curator Lydia Fraser and were able to examine treasured historic objects and sentimental items of personal use or practical use from the historic residents of Sandy Spring. Participants examined personal meaning of home and created beautiful collages symbolic of their own heart home.

Reflection Quotes and Maxims:

-Home is where the heart is.
-Home is not just a place-it is a feeling.
-It is love that makes any place a “home”
-There is no place like
-With you I am home. My home is a person!
-Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.  (Gary Snyder)
-How often have I lain beneath rain on a strange roof, thinking of home. ( William Faulkner)
-It doesn’t matter whom you love or where you move from or to, you always take yourself with you. If you don’t know who you are, or if you’ve forgotten or misplaced her, then you’ll always feel as if you don’t belong. Anywhere. (xiii) Sarah Ban Breathnach, “Moving On: Creating Your House of Belonging with Simple Abundance”
-Language is the only homeland. Czeslaw Milosz

2016 Feb & March Classes at Sandy Spring Museum

Also check out the creative writing from our Winter Gift Workshop, click on Creativity and then Writing

Aging Well With Friends Intergenerational Workshops at the Museum

2016 Creative Winter Explorations for All ages

Each workshop is being held twice to give more people a chance to attend.

All smiles
All smiles

Exploring the meaning of Home: The Art and Meaning of deeply seeing the places we live
February 27, 2016, afternoon class, 1PM-3PM
March 19, 2016, morning class 10:00am – 12:00pm
Participants of all ages are invited to attend just one of these events or both.
Cost: 20$ for Adults, free for seniors and students
To register contact Carol Cober email:, phone: 240-418-5603

Description: Explore how creative expression using mixed media, creative writing and art journaling can help us understand more about the place we call home throughout the lifespan. Learn how the unique history of the place in Sandy Spring connects with our own personal meaning about our heart-home. Open to all-ages.

2016 Mid week-Opportunities for those who share care

Creative explorations for caregivers: Keeping more joy during times of stress
Wednesday February 10, 2016 from 1-2:30 – to be rescheduled
Wednesday March 9, 2016 from 1-2:30
Cost: $20 for adults-Free for seniors over 65 and students
To register contact Carol Cober email:, phone: 240-418-5603

Description: Explore art practices in mixed media and collage and guided writing exercises to find how creative expression can help you to claim more joy when under caregiver stress. For all ages of caregivers young moms and dads, older caregivers or others curious about this learning.

Alexander Technique helps balance



Robin Gilmore of Chesapeake Bay Alexander Studios taught two different Alexander Technique workshops at Friends House with the help of Peter Legowski of Sandy Spring Friends Meeting.  Robin, using her little friend, the skeleton, “Alex”, showed the participants how to get up out of a chair more easily, and how to feel more confident about  balance whether needing to use helps like walking with a cane or walker or able to walk without aid.  Both workshops were well attended and more are in the planning stages.

The Alexander Technique has been in use since the late 1800’s and aims to increase efficiency and mobility in any activity.    It was invented by F. M. Alexander and is a process of learning to be aware of the way you move and ways you could move better by unlearning old habits of movement that are no longer or were never effective.   The method is used by performers, athletes, musicians and dancers.  It also helps with symptoms of chronic fatigue and tension, the result of tension at work and in daily life.  As Robins says, “We can regain our inherent buoyancy and think on our feet as we respond to whatever comes our way.”

Robin Gilmore is a dancer who learned the Alexander Technique to help her dance healthily.  She is a Teaching Artist for the Maryland State Arts Council and VSA Arts.  She has been teaching the Alexander Technique since 1986 and runs a Teacher Training program in Greensboro, NC.  She is the author of a book, “What Every Dancer Needs to Know About the Body“.  Pete Legowski is currently attending the Teacher Training program.

For more information on Robin and the Alexander Technique, click here.

Improv at the Museum

Describing a face
Describing a face

Another group with their facer
Another group with a face
Great "art" description #3
Great “art” description #3

Aging Well with Friends spent a morning at the IMPROV with Bridget Cavaiola of the Baltimore Improv Group, whose home is the Mercury Theater at 1823 N. Charles Street in Baltimore, MD 21201.  Bridget led us through a series of exercises leading to impromptu skits.  

Participants were of all ages and conditions from very athletic young people to an elder in a wheelchair. Bridget

Great "art" description #3
Great “art” description #3
started by having us learn each other’s names through movement and paired us up in random groups based on the alphabet or numbers.  The final skit was a cartoon face drawn by two people taking turns.  Then we had to name the face and describe the character behind the face by turns, without being able to talk to each other first.  The results were hilarious!