Edenwald Programs

You’ll find a multitude of programs at our Maryland retirement community. The calendars of Edenwald residents are so full, they are rarely ever home! View this month’s calendar and The Edentimes see the latest happenings at Edenwald!


  • Edenforum lecture series
  • Bridge games, duplicate bridge and Mah Jongg
  • International Dine-Around-Town series
  • Poker
  • Concerts
  • Saturday evening movies and foreign films
  • Monthly wine tastings
  • Flower arranging
  • Book club and writing group
  • Art classes
  • Coffee and conversation
  • Green-roof gardening
  • Sunday worship service, monthly ecumenical service, weekly Catholic service
  • Bi-monthly Shabbat service
  • Weekly Bible study
  • Baltimore County Public Library “Bookmobile” on-site weekly
  • Glee Club
  • Holiday and special event parties
  • Bingo
  • Reader’s Theater
  • Weekly trips to area attractions, museums and cultural events
  • Continuing education classes through Community College of Baltimore County
  • Lifelong Learning


  • Line dancing and Zumba Gold
  • Yoga, tai chi and pilates
  • Cornhole, bocce and shuffleboard
  • Wii bowling
  • Pool volleyball
  • Aquatic Fit, Aquatic Arthritis and Aqua Dance
  • Strength, conditioning and balance classes
  • Men’s and women’s billiards leagues
  • Drums Alive
  • Trail walks to local parks and historical sites
  • Group Exercise Schedule


Fitness and Wellness at Edenwald

Fitness Center News

Strength & Stretching will now be taught in the auditorium on Mondays and Fridays at 10:00 AM.

Active Trips & Events

Puzzle Room Trip

Thursday, February 20th

1:15 PM – 3:30 PM

Breakout – Timonium

Solve puzzles with a group to crack the code. Each clue and solution leads to the next.  The price is $25-$40 (depends on participation) for admission and transportation. Sign up in the reservation book if interested.

Ma & Pa Trail Hike w/ Lunch at Vagabond Sandwich Co.

Thursday, March 26th from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

First hike of 2020! Bus leaves promptly at 9:00 AM. Please sign-up in registration book if interested. Lunch is on your own at Vagabond Sandwich Company at noon. Last day to cancel is March 19th.

Inner Adventures Journaling Group

1st Prompt – January 28th

1st Discussion – February 4th

Sign-up in the reservation book for a free weekly open journal group with in person discussions on Tuesdays at 7:00 PM in the Multipurpose Room. Prompts will be given at the end of the discussions to be reviewed the following week.

Trips and Travel

Tuesday, February 4th

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture

RATED: MODERATE-DIFFICULT           Departure: 10:00 a.m.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is a place where all Americans can learn about the richness and diversity of the African American experience, what it means to their lives, and how it helped us shape this nation. Highlights in the museum feature Harriet Tubman’s hymnal; Nat Turner’s bible; a plantation cabin from South Carolina; Guard tower from Angola Prison; Michael Jackson’s fedora; and works by prolific artists such as Charles Alston, Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden, and Henry O. Tanner.

The cost of this trip is $20 for transportation.  Lunch will be on your own in the museum’s Sweet Home Café.  If you are interested, please sign up in the registration book.  The deadline to cancel was Tuesday, January 21.  Your account was charged. Another trip is scheduled for May 2020.  Waitlisted residents will have priority.


Thursday, February 6th

Engineers Club

Rated MODERATE      Departure: 10:30 a.m.

Our trip will include lunch and a tour led by Jack Gillett, who is a former trustee of the Garrett-Mansion trust. The Garrett-Jacobs Mansion, the largest town house in Baltimore, was the home of Robert Garrett, the second president of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, and Mary Frick Garrett Jacobs. It is located in the Mount Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore, built on land purchased from John Eager Howard. Robert and Mary Garrett engaged Gilded Age architect Stanford White to help them realize their vision of a beautiful home that would compare with other Gilded Age homes in Boston, New York, and Philadelphia. The renovations would continue for thirty-two years until the house included over forty rooms, sixteen fireplaces, and one hundred windows. Although the house is owned by the Engineers Club, it is protected by the Garrett-Jacobs Endowment Trust, a tax-exempt organization.

The total cost of this trip is $30 which includes your lunch, tax and gratuity. The deadline to cancel was Tuesday, January 21. Your account has been charged.


Sunday, February 9th

Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College: Rosenberg Lecture featuring Septura Brass Septet

Rated: EASY   Departure: 4:15 p.m.

London’s leading players redefine brass chamber music through their uniquely expressive sound.

Tickets to this event are free. If you are interested please sign up in the registration book.  The deadline to cancel was Thursday, January 30. Reminder, if you are no longer able to attend, please be courteous and notify the front desk so someone else may take advantage of this free opportunity.


Tuesday, February 11th

Visionary Art Museum

Rated MODERATE      Departure: 9:45 a.m.

Be prepared for the unusual and imaginative at this museum housing works by non-mainstream artists, including the “whirligig”, a 55-foot wind-powered sculpture, a 10-foot model of the Lusitania made entirely out of match sticks and a mobile that spans three floors.

If you are interested, please sign up in the registration book. The total cost of this trip is $10. The deadline to cancel is Tuesday, February 4. After that your account will be charged.


Thursday, February 13th

Kate Pearl Tea Room at Gypsy’s

Rated: MODERATE      Departure: 11:30 a.m.

The Tea Room’s long standing mission is to differentiate itself by offering exceptional tea service in a friendly atmosphere with the utmost attention to customer satisfaction and comfort and to be distinguished among the most innovative and progressive tearooms in the state.

Certain things in life are so superb that one is compelled to bring them together. Thus, the historic William Winchester House in Westminster, Maryland became Gypsy’s Tea Room in September 2002. Join us as we enjoy an afternoon at The Kate Pearl Tea Room at Gypsy’s. The total cost of this trip is $40, which includes the Royal Tea Appetizer, fluted fruit beverage, soup and salad, scones with clotted cream & spreads, fresh fruit, tea sandwiches & savories, assorted sweets and sorbet. Tax, gratuity and transportation is included. The deadline to cancel is Tuesday, February 4.

If you are interested, please sign up in the registration book.


Tuesday, February 18th

Bus Tour of Towson

Rated: EASY       Departure: 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Back by popular demand! Please join us for a ride around Towson to find out what is happening to our little “sleepy town.”  Be smart about the “over the top” construction project in Towson.

There will be two times to sign up. This is a free trip.  Each trip is limited to 18.  Please sign up in the registration book.


Friday, February 21st

American Craft Council Show

Rated: MODERATE    Departure: 10:00 a.m.

Join us as we celebrate all things handmade at the American Craft Show at the Baltimore Convention Center. Come shop crafts like you’ve never seen before, from more than 650 of the country’s top contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture and home decor artists.

The cost of this trip is $16. If you are interested, please sign up in the registration book. The deadline to cancel is Thursday, February 13. After that, your account will be charged.


Thursday, February 27th

Movie Trip

Rated: MODERATE   Departure: TBD

Enjoy an afternoon at the movies. Show, theatre and departure time is to be determined at a later time.


Saturday, February 29th

Met Live at the Charles Theatre featuring: Agrippina

Rated: EASY   Departure: 11:45 a.m.

Handel’s tale of intrigue and impropriety in ancient Rome receives its first Met performances, with star mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as the controlling, power-hungry Agrippina and Harry Bicket conducting. Sir David McVicar’s production ingeniously reframes the action of this black comedy about the abuse of power to “the present,” where it should loudly resonate. The all-star cast features mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey as Agrippina’s son and future emperor Nerone, soprano Brenda Rae as the seductive Poppea, countertenor Iestyn Davies as the ambitious officer Ottone, and bass Matthew Rose as the weary emperor Claudius.

The total cost of this trip is $22. The deadline to cancel is Thursday, February 13. After which, your account will be charged.

Weekly Community Events

Sunday Worship

Every Sunday

Location: Auditorium    Time: 3:00 p.m.

Sunday Worship will continue each Sunday in February.  All are welcome for worship, fellowship, and inspiration for the week ahead:

February 2           Rev. James McSavaney

February 9          Rev. Ann McCorkle Garrett

February 16        Mr. Patrick Cunningham

February 23         Rev. Ron Standiford


Every Monday

Location: Terraces Multipurpose Room   Time: 2:30 p.m.

Backgammon is one of the oldest board games for two players, dating from the Byzantine Empire. A game that has been played for centuries has got to be fun! Don’t know how to play? We’ll teach you! We will have 5 boards available.

Duplicate Bridge

Every Tuesday

Location: Terraces Multipurpose Room  Time: 12:30 p.m.

For further information, contact Anne Engle or Adele Notari.


Every Tuesday

Location: Auditorium    Time: 7:30 p.m.

2 cards for $1.00! Come try YOUR luck!

No Bingo on Tuesday, February 25th

Open Art Studio- Towers 1205

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-4 pm.

Residents can work on art and craft activities on their own and sometimes with instruction.

Bible Study

Every Thursday

Location: Terraces Multipurpose Room   Time: 10:00 a.m.

Rev. Ron Standiford will be teaching from the books of Colossians and Philemon – God teaches life lessons that can change the heart.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, February 2nd

Super Bowl LIV   5:30 p.m.

Location: Auditorium    Facilitator: Lifestyles Programming Department

Variety of snacks will be served. Drink Mixers will be available, otherwise BYOB. Doors open one hour before kickoff.  Open seating. All are welcome.

Monday, February 3rd and 10th

Carrie Engel: Houseplants 101

Location: Terraces Multipurpose Room  Time: 11:00 a.m.

Can’t wait for the Green Roof garden? Have a house plant that you’re not sure about? Carrie Engel of Valley View Farms will answer some of your plant questions.  Space is limited, so arrive early.

Tuesday, February 4th  

Golden Travel Services, LLC. Travel Presentation      2:00 p.m.                                  

Location: Auditorium     Facilitator: Lifestyles Programming Department

Hear all about the new 2020 group custom vacations!

Enjoy a fun afternoon w/ friends and a chance to win a door prize!

Tuesday, February 4th  

Book Club: “Leadership in Turbulent Times”             7:30 p.m.                                  

Location: 2nd Floor Private Dining Room          Facilitator: Patricia Owens

We will be discussing “Leadership in Turbulent Times” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Doris Kearns Goodwin, which recounts the lives and leadership of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson. She gives us a powerful look at how they expanded their gifts, clarified their purposes and matured their voices, and how these qualities equipped them to lead the country during trying times.

Wednesday, February 5th

Art w/ Emily 10:30 a.m.

Location: Art Studio Room 1205     Facilitator: Lifestyles Programming Department

Join Artist in Residence Emily Kendall the first Wednesday of every month, when she will share new approaches to art.  Classes are limited to 10 residents per class and fill very quickly.  Classes are free.  Please sign up in the registration book.

Wednesday, February 5th 

Amadi and Debby Azikiwe              7:30 p.m.                                               

Location: Auditorium    Facilitator: Lifestyles Programming Department

The Violin/Viola and Piano duo has played concerts throughout the United States and at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Arts Alive Festival.

Amadi, a New York native, is currently Music Director of the Harlem Symphony Orchestra. Debby hails from Hong Kong, where she taught and performed for nearly 20 years before moving to the U.S.

Thursday, February 6, 20 & March 5, 19

Accepting Our Mortality         11:00 a.m.

Location: 2nd Floor Party Room      Facilitators: Eric Gratz & Jackie Gratz

Although we accept the loss of our loved ones, are we ready to accept the prospect of our own demise?

Please join a small group of fellow residents who are willing to face end of life issues. We will try to establish a safe and comfortable setting in which we can share our thoughts, feelings and unresolved issues about growing old and dying.

Group to be limited to 15 participants.  Group will begin with the dates listed above.  Further dates may be added if the group wishes to continue. Discussion to be facilitated by Eric Gratz, psychotherapist and Jackie Gratz, educator.

Friday, February 7th        

Wine Tasting       4:30 p.m. 

Location: Inside & Outside the Auditorium  

Facilitator: Lifestyles Programming Department

First Friday of the month, Wine Tasting, will offer light refreshments along with the wines of the Month!

Saturday, February 8th

Coffee and Conversation          10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Location: Private Dining Room 2nd Floor      Facilitator: Lifestyles Programming Department

Want a great way to meet your neighbors?  Stop in on Saturday morning. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, February 9th 

Sunday on Broadway: “Love Never Dies”                  7:00 p.m.

Location: Auditorium              Facilitator: Party Committee

Experience the breathtaking new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies and continue the story of the Phantom of the Opera.

Set ten years later, the Phantom has escaped from Paris to New York where he lives amongst the joy rides and freak shows of Coney Island. He has finally found a place for his music to soar; all that is missing is his love Christine Daaé.

In a bid to win back her love, the Phantom lures Christine, her husband Raoul, and their young son Gustave from Manhattan, to the glittering and glorious world of Coney Island…they have no idea what lies ahead!

A beautiful and haunting sequel to the Phantom of the Opera. The running time for this presentation is 2hrs.

Monday, February 10th  

Slavery and Freedom on Maryland’s Eastern Shore w/ Jacqueline Simmons Hedberg

Location: Auditorium   Time: 7:30 p.m.

African Americans, both enslaved and free, were vital to the economy of the Eastern Shore of Maryland from colonial settlement to the Civil War and are, therefore, an integral part of the peninsula’s history.  In her lecture Plantations, Slavery & Freedom on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Jacqueline Hedberg will talk about their role by telling six stories about African Americans that she wrote about in her book of the same title.  The stories are based on records from the Archives of Maryland, including some pertaining to her own ancestors.

Through these lives she will examine race relations on the Eastern Shore (and in Maryland in general) from the early colonial period, through the Plantation Revolution (when long-lasting attitudes about race were developed), to the Independence decades and the internal slave trade of the 19th century.  The last people she will talk about are runaways and free blacks, both of whom are found throughout the Shore’s pre-Civil War history.  Each of these vignettes about Anthony Johnson, Denby, Thomas Bishop, three Ross sisters, Freddie Bailey, Harriet Tubman, and Samuel Green illustrates a different part of a story of courage, cruelty, and hope.

Jacqueline Simmons Hedberg was born in southwestern Dorchester County on Hoopers Island, where her family has lived since the island’s first settlement over 350 years ago.  She received her undergraduate degree in history from Western Maryland College and has Masters Degrees from Michigan State University and the Johns Hopkins University.

Since her retirement from a long career teaching history in the Baltimore County Public Schools in Maryland and for the Department of Defense Overseas Schools in Germany and Japan, she has devoted her time to researching family genealogy and the history of Hoopers Island.

She is the author of several books about her birthplace, including Hoopers Island: Hoopers Island’s Changing Face (Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series).  In 2010, she received the Maryland Historical Society’s Marion Brewington Prize for her essay “Humes Wallace, Hoopers Island Boat Builder.”  She also has written frequently about her family history for the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal.  In 2017 and 2018 she taught the class “Free Blacks and Slaves on Maryland’s Eastern Shore” for the Towson University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Wednesday, February 12th

Seth Kibel and the Bay City Jazz Project          7:30 p.m.

Location: Auditorium   Facilitator: Lifestyles Programming Department

Seth Kibel is one of the Mid-Atlantic’s premier woodwind specialists, working with some of the best bands in klezmer, jazz, swing, and more.  Wowing audiences on clarinet, saxophone, and flute, Seth has made a name for himself in the Washington/Baltimore region, and beyond. He is the featured performer with The Kleztet, Bay Jazz Project, Music Pilgrim Trio, The Natty Beaux, and more.  Seth has won 28 Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies), including “Best World Music Instrumentalist” and “Best Jazz Instrumentalist”. His most recent recording, When You’re Smiling, was released in 2018 on the Azalea City Recordings record label.  His song “New Waltz” was the Grand Prize winner of 2016 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (MASC), sponsored by the Songwriters’ Association of Washington (SAW).

Thursday, February 13th

Monthly Foreign Film     7:30 p.m.

Location: Auditorium    Facilitator: Movie Committee

Watch the bulletin board for the movie title and movie description for our February foreign film of the month.

Friday, February 14th         

Computer Q&A 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.                                             

Location: Auditorium    Facilitator: Alvin Miller

Alvin Miller connects his computer to the screen in the auditorium so all participants needing computer help can see what he is doing.  Alvin will answer a question from each person in turn.  He will offer answers to PC questions. No sign up needed.

Friday, February 14th

Residents’ Association Meeting    1:30 p.m.     

Location: Auditorium    Facilitator: Executive Committee

Residents’ Association Meeting. All residents are invited to attend. Following this meeting, please stay for our monthly Town Hall with Mark Beggs.

Friday, February 14th          

Town Hall w/ Mark   2:00 p.m.      Location: Auditorium

Come to this informative session, as Mark lays out how Edenwald will move towards the future and answer any questions you may have about life at Edenwald.

*You can logon to www.edenwaldra.org  to receive information on the most recent Town Hall notes, or read them in the Library located on the 3rd floor.

Friday, February 14th

Valentine’s Day Concert -The Glory of Love         7:30 p.m.

Location: Auditorium             

Facilitator: Party Committee

Quotes of Love- “There is never a time or place for true love; it happens when you least expect it.”

“Love is like the wind. You can’t see it, but you can feel it.”

“The greatest pleasure of life is love.”

“Love is the energy of life.”

Join us for the Glory of Love concert featuring love songs through the years. We will be entertained by Trish and Frank of Vintage Entertainment. Wear red and spend your Valentine’s Day with us.

Monday, February 17th

Free Talking Books      Presentation 11:00 a.m.

Location: Terraces Multipurpose Room Facilitator: Mary Lu Fisher

This Library of Congress program is designed for those who are blind or have difficulty reading for a long period of time. The free player weighs 2 pounds and has a carry handle. It also has 19 hours of memory and using a regular outlet while hearing a book recharges the battery. Order more than one book and you do not have to reorder so often.

If you are interested, please plan to visit this short presentation about this wonderful opportunity.

Monday, February 17th

Evan Drachman

Location: Auditorium   Time: 7:30 p.m.

We are pleased to welcome the return of Evan Drachman, cellist, under the auspices of the Piatigorsky Foundation. Mr. Drachman is the founder and artistic director of The Piatigorsky Foundation whose mission is to make live classical music a part of the fabric of everyday life for underserved communities throughout the United States. The organization is named for Mr. Drachman’s grandfather, cellist Gregor Piatigorsky.

His accompanist this year will be pianist Chelsea Wang, who has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in many venues in North America, Asia, Europe and the Kennedy Center in DC. A graduate of Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music, Ms. Wang began playing the piano at age 4.

A promising evening of delightful music!

Wednesday, February 19th 

“That Army of Foolish Women: Women’s Suffrage in Maryland”

w/ Jean Baker

 Location: Auditorium   Time: 7:30pm

This August 2020 Americans will celebrate the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. But as we struggle to protect voting today, we need to remember just how contested that right was, particularly in Maryland, a state which did not ratify the amendment until 1941. This talk covers the Maryland suffrage story.

Jean Baker is a Professor Emerita of History at Goucher College. She is the author of several books, including The Stevensons, Mary Todd Lincoln, Margaret Sanger, and Sisters: The Lives of America’s Suffragists.

Thursday, February 20th

Trivia Night 2-20-2020    7:30 p.m.

Location: Auditorium              Facilitator: Party Committee &

Lifestyles Programming Department

Join us for our first Trivia Tournament- select your teams and sign up in the registration book. We will have 8 tables with 8 people.

Sharpen up your brains and join us for this fun evening.

Sunday, February 23rd

Sunday on Broadway: “Love is a Many Splendored Thing”   7:00 p.m.

Location: Auditorium              Facilitator: Party Committee

Set in 1949 -50 in Hong Kong it tells the story a Eurasian doctor, Han Suyin, and an American Journalist, Mark Elliott who meet at a party. Han Suyin is a Chinese general’s widow shot by a communist and her painful life experience made her give up love forever. Mark Elliott, who’s separated from his wife, asks Han Suyin to have lunch. She accepts and they meet more often, and a mutual feeling of love arises…and the story continues,

The movie debuted in 1955 starring Jennifer June and William Holden. It won two academy awards, one for costuming and the other for the best song. The running time for this film is 1hr 42min.

Monday, February 24th

Clipper Ships and Presidents: The Baltimore Tea Connection

 w/ Johns Hopkins

Location: Auditorium   Time: 7:30 p.m.

From Alex Brown to Jimmy Wu, Baltimore’s roots are intertwined with trade in Chinese Tea. The first shipment documented Chits of tea came through our port, as did the first documented Chinese people. Come learn how the import (and export) of tea has shaped Baltimore’s growth for over 200 years.

Johns Hopkins has been the executive director of Baltimore Heritage since 2003. Before that, Johns worked for the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development developing and implementing smart growth and neighborhood revitalization programs. Johns holds degrees from Yale University, George Washington University Law School, and the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment.

 Tuesday, February 25th

Let the Good Times Roll             7:30p.m

Location: Auditorium    Facilitator: The Party Committee

Please join us on Shrove Tuesday for a Mardi Gras Celebration!


Please wear your costume; we will be judging them! If you do not have a mask we will supply one. We will dance and parade to the blue sounds of the Steve Williams Duo.

We will be serving Hurricane Punch, Kings Cake and Fasnachts. Please join us for the BIG PARTY before Lent begins! Please sign up in the registration book, so we can plan for the correct number of Mardi Gras party goers. There will be plenty of seating!

Wednesday, February 26th  

Ash Wednesday Service       10:30 a.m.  

Location: Auditorium    Facilitator: Sunday Worship Committee

Join Rev. Jerry Todd as we celebrate the beginning of Lent. All are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, February 26th  

Ash Wednesday Service       2:00 p.m.  

Location: Private Dining Room    Facilitator: Lifestyles Programming Department

A representative from Immaculate Conception will serve communion. All are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, February 26th  

Let’s Write           3:30 p.m.  

Location: Terraces Multipurpose Room  Facilitator: Jack Gillett

Your writing can be a journal entry, poetry, fiction, an op-ed piece, or essay. Perhaps write about a memory from your past or thoughts about people or events for the present, visits to memorable places, encounters with unusual people, humorous incidents or recollections of friends or relatives that you treasure.  Writers are asked to bring eight copies of pieces to be read to the group.  Listeners are welcome and may join the discussion. Sessions last one hour. Those who attend our meetings are also invited to have dinner and conversation with other Let’s Write! members at 5:30 in the Valley Room.

Thursday, February 27th 

Sharing Group     2:00 p.m.    

Location: Terraces Multipurpose Room    Facilitator: The Executive Committee

You are invited to share any concerns and suggestions about life at Edenwald with the President and Vice President of the Residents’ Association.

Come get to know each other and share your thoughts.

Thursday, February 27th 

Musician in Residence:  Claire Hebeisen   7:30 p.m.

Location: Auditorium              Facilitator: Lifestyles Programming Department

Claire Hebeisen is a rising junior at the Peabody Conservatory studying violin performance.  She is skilled in all types of musical performance including solo, chamber, and orchestra which encompasses Symphony, Opera and Modern Orchestra. Claire especially enjoys chamber and new music and has participated in both the Peabody Chamber Program and the Contemporary Music Ensemble.

Friday, February 28th

The Maryland State Boychoir                   7:30 p.m.

Location: Auditorium              Facilitator: Lifestyles Programming Department

This choir has dedicated itself to providing talented boys with a musical education in the tradition of the great European choir schools, opportunities to perform professionally, and an opportunity to do something they love- to sing.  Hear the enchanted voices of the Boychoir as they perform selections of sacred and secular music.