Meet the Residents at Asbury Solomons!

Meet some residents who enjoy taking advantage of the Asbury Solomons lifestyle.

senior man in kayak by Asbury Solomons dock

Adventurous Spirit Leads to ‘No Regrets’

“I didn’t want to get to the end of my life and have any regrets,” says Asbury Solomons Cottage resident Harlan Higgins. His thinking was shaped by listening to his father put off opportunities saying to Harlan’s mother, “We will do that after I retire.” He died at age 57. It was a big reminder for Harlan that there is no guarantee of a tomorrow for any of us. With that in mind Harlan has approached life with a certain gusto for living:  Read More

Clear Sailingmarried couple stand in boat at Solomons Island marina

When Joan and Bill White began navigating the waters of senior living options, there’s was one non-negotiable on which they both agreed: Their new living space needed to be near the water. And when a Google search of continuing care retirement communities on the East Coast introduced the couple to Asbury Solomons on Maryland’s Patuxent River, they decided to take a look. Read More »

‘Gearhead’ Loves Freedom to RoamSenior Asbury resident, Lowell Martin, with their sportbike

A self-described “gearhead,” Lowell Martin sets a fast pace. He loves taking students sailing on a historic skipjack at Calvert Marine Museum where he volunteers, but is equally at home on the open road riding his beloved red Ducati sportbike. Lowell and his wife moved to Asbury Solomons while in their 70s – a good timeframe in his estimation. “Frankly, mowing the yard and taking care of the house wasn’t my favorite activity,” Lowell says. “I felt like it was time to stop managing the big house and let somebody else take care of it.” Read More »

Water Lovers at Home on the Rivermarine biologist Mike Vecchione and his water-loving wife Susan at Asbury Solomons

When marine biologist Mike Vecchione and his water-loving wife Susan began their search for a senior living community, what wasn’t to like about Asbury Solomons? While the river  was the primary attraction, Solomons is also within commuting distance of Washington where Mike works works. He and Susan are two of many residents at this ‘retirement’ community who aren’t actually retired or remain active with hobbies and campus projects.  Read More »

Dolly MerrittA Quick Decision Turns Into a ‘Happy Adventure’

Dolly Merritt still “can’t quite believe that when the whole world was hunkering down, my husband Paul and I decided it was a good time to downsize 17 years’ worth of accumulated stuff, which I prefer to call “collectibles,” and move to a retirement community. But we did and we’ve had a happy adventure.” Dolly put her skills as a columnist to work chronicling her downsizing and move. Read More »

Asbury Solomons resident volunteering at Smile Food Pantry

SMILE Volunteer Helps Fight Hunger

When Anna Tillack retired, she had no intention of just sitting around and “looking at my four walls,” she says. In particular, Anna was looking for a way to give back to the Southern Maryland community she and her husband had called home since 1978. Read More »

David Winterle

Working Past Retirement Age? Why Not?

Whether it’s volunteering within the retirement community where they live or focusing their efforts outward, Asbury residents are busy doing exactly what they want to be doing – making good use of their time and talents. Read More »


Pam and George Callen

Planning to Age Well

Meet Pam and George Callen, two of Asbury Solomons’ newest Cottage residents.

The couple had just returned from a water aerobics class on campus when they spoke about their decision to move to a retirement community at an age – Pam is 69, George, 73 – that left many of their friends scratching their heads. Read More »

Ernest WilloughbyAudubon Devotee & Professor Shares Passion With Others

It doesn’t take long for new Asbury Solomons’ residents to comment on how many interesting conversations they find themselves in with their newfound neighbors. Read More »


Ron GruverEmbracing All Life Has to Offer

Clearly, Ron Gruver is a one hundred and ten percent kind of guy. He’s a great example of the independent living that Asbury residents enjoy. Read More »


Betty's Closet

The Cheerful Face Behind Betty’s Closet

Ruth Maxey is a self-described people person, a fact that would come as no surprise to the hundreds of residents and shoppers who interact with Ruth in her role as a founding volunteer of Betty’s Closet, the thrift shop that benefits Asbury Solomons’ Benevolent Care Fund. Read More »


Suzanne Edwards

“Early” Move to Asbury Solomons Just the Right Move for Social Couple

Suzanne and Bud Edwards moved to Asbury Solomons from Arkansas in 2006, drawn by the proximity of their children and the community’s fabulous river view. Read More »


Marcella Hayes

Asbury Solomons’ Queen Bee of the Gardens

March is when most garden lovers at Asbury Solomons begin staking out their seasonal harvest. By late summer, many will no doubt be wondering why on earth they planted all those tomatoes and zucchini. Read More »


Lee and Charlene McCollough

Forever Friends

For sisters, Lee McCollough and Charlene Massing, being together in retirement was a foregone conclusion. “From the time I was little, I’ve had this picture in my mind of two, little old ladies walking down the street,” Charlene says. “I could only see them from the back, but I just always knew it was my sister and me.” Read More »


Sue Hu

Helping Hands Reach Out to the Chesapeake

Sue Hu’s passion and energy for the environment have never been in short supply.  A long career as a science teacher was capped off by ten years directing and teaching summer classes for Audubon Naturalist Society and Calvert Marine Museum immersing teenagers in Chesapeake Bay ecology. Read More »


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