The Chamberlin News
Holiday Hoorah – December 17th
Holiday Hoorah Saturday, December 17th St. Mark’s United Methodist Church Family Life Center 99 East Mercury Blvd. Hampton, VA 23669 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm Shop ’til you Drop at The Spirit of Christmas Event at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church Family Life Center. Discover the treasures that await you. Our residents as well as other vendors will have their items for sale. RSVP by December 10th to 757-637-7200.
Sounds of Joy Christmas Concert – December 14th
The Chamberlin Presents: Sounds of Joy Christmas Concert Wednesday, December 14th Grand Lobby, The Chamberlin Concert from 7:30 to 9:30 pm Celebrate the season with The Sounds of Joy at The Chamberlin! Stay for a tour after the concert and mix and mingle at The Chamberlin. Experience our difference. RSVP by December 12th to 757-637-7200. Light refreshments will be served
Christmas at Fort Monroe – December 12th
The Chamberlin Presents: Christmas at Fort Monroe Monday, December 12th The Solarium, The Chamberlin From 7:15 to 9:00 p.m. Hear how the holidays have been celebrated over the years at Fort Monroe. From the grand Christmas buffets at the luxurious Chamberlin Hotel to the lean years during wartime, Robert Kelly, Casemate Museum Historian, will bring history to life! RSVP by December 9th to 757-637-7200. Light refreshments will be served.
Vanessa Cole from Williamsburg Living History – December 22nd
The Chamberlin Presents: Vanessa Cole – “Christmas at Home and in the Field” Thursday, December 22nd The Solarium, 9th Floor, The Chamberlin Presentation from 10:00 to 11:00 am Christmas is never easy during times of war and the Civil War is no exception. By the time we get to the mid-19th century, most of our modern Christmas traditions are in place, Come celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Victorian style, as we did during the Civil War both at home and in the field. In a theatrical presentation, Vanessa presents information from Civil War times. She will present at 10 am in the Solarium on the 9th floor of The Chamberlin. The presentation is open to the public, at no charge. For more information, call 637-7203.
Hollywood’s Take on World War II, Fact or Fiction – December 1st
The Chamberlin Presents: Hollywood’s Take on World War II, Fact or Fiction Thursday, December 1st The Solarium, 9th Floor, The Chamberlin Presentation from 3:00 to 4:00 pm An afternoon presentation by Ron Lewis of the Mariner’s Museum. Presentation begins at 3 pm. This presentation will center on Pearl Harbor, and the events that occurred before, during and after this attack, using references to the 2001 movie. He will address how the events affected us globally, and locally, and discuss how accurate the hit movie was! It’s a history lesson wrapped up in a love story, in other words, straight out of Hollywood! You won’t want to miss this presentation a week before Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Open to the public, the program is free. For more information, call 637-7203.
That Time of the Year
It is almost that time of year. There is a crispness in the air promising that it is going to get even colder. There are peppermint mochas in festively designed cups in everyone’s glove covered hands. There is even the illusive sound of bells, of the jingle variety, coming from somewhere. The Holiday Season is upon us. This season is the most anticipated time of the year. During the winter, when the natural world is slowing down the whole of human kind seems to be speeding up. There are gifts to buy, people to see, parties to plan, and those aforementioned peppermint mochas to make sure that one can keep up the energy to accomplish all of these tasks. Despite all the songs saying otherwise, this is also the most stressful time of the year. After weddings, death, and serious illness, polls show that people find the winter holidays to be one of the most stressed filled times. All the rushing about trying to make sure you purchased the most wanted children’s gift of the season for little Nephew Timmy or making sure that Great Aunt Gracie is not seated by Cousin Phyllis at the holiday meal so that family […]
Resident Panel – November 16th
The Chamberlin Presents: Resident Panel Wednesday, November 16th The Solarium, 9th Floor, The Chamberlin Presentation from 10:00 to 12:00 pm Is The Chamberlin the best fit for you? The moment you step inside The Chamberlin, you know you’ve arrived somewhere special. Come visit with experts – our very own residents – to learn how The Chamberlin is a grand showcase of exceptional senior living and as comfortable as home should be. Our award winning chef will provide light refreshments while you hear our expert panel discuss the pleasures of life on the bay. Tours available! Open to the public, the program is free. RSVP by November 15th to (757) 637-7200.
Senior Security Event – November 7th
The Chamberlin Presents: Senior Safety and Security Tips Monday, November 7th The Solarium, 9th Floor, The Chamberlin Presentation from 2:00 to 4:00 pm Did you know 2.6 billion dollars were lost last year due to scams targeted at older adults? Join us as we learn safety and security tips with an expert from our own Hampton Police Department, Corporal Wilson. Call 757-637-7200 to reserve your seat! Open to the public, the program is free.
Veteran Taste & Tour – November 3rd
Join us for a complimentary Taste & Tour of The Historic Chamberlin The Chesapeake Dining Room, The Chamberlin Thursday, November 3rd Noon – 2 p.m. You’ve served our country proudly. Tour The Chamberlin on Ft. Monroe and get a taste of what retirement looks like on a historic military base. Join us at The Chamberlin on Ft. Monroe for a Taste & Tour. Enjoy a delicious meal prepared by our award winning chef and then tour our beautiful independent retirement community on the waterfront. Call 757-637-7200 to reserve your seat! (OR USE THE FORM BELOW)
“Are We the Vikings?” – November 3rd
The Chamberlin Presents: “Are We the Vikings” A Mariner’s Museum Presentation Thursday, November 3rd The Solarium, 9th Floor, The Chamberlin Presentation from 3:00 to 4:00 pm An afternoon presentation by Ron Lewis of the Mariner’s Museum. Presentation begins at 3 pm. “Are We the Vikings?” Who was here first? Why, the Indians, of course! That may oversimplify the settlement of early Asian Nomads who crossed the Bering land bridge and decided to stay! But how about the early European explorers to our continent? The Norsemen traveled far and wide, sometimes by design, sometimes by accident. That they landed in North America is generally undisputed, but where, exactly, did they make land? Where did they come from? How important were their voyages of discovery, pillage and exploitation in the era before the Age of Exploration? And where did they go after a couple of centuries of notoriety? How did they live? During this interactive and exciting presentation, we’ll examine the myths and facts, learn how to write Viking runes, and, most importantly, decide whether WE are the Vikings! Open to the public, the program is free. For more information, call 637-7203.
Afternoon Tea with Edgar Allan Poe – November 2nd
The Chamberlin Presents: Afternoon Tea with Edgar Allan Poe Wednesday, November 2nd The Grand Lobby, 2nd Floor, The Chamberlin 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 2nd, at 3 pm, Tim Beasley, acclaimed impersonator and entertainer will be here in the person of Edgar Allan Poe. Tim will recite Poe’s two most popular poems, “Anabel Lee,” and `The Raven.” He will then do a dramatic reading of “The Telltale Heart.” After the reading he will meet and greet with guests for pleasantries. Light Refreshments will be served This event is open to the public, Call 637-7203 to RSVP.
Promise Law Seminar – October 27th
The Chamberlin Presents: Promise Law Seminar Thursday, October 27th The Solarium, The Chamberlin From 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Healthy As an Ox? Consider Life Post-Plow: Understanding Living Wills & Do Not Resuscitate Orders Most of us would rather not think about much less talk about the reality of aging and health care crises. But, at the same time, we often have very strong opinions about the type of care we expect to receive in these moments. This presentation by Geneva N. Perry, Esq., a local estate planning specialist, will explain the legal documents involved in health care decision-making including advance medical directives, living wills, and do not resuscitate orders. Light Refreshments will be served. Please Call: 757-637-7200 for more information
An Evening with the Madison’s – October 15th
The Chamberlin Presents: An Evening with the Madison’s Evening Dinner Entertainment Saturday, October 15th The Chesapeake Dining Room, The Chamberlin 6 to 9 p.m. Join us for a unique and festive meal with the President of the United States James Madison and his First Lady Dolly Madison. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.fmauthority.com. Seating is limited.
Veteran Taste & Tour – October 13th
Join us for a complimentary Taste & Tour of The Historic Chamberlin The Chesapeake Dining Room, The Chamberlin Thursday, October 13th Noon – 2 p.m. You’ve served our country proudly. Tour The Chamberlin on Ft. Monroe and get a taste of what retirement looks like on a historic military base. Join us at The Chamberlin on Ft. Monroe for a Taste & Tour. Enjoy a delicious meal prepared by our award winning chef and then tour our beautiful independent retirement community on the waterfront. Call 757-637-7200 to reserve your seat! (OR USE THE FORM BELOW)
Fort Monroe Historical Society to Meet
Monday, October 17th The Solarium, 9th Floor, The Chamberlin Meeting from 11:30 to 12:30 pm Open to the Public The Third System of American Coastal Defense-An Introductory View The Third System of American Coastal Defense was the first truly systematic look at the defense of our coasts from a foreign invader. Building on the vulnerabilities illuminated during the War of 1812 and on the French school of fortification science, this system comprised four elements: Navy, Communications, Militia, and Fortifications. Lasting 51 years, from its initiation in 1816 to the end of its funding in 1867, it is the longest program of national defense in our history. Fort Monroe was conceived at the outset of the system and is the largest fort in terms of area in the system. This presentation will provide an introductory look at the theories and practices implemented during this period of outstanding masonry construction. The Fort Monroe Historical Society meets once a month in the 9th floor, Solarium. Our presenter this month is John R. Weaver II, a nationally known expert on masonry coastal defenses, and is the author of the highly acclaimed A Legacy in Brick and Stone: Coastal Defense Forts of the American Third […]
The Titanic: From Hammocks to Feather Beds, Part 2 – October 6th
The Chamberlin Presents: The Titanic: From Hammocks to Feather Beds, Part 2 The Ships and Their Evolution Before Titanic Thursday, October 6th The Solarium, 9th Floor, The Chamberlin Presentation from 3:00 to 4:00 pm An afternoon presentation by Ron Lewis of the Mariner’s Museum. Presentation begins at 3 pm. Titanic! The name brings to mind shipwrecks and maritime disasters! But what of the burgeoning transatlantic travel before the titanic? This “prequel” starts back before man challenged the sea; before this barrier became a highway. The many trials and failures we experienced to, eventually, build and launch the ships that would determine our future. Last month, in part one, we traced the great ship’s development and her ill-fated maiden and final voyage. Now we’ll look back, way back, to the vessels of early man. We’ll learn how one success led to another and another and, finally, to the mighty ships that predated the Titanic, and, perhaps, draw some conclusions about the folly of man thinking he can outwit Mother Nature. Open to the public, the program is free. For more information, call 637-7203.
Concert in the Grand Lobby by Time for 2 – September 20th
The Chamberlin Presents: Time for 2, Cello and Violin Duet Tuesday, September 20th Grand Lobby, The Chamberlin Concert from 7:15 to 8 pm You are welcome to attend a concert in the Grand Lobby of The Chamberlin. Kendall and Kearston Gonzalez are two amazing musicians who play classical show tunes and other popular songs. Come for this relaxing evening and enjoy hot cider and cookies. This is a free event. For more information, call Susan at 637-7203.
Vanessa Cole from Williamsburg Living History – September 22nd
The Chamberlin Presents: Vanessa Cole – “In the News” Thursday, September 22nd The Solarium, 9th Floor, The Chamberlin Presentation from 10:00 to 11:00 am “In the News” is a presentation using headlines and stories from newspapers from Civil War Times. Come and relive the ‘news’ of that period with Vanessa. In a theatrical presentation, Vanessa presents information from Civil War times. She will present at 10 am in the Solarium on the 9th floor of The Chamberlin. The presentation is open to the public, at no charge. For more information, call 637-7203.
The Titanic: From Hammocks to Feather Beds – September 8th
The Chamberlin Presents: The Titanic: From Hammocks to Feather Beds The Evolution of Transatlantic Steam Travel Thursday, September 8th The Solarium, 9th Floor, The Chamberlin Presentation from 3:00 to 4:00 pm An afternoon presentation by Ron Lewis of the Mariner’s Museum. Presentation begins at 3 pm. “From Hammocks to Featherbeds: The Evolution of Transatlantic Steam Travel” The compulsion, romance, desire to set sail for distant lands abides in us as almost genetic. Early man was daily faced with seemingly insurmountable barriers of water….and he learned to use those barriers as highways to speed him to new worlds. Now, in the twenty-first century we regard travel by ship as common and unremarkable. But how did we come to this point? To travel across the wide Atlantic Ocean, where no island existed as a refuge, surely took some degree of daring and confidence…and only the wealthy would embark with comfort assured. We’ll discuss the early days of transatlantic steam travel and examine the many trials, failures and successes that brought us to the emergence of ships like the Titanic and all that it means to us today. Open to the public, the program is free. For more information, call 637-7203.
A Champagne Brunch – September 17th
George Kartis in collaboration with The Chamberlin presents: “A Champagne Brunch” Saturday, September 17th The Chamberlin 11:00 am to 2:00 pm The Chamberlin and George Kartis will be hosting “A Champagne Brunch” featuring a Pinup/Vintage 40’s Fashion Show starring professional models, featuring vintage jewelry, a live performance by The Charles Darden Band and more! The brunch is a ticketed event at the price of $47 which will include food, drink and live performances. A silent auction will also be featured at the event, where 100% of proceeds will be donated to The Red Cross. Tickets must be reserved prior to event due to limited seating. Get yours online at http://champagne-brunch.eventbrite.com
News and Events
“Sometimes now when I look out our window in The Chamberlin while watching ship traffic it amazes me to realize that hundreds of years ago a good number of my own ancestors passed in sailing ships the spot that I am looking at in the present day.”
“Curtis was born in Barboursville, W.V. and Julia in Huntington, W.VA. After 34 years Curtis retired as Captain USN. Julie is the “Admiral”. Curtis and Julia were married in 1954. They have 2 children and 5 grandchildren (plus some “strays”).”
“With no big buy-in, living at The Chamberlin enables me to remain financially independent, something that’s extremely important to me. By avoiding that big buy-in I can continue to be on my own and don’t have to depend on my children.”
“We’ve got a whole wonderful lifestyle. We can go swimming, get a haircut, get good food without leaving the building. And within a very easy distance are all the hobbies and things I love to do. We can play in the yard, dig in the dirt, and go fishing. Plus, the fort is magnificent.”
“We have a full time activities director and she’s doing more and more – as a matter of fact now we have two activities directors keeping up with all the things that are going on here. For us, it’s like living on a cruise ship.”
“Growing up during the big depression, many of us learned to really value money. We want to be secure and financially independent. We want value. I feel like we have value for our money here at The Chamberlin. We get our money’s worth for sure.”
“I get up every morning and can’t believe that I’m living in such a great place. I love the sense of grandeur here, the charm of the building and the way it’s been so beautifully renovated. And I love that that we live right on the bay”
“Here you are really getting twice as much as what you pay for. Wonderful accommodations, wonderful staff, wonderful view. How many more wonderfuls do you need?”