The Chamberlin News
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
Complimentary Taste & Tour – September 1st
Join us for a complimentary Taste & Tour of The Historic Chamberlin Thursday, September 1st Noon – 2 p.m. Come enjoy a Taste & Tour! Find out what The Chamberlin offers those looking for retirement living on the water! The moment you step inside The Chamberlin, you know you’ve arrived somewhere special. Learn how The Chamberlin is a grand showcase of exceptional senior living, and as comfortable as home should be. RSVP Required – (757) 637-6902 (OR USE THE FORM BELOW)
Dinner Entertainment – August 20th
The Chamberlin Presents: Kathy Whatley sings Patsy Cline Evening Dinner Entertainment Saturday, August 20th The Chesapeake Dining Room, The Chamberlin Dinner from 5 to 7:30 Live Music starting at 6:00 pm Kathy Whatley has a passion to sing. She performs private concerts locally as well as the ‘Tribute to Patsy Cline’ at the Virginia Beach ocean front sharing the story and heart of the beloved icon that is loved by so many. She was also thrilled to portray Patsy Cline at PCT sharing the snapshot of her life in “Always … Patsy Cline”. She is looking forward to sharing a bit of “Patsy” with you! A buffet dinner will be served from 5 to 7:30 pm, with entertainment from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Reservations are required. Call 637-7200
Dinner Entertainment – August 9th
The Chamberlin Presents: Jon Durfee-Award-winning vocalist and musician Evening Dinner Entertainment Tuesday, August 9th The Chesapeake Dining Room, The Chamberlin Dinner from 5 to 7:30 Live Music starting at 6:15 pm A York County resident for more than 25 years, Jon Durfee served in the Air Force near the end of the Vietnam War. After returning home, he became the top male vocalist for the United States Air Force’s Tops in Blue touring performance ensemble in the Strategic Air Command in 1974. Today, he enjoys singing and playing favorite songs from the 50s and 60s, and Broadway tunes. A buffet dinner will be served from 5 to 7:30 pm, with entertainment from 6:15 to 7:30 pm. Reservations are required. Call 637-7200
Vanessa Cole from Williamsburg Living History – July 28th
The Chamberlin Presents: Vanessa Cole-“Making Do” Thursday, July 28th The Solarium, 9th Floor, The Chamberlin Presentation from 10:00 to 11:00 am Life at home in the South during the war was difficult at best. Substitutions were being used for common foods and items that were not longer available, It was years of survival, using all the resources available and making do, but it was also a time when families and friends pulled together and made memories. 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.
JAZZ with Vernon Holloman – July 16th
The Chamberlin Presents: JAZZ with Vernon Holloman Evening Dinner Entertainment Saturday, July 16th Chesapeake Dining Room, The Chamberlin Dinner from 5 to 7:30 Live Music starting at 6 pm Jazz Musician, Vernon Holloman will entertain in the CDR during the dinner hour from 6 to 7:30 pm. A professional musician, he plays the guitar, flugal horn, trumpet, keyboard and is a vocalist. He has worked with Maynard Ferguson and Buddy Rich. He loves to cover the great American jazz standards, songs you love and never forget. Dinner is served from 5 to 7:30 pm from the Chamberlin Dinner Menu. Reservations are required. Call: 757-637-7200
Music by the Bay Concert Series -Thursday Evenings All Summer
The Chamberlin Presents: Music by the Bay Concert Series Thursday evenings all summer Concert from 7:00 to 8:30 Continental Park-right across the street from the Chamberlin The tradition continues at Fort Monroe with Music by the Bay, every Thursday evening, live music presented by one of the area military and civilian bands. Bring your own chair or blanket, and enjoy a wonderful evening on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, at historic Fort Monroe. Our dining room is open for dinner, from 5 to 7:30 pm. If interested, call and make a reservation, and then head out for the concert. Call 757-637-7200 for dinner reservations.
Concert in the Lobby by Sounds of Joy – June 22th
The Chamberlin Presents: “Catch our Spirit” by the Sounds of Joy Wednesday, June 22nd Grand Lobby, The Chamberlin Concert from 7:15 to 8:30 An evening concert in the Grand Lobby. 7:15 pm Open to the public, the concert is free. The Sounds of Joy will present their spring show, with music form the Beach Boys, Broadway, Big Band, and many others.
Vanessa Cole from Williamsburg Living History – June 23rd
The Chamberlin Presents: Vanessa Cole-“Nature’s Pharmacy” Thursday, June 23rd The Solarium, 9th Floor, The Chamberlin Presentation from 10:00 to 11:00 am Dandelion Root tea for malaria? Wild Cherry Bark tea for bronchitis? Honey to heal a cut? Oh, the “medicines” that nature provides! Find out what plants (and other natural items) had healing properties and were used by the Southern people during the Civil War when they were unable to get medicines through the blockade. 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.
“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?”