Category: Life at The Fountains at Washington House

January 3, 2019

Ringing in the New Year

The Fountains at Washington House residents had a fantastic time celebrating the New Year with their friends and family during the annual New Year's Eve Gala event in the Sky Room. The 14 piece band "Nitehawks Swing" set the mood for the occasion and provided an array of swing and big band music to dance the […]

December 18, 2018

Spring 2019 Watermark University Catalog

Watermark University (WU) strives to provide individuals with meaningful opportunities to learn, teach, grow and achieve wellness. Research shows that learning and keeping our mind active and sharp supports healthy aging. At Watermark Retirement Communities®, we are committed to encouraging our residents and associates to lead balanced lives, full of meaning and purpose and grounded […]

December 11, 2018

Celebrating the Festive Holiday Season

The Fountains at Washington House kicked off their holiday season with many festivities including the lighting of the Menorah during their Annual Hanukkah Celebration, Santa Claus visiting the community and many joyful sounds from choral concerts, big bands shows to chamber music performances. Other performances to come include the Girl Scouts Troop carolers, The Alexandria Harmony […]

December 6, 2018

Annual Fall and Holiday Fashion Show

The women of The Fountains at Washington House enhanced and solidified our Fashion Show tradition, which started in May of 2013. Each of them selected their outfits once again from the Taylor Marie's Apparel. They chose warm-weather and warming-weather clothes that matched current weather and temperatures to come. Our models walked through an arch festooned with […]

November 14, 2018

Expressions 2019: Celebrating Active Aging and the Arts

For 19 consecutive years, Watermark has proudly published a full-color wall calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. Featuring works submitted by Watermark residents from coast to coast, Expressions 2019 is sure to inspire creativity within everyone it reaches. Complimentary copies of Expressions 2019 are available for the asking while supplies last. Please call or […]

November 13, 2018

U.S. Navy Band Brass Quartet Concert Honoring Veterans

The United States Navy Band Brass Quartet led by MU1 Peter Pirotte, trumpet together with MU1 Ethan Bartley, trumpet, MUC Philip Eberly, euphonium and MUC Tony Halloin, tuba, brought a full evening of music to honor our veterans. The audience paid rapt attention as the program began with the national anthem followed by a variety […]

November 6, 2018

Spooktacular Talent Show

Our Halloween Spooktacular Talent Show was such a fun way to end the month of October at The Fountains at Washington House. Residents and associates wore their fun costumes and paraded during lunchtime to greet the residents. Then an afternoon of music and dancing was held in the Sky Room featuring the talents of residents and associates. In between the costume changes, […]

November 5, 2018

We Salute Veterans

Words cannot express our appreciation of those who served our country. This Veteran’s Day at Watermark communities coast to coast, we continue our commitment to recording the advice, life lessons and video interviews of our veterans in residence. We welcome veterans, their families and friends to join us for our Veteran’s Day observations and upcoming […]

October 18, 2018

Viva Italia Celebration

The Washington House community celebrated their annual "Viva Italia" themed event with Italian music during social hour. Lyrical soprano Adrienne Fortini performed popular Italian songs and arias such as O Sole Mio, Quando Me'n Vo from opera La Boheme and many more Italian favorites accompanied by Paul Aebersold on accordion. Dining services team provided an […]

October 9, 2018

Active Aging Celebration

Residents at The Fountains at Washington House continue to be active and get fit by attending the adult health and development program by NOVA College Physical Therapy Department. The students come to The Fountains on Fridays during the school season and lead a group session or individualized fitness exercises. This intergenerational program began over 35 years […]

September 14, 2018

Community Outing at The Kennedy Center for Manacapuru Festival

Residents at The Fountains at Washington House attended the Millennium Stage show at the Kennedy Center entitled Manacapuru Festival: From the Amazon to D.C. Dancers from Parintins and Manacapuru, state of Amazons, Brazil showcased rhythms, songs, multicolored costumes, diverse choreography, and the history and origin of Brazilian Amazon legends. The residents were wowed by the […]

July 9, 2018

Meet and Greet with the Mayor and Vice Mayor of Alexandria

The residents had a great opportunity to have a meet and greet with the Mayor of Alexandria, Allison Silberberg and Vice Mayor, Justin Wilson. Both of them shared their views on a variety of important topics that many of our residents have asked regarding education, affordable housing, future developments in Alexandria and fiscal leadership.

June 22, 2018

Annual Luau Celebration

It was another fun and memorable event during our annual Luau celebration featuring Paki Allen’s Polynesian Revue. Residents and associates wore their Hawaiian outfits including traditional Muumuu dresses. During social hour, delicious Mai Tais and other beverages were offered to go with the Hawaiian themed appetizers and a special dinner menu prepared by our amazing dining room staff. […]

June 8, 2018

Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

The Fountains at Washington House honored their volunteers with a special luncheon prepared by Chef Darnell with the help of our dining services team. Soft instrumental music was provided by acoustic guitarist Peter Fields to set the mood for the event. After lunch, the Community Life staff recognized each volunteer and presented a token of appreciation for their generosity, […]

May 15, 2018

Celebrating National Senior Health and Fitness Month

This May is the 25th anniversary of “National Senior Health and Fitness Month.”  In recognition of this celebration, The Fountains at Washington House is offering a series of Health and Fitness Programs and you’re invited! Our Offerings Include:   Mondays Flow-Motion - 1:30pm Line Dancing - 3:30pm Tuesdays Seated Tai-Chi - 9:30am Stabilization Endurance Training […]

April 19, 2018

“April in Paris” Themed Event

Bonjour!!! Residents at The Fountains at Washington House had a great time with their friends and family during our annual "April in Paris" event featuring delicious hors d'oeuvres, specialty cocktails, and beautiful French music by Chanteuse Nancy Scimone, soprano and accordeoniste Peter Digiovanni and Sylvia Eberle. The party continued in the main dining room with French cuisine especially prepared for […]

April 16, 2018

Trip to The National Portrait Gallery in D.C.

Eleven Washington House residents and two guests recently enjoyed a guided visit to the National Portrait Gallery with traveling docent and art expert Roshna Kapadia. Residents were able to see different areas of the gallery including “American Origins,” “America’s Presidents,” the current “The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers” exhibit, and “20th Century Americans”. […]

March 20, 2018

Watermark University Lecture on Culinary Concepts

Our new Dining Services Director, Robert McKeon, led his first successful Watermark University class on Culinary Concepts. Chef Robert introduced a variety of cooking terms and concepts that the residents might encounter while dining out of the community. During the presentation, Chef Robert handed out chef hats for the residents to wear to enhance the […]

March 8, 2018

Love is in the Air

On Valentine's Day, residents at The Fountains at Washington House were surprised by a performance with the talented Harmonizers Men's Quartet. These barbershop quartet serenaded all our residents during dinner time singing old time favorite love songs such as "Let me call you sweetheart," "Heart of my heart," and few others. The residents felt so much […]

February 20, 2018

Annual Mardi Gras Celebration

Our annual Mardi Gras "Fat Tuesday" celebration at The Fountains at Washington House was another big hit to all our residents and guests. The vibrant decorations, appetizing Cajun cuisine and lively Dixieland music by members of the Armed Forces band created a New Orleans vibe in the community. Listening to a combination of keyboard, sax, […]

February 7, 2018

Chinese New Year 2018 at The Fountains at Washington House

The Fountains at Washington House kicked off their first successful event of the year celebrating the Chinese New Year which is "Year of the Dog". Live music was provided by The Chinese Music Society of Greater Washington and two talented flutists, David Lonkevich and Sara Stern. The event started with a well attended Mix and […]

January 11, 2018

A Festive Holiday Season at The Fountains at Washington House

The Fountains at Washington House celebrated the holidays with many festivities including a Santa visit, Hanukkah celebration, Resident get-togethers and many joyful sounds from choral concerts to chamber music performances. 2017 has been a great year for the entire community and we are all looking forward to another great year. Cheers to 2018!!!

December 6, 2017

German Themed Event

The German themed event "Oktoberfest" has become an annual celebration here at The Fountains at Washington House. The residents, associates, and guests gathered together for a fun-filled day of food, beer and music. The festivities started during mix and mingle. The residents and guests enjoyed German hors d'oeuvres, a wide selection of German beers, wine and […]

December 5, 2017

Showcase of Talent

We’re thrilled to introduce our 2018 edition of EXPRESSIONS, Watermark’s annual calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. This calendar reminds us that our communities are collective creations of friendly, caring individuals who are generous with their time and talents. Whether expressing their individual creativity through paint, clay, yarn, stone or an outstretched hand, they […]

November 15, 2017

Honoring our Veterans at The Fountains at Washington House

Our Veterans Day celebration was a huge success. A large crowd of residents, family members and associates filled the Sky Room on this special day to thank our veterans for their service to our country. This event was collaborated with the Capital Caring volunteers led by Major Amelia Kays (Marine) with the help of Tsgt Thomas […]

November 7, 2017

Salute to Divas and Devos Show at The Fountains at Washington House

VanHook productions presented a dazzling show featuring female and male impersonations of the world's top musical legends such as Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Whitney Houston, Marvin Gaye, Beyoncé, Chaka Khan and Amy Winehouse. This production, which was recently featured at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, was presented to a standing room crowd at The Fountains […]

October 19, 2017

Experiencing Ethiopian Culture

Residents in The Springs at The Fountains at Washington House were treated to a cultural experience led by Ethiopian associates. The room was scented with incense to set the mood for the event. Residents were entertained with traditional music and a dance performance. Staff wore beautiful Habesha dresses. Residents and guests were fascinated and engaged during the entire […]

September 13, 2017

Feeling the Caribbean at The Fountains at Washington House

Residents and guests at The Fountains at Washington House were treated to another tropical experience during an afternoon of Mix & Mingle featuring The Oasis Island Sounds. The reggae beat and calypso music set the mood for everyone to get up and dance with each other while others enjoyed the steel pan sounds and the tropical drinks […]

August 23, 2017

Rooftop Eclipse Party

It was a perfect sunny day in Alexandria, Virginia on the day of the much anticipated solar eclipse. Residents, associates and family members gathered together on The Fountains at Washington House Sky Deck to witness the historic solar eclipse. Polarized glasses were distributed and once we found the perfect viewing spot, we shared stories about […]

August 4, 2017

Washington House Divas Meet The Kennedy Center Divas

Residents of The Fountains at Washington House were dolled up with feather boas to attend a drag salute to Divas and Devos at The Kennedy Center. This show celebrates diversity and individuality in hopes of inspiring people to embrace their differences. Everyone was stunned when the show started with the Diana Ross female impersonator Shi-Quetta […]

July 25, 2017

Thrive Awards Ceremony

Every year Watermark Retirement Communities recognizes associates for different leadership awards. This award program is designed to encourage and acknowledge excellence by recognizing our valuable associates for their outstanding leadership, attitude, achievement and contributions. Here at The Fountains at Washington House, we received many Thrive awards for our associates who exemplify the Watermark commitment to […]

July 18, 2017

Summer BBQ’s are Back!

Residents and associates at The Fountains at Washington House enjoyed their annual tradition of summer Friday BBQ's on The Springs Patio. Great music and laughs were enjoyed throughout the day. Chef Darnell fired up the grill with hotdogs, sausages, ribs and chicken kabobs with the help of our dining services team. Other menu offerings during the BBQ were baked […]

July 12, 2017

Fourth of July Celebration

The Fountains at Washington House celebrated the 4th of July with a grand and glorious party in the Sky Room, with more than 80 residents, guests, and associates participating. Vocalist and guitarist Mr. Ernie Tolley started things off with a program of patriotic songs, including old standards like God Bless America, the songs of the […]

June 20, 2017

The Sounds of the Caribbean

Residents and guests at The Fountains at Washington House were treated to another festive outdoor summer event that transported the community to a tropical frame of mind. This Caribbean themed event featured Michael George who is a one man steel drum band. The celebration was held outside to make it more of an Island experience […]

May 3, 2017

April in Paris Themed Event

Residents at The Fountains at Washington House had a great time with their friends and family during our annual "April in Paris" event featuring delicious hors d'oeuvres, specialty cocktails, and beautiful French music by Chanteuse Adrienne Fortini, soprano and accordeoniste Paul Aebersold. The party continued in the main dining room with French cuisine especially prepared for the occasion by Chef […]

April 20, 2017

Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

The Fountains at Washington House honored their volunteers with a special luncheon prepared by Chef Darnell and Dining Services Director, Phyllis Koudelka. Instrumental music was provided by Peter Fields to set the mood for the event. After lunch, the Community Life staff recognized each volunteer and presented a token of appreciation for their generosity, understanding, empathy, compassion, […]

April 18, 2017

Community Easter Egg Hunt

Our annual Easter Egg Hunt at The Fountains at Washington House was a huge success! It was well attended by residents, family members and neighborhood kids on a beautiful Saturday morning. Everyone had so much fun trying to find the golden eggs to win our amazing gift baskets. Refreshments were offered to all after the egg hunt.

April 14, 2017

Passover Seder

Residents at The Fountains at Washington House celebrated a relaxed and enjoyable Pesach with their friends and family. It was highlighted with songs, prayers, and Passover questions led by Gideon Frishman who also beautifully explained the meaning of Passover. The Seder plate with symbolic foods were specially prepared by the dining room team.

April 3, 2017

Annual Spring Fashion Show

The women of The Fountains at Washington House enhanced and solidified our Fashion Show tradition, which started in May of 2013. Each of them selected their outfits once again from the Taylor Marie's Apparel. They chose warm-weather and warming-weather clothes that matched current weather and temperatures to come. Our models walked through an arch festooned with […]

March 21, 2017

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

Our fun-filled themed event celebrating St. Patrick's Day was a big hit with all the residents, staff and guests from Watermark China who joined us at The Fountains at Washington House. This is a two day celebration starting the day before St. Patrick's Day with a strolling accordionist who played traditional Irish tunes during our social event to set the […]

March 13, 2017

The Wabash College Men’s Glee Club Performs at The Fountains

The residents at The Fountains at Washington House were wowed with great performance by the Wabash College Men's Glee Club who are celebrating their 125th year. They rendered a varied program, including sacred selections, traditional men's chorus numbers, as well as contemporary secular and popular songs. The concert ended with a beautiful rendition of "Happy Trails" […]

March 7, 2017

Celebrating Wellness at The Fountains with Introduction to Qigong

Residents at The Fountains didn't want to miss this extraordinary opportunity to learn the Ancient Chinese Art of Vitality and Wellbeing known as Qigong. Master John Munro, from New Zealand, is a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner, martial arts expert and Qigong Teacher who made an appearance at The Fountains to introduce gentle exercises. Founder of Long […]

March 2, 2017

Annual Mardi Gras Celebration

Our annual Mardi Gras "Fat Tuesday" celebration at The Fountains at Washington House was another big hit to all our residents and guests. From the vibrant decoration, appetizing food to the lively Dixieland music provided by the finest musicians by Bill Mulligan's Jazz Trio who were members of the Navy Band was just extraordinary. A few residents showed up […]

February 2, 2017

The Fountains Congratulates Resident June Czekanski

Congratulations to our resident June Czekanski for being featured as one of the 2017 Faces and Stories in VA Long Term Care Centers. A surprise celebration was held at The Fountains at Washington House Sky Room to honor Mrs. June Czekanski which was well attended by the residents, management and staff. June's daughter, Bonnie Czekanski […]