Residences at Vantage Point celebrates its 30th anniversary Oct. 15, with an afternoon of celebratory greetings and an online concert, “Together While Apart,” featuring performances by artists during the pandemic.  Residences at Vantage Point, previously known as Vantage House, is now home to many long term Columbians, including “pioneers” who moved to the new city when it opened n 1967.

“Vantage Point has an illustrious history,” said Executive Director Meriann Ritacco.  “It has always attracted people who have made professional and civic contributions throughout their lives and are now enjoying the opportunity to pursue old and new interests in a maintenance-free setting,” she added.

The anniversary program includes remarks by Ritacco, greetings from executives of Life Care Services, the company that manages Vantage Point, as well as Residents’ Association President Dr. Leon Rosenberg and Vantage Point Board of Directors President Virginia Thomas. Remarks will also be offered by Howard County Executive Calvin Ball and County Council Chair Deb Jung.

The online concert includes a curated collection of video performances by dancers from the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, virtual choirs singing renditions of “Over the Rainbow” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” poet Billy Collins reading “The Lanyard,” and a staging of an excerpt from “Hamilton” by the original cast.

Residences at Vantage Point’s Arts & Culture Collective launched the 30th anniversary celebration in September with an online series of film and discussion evenings that addressed the political progress of women, racial equity, and cultural literacy.

Vantage Point is Howard County’s only not-for-profit retirement living community offering a combination of enriching opportunities and flexible living options with the financial security of Life Care. Through the years many of its residents have included the parents of people living in the area. Now the children of those residents are moving into the popular continuing care retirement community. Today’s Vantage Point residents are distinguished by their decades of leadership and volunteer involvement in local arts and culture, as well as political, educational, health and faith organizations. Staying connected to the larger community continues as a foundational value for many residents.

A wide variety of resident-driven services and programs are available on-site at Vantage Point, while its location in Downtown Columbia also offers access to the wider community’s offerings.  Arts and cultural offerings are particularly popular, and residents often attend concerts, plays and readings in Columbia and elsewhere in Howard County and in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Writing and theatre groups, a photography club, movies, and lectures by visiting professors from Howard Community College are well-attended, as are exercise classes and other fitness activities. 

Residents live in well-appointed independent apartments and can transition to assisted livingmemory care or skilled nursing residences within Vantage Point’s on-site health care continuum should it ever become necessary. Apartments and common area interiors were recently updated. A new arts studio, movie theater, marketplace, Pub, Bistro and Fireside dining venues, expanded fitness center, and more were part of the major renovation.

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