Cause for Celebration!
This year, 2017, marks the 50th year of Fern Lodge’s incorporation as a Christian Science care facility, devoted to demonstrating Christian Science healing. Much has changed in 50 years, and through all those changes Fern Lodge has been growing, and today it is stronger than ever.
Why celebrate 50 years?
It is a great opportunity to “gather in the good,” to remember blessings and healings, honor workers, appreciate growth, gain perspective, and continue moving forward! It’s like opening a drawer full of treasures—some hard-won, some messy, some glowing, some exquisite, some weighty—which collectively express Fern Lodge’s unique character. Pausing to recall the challenges and the victories, we are glad that “All the good the past hath had remains to make our own time glad” (Hymn 238).
How will we celebrate?
- We are gathering written recollections, reflections, impressions & healings shared by some of our long time and more recent friends.
- We are assembling a history of Fern Lodge in stories and pictures to share with the community.
- We will hold an Open House on May 20 — come anytime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. for a tour and to share in a day of music, food, & friends.
- We would love to hear how Fern Lodge has touched your experience. It can be a long or short statement about a healing you had or witnessed, a lesson learned, a person you remember, an insight gained, or an experience you wish to share. We will add your contribution to our display.
Please email your contribution to firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope to see you at our Open House on May 20!
Open House Schedule
|10:00-11:45||Greeting visitors and tours||Entrance and throughout facility|
|10:00-11:00||Continuous loop of Robin’s Fern Lodge video||Living Room 4|
|11:00-11:30||Kirby Leong, Viola da gamba concert||Living Room 5|
|12:00-1:00||Grilled / potluck lunch||Patio|
|1:15-1:30||Greeting by George Strong||Patio|
|1:30-2:00||Honoring of 10-year+ employees||Patio|
|2:00-2:30||Lighthouse Gospel Choir concert||Patio|
|2:45-3:45||Forrest Patton playing piano||Living Room 5|
|2:45-4:00||Greeting visitors and tours||Entrance and throughout facility|
Parking at and near Fern Lodge, 18457 Madison Avenue, Castro Valley, CA 94546
There are some parking spaces at Fern Lodge itself. Additionally, as you approach Fern Lodge, the two neighbors immediately preceding Fern Lodge and the neighbor immediately after have graciously offered their driveways to visitors for this special occasion. Parking Assistants will be on hand to help in finding a spot. If a leisurely walk down a country lane bordering a murmuring brook would add to the joy of your day, parking on the street before entering Madison Ave is a great choice. (Fern Lodge is the fourth property in from Seaview.)
Lunch Provided (plus bonus potluck opportunity!)
A delicious lunch will be prepared for Open House visitors, from the grill and kitchen. If you would like to contribute a favorite dish, please feel free to bring it! Please put your name on any serving items you bring.
Children are welcome!
There will be a kid-friendly area with some children’s activities planned.
Annual Meeting in the Fall
Our Annual Meeting this year is planned for October 25. It will be an extension of our 50th year celebration. We will focus on fresh inspiration based on our years of experience in Christian Science nursing. Look for more information in our summer Fern Lodge Focus.
With love, and appreciation for all your support,
The Fern Lodge Board of Directors
Tom Port, Anna Lisa Kronman, Joel Carico,
Jenny Pratt, Trinka Wasik, Betsy Anumu, George Strong