Noble Horizons Blog

Russia in the Age of Putin

Keith Moon, a member of the faculty of The Hotchkiss School and a frequent visitor to Noble Horizons where he has led a number of workshops on Russian literature, was at Noble on the afternoon of October 15 to share his thoughts on Vladimir Putin. Fluent in Russian and a frequent traveler to the country, Mr. Moon described Putin's spectacular rise to power, from his years in the KGB in the '70s and '80s, his return to what was then Leningrad (St. Petersburg) to work for the deputy mayor and becoming President of the Russian Federation in 1999. With an extension of his term of office and other political alterations to the system, there is every reason to believe that Putin will hold sway over Russia for an indefinite period. Mr. Moon said that while Moscow and St. Petersburg are vibrant cities, the remainder of the country hasn't changed. As an interesting side note, he mentioned that Putin's personal fortune is estimated to be between 2.2 and 98 billion dollars.

Family Gathering

Every year families of Noble residents are invited to attend the family gathering. It's a perfect opportunity for residents to introduce their family to their Noble friends and to show off their grandchildren. The gathering on September 10 featured a reprise of the recreation department's version of The Wizard Of Oz, first presented at the the volunteer dinner last spring, and ended with Auntie Em's own apple pie and ice cream.

Annual Lobster Dinner

The yearly lobster dinner, made possible by the Noble Horizons Auxiliary, packed the house with the Riga Dining Room and the private dining room filled to capacity. Chowder, lobster, coleslaw, baked potatoes and biscuits were on the menu.

Employee Recognition 2016 5

Noble Horizons staff members were guests at the annual employee recognition event, this year held outdoors beside the ponds on a beautiful afternoon in September. Big Green Truck Pizza from New Haven, featuring wood-fired pizzas made fresh on-site, was a first for Noble. Thin crust pizzas of all sorts, tossed salad, soft drinks, espresso and gelato were on the menu and, by all accounts, more than a few employees ate themselves silly. A raffle and years-of-service jewelry and gifts were part of the festivities.

Cottage Resident Mimi Davis Wins Art Prizes 1

During the summer of 2016, cottage resident Mimi Davis won two monetary prizes for paintings at two separate art shows at the Kent (CT) Art Association. One was "The Presidents' Show, Sascha Maurer AWS Memorial Award for Watercolor" for Plaza Hotel at Holiday Time. The second was the "Members' Show Award of Excellence, Any Medium" for Lily Pads.  Congratulations, Mimi!

It was waving all around at the Sixth Annual Vintage Race Car Parade as it wended its way to Noble and around the traffic circle to the cheers of Noble residents, family and staff. The 90 or more fine motor cars were part of events at Lime Rock Park in advance of the long Labor Day weekend.