Friday, December 16, 2011

Athertyn Enrichment Series welcomes bestselling author Lisa Scottoline

Athertyn residents and guests enjoyed a special visit with award-winning writer Lisa Scottoline on December 7 at the residents' clubhouse at Athertyn at Haverford Reserve. Scottoline, a University of Pennsylvania graduate who still resides in the Philadelphia area, delivered an informal and interactive presentation that touched on life, her writing career, and her new book, "Best Friends and Occasional Enemies,"  a collection of essays about the relationship between a mother and daughter.

Lisa Scottoline and Athertyn resident Ollie Davidson at the Athertyn Enrichment Series featuring Lisa and her new book "Best Friends and Occasional enemies"

True to her reputation, Scottoline was a friendly and approachable speaker whose warm, outgoing personality resonated with everyone in attendance. Rather than read directly from her book, Scottoline talked about  how she first began writing after the birth of her child and now feels that she is living the American Dream, doing what she loves to do. A great crowd turned out despite the torrential rain that night, and the atmosphere inside the clubhouse was cozy and inviting. Guests participated in a lively Q&A with Scottoline and stayed to socialize even after the presentation ended.

Typically, the resident’s clubhouse at Athertyn at Haverford Reserve is a place where residents can kick back and relax or socialize with friends, however it also serves as the venue for the Athertyn Enrichment Series where guests can experience and enjoy new things

Now nearing the end of its first year, the popular Athertyn Enrichment Series gives attendees first-hand access to artists, performers, and scholars who share their knowledge and talents in a relaxed, intimate setting. Past events have included an Alfred Hitchcock presentation by Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., of the Bryn Mawr Film Institute; a discussion with Tim Chambers, the writer, producer and director of "The Mighty Macs"; and a 90-minute "Around the World" wine tasting trip with Zach Morris, a certified sommelier instructor from the award-winning Wine School of Philadelphia.

The library/conference room at the Athertyn at Haverford Reserve clubhouse is a place where residents can enjoy a good book or have club meetings with friends

"The Athertyn Enrichment Series has been extremely well-received by the Athertyn community," said builder Todd Pohlig. "Our buyers are at a stage in their lives where they are able to pursue the activities and interests that they have put off in the past. Many of our Athertyn residents share a great passion for learning and experiencing new things, and the Enrichment Series has been a fantastic way to bring that ongoing sense of adventure and self-discovery to the community. "

The clubhouse at Athertyn at Haverford Reserve

Admission to events in the Athertyn Enrichment Series is free, but reservations are required. For more information, call 610-525-5110 or visit and click on "Enrichment Series Events."

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