Resident Video Testimonials

Kendal at Lexington is proud to release six resident video testimonials. The words and actions of those filmed are authentic and interesting and truly represent the community. Watch these short films to get a inside look at community life.

A Day in the Life of a Resident

Sarah Giddings and her husband, Donald, first moved to Kendal at Lexington from Raleigh, North Carolina, in October of 2000, just months after the first residents moved in. Sarah and Donald moved here when they were 63 and 69, and Sarah still says that it was one of the best decisions they ever made, especially because community life was perfectly suited for this couple, one an extrovert and the other an introvert. They first lived in a 1,600-square-foot “cluster” cottage and then relocated to a 2,000-square-foot freestanding cottage on Sycamore Lane when it was constructed in 2008.

Fifteen years later, extrovert Sarah continues to participate in many committees and activities on the Kendal campus. Before he passed away in February 2016, introvert Donald loved being in his beautiful cottage with all of his treasured books.

What does a typical day look like for Sarah?

6 a.m.: Wakes up and lets her new puppy, Mahler, out to do his business. Mahler has a doggy door and an electric fence and just loves that freedom. But he quickly comes back in for breakfast!

7 a.m.: Sarah and Mahler tour campus. Sarah gets some exercise, and Mahler gets to check out the birds and the squirrels.

Mornings: Sarah has a different activity scheduled most days of the week. Two mornings a week she takes an Aqua Zumba class at the Fitness Center. Two other mornings she plays tennis (usually at the Washington & Lee University outdoor courts and in their indoor facility in the winter) with groups of friends, both Kendal residents and other Lexington friends. She also audits classes at Washington & Lee; these typically meet three mornings a week. In her 15 years at Kendal, Sarah has audited one class per term (or two classes per year). Of her 30 classes, many have been art or history classes, and her latest is “Medieval Art of Northern Europe.”

Noon: Sarah lunches with friends in the Dining Room. She doesn’t always eat with the same group every day, but does have many good friends. As a recent widow, she has been very touched by the emotional support supplied by her Kendal friends. The transition has been hard, but she credits the community here at Kendal for helping her through it — both the residents and the staff.

Afternoons: Sarah’s time isn’t usually as structured as in the mornings, and she takes time to play with Mahler. She also reads, works in the Kendal library and plays with the Recorder group one afternoon each week. In the early days of her life at Kendal at Lexington, there were fewer residents and more committee responsibilities, but now she picks and chooses her activities. She also makes a point to attend Wine & Conversation hour every Tuesday.

Evenings: Sarah enjoys her evenings in her cottage with Mahler, eating a cheese sandwich and watching HGTV and PBS. Sometimes she joins friends for dinner in the fine dining Restaurant at Kendal at Lexington. She particularly enjoys hosting Try-It visitors in the Restaurant! Sarah also appreciates classical music (hence the puppy name, Mahler) and frequently attends concerts at Garth Newel, a year-round chamber music venue situated in the heart of Virginia’s Allegheny Mountains. She also organizes performances by Garth Newel musicians at Kendal and often attends concerts at Washington & Lee University and local churches.


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A Day in the Life of a Resident

Robyn and Nelson Potter moved to Kendal at Lexington in September 2015 from Clifton Park, New York. Though the downsizing and relocation from another state was hard, Robyn now says that she can’t remember ever feeling so relaxed. They are settled and enjoying life in Lexington. Their 1,300-square-foot cottage on Sycamore Lane feels like home.

What does a typical day look like for Robyn and Nelson?

5:00 a.m.: “Early Bird” Nelson has a snack and works on puzzles, reads or putters around outside while waiting for “Night Owl” Robyn to rise. Nelson fills his birdfeeders, and is even caring for his neighbor’s bird feeders as she recovers from surgery. They typically have breakfast together by about 10 a.m. They like to sit on their sunporch to eat and watch the cows graze in the field behind their cottage.

Mid-morning: Robyn and Nelson have quickly become immersed in the Kendal at Lexington community and have each joined several resident committees. Nelson is showcasing a couple of his wood carvings of birds in the resident Art Gallery. In addition, they are ad hoc members of what they describe as the “Mischief Committee.” One recent activity of that “committee” was building a snowman outside of the Borden Center dining room so that the residents of the nursing center could enjoy it. The snowman featured a top hat fashioned out of cardboard, which was hand made by Robyn. A snowman hat didn’t make the cut when they were downsizing, but that didn’t stop Robyn from creating one!

1 p.m.: Lunch together on their sunporch.

Late afternoon: Nelson has begun volunteering at the George Marshall Museum on the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) Post, and Robyn is planning to volunteer with gardening activities in the spring. They both use the Fitness Center at least three times a week and always go to the Fitness Center when Housekeeping is at their cottage for their bi-monthly cleaning. They love coming home from a workout to a clean house!

5:45 p.m.: Robyn and Nelson walk over to the main building for dinner. They have met a wide variety of people and are making a point to not get in the habit of dining with the same residents every night. They do, however, have dinner with their friends Sally and David several times a week. Sally went to college with Robyn and Nelson, and introduced them to Kendal at Lexington. Robyn and Nelson first visited Kendal in 2005. They knew from the start that they wanted to move to Kendal while they were still independent and active and could take advantage of all Kendal and the surrounding area has to offer.


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A Day in the Life of a Resident

When Andrew “Uncas” McThenia moved to Kendal at Lexington about a year ago he wasn’t sure what a typical day would be like for him. He has settled into a daily routine and believes moving to Kendal at Lexington has been one of the best decisions in his very accomplished life.

What does a typical day look like for Uncas?

5:00 or 5:30 a.m.: Goes to our “beautiful” fitness center and usually swims for 30 minutes, followed by at least 40 minutes of Yoga.

7:00 or 8:00 a.m.: Enjoys yogurt and granola in his apartment. His 886 square foot one bedroom plus den apartment suits his lifestyle well.

Mid-morning: Reads and sometimes does some meditative writing.

12:00 noon: Meets up with his “incredible” group of friends in the Dining Room for lunch. He’s watching his weight, so many days he has soup & a salad, but is often tempted by the hot buffet offerings. Among his lunch companions is 91 year old Louise, who he says is “the wisest person I’ve ever met.”

Mid-afternoon: Walks, bikes or reads during the afternoon hours. When his special friend, Sudy, is visiting from South Carolina, they typically spend their afternoons out and about in the county taking photos. Sudy is an accomplished artist with many paintings on display at Kendal of Lexington, and the beautiful scenery in Rockbridge County serves as a great resource for her.

6:00 or thereafter: Eats a light meal in his apartment, or he eats with a friend. His “dear, dear” friend Maury often invites Uncas to his cottage for a meal. Uncas has discovered the unexpected delight of having other single friends (he has been a widower for about 4 years) who like to explore the area and like to engage in intellectual discussions with him. Even though he has lived in Lexington most of his adult life and had a wide circle of friends, he feels very blessed by the new friends he has made since moving to Kendal.


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A Day in the Life of a Resident