by Lisa Tome
A 90-year-old resident of Calvert Manor Healthcare Center wasted no time calling her son recently.
The resident phoned her son because about 30 classic and antique cars were parked in the facility's lot, waiting to be viewed.
"I love them," the resident said. "My son has to come see them."
For the past several years, members of the car club, Recycled Teenage Cruisers, have turned out at Calvert Manor to show off their cars.
Residents are then invited to make their way around the parking lot to check the vehicles. They also get to vote for their favorite on display.
A 74-year-old woman took no time picking her favorite. She chose a black Ford with a running board. "My grandfather had one just like it. I rode on it 60 years ago. I rode on the running board. This is good memories seeing these cars. It's beautiful," she said.
It's hard to know who enjoys it more, the attendees or the car owners.
Jim Sturgill of Elkton brought his 1938 Chevrolet coupe. "These people grew up with these cars. They look at these cars and their eyes light up," said Sturgill. "One year they brought a 94-year-old out in her bed to see the cars. She stayed with us (car club members) the whole time. Most people won't let you touch their cars. But I will. You can't have the keys, but you can get in it."
Sherry Perry of Conowingo brought a 1966 Chevy pickup to Calvert. "We enjoy watching their faces when they see the cars and hearing their exclamations," she said.
An 83-year-old Calvert resident couldn't help but look at a green and white 1956 Chevy. "I used to have one just like it. Oh, that Chevy. And this gets me outside for a while," he said.
A 68-year-old male at Calvert said he admired both a 1949 and a 1955 Ford. "I'm a Chevy guy though. I have a 1955 Chevy. They're all good cars. I like this," he said.
Donald Perry of Rising Sun brought his 1979 Pontiac Trans Am. "These people need to get out and see things," he said.
Bill Bradley leads the Recycled Teenage Cruisers. He said Calvert Manor contacted him several years ago and asked if the club was willing to bring their cars. "They (the residents) can't wait until we get here. And we can't get here before five o'clock because the residents eat at 5 and they won't eat if the cars are here," said Bradley who brought his 1939 Ford panel truck.
Richard Pierce of Rising Sun brought his 1956 Chevy Bel Air. He said the residents enjoy the cars because they are the cars many of them have driven. "I like to see their expressions. They get so excited," said Pierce.
"I like to let these people look at the cars and enjoy themselves," said Dennis Ragan, owner of a 1987 Ford coupe.
Dick McCardell has friends who are currently residing at Calvert Manor. "They enjoy it. I know four people in here right now," said McCardell of Liberty Grove. He drove his 1934 Ford.
Calvert Manor rewards the car club by providing each member with a framed certificate thanking them for turning out. The Recycled Teenage Cruisers not only bring cars to senior citizens for view, they are also involved in other community service, particularly at Principio United Methodist Church and at children's events.