At age 84, Lutheran Village Miller’s Grant resident, Sue Nicholson, hasn’t seemed to have slowed down. She likes keeping her calendar full with most days filled with music-related activities – a passion of hers.
Music has been a constant in Nicholson’s life. She began piano lessons at age five. The “music bug” bit her, and she continued playing through grade school and majored in keyboard at Transylvania College in Kentucky.
Classically trained, she has taught piano, was an organist and choir director at her church in Columbia, MD and frequently plays the piano to accompany singers at Miller’s Grant. After playing classical music for years, she was told to “loosen up and get with it” when she joined a jazz band, Goldenaires Band, with whom she currently performs.
If you ask Nicholson, she’ll tell you she enjoys most styles of music and doesn’t have a favorite genre. If it’s different, it has her attention though she does love Bach but admits to getting furious when she plays his music because, as she’s stated, “It’s hard to play.”
While music takes up a lot of her time, Nicholson leaves time for other activities. You may have seen her pottery displayed at local art shows; she’s also a skilled potter. Nicholson also helps organize Miller’s Grant’s annual variety show and is an avid croquet player.
Although her daughter and son-in-law have taken over the BBQ business she and her husband, Don, started in 1980, she still has time to be involved. She and Don had plans to move to Miller’s Grant together. Sadly, Don passed away before that could happen, but she continued moving to Miller’s Grant in 2016 and now lives in the home they selected prior to Don’s illness.
“I love Miller’s Grant and my one-level single-family home,” said Nicholson who lives in the Woodstock model. Her favorite area is the kitchen and has stated, “I’ve never had a kitchen designed like this in any home I’ve owned.”
Although she loves her home, you can often find her out and about. She feels the best way to get to know people is to get involved. She recommends residents get out and take part in at least one of the many activities available at Miller’s Grant.