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Authors Discuss Aging 'Blue Garter Friends'

Feb. 18, 2010

      Join the co-authors of “Amazing Attributes of Aging; Silly and Sacred Stories of Blue Garter Friends” at Anne Arundel Community College on Thursday, March 4, as they discuss the creative process, aging and the 36 women’s lives they chronicled for their book.

      The college Department of Health and Human Services is sponsoring the free literary discussion and book signing with authors Judy Appel and Mary Huntley from 9-10:30 a.m. The event “Friendships to Remember: A Lesson on the Importance of Friendship in the Aging Process” takes place in connection with the college’s Aging Studies curricula and celebration of March as Women’s History Month.

      Hear how the 36 women grew up in a small community in Minnesota and created a lifelong bond through the symbolism of a blue garter. After graduating from high school in 1958, most of the women left the community for careers and homes around the United States. Some married and raised families. From the original group, 27 now living in 13 states remain in close contact with each other. They have reunited annually during the more than 50 years of their friendship.

      Appel and Huntley are members of the Blue Garter group. The two met in Sunday School, traveled together between their sophomore and junior years in college and eventually married men who were community college classmates. Now retired from professional academic careers, they celebrate the opportunity to continue to gather with Blue Garter friends as all experience the changes that aging brings to their lives.

      The duo will sign copies of the book, which is available for purchase, after the event in the Florestano Building Room 101 on the Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway. For event information, contact Elizabeth Appel, AACC department chair of health and human services, at 410-777-7224 or For information on AACC aging courses visit Call Disability Support Services, 410-777-2306 or Maryland Relay 711, 72 hours in advance to request most accommodations.