WHO’S WHO IN DISTRICT 4
Our community is endowed with the most incredible, talented, accomplished residents with various backgrounds and experience. Let's celebrate them! Here are our first District 4 Stars!
MARLENE & CHET SOLENDER
What does a retired microbiologist and retired dentist do? They become entertainers, of course.
While meeting at a singles party, it was love at first sight for Marlene. Fast forward, and they have been married for over 35 years.
Both always had a love of music, particularly Broadway. Prior to entering the Navy, Chet, who plays piano, entertained the US Troops during WWII with his band. After enlisting, he joined the Navy Band.
Marlene has always been the song bird. While enjoying a cruise they developed a retirement plan, the idea to showcase not only their talents, but their knowledge of composers. The dream became a reality with a program consisting of Gershwin, Rogers and Hammerstein, Rogers and Hart, and Cole Porter. Chet tickled the ivories and Marlene sang and shared knowledge of each of the composers on over forty cruises.
That boiled over to on-land entertainment. They traveled through Florida with their special styling. They are regulars at Aston Gardens, where residents look forward to their show and sing and dance along. Chet stated, “This is what it’s all about, making people
happy and being productive seniors”.
Just to show how serious they are about Broadway composers, their cat is named Gershwin and their dog, Porter.
That’s Entertainment – Thanks.
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