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    Turf Tips with Jeff Roeder

    Last updated 21 days ago

    Check out how Turf Valley aerifies their golf courses throughout the year, the benefits of aerification, as well as how to maintain your own lawn and garden at home!

    Checking-In with Pretty in Pink's Veteran Model Deneitra

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Our 7th Annual Pretty in Pink Ladies Luncheon was held at Turf Valley last Friday, April 17th, and it was a hit! While we featured 33 cancer survivors as our models, we missed one of our favorite models and a staple at every year’s fashion show, Deneitra Hutchinson.

    Deneitra was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, and sought support at the Claudia Mayer / Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center, a place of hope, help and support for men, women and children living with cancer, at Howard County General Hospital. On one of her visits to the Cancer Center, she was asked to represent the center as a model at the Pretty in Pink Fashion Show. Deneitra modeled in her first Pretty in Pink Fashion Show in 2011, and has been a familiar face on stage every year.

    “My favorite part of Pretty in Pink is the sisterhood and camaraderie I feel every year. Seeing the women, even the vendors, Octavia, Symmetry Hair Salon, and Simply Divine Boutique, they always have a smile, a friendly face, and they’re encouraging – such a beautiful thing.”

    This year Deneitra was unable to attend after being diagnosed with non Hodgkins-Lymphoma in November of last year. While her presence was missed, we have checked in to see how she is doing and am happy to report she has finished treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center!

    Deneitra has found an outlet from treatment in blogging, and has maintained blogs during both bouts of cancer. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer she began a blog called “Losing a Life-Long Friend”, as a way to say “good-bye” after her double mastectomy.

    In May of 2014 she began a new blog called 50.2.fifty, signifying her 50-day countdown until her 50th birthday. When she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in November, she began to blog about her treatment, though taking a different approach, utilizing video to show the journey.

    “I felt like it was better – I could connect better if people could see me and hear my voice. They could look and see that I was doing well. Video offered a vulnerability and honest look.”


    Now that Deneitra has finished chemotherapy, we wish her a smooth recovery and we look forward to her participating in Pretty in Pink next year! If you’re interested in following her blog, visit: 50.2.Fifty.

    Deneitra is an Army wife and mother to three boys – 17, 15, and 11. Deneitra and her family reside in Columbia, MD. Many in Howard County probably recognize her as a co-host of Columbia Association’s Columbia Matters, a Telly award-winning monthly television program that takes viewers on a journey through Columbia and Howard County, Maryland, and provides entertaining and resourceful information about local events and programs.

    A Minute with The Spa at Turf Valley

    Last updated 1 month ago

    We talked to massage therapist, Theresa Tunney, at The Spa at Turf Valley to find out her favorite service, what she loves about the Spa, and what she recommends for her guests! 


    Spring Weddings: Why It's The Best Season for a Wedding

    Last updated 2 months ago

    After a long and harsh winter, spring has finally emerged to bring some warmth and green into our lives! And with spring arrives a beautiful backdrop to your dream wedding. Turf Valley’s Director of Catering, Jenny Betlejewski, shares some ideas as to why spring is the perfect season for you to have your wedding.

    “Spring – when a young man’s fancy turns to thoughts of love!” (Alfred, Lord Tennyson) The time of year overflows with newness, rebirth and weddings.


    It’s a romantic time of year and with its warmer days are dress styles that have organza, chiffon, off-the-shoulder treatments or touches of lace. Grooms can be seen in khaki suits with playful bowties. 


    Colors are fresh – consider concentrating on one specific color or a color combination of muted shades such as Robin’s Egg Blue, Daffodil Yellow, Nectarine (with a mixture of peach and pink shades), or a Soft Mint Green.  


    With the change in the season from snow to budding trees and shrubs, more flower choices are readily available. Tulips, daffodils, lilacs, and lilies of the valley all ring in the beginning of the season, as well as peonies and cherry blossoms.

    Centerpieces can consist of containers of fresh grass with bows tied around them mixed with bud vases of nosegays or pots of daffodils and other bulbs– you might consider decorating with baskets for the flowers, or using eggs as place cards or to contain favors for a whimsical touch!

    Use paper for the invitations, place cards or menu cards that are embedded with seeds – it doubles as a favor guests can plant when they get home.

    Food Selection

    Even your food could contain flowers with edible pansies for spice in your first course salad. Some other selections you might consider that capture the season: Bruschetta with Smashed Fava Beans, Seasonal Salad with Mixed Greens, Blueberries, Julienne Carrots and Blueberry Vinaigrette, Spring Peas with Pancetta, Roasted Vegetable  Frittata, Deviled Eggs with Ham Mediterranean Roasted Lamb with Fennel  and Baby Carrots, and Roasted Artichokes with Prosciutto. Since the days are suddenly longer, consider a brunch wedding - perhaps on a Sunday- after the event you can still gather with friends and family afterwards or start a honeymoon a littler earlier :) 

    While spring is definitely a highly sought after time of year for weddings and other celebrations as well, consider a Friday, Sunday or even another weekday to make it more affordable for you!

    To learn more about weddings at Turf Valley visit our website, call us at 410-465-1200, and follow us on Pinterest for everything wedding related! 

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