Four couples celebrate 52-year wedding anniversaries together [Ellicott City]

Howard County Times

Friends Sandra and Woody Boyd, Eleanor and Phil Colicchio, Louise and David McCann and Nancy and Richard Sparks met approximately five years ago.

Originally from different parts of the country that include New York, Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Louisiana and Maryland, the four couples reside in The Enclave at Ellicott Station, a 55+ community in Ellicott City.

As their friendships blossomed, they were stunned to learn that a common thread in their lives reached beyond their choice of neighborhoods. Each couple had married in the same year, 1965.

Considering that only an estimated six percent of the population have been married more than 50 years, according to a U.S. census report, the odds of four couples sharing the same wedding year, who are also friends living steps away from one another, is quite remarkable.

Thrilled with the discovery of their shared wedding year, the neighbors decided to plan a group party to celebrate their 52nd anniversary this year.

Seasons 52 at The Mall in Columbia was chosen to host the party. The restaurant that bears the name of their celebratory milestone pulled out all the stops for the event.

The 52nd anniversary party began with the group sharing a limousine ride to Seasons 52. Upon their arrival, the four couples were escorted to a private dinning room adorned with balloons, votive candles, stunning flower arrangements, anniversary decorations and personalized menu cards with each couple’s name and wedding date.

The restaurant also created a collage consisting of each couples’ wedding photo paired with a current photo. A side table prominently displayed the framed collage surrounded by glittery decorations, candles and the selection of the dinner wines.

“It was such a lovely evening with a beautifully decorated room for our dinner, food that was outstanding, wine pairings that were perfect and impeccable service from everyone. You made us feel so welcome and special as we celebrated our 52nd Wedding Anniversary,” wrote Nancy and Richard Sparks to Seasons 52 sales manager Nakeata Boddie.

Phil Colicchio echoed the Sparks’ sentiments in a letter to Boddie, “Last night was the high spot of the year for all four couples celebrating 52 years of marriage at Seasons 52. Everything you planned was wonderful.”

Happy 52nd anniversary to the Boyds, Colicchios, McCanns and Sparks. Wishing you many more parties together.

The Columbia Figure Skating Club hosts its Nutcracker on Ice performance on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 5:30 and 7:15 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 10 at 4:30 and 6 p.m. at the Columbia Ice.

This holiday favorite features the talents of local competitive and recreational figure skaters performing the classic tale of a young girl whose doll comes to life on Christmas Eve and takes her on a magical journey to meet the Nutcracker prince. Along the journey, meet a bevy of enchanting characters including the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Arabian, Chinese and Russian dancers, the Harlequins, the Mouse King and Queen and many more. Tickets are $15 for ages 3 and up and are on sale now at New this year, a limited number of $40 tickets for reserved, beat-the-lines, center ice seating. Children under age 3 are free.

For more information, go to the CFS club’s Facebook page at or club website listed above.

Bethany United Methodist Church is sponsoring two Christmas events open to the public.On Dec. 10 at 11 a.m., the church’s Chancel Choir accompanied by an orchestra, presents a Christmas concert featuring the cantata "And It Came to Pass, Emmanuel" by Jay Rouse and Rose Aspinall.

Then on on Saturday, Dec. 16, Santa Claus is making a stop at Bethany UMC. Join Santa for brunch starting at 10 a.m. Registration is required at or by calling 410-465-2919. Bethany United Methodist Church is at 2875 Bethany Lane in Ellicott City. For more information, go to the church website at

Celebrate the holiday season at a free holiday family breakfast, Saturday, Dec. 9 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at The Dancel Y in Ellicott City. The program features light refreshments, seasonal crafts, exciting activities and the opportunity to take photos with a special guest. The event is open to Y members and non-members. However, all attendees must register in advance at

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