The Life They Wanted
Kiki Greka and
A;er being in Lebanon, PA,
less than a year, it seems that
Kiki Greka and Jamie Curtis
know more about the area than
;e sheer ability to drive
through gorgeous scenery without seeing another car excited
them so much when they relocated there from Washington,
D.C., that they decided to do it as much as possible.
“Sometimes, I just hop in the car and take a ride through
farm country, without a destination. Because, it really is just so
incredibly beautiful. I’ll be driving down the road in my little
convertible and suddenly eight-feet-high corn stalks are towering over me, and they’re all I can see on either side of the road,”
Jamie said with a chuckle.
Kiki’s career was in publication management, and over the
course of 40 years, she worked for media giants like National Geographic and Time Magazine. She eased into retirement at the end
of her career with a marketing position at George Mason.
Jamie, a Union Electrician for 38 years, planned for this kind
of lifestyle all along.
“I loved D.C. I really loved it,” Jamie said. “It’s such a great
;eir number one goal when they retired was to escape the
city. But, I knew I wanted to get out of all that. ;is is the life I
really wanted when it was time to choose.”
tra;c and noise. But, they both loved the energy of the city
and wanted to be close enough to access it when the craving
for city life hit.
“;is area made sense for us,” Kiki said. “And, we want to
experience every bit of it.”
With travel plans in the works for Greece and a cross-country
trip, this year they’re staying put.
“In early spring, we decided, now that we’re here, we want to
experience all four seasons,” Kiki said.
;ey’ve hiked the Endless Mountain range, had potluck dinners with the Amish community, travelled the countryside in
search of historical markers, and visited area farmers markets
and nearby small towns. ;ey’ve even taken a few trips into
the city, both to Philadelphia and New York City for shows and
“We have Amtrak, so we’re set,” Kiki said with a giggle.
Being an avid gardener, Kiki started a vegetable and ;ower
garden in the spring. She loves to cook for community-wide
dinners, play bocce ball with the bocce club, take their two labs
out to the ;elds to run, and going kayaking, ;shing, and gol;ng
“I love that gol;ng is such a di;erent world here,” Jamie said.
“;e courses run between farms, so you could look up and be
;ey intentionally chose the Crossings at Sweetbrier, a
Landmark community, partially because it didn’t have a club
and course. ;ey wanted access to several outside courses without the fees. And, with four within a half hour of them, they
found what they were looking for…really, in every respect.
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