Patriot Point guests have one more space to enjoy solitude and a great view with the creation of a third-floor Reflection Room in the Main House.
The room features 360-degree views of the property and is a private place for guests to sit with each other and chat or quietly take in the scenic view. The Taishoff Family Foundation recently donated the furniture for the Reflection Room.
“It will look beautiful when it is done,” said Kathy Taishoff, who designed the room’s interior. Taishoff’s husband, Rob, is one of Patriot Point’s managing members. “I asked [Patriot Point General Manager Hugh Middleton and Volunteer Coordinator Mike Mattingly] what do the guests want? What is relaxing for them? What is their comfort zone? And the feedback was to keep it rustic like the rest of the house. It had to be what guests wanted to help them be comfortable.”
The room features a leather sofa with a pullout bed and two large club chairs side-by-side, facing the water. Two glass-top side tables are cut out of a tree trunk and lighting comes from deer antler lamps. A bar-height pub table from reclaimed wood will arrive soon, complemented by two oversized Adirondack chairs with thick leather cushions. Two ottomans will provide storage space, extra seating and an added level of comfort, while two silk trees add to the relaxed vibe in the room.
“I wanted to furnish it so that guests are comfortable and it gives them a sense of peace,” Kathy Taishoff said. “It’s just cozy, a quiet place where people can relax alone or together.”
It was a weekend of hard work for a crew of five for Strittmatter Companies, which continued its support of Patriot Point as it brought four pieces of heavy equipment – an excavator, a bulldozer, a track end dump and a trench roller – to improve the fields and impoundments.
Strittmatter area superintendent Dennis Boswell arrived on Friday and worked until dark getting things started. Among the work that the crew completed was enlarging an impoundment pond and making it deeper, installing a pipe to drain a field that retained water, building one road and removing another and leveling a field.
“It was a long day on Saturday,” Boswell said. “But we do it because we appreciate helping out. The service members who come to Patriot Point have made a lot of sacrifices for our country. Strittmatter is happy to have the opportunity to do work at Patriot Point and in turn help provide such an incredible place for guests to visit.”
The Goetz family recently visited Patriot Point for a weekend retreat sponsored by Hope for the Warriors.
Lawrence Goetz is a gunnery sergeant currently stationed at Marine Corps headquarters in Quantico, where he is an administrative chief. He has served in the Marine Corps for 17 years. Lawrence, his wife Stephanie and their two children enjoyed a relaxing weekend at Patriot Point, where they were able to fish, hike throughout the property and enjoy indoor and outdoor activities.
“My family and I are truly grateful for being able to spend time at Patriot Point,” Goetz said. “Being there is a break from all the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. It was great having a weekend where the whole family stayed off their tablets and phones. It was great being able to rekindle family time that can be easily neglected.
“The impact that Patriot Point has on our service members is truly magical. It is a great place to relax your mind, body, and soul. You are able to spend quality time with your loved ones. Spending time at Patriot Point allows you to reset. Allowing service members to come back to work healthier and more committed to their duties.”
USO-Metro recently brought a group of eight service members and their guests to Patriot Point for a weekend retreat as part of its Beyond the Base program.
“It was amazing,” USO-Metro Center Operations Supervisor Brittany Freshwater said. “Very much a nice, relaxing weekend away. They had the opportunity to do some activities and also the opportunity to do absolutely nothing at all.”
The group arrived at Patriot Point on Friday night. Saturday was full of activities such as crabbing, fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding and a visit to Patriot Point’s new shooting range.
Relaxing and safe environment to enjoy outdoor recreational activities