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The Western Massachusetts Pioneer in Senior Living

Applewood Upcoming Events

With so much to do, how do Applewood residents stay informed about the day's events? That's easy. They simply turn on their televisions to the Applewood channel to see today's announcements at Applewood.

All events (unless otherwise noted) take place at:
1 Spencer Drive
Amherst, MA 01002
For more information call: (413) 253-9833

March 2017

Fitness with Brent

  • Every Monday and Wednesday at 10:15A.M. in the Fitness Center
    • Brent, who is a licensed personal trainer, conducts a balance and strengthening program using hand weights and Thera bands.

Fitness with Althea

  • Every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00A.M. in the Fitness Center
    • Althea is an Applewood resident who has been certified to teach a “Silver Sneakers” class which consists of a variety of chair and standing exercises using hand weights, Thera bands and one’s own body weight.

Current Affairs

  • Every Friday at 4:00P.M. in the Conference Room
    • Carlyn Immerman is the moderator for a discussion group regarding local and world events.

Calendar Highlights

Narrated Tour of Amherst

  • Wednesday, March 1, 2017; Van Departs at 1:00 P.M.
    • Kelley Murphy, Resident Services Coordinator will conduct a tour of the community for anyone interested in learning more about what is available in the area.

Applewood Activities Program Showcase

  • Thursday, March 2, 2017; from 3:30 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. in the Meeting Room
    • Everyone is welcome to come and learn about the various committees; how and why they work and their functions.

Watercolor Painting

  • Friday, March 3, - April 14, 2017; from 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. in the Craft Room
    • Applewood resident John Walker will conduct a painting class every Friday for 7 weeks.

Complimentary Continental Breakfast

  • Saturday, March 4, 2017; from 8:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. in the Tavern
    • Join your friends and neighbors for an Applewood complimentary breakfast.

The Big Broadcast

  • Sunday, March 5, 2017; Van Departs at 1:15 P.M. to Abbey Chapel at Mt. Holyoke College
    • This is the 12th Annual Mt. Holyoke College Jazz Ensembles tribute to the 1940s radio show that has become a local classic featuring songs from the Andrew Sisters, Bing Crosby, Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw among others.

Manicures and Pedicures

  • Monday, March 6, 2017; from 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. in the Salon
    • Lisa Connor is available for these services; sign up at the front desk.

“Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Takes of Slavery and Power”

  • Thursday, March 9, 2017; Van Departs at 2:00 P.M. for Umass Museum of Contemporary Art
    • “Kara Walker is one of the most successful and widely known contemporary African American artists today; she is remarkable for her radical engagement with issues of race, gender, and sexuality and the media with which she pursues her studies. Though mainly celebrated for her provocative installations, composed of cut-paper silhouettes, Walker's work in other media is equally strong and expands on the many powerful themes and questions of her practice.”

Meet the Candidates for Amherst School Committee

  • Saturday, March 11, 2017; at 10:30 A.M. in the Meeting Room
    • All of the candidates for the Amherst School Committee will be here to meet residents of Applewood. Peter Demling and Jennifer Page are running for one three-year seat on the Committee; Robert Greeney and Eric Nakajima are running for one two-year seat. They will share with you their background, why they are running, and discuss major issues for Amherst public education. Come with your questions and concerns.

Metropolitan Opera Simulcast of “La Traviata”t

  • Saturday, March 11, 2017; Van Departs at 12:15 P.M. for the Hadley Cinemark Theater
    • “Willy Decker's inspiring, "grippingly spare, almost surreal" production returns to the Met Opera! The action is now brought forward to the 1950s, complete with swing dresses and magnums of champagne! Can a consumptive courtesan and a naive nobleman find love together? Or will the fates (and his family) strive to keep them apart?”

Tour of David Ruggles Center

  • Wednesday, March 15, 2017; Van Departs at 9:30 A.M. for Florence, MA
    • The center is a regional archive for the study of the Underground Railroad. It’s named for David Ruggles, the nation’s first African-American book seller and prominent abolitionist. Ruggles founded a utopian factory village in an attempt to secure equal rights and social justice. The community was a center for abolitionism during the Civil War and was home to prominent activists like Sojourner Truth.

Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass

  • Saturday, March 18, 2107; Van Departs at 6:45 P.M. to Sweeney Hall at Smith College
    • “Back by public demand after their unforgettable performance of Bach’s St. John Passion in 2015, the Choir of Men and Boys of All Saints Cathedral in Albany NY now join Arcadia in Haydn’s thrilling Nelson Mass, also known as the Mass for Troubled Times. Their glorious sound and youthful energy will deliver a performance not to be missed.”

Music AT Amherst Chamber Series Featuring Paul Lewis, Piano

  • Friday, March 24, 2017; Van departs at 7:15 P.M. for Buckley Recital Hall at Amherst College
    • “Paul Lewis is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. His recent cycles of core piano works by Beethoven and Schubert have received unanimous critical and public acclaim worldwide, and consolidated his reputation as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the central European classical repertoire.”

Mead Art Museum Exhibits at Amherst College

  • Saturday, March 25, 2017; at 10:30 A.M. in the Meeting Room
    • David Little, Director of the Amherst College Art Museum will discuss upcoming exhibits and the history of the Amherst College art gallery and collections.

Metropolitan Opera Simulcast of “Idomeneo”

  • Saturday, March 25, 2017; Van Departs at 12:15 for Hadley Cinemark Theater
    • “Mozart’s first operatic masterpiece returns to the Met in the classic Jean-Pierre Ponnelle production, conducted by Music Director Emeritus James Levine. The superb ensemble includes Matthew Polenzani as the king torn by a rash vow; mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of his noble son Idamante; soprano Nadine Sierra as Ilia; and soprano Elza van den Heever as the volatile Elettra, who loves Idamante to the bounds of madness.”

Valley Classical Concerts Presents Ethel

  • Sunday, March 26, 2017; Van Departs for Sweeney/Sage Hall at Smith College
    • Program – “Blue Dress” - “One of classical’s coolest quartets will do new works by three extraordinary women (Anna Clyne, Missy Mazzoli, and Pulitzer Prize-winner Julia Wolfe) combined with music by women who inspired those composers, including Stevie Nicks, Kim Gordon, and Aretha Franklin. Get ready!”

Prior Events


  • Wednesday, February 1, 2017; Heart Health
    • Encompass Health Group will discuss how to keep your heart healthy through nutrition and exercise.
  • Wednesday, February 1, 2017; Emancipating The Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power
    • Applewood is a proud sponsor of this exhibit: Kara Elizabeth Walker is an African American contemporary artist and painter who explores race, gender, sexuality, violence and identity in her work. She is best known for her room-size tableaux of black cut-paper silhouettes.
  • Saturday, February 4, 2017; Complimentary Continental Breakfast
    • Join your friends and neighbors for breakfast and conversation.
  • Saturday, February 4, 2017; ACLU of Western Massachusetts
    • Bill Newman, an attorney active in civil rights law and President of the Massachusetts ACLU will discuss his latest article from the Hampshire Gazette.
  • Sunday, February 5, 2017; Valley Classical Concert
    • Jennifer Koh, violinist and Shai Wosner, piano will perform.
  • Wednesday, February 8, 2017; Hawaiian Lunch
    • Marketing will host a lunch presentation of the upcoming Umass Fine Arts Show: “The Dances and Legends of Hawaii: When Gods Mingled With Mortals.”
  • Thursday, February 9, 2017; The Dances and Legends of Hawaii: When Gods Mingled With Mortals.
    • “Featuring Michael Pili Pang and the Halau Hula Ka No'Eau Ensemble. Celebrating 30 years of dance, chants and traditions, Halau Hula Ka Noʻeau captivates audiences with their exquisitely artistic and culturally authentic Hawaiian dance performances. Choreographer and cultural historian Michael Pili Pang, presents a new work based on the traditional legends of Hawaiian gods who were revered as heroes and the creators of the Hawaiian Islands. Pang creates innovative choreography that combines traditional hula, music and chants into high artistic expression.”
  • Saturday, February 11, 2017; Emily Dickinson Museum and Gardens
    • Jane Wald, Director of the Museum will speak about the Emily Dickinson house and gardens in Amherst, Massachusetts
  • Saturday, February 11, 2017; Music in Amherst Series – Chiara String Quartet
    • “Renowned for bringing fresh excitement to traditional string quartet repertoire as well as for creating insightful interpretations of new music, the Chiara String Quartet captivates its audiences throughout the country.”
  • Wednesday, February 15, 2017; Pre-Concert Presentation of Celebrating Jelly & George
    • Tom Reney who is the Jazz Producer at WFCR since 1984 and teaches jazz history at Umass and Holyoke Community College will discuss the concert offerings and play excerpts of the performance.
  • Thursday, February 16, 2017; Jelly & George: Celebrating The Music Of Jelly Roll Morton and George Gershwin
    • “Acclaimed pianist Aaron Diehl and Grammy-winning vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant revisit and revitalize the works of piano jazz greats George Gershwin & Jelly Roll Morton. Combining lesser known works with new arrangements, the duo’s energetic interpretations celebrate a musical lineage spanning a century.”
  • Thursday, February 23, 2017; Kinesiology Studies: Cognition and Action Laboratory
    • Students from the Umass Kinesiology Department will present their projects and ask for volunteers to participate.
  • Thursday, February 23, 2017; Kahbahbloom: The Art and Storytelling of Ed Emberley
    • Caleb Neelon will give the Applewood residents a guided tour of this exhibit featuring a retrospective of Massachusetts’ native Ed Emberley’s 60 year career as an illustrator. Lunch will follow in the museum café.
  • Saturday, February 25, 2017; Metropolitan Opera Simulcast “Rusalka”
    • “Kristine Opolais stars in the role that helped launch her international career, the mythical Rusalka, who sings the haunting “Song to the Moon.” Mary Zimmerman brings her wondrous theatrical imagination to Dvořák’s fairytale of love and longing, rejection and redemption. Brandon Jovanovich, Jamie Barton, Katarina Dalayman, and Eric Owens complete the all-star cast, and Mark Elder conducts.”

January 2017

Calendar Highlights

  • Sunday, January 1, 2017; Happy New Year
    • o Ring in the New Year with your friends and Neighbors with a Champagne toast and hors doeuvres. Watch the ball drop from time square and enjoy fireworks around the world.
  • Wednesday, January 4, 2017; Low Vision And How To Cope
    • Encompass Rehabilitation will present a program regarding vision issues and senior adults.
  • Saturday, January 7, 2017; Continental Breakfast
    • Enjoy the Applewood complimentary breakfast with your friends and neighbors..
  • Saturday, January 7, 2016; Metropolitan Opera Simulcast of “Nabucco”
    • “The legendary Plácido Domingo brings another new baritone role to the Met under the baton of his longtime collaborator James Levine. Liudmyla Monastyrska is Abigaille, the warrior woman determined to rule empires, and Jamie Barton is the heroic Fenena. Dmitri Belosselskiy is the stentorian voice of the oppressed Hebrew people.”
  • Friday, January 13, 2017; Planning Session for Religion Series Discussion Group
    • Anyone interested in this topic with suggestions are welcome.
  • Saturday, January 14, 2017; Uncle Tom’s Cabin
    • Doctor Mason Lowance, Professor of English at UMass, Amherst will discuss his book “The Stowe Debate: Rhetorical Strategies in Uncle Tom's Cabin”
  • Wednesday, January 18, 2017; Dinner at Alina’s
    • Join your Applewood friends for a dinner at this Italian Restaurant which has won the Advocate Best of the Valley Award for Italian Restaurants in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
  • Thursday, January 19, 2017; Protectors at Standing Rock: Native American Spirituality in the 21st Century
    • Celeste Gallagos, just returned from Standing Rock in North Dakota and will discuss her findings.
  • Friday, January 20, 2017; at 9:30 A.M. – Applewood Annual Meeting of The Residents’ Association
    • Voting for Applewood Officers and then the Meeting will commence.
  • Saturday, January 21, 2017; Metropolitan Opera Simulcast of “Roméo et Juliette”
    • “opposite each other in Manon at the Met in 2015, the New York Times said, “the temperature rises nearly to boiling every time Damrau and Grigolo are on stage together.” Now they’re back as opera’s classic lovers, in Gounod’s lush Shakespeare adaptation. The production, by director Bartlett Sher, has already won acclaim for its vivid 18th-century milieu and stunning costumes during runs at Salzburg and La Scala. Gianandrea Noseda conducts the sumptuous score.”
  • Tuesday, January 24, 2017; Hearing Aid Clinic
    • Allison Holmberg, MS, CCAA/SLP will be at Applewood assisting with hearing aid issues. Sign up at the front desk.

December 2016

  • Thursday, December 1, 2016; Once (A Musical)
    • “Winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, ONCE draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It’s an unforgettable story about going for your dreams, not living in fear, and the power of music to connect all of us.”.
  • Friday, December 2, 2016; Music at Amherst Chamber Series: Jupiter String Quartet with James Dunham, viola
    • “The Jupiter String Quartet is a particularly intimate group, consisting of violinists Nelson Lee and Meg Freivogel, violist Liz Freivogel (older sister of Meg), and cellist Daniel McDonough (husband of Meg, brother-in-law of Liz). As they enter their fourteenth year of making music together, the members of this tightly-knit ensemble have firmly established their quartet as an important voice in the world of chamber music. At Amherst they perform with violist James Dunham.”
  • Saturday, December 3, 2016; Emily Dickinson Museum
    • Jane H. Wald, Executive Director of the Emily Dickinson Museum will speak about the museum, the Evergreens and the Homestead. Wald graduated from Bryn Mawr College, studied historical archaeology at the College of William and Mary and received a graduate degree in American history from Princeton University. Prior to her tenure at the Emily Dickinson Museum, Wald served as assistant director of development and marketing at Old Sturbridge Village and director of The Evergreens, under the Martha Dickinson Bianchi Trust. Upon the merger of the Homestead and The Evergreens in 2003, she became the museum’s associate director.
  • Saturday, December 3, 2016; Valley Classical Concerts Presents: “Harlem Quartet”
    • “With their warm sound and hot repertoire, an ensemble that is “bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing, and intelligent” (Cincinnati Enquirer) will bring cheer to a chilly December eve with music ranging from Beethoven and Mendelssohn to Antonio Carlos Jobim and Dizzy Gillespie.”
  • Sunday, December 4, 2016; Christmas Vespers
    • “Featuring the Smith College Chorus, Chamber Singers, Glee Club, Handbell Choir, and Orchestra. The annual holiday service of lessons and carols has been delighting audiences for decades. Featuring music by Hildegard von Bingen and works based on her melodies by Clifton J. Noble, Jr., Ronald Perera and Alice Parker '47, and others. Come ring in the holiday season!”
  • Wednesday, December 7, 2016; Springfield Materials Recycling Facility Tour
    • The Applewood Greening Committee and interested residents will tour the facility and meet with facility manager to discuss ways to recycle more and help save the planet.
  • Thursday, December 8, 2016; Eighth Semi-Annual Shop and Dine in Greenfield
    • Shop at one on the last privately owned department stores and then lunch a Hope and Olive Café.
  • Friday, December 9, 2016; Bright Nights at Forest Park
    • A holiday lighting experience in its 23rd season with 600,000 lighted designs over a three mile stretch through the park.
  • Saturday, December 10, 2016; Metropolitan Opera Simulcast: L’Amour de Loin”
    • “Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s breakthrough opera was described by the New York Times as “transfixing…a lushly beautiful score.” Commissioned by the Salzburg Festival, where it was first seen in 2000, it will now finally have its Metropolitan Opera premiere in a dazzling new production by Robert Lepage, featuring glimmering ribbons of LED lights that extend across the length of the stage and over the orchestra pit. Eric Owens is the knight on a quest of love and Susanna Phillips is his lover on the other side of the sea. Conductor Susanna Mälkki makes her Met debut.”
  • Sunday, December 11, 2016; Music at Amherst Chamber Series: “Imani Winds”
    • “Imani Winds has established itself as one of the most successful chamber music ensembles in the United States. Since 1997, the Grammy nominated quintet has taken a unique path, carving out a distinct presence in the classical music world with its dynamic playing, culturally poignant programming, adventurous collaborations, and inspirational outreach programs.”
  • Tuesday, December 13, 2016; Lunch at the Ginger Garden
    • Enjoy an authentic Japanese or Chinese lunch with your friends and neighbors.
  • Wednesday, December 14, 2016; Annual Volunteer Hospice Gift Wrap
    • Residents and staff wrap gifts for shoppers and all monies raised benefits the Holyoke Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice Care.”
  • Wednesday, December 14, 2016; Tour of the New Hitchcock Center
    • Residents and staff will be given a tour of the new facility and learn about their amazing self-sustaining design.
  • Friday, December 16, 2016; Arcadia Players Presents: “Handel – Messiah”
    • “Please join us once again for our annual, signature performance of Messiah, illuminated by our expert ensemble of singers and period instrumentalists. Our presentation of Handel’s complete oratorio has gained a widespread reputation, and a unique place in the life of Western Massachusetts.”
  • Saturday, December 17, 2016; “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”
    • “Professor Mason Lowance teaches Early American Literature, American Romanticism, and American Realism at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He also offers a seminar in Hawthorne and Melville, and regularly teaches "Race and Slavery in American Culture" to undergraduates and graduate students. He has taught at the University of Massachusetts since 1967, and since 1982, has also taught a course per year at the Harvard University Extension School. He has taught semester long courses at Clark, Tufts, Brown, Emory, Oxford and Yale University, where he was a Fellow of the National Humanities Institute, 1977-78. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow (1982) and was awarded a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities (1978-9). He has been William and Alice Pressly Visiting Professor at The Westminster Schools (2003-4). He was Associate Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Fine Arts from 1980-83. His publications include: Increase Mather(1974); Massachusetts Broadsides of the American Revolution (1976); The Language of Canaan: Metaphor and Symbol in New England from the Puritans to the Transcendentalists (1980); The Typological Writings of Jonathan Edwards (1993); The Stowe Debate: Rhetorical Strategies in Uncle Tom's Cabin (1994); Against Slavery: an Abolitionist Reader (2000); A House Divided: the Antebellum Slavery Debates in America from 1776-1865 (2003).”