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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

April 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

Complimentary Continental Breakfast

  • Saturday, April 1, 2017; from 8:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. in the Tavern
    • Join your friends and neighbors for an Applewood complimentary breakfast

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

  • Saturday, April 1, 2017; at 10:30 A.M. in the Meeting Room
    • Nancy Hanson, Director of Hampshire College CSA will discuss the program and opportunities available through this community resource.

Amherst College Horn Students Perform

  • Sunday, April 2, 2017; at 4:00 P.M. in the Meeting Room
    • Several Amherst College students who are members of the Horn Music Program will showcase their music.

Hearing Aid Clinic

  • Tuesday, April 4, 2017; from 9:00 A.M. – 10:30 A.M. in the Wellness Center
    • Allison Holmberg, MS, CCA-A/SLP will be available for hearing aid assistance.

Piano Music

  • Wednesday, April 5, 2017; at 6:30 P.M. in the Lobby
    • Applewood resident Margery Forbes will perform.

Artist in Residence Gallery Opening - “A Celebration of Light and Color”

  • Thursday, April 6, 2017; from 3:30 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. in the Garden Room
    • Applewood resident Valerie A. Ivy will exhibit a variety of quilts she has made over the years depicting places she has traveled and her daughter Valerie I. Steinberg will exhibit watercolor paintings she has created that will complement the quilts.

Hitchcock Center Tour

  • Friday, April 7, 2017; cars depart at 3:45 P.M. to Route 116 in Amherst.
    • The Greening Committee has set up a private tour for anyone interested and willing to drive themselves to this amazing site with a building that makes its own energy.

The Kestrel Trust

  • Saturday, April 8, 2017; at 10:30 A.M. in the Meeting Room
    • Kristin DeBoer, Executive Director of the Kestrel Land Trust's mission is to conserve and care for forests, farms, and river ways in the Pioneer Valley, while nurturing an enduring love of the land.

Dinner at the Whately Inn

  • Wednesday, April 12, 2017; Van Departs at 4:30 P.M. for Whately, MA
    • Join your friends and neighbors for a fine dining trip.

Applewood Monthly Social Hour

  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017; from 4:30 P.M. – 5:30 P.M. in the Tavern
    • Join your neighbors and friends for wine and hors d’oeuvres.

Spring Recycling Fair (Sponsored by the Greening Committee)

  • Friday, April 21, 2017; from 2:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. in the Lobby
    • Bring your eye glasses, medication, hangers and other items not taken in weekly pick up.

Music at Amherst Chamber Series–Dawn Upshaw, Soprano with Gil Kalish, Piano

  • Friday, April 21, 2017; at 8:00 P.M. at Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst College
    • “Joining rare natural warmth with a fierce commitment to the transforming communicative power of music, Dawn Upshaw has achieved worldwide celebrity as a singer of opera and concert repertoire ranging from the sacred works of Bach to the freshest sounds of today.”

Future of Wind Energy in Massachusetts (Earth Day)

  • Saturday, April 22, 2017; at 10:30 A.M. in the Meeting Room
    • Dr. James Manwell, Ph.D., Professor at Umass, Amherst and Director of the Wind Energy Center at Umass will speak about renewal energy.

Metropolitan Opera Simulcast – “Eugene Onegin”

  • Saturday, April 22, 2017; at 12:55 at The Hadley Cinemark Theater
    • “Tchaikovsky’s setting of Pushkin’s timeless verse novel is presented on the Met stage in Deborah Warner’s moving production, starring Anna Netrebko as Tatiana and Mariusz Kwiecien and Peter Mattei sharing the title role. Alexey Dolgov sings the role of Lenski, and Robin Ticciati conducts.”

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017; at 7:30 P.M. at The Umass Fine Arts Center
    • “From the pulse-racing thrill of contemporary favorites to the spirit-lifting joy of beloved classics, these extraordinary dancers bring African-American cultural expression and the American modern dance tradition to life. The program for the evening will be a mixed rep, closing with the audience favorite “Revelations.”

Building the Science and Symptom Self-Management

  • Saturday, April 29, 2017; at 10:30 A.M. in the Meeting Room
    • Dr. Cynthia Jacelon, Ph.D. is the Program Director for the Umass, Amherst School of Nursing.

Prior Events

March 2017

  • Wednesday, March 1, 2017; Narrated Tour of Amherst.
    • 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.
  • Thursday, March 2, 2017; Applewood Activities Program Showcase
    • Everyone is welcome to come and learn about the various committees; how and why they work and their functions.
  • Friday, March 3, - April 14, 2017; Watercolor Painting
    • Applewood resident John Walker will conduct a painting class every Friday for 7 weeks.
  • Saturday, March 4, 2017; Complimentary Continental Breakfast
    • Join your friends and neighbors for an Applewood complimentary breakfast.
  • Sunday, March 5, 2017; The Big Broadcast
    • 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.
  • Monday, March 6, 2017; Manicures and Pedicures
    • Lisa Connor is available for these services; sign up at the front desk.
  • Thursday, March 9, 2017; “Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Takes of Slavery and Power”
    • “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.”
  • Saturday, March 11, 2017; Meet the Candidates for Amherst School Committee
    • 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.
  • Saturday, March 11, 2017; Metropolitan Opera Simulcast of “La Traviata”
    • “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?”
  • Wednesday, March 15, 2017; Tour of David Ruggles Center
    • 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.
  • Saturday, March 18, 2107; Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass
    • “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.”
  • Friday, March 24, 2017; Music at Amherst Chamber Series Featuring Paul Lewis, Piano
    • “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.”
  • Saturday, March 25, 2017; Mead Art Museum Exhibits at Amherst College
    • David Little, Director of the Amherst College Art Museum will discuss upcoming exhibits and the history of the Amherst College art gallery and collections.
  • Saturday, March 25, 2017; Metropolitan Opera Simulcast of “Idomeneo”
    • “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.”
  • Sunday, March 26, 2017; Valley Classical Concerts Presents Ethel
    • 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!”


  • 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.