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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

October 2016

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.

Watercolor Painting Class (8 Week Class)

  • Fridays, September 30, 2016 - November 18, 2016; at 10:00A.M. in the Craft Room
    • Resident John Walker will teach the techniques of watercolor painting.

Calendar Highlights

Complimentary Continental Breakfast

  • Saturday, October 1, 2016; 8:00 – 10:00A.M. in the Tavern
    • The monthly breakfast social begins.

Fitness Center Open House

  • Wednesday, October 5, 2016; 11:00A.M. – 12:00 Noon
    • Learn about the different classes offered and how to use the equipment.

Trip to Clark Art Institute

  • Thursday, October 6, 2016; Van Departs at 10:00AM
    • The exhibit is on “Splendor, Myth and Vision: Nudes from Prado” featuring 28 old master paintings from the Museo National del Prado in Madrid. Twenty-four of the paintings have never been shown in America.

Annual Flu Shot Clinic

  • Friday, October 7, 2016; 10:00A.M. – 2:00P.M. in the Wellness Center

Metropolitan Opera Simulcast of Tristan and Isolde

  • Saturday, October 8, 2016; Van Departs at 12:15P.M. for a 12:55 broadcast
    • “Tristan und Isolde opens the Met season in a new production by Mariusz Treliński (the director responsible for the 2014–15 season’s double bill of Iolanta and Bluebeard’s Castle), and will be well served by a cast of outstanding Wagnerians: Nina Stemme as Isolde, Stuart Skelton as Tristan, Ekaterina Gubanova as Brangäne, and René Pape as King Marke, with Sir Simon Rattle conducting, in one of his rare appearances at the Met.”

Yom Kippur

  • Tuesday, October 11, 2016; Van Departs at 5:15P.M. for a 5:45 Service
    • High Holiday Service at the Jewish Community Center of Amherst, all are welcome.

Trip to Lowell National Historic Park

  • Thursday, October 13, 2016; Van Departs at 8:15A.M
    • Discover the famous Mill Girls, the technology that powered the mills, the ways that immigrants have contributed to the industrial city, and how all these have shaped both the city’s past and present. The group will tour one mill, break for lunch at Cobblestones and then visit another mill.

Othello I the Seraglio: Tragedy of Sümbül the Black Eunuch

  • Friday, October 14, 2016; 8:00P.M. at Bowker Auditorium, UMass
    • "You have never heard anything like this before - because nothing like it has existed until now."
    • “Othello in the Seraglio,” a uniquely powerful "coffeehouse opera," tells an age-old story of passionate love and murderous jealousy.”
    • “Sümbül is a black eunuch in the 17th-century Ottoman Court who rises to power and riches only to come to a tragic end. The multi-layered script by New England Conservatory music historian Robert Labaree, with a stunning score by Boston composer and Grammy nominee Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, weaves together Italian, Baroque, and Turkish sources with newly composed music to form a tapestry of uncanny beauty.”

Valley Classical Concerts: Ariel Quartet with Along Goldstein, Piano

  • Sunday, October 16, 2016; 3:00P.M. at Sweeney Concert Hall Smith College
    • Mozart: String Quartet No. 14 in G major, K. 387
    • Bartók: String Quartet No. 6, Sz. 114
    • Bartók: Suite for Piano, Op. 14
    • Mozart: Piano Concerto in D minor, K. 466 for piano, string quartet and bass (arr. Ignaz Lachner)

Coffee with David Scruggs, Loomis CEO

  • Tuesday, October 18, 2106; 11:00A.M. in the Meeting Room
    • David will give an overview of what is happening at the Loomis Communities and answer any questions residents may have.

Warm Up the Night! A Family Outreach of Amherst Event

  • Thursday, October 20th 5:30 - 8:30 PM; The tent at The Lord Jeffery Inn,30 Boltwood Ave, Amherst MA.
    • Tickets can be purchased as the www.CHD.org/familyoutreach website. Enjoy an evening of great food for a good casue. FOA advocates and supports struggling families in our community. Last year, we helped over 450 struggling families combat the problems posed by mental and physical health issues, poverty, trauma, and more.
      Download informational flier.

Metropolitan Simulcast – “Don Giovanni”

  • Saturday, October 22, 2016; 12:55P.M. at Hadley Cinemark
    • “Three charismatic singers, Simon Keenlyside, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Mariusz Kwiecien, share the role of the title hero, who goes to hell in a dazzling coup de théâtre. The ensemble of great Mozartean singers includes Isabel Leonard, Angela Meade, Matthew Polenzani, Marina Rebeka, Erwin Schrott, and Ramón Vargas. Fabio Luisi and Plácido Domingo conduct.”

Pioneer Valley Symphony – Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

  • Saturday, October 22, 2106; 7:30P.M. at Academy of Music, Northampton
    • Block: Schelmomo, Strauss: Death and Transfiguration. Conducted by Paul Phillips

Mimi Berg Art in Applewood GalleryArtist in Residence Gallery Opening

  • Thursday, October 27, 2016; 3:30P.M. in the Garden Room
    • Mimi Berg, Applewood resident who is 89 years old will display sculpting’s she created several years ago and paintings she has recently done since living at Applewood.

Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Sunday, October 30, 2106; 7:00P.M. at the Umass Fine Arts Center
    • “The Warsaw Philharmonic, joined by the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition winner Seong-Jin Cho, returns to the Fine Arts Center with a program including Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, op. 37 and the Brahms Symphony No. 2 in D Major, op. 73.”

Prior Events

September 2016

  • Saturday, September 3, 2016; Complimentary Continental Breakfast
    • The monthly breakfast social begins.
  • Tuesday, September 6, 2016; The Winding Stream Documentary
    • Resident Dottie Rosenthal will present The Carter Family, who brought the music of Appalachia into the mainstream through their influence on Pete Seeger, Johnny Cash and others.
  • Thursday, September 8, 2016; The Jewish High Holidays – Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
    • Rabbi Benjamin Weiner, spiritual leader of the Jewish Community of Amherst will discuss these two religious holidays.
  • Friday, September 9, 2016; Wine Tasting and Dinner
    • Attend the Annual Community Outreach Wine Tasting to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association and then dine with your friends and neighbors at the Tavern on the Hill.
  • Saturday, September 10, 2016; Marijuana Legislation in MA
    • Presented by Roland Chilton, Applewood Resident; after a brief review of District Attorney Sullivan’s Applewood presentation on Marijuana Legalization and a discussion of some old and new arguments for continued prohibition, he will try to make the central issue clear (Should people face jail and prison time for possession or sale of marijuana?). In the process, Roland will show marijuana arrest information for some Massachusetts cities, the state, other states, and the United States.
  • Tuesday, September 13, 2106; Song Catcher Documentary
    • Resident Dottie Rosenthal will present this film regarding the story of Lily, a musicologist, who discovers the Scots-Irish ballads of Appalachia that have been handed down from generation to generation. This documentary won a Special Jury Prize for outstanding ensemble performance at the Sundance Film Festival.
  • Wednesday, September 14, 2016; James Joyce Seminar
    • Resident Michael Wolff, retired Umass History Professor will present “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man”.
  • Wednesday, September 14, 2016; Amherst Chamber After 5
    • Applewood is hosting this event in conjunction with The Fisher Hospice Home of Amherst. Stephen Page, pianist will provide background music and hors d’oeurves will be served.
  • Friday, September 16, 2016; Annual Recycle Fair
    • Bring all your medications, glasses and anything that needs recycling and the Greening Committee will collect these items and dispose of the accordingly.
  • Saturday, September 17, 2016; Arcadia Players Presents – The Rivals
    • CPE Bach and Telemann - Harpsichord and Fortepiano.
  • Wednesday, September 21, 2016; Applewood 25th Anniversary Celebration
    • Residents and staff will come together to honor our one remaining resident from 25 years ago and a few employees who have worked at Applewood for all those years.
  • Friday, September 23, 2016; Boat Ride On The Lady Bea
    • Cruise up the Connecticut River, enjoy the scenery and relax for this one and a half hour tour.
  • Friday, September 30, 2016; Open Forum with Rob
    • Rob will discuss Applewood and Loomis business and answer any questions you may have.

August 2016

  • Every Monday and Wednesday at 10:15A.M. in the Fitness Center
    • Fitness with Brent, who is a licensed personal trainer, conducts a balance and strengthening program using hand weights and Thera bands.
  • Every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00A.M. in the Fitness Center
    • Fitness with Althea, she 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.
  • Tuesday, August 2, 2016; Hearing Aid Clinic
    • Allison Holmberg, MA,CCA-A/SLP from Hampshire Hearing Services will be at Applewood to assist anyone with hearing aid issues.
  • Thursday’s from August 4, 2016 – August 25, 2016; Poetry Class
    • Lise Armstrong, Applewood resident will lead a poetry reading and discussion group.
  • 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.
  • Monday, August 8, 2016; Manicures and Pedicures in the Beauty Salon
    • Lisa Connor will be at Applewood to provide this service.
  • Friday, August 12, 2016; Tips for Dementia Friendly Communication
    • Rachel Tierney, Retired Psychiatric Nurse and dementia care giver will discuss how to communicate comfortably and effectively with those who have Alzheimer’s or some form of dementia.
  • Sunday August 14, 2016; Boston Symphony Orchestra With David Afkham Conducting
    • Concert will consist of Beethoven and Schumann works featuring Igor Levit, piano. Performance is in The Koussevitzky Music Shed.
  • Tuesday, August 16, 2016; aDiversity Book Discussion.
    • Sandi Albertson-Shea will conduct a discussion group on the topic of white privilege, using the books “Waking up White” by Debby Irving and “White Like Me” by Tim Wise.
  • Wednesday, August 17, 2016; The Holyoke Merry Go Round.
    • Jay Ducharme, author will speak about Mt. Park and the history of the Merry Go Round. Everyone will be able to take a spin on it.
  • Wednesday, August 24, 2016; Healthy Living For Your Brain and Body
    • Marcia McKenzie, from the Alzheimer’s Association will present the latest research providing insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age.

July 2016

  • Sunday, July 3, 2016; at 2:00P.M. New Century Theater Presents – “Bakersfield Mist”
    • “Unemployed Maude Gutman, living in a trailer and knocked about by life, buys a $3 painting at a tag sale as a joke and discovers it just might be a Jackson Pollock original, worth millions. She invites cultured art expert, Lionel Percy, to her California home to authenticate the work. When he hesitates to acknowledge the painting as authentic, the sparks fly between the pair as the debate rages through the night. A funny, moving play that explores questions of art, self-worth, class and the nature of criticism, BAKERSFIELD MIST is a play that will have you laughing while you cry.”
  • Monday, July 4, 2016; 21st Annual Independence Day Celebration at Applewood
    • The Applewood residents will reenact some of the significant events leading up to and through the signing of the declaration of independence. A barbecue to immediately follow.
  • Monday, July 4, 2016; The Movie “1776”
    • An American musical starring William Daniels, Howard Da Silva, Ken Howard, Donald Madden and John Cullum.
  • Thursday July 7, 2016 – August 4, 2016; Poetry Project
    • They will be using The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry, 2nd edition, edited by McClatch. Each session the group will discuss a different poet.
  • Tuesday, July 12, 2016;Blueberry Picking with Rob (Applewood Executive Director)
    • Rob’s annual trek to pick blueberries with residents at a local farm. It’s a great tradition and enjoyed by all who participate.
  • Thursday, July 14, 2016; Rolling Back Time To 2001
    • A display of events such as pop culture, sports, in-the-news of things that happened in 2001. Diner will be the monthly Chef’s Choice theme meal and the movie will be an Oscar nominee from 2001.
  • Sunday, July 17, 2016; New Century Theater Presents – “Time Stands Still”
    • “Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Marguiles has crafted an insightful, stylish, and splendid theatrical experience in TIME STANDS STILL. Iraq war photojournalist Sarah Goodwin is recovering in America from severe injuries suffered in a roadside bomb blast. As she recuperates in her Brooklyn loft with her longtime lover James, she wrestles with some sudden, and at times hilarious, mid-life crises. As those around her continue to live in the safety of a world without war, she must decide whether to embrace that same world or go back to the life she loves in Iraq—a world filled with danger, misery and moral compromise.”
  • Sunday, July 17, 2016; Choirs of Trinity Church, Copley Square, Boston, MA
    • A choral eversong service directed by Organist Richard Webster and Colin Lynch who will perform on both the Skinner and Fisk organs with opportunity for audience participation in singing hymns.
  • Tuesday, July 19, 2016; Coffee with David Scruggs
    • David is the Chief Executive Officer of The Loomis Communities and he will discuss what is happening at all of the campuses and answer any questions residents have.
  • Thursday, July 21, 2016; Eclectic Artist in Residence Gallery Opening
    • This show is an exhibit of works done by Applewood residents over the past 25 years in many artistic mediums which will include photography, painting, collage and quilting.
  • Wednesday, July 27, 2016; Annual Applewood Summer Soiree
    • Residents and quests will enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a look back at Applewood’s 25 year history and harp music by MaryAnn Caine.
  • Wednesday and Thursday, July 27 and July 28th A Walk Down Memory Lane
    • Exhibit to include original Applewood China, Logos and other articles from 25 years ago. Along with pictures of residents from the early 1990’s.
  • Sunday, July 31, 2016; New Century Theater Presents – “Jar the Floor
    • “Humorist and author Erma Bombeck once said, “Guilt is the gift that keeps on giving.” She could have been talking about Cheryl West’s heartwarming dramatic comedy set in a Chicago suburb. A quartet of single African-American women, spanning four generations, come together in celebration of their great grand- mother, MaDear’s 90th Birthday. Filled with all the resentment, love, accusations and humor that any family reunion brings.”

June 2016

  • Irish Writer James Joyce (1882-1941); Began Wednesday, May 18, 2016; Weekly at 10:30A.M. in the Craft Room Ends June 15
    • Michael Wolff will present some of James Joyce’s works which will include stories from "Dubliners", parts of the "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man", and bits and pieces from "Ulysses" and "Finnegans Wake", along with recordings of Joyce himself reciting.
  • Saturday, June 4, 2016; “The Pipeline”
    • Katy Eisman will discuss the proposed Kinder Morgan gas pipeline and how it will affect the Pioneer Valley.
  • Wednesday, June 8, 2016; New Britain Museum of American Art
    • View the Salvador Dali, “Cycle of Life in Print”
  • Wednesday, June 8, 2016; Green Street Brew
    • “This group has been part of the Pioneer Valley’s a cappella scene for two decades. While the membership has changed over the years, the group’s vision remains the same: to have a blast singing together. The Brew has performed at numerous local events, including First Night Northampton, the Local Vocal Chord Bowl, and Transperformance at Look Park, in addition to weddings, fundraisers and other social events. The Brew’s repertoire comprises a tasty blend of jazz, pop, folk, and swing songs, performed in its distinctive a cappella style.”
  • Saturday, June 11, 2016; Legislation to Legalize Marijuana
    • Applewood Resident Roland Chilton will present the arguments for and against the legalization of Marijuana.
  • Irish Writer James Joyce (1882-1941); Began Wednesday, May 18, 2016; Last Session June 15 at 10:30A.M. in the Craft Room Ends June 15
    • Michael Wolff will present some of James Joyce’s works which will include stories from "Dubliners", parts of the "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man", and bits and pieces from "Ulysses" and "Finnegans Wake", along with recordings of Joyce himself reciting.
  • Wednesday, June 15, 2016; Social Hour
    • Join your friends and neighbors for wine and hors d’oeuvres on the back patio.
  • Sunday, June 19, 2016; New Century Theater Presents: Yankee Tavern, by Steven Dietz
    • “Just when you thought you'd heard every crazy 9/11 conspiracy theory, a stranger walks into the Yankee Tavern. There, inside the walls of this crumbling New York tavern, a young couple finds themselves caught up in what might be the biggest conspiracy of all.” A widely acclaimed thriller.
  • Thursday, June 23, 2016; Annual Resident and Staff Family Picnic
    • Picnic will be under tents outside and the Horse Mountain Jazz Band will be playing music in the Lobby area for folks to enjoy and dance.