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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

August 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.

Hearing Aid Clinic

  • Tuesday, August 2, 2016; from 9:00 10:30A.M. in the Wellness Center
    • Allison Holmberg, MA,CCA-A/SLP from Hampshire Hearing Services will be at Applewood to assist anyone with hearing aid issues.

Poetry Class

  • Thursday’s from August 4, 2016 – August 25, 2016; at 3:00P.M. in the Conference Room
    • 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.

Manicures and Pedicures

  • Monday, August 8, 2016; from 10:00A.M. – 3:00P.M. in the Beauty Salon
    • Lisa Connor will be at Applewood to provide this service.

Tips for Dementia Friendly Communication

  • Friday, August 12, 2016; 11:00A.M. in the Meeting Room
    • 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.

Boston Symphony Orchestra With David Afkham Conducting

  • Sunday August 14, 2016; Van Departs at 11:30A.M. to Tanglewood
    • Concert will consist of Beethoven and Schumann works featuring Igor Levit, piano. Performance is in The Koussevitzky Music Shed.

Diversity Book Discussion

  • Tuesday, August 16, 2016; at 2:00P.M. In Apartment 218.
    • 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.

The Holyoke Merry Go RoundHolyoke Merry Go Round

  • Wednesday, August 17, 2016; Van departs at 9:55A.M. To Holyoke, MA.
    • 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.

Healthy Living For Your Brain and Body

  • Wednesday, August 28, 2016; at 11:00A.M.in the Meeting Room
    • 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.

Prior Events

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.

May 2016

  • Monday, May 2, 2016; Musical and Song Performance
    • Students from the Lander Grinspoon Academy of Northampton will be performing under the direction of Felecia Sloin
  • Tuesday, May 3, 2016; Art In And Around Applewood
    • Resident Artists will be creating works of art to be exhibited in a July 21, 2016 show celebrating Applewood’s 25th Anniversary.
  • Wednesday, May 4, 2016; Lunch at the Steaming Tender
    • Residents will tour and dine in a historic railroad depot in Palmer, MA
  • Thursday, May 5, 2016; Add A Horn
    • Jean Jeffries horn ensemble will perform
  • Friday, May 6, 2016; 22nd Anniversary of the Orchard Arboretum
    • Presentation of the plants, flowers and future of the Orchard Arboretum along with refreshments.
  • Saturday, May 7, 2016; “Elder Law: What Do We Need To Know”
    • Attorney Karen Jackson will discuss the important factors that seniors need to know in regard to the law and aging.
    • Saturday, May 7, 2016; Music in Deerfield Presents - Miriam Fried & Jonathan Biss
      • All- Beethoven: Sonata no. 4 in A Minor, Op. 23
      • Sonata no. 5 in F Major, Op. 24 "Spring"
      • Sonata no. 7 in C Minor, Op. 30 No. 2
    • Sunday, May 8, 2016; Performance by Albert Yu
      • Pianist from Amherst College will perform several selections.
    • Wednesday, May 11, 2016; Chimes Performance
      • The Applewood Chimers under the direction of Hampshire College Student Leah Valtin-Erwin will perform a concert.
    • Thursday, May 12, 2016; Nota Bene
      • Three women sing Renaissance Music
    • Sunday, May 15, 2016; “Bamidele Dancers and Drummers"
      • “The Bamidele Dancers & Drummers (BDD) are art educators, composers, musicians, dancers and choreographers from Africa, the Americas and the Caribbean who are dedicated to the preservation of African and African rooted cultures through dance, music and song. Members have expertise in African, Caribbean and Brazilian culture.”
    • Beginning Wednesday, May 18, 2016; Irish Writer James Joyce (1882-1941)
      • 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.
    • Thursday, May 19, 2016; Mark Frazier Trio
    • Saturday, May 21, 2016; Cooley Dickinson Hospital
      • Joanne Marquesee, Chief Executive Officer of the hospital will discuss what is new and where the hospital is going in the future.
    • Sunday, May 22, 2016; Amherst Area Gospel Choir
      • “The Amherst Area Gospel Choir was created to promote a gospel singing community that praises Jesus Christ and preserves and advances Black gospel music in its spiritual and artistic form. It’s a message of peace.”
    • Thursday, May 26, 2016; Sarah the Fiddler
      • “The moment her bow touches the strings, Sarah's passion for music is evident. Combining her influences of classical, bluegrass, and Celtic music to create a unique style and sound. Sarah has performed with numerous orchestras, bands, and theater groups and is currently performing at an event near you.”
    • Saturday, May 28, Marius Sznajderman – Lithograph
      • Marius, an Applewood resident will discuss his art work and the process.
    • Sunday, May 29, 2016; Lihuan and Maya – Piano and Violin
      • Lihuan and Maya will perform several of their favorite selections

    April 2016

    • Friday, April 1, 2016; Tour of Amherst
      • o Kelley Murphy, Resident Services Coordinator will show new residents the important local area sites and shopping areas.
    • Saturday, April 2, 2016; Baghdad Resolvem
      • Claudia Lefko, a long-time educator, activist and advocate for children will discuss an international collaboration to improve cancer care in Iraq.
    • Saturday, April 2, 2016; Metropolitan Opera Simulcast of “Madame Butterfly”)
      • “Anthony Minghella's breathtakingly beautiful and powerfully dramatic production returns, with the lead roles of Cio-Cio San shared by Kristine Opolais and Hui He, and Pinkerton sung by Adam Diegel and Gwyn Hughes Jones. This is the second outing for this collaboration between the Met, the English National Opera and Lithuanian National Opera and is widely known as the opera that inspired the Broadway musical Miss Saigon.” at The Umass Fine Arts Center, which Applewood is a Sponsor.
    • Saturday, April 2, 2016; Music at Amherst Presents - New Pacifica Quartet with Anthony McGill, Clarinee
      • “The Grammy-winning Pacifica Quartet has earned international acclaim over the past two decades for their daring repertory choices, virtuosity and effusive energy. At Amherst they are joined by New York Philharmonic Principal Clarinetist Anthony McGill, who is recognized as one of modern classical music's finest soloists.”
    • Sunday, April 3, 2016; Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Bartok
      • Katharine Baku, Piano and Nina Turkington, Violin
    • Saturday, March 5, 2016; Pleasures of Art No. 6
      • Betty Romer, former Director of the Academic Computer Center at Amherst College, and Richard O'Brien, former Chancellor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will use a set of slides to present a brief discussion of 12 paintings from various eras.
    • Wednesday, April 6, 2016; Smith College Jazz Ensemble
    • Saturday, April 9, 2016; WGBY Programming
      • Russell Peotter, General Manager of the WGBY station will present the different programs that are featured and how residents can get involved.
    • Sunday, April 10, 2016; Jade String Quartet
    • Tuesday, April 12, 2016; Hearing Aid Clinic With Allison Holmberg
      • Allison is available for your hearing needs. Please sign up at the front desk.
    • Saturday, April 16, 2016; “Brothers”
      • George Colt is an American journalist and was a staff writer for Life Magazine as well as an author of several books but will focus on the book “Brothers”.
    • Saturday, April 16, 2016; Metropolitan Opera Simulcast of “Roberto Devereux”
      • “Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky takes on the extraordinary challenge of singing all three of Donizetti’s Tudor queen operas in the course of a single season, a rare feat made famous by Beverly Sills—and not attempted on a New York stage since. In this climactic opera of the trilogy, she plays Queen Elizabeth I, forced to sign the death warrant of the nobleman she loves, Roberto Devereux. Tenor Matthew Polenzani is Devereux, and mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien complete the principal quartet in the bel canto masterpiece, conducted by Donizetti specialist Maurizio Benini. As with the earlier Anna Bolena and Maria Stuarda, the production is by Sir David McVicar, who with this staging completes an enormously ambitious directorial accomplishment.”
    • Sunday, April 17, 2016; Amherst College Horn Students
    • Thursday, April 21, 2016; Foot Clinic With Debra J. Deane
      • Debra is available for your podiatry needs. Please sign up at the front desk.
    • Saturday, April 23, 2016; Retiring Sherriff of Hampshire County
      • “Bob Garvey was first appointed county sheriff by then-Governor Michael S. Dukakis in 1984 to serve out the remainder of the term of John Boyle who died in office. Since then he has been re-elected to five consecutive six-year terms, most recently in 2010.”
    • Sunday, April 24, 2016; Music at Amherst Series featuring Susan Graham with Bradley Moore, Pian
      • “A program centered around and serving as a sort of deconstruction of Schumann’s iconic song cycle Frauenliebe und Leben. It is an incredibly varied program musically, dramatically, and stylistically; with the Schumann songs serving as the impetus and inspiration for all of the evening’s pieces. Each numbered set contains the corresponding song from the cycle. The sets of the 1st half will begin with the Schumann piece, while each set of the 2nd half will end with the Schumann. In this way, the concert commences with the first lied of Frauenliebe und Leben and concludes with the final song, while taking the audience on a journey that explores each piece individually and the cycle as a whole.”
    • Saturday, April 30, 2016; Consumer Fraud (computer and telemarketing scams)
      • Janice Garrett, Director of Consumer Protection, NW District Attorney’s Office will discuss scams that are currently circulating, what to do and how to protect yourself against these scams.
    • Saturday, April 30, 2016; Metropolitan Opera Simulcast of “Elektra”
      • “The genius director Patrice Chéreau (From the House of the Dead) didn’t live to see his great Elektra production, previously presented in Aix and Milan, make it to the stage of the Met. But his overpowering vision lives on with soprano Nina Stemme—unmatched today in the heroic female roles of Strauss and Wagner—who portrays Elektra’s primal quest for vengeance for the murder of her father, Agamemnon. Legendary mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier is chilling as Elektra’s fearsome mother, Klytämnestra. Soprano Adrianne Pieczonka and bass-baritone Eric Owens are Elektra’s troubled siblings. Chéreau’s musical collaborator Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Strauss’s mighty take on Greek myth.”