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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

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.

“The Pipeline”

  • Saturday, June 4, 2016; at 10:30A.M. in the Meeting Room
    • Katy Eisman will discuss the proposed Kinder Morgan gas pipeline and how it will affect the Pioneer Valley.

New Britain Museum of American Art

  • Wednesday, June 8, 2016; at 9:00A.M. – Van Departs
    • View the Salvador Dali, “Cycle of Life in Print”

Green Street Brew

  • Wednesday, June 8, 2016; at 7:30P.M. in the Meeting Room
    • “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.”

Legislation to Legalize Marijuana

  • Saturday, June 11, 2016; at 10:30A.M. in the Meeting Room
    • 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.

Social Hour

  • Wednesday, June 15, 2016; at 4:30P.M. in the Tavern/Patio Area
    • Join your friends and neighbors for wine and hors d’oeuvres on the back patio.

New Century Theater Presents: Yankee Tavern, by Steven Dietz

  • Sunday, June 19, 2016; at 2:00P.M. at Theatre 14, Menden hall Center, Smith College, Green Street
    • “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.

Annual Resident and Staff Family Picnic

  • Thursday, June 23, 2016; at 4:30P.M. in the Front of Applewood and Lobby
    • 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.

Prior Events

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.”

    March 2016

    • Tuesday, March 1, 2016; Hearing Aid Clinic
      • Allison Holmberg, MS, CCA-A/SLP from Hampshire Hearing Services will be at Applewood to assist anyone in need with hearing aids. Sign up at front desk.
    • Wednesday, March 2, 2016; Evaluation and Balance Clinic
      • Excella Home Care will check proper height, stability and condition of assistive walking devices and teach residents how to avoid falls.
    • Thursday, March 3, 2016; Vanessa Van-Anh – Lunch and Presentation
      • Vanessa will be giving a talk about her project and instruments that will be used in her performance From Vietnam to America: A Musical Odyssey at The Umass Fine Arts Center, which Applewood is a Sponsor.
    • Thursday, March 3, 2016; Watercolors by Willie Eaton
      • Gallery opening for Applewood resident and painter Willie Eaton
    • Friday, March 4, 2016; From Vietnam to America: A Musical Odyssey
      • “Marking the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, Vanessa Van Anh explores the personal and spiritual journeys of the Boat People’s escape from war as they abandoned their lives in search for freedom with an alien and unknown future.”
    • 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.
    • Saturday, March 5, 2016; “Manan Lescaut” – Metropolitan Opera Simulcast
      • o “Soprano Kristine Opolais and tenor Roberto Alagna join forces in Puccini’s obsessive love story. Opolais sings the title role of the country girl who transforms herself into a Parisian temptress, while Alagna is the dashing student who desperately woos her. Director Richard Eyre places the action in occupied France in a film noir setting. “Desperate passion” is the phrase Puccini himself used to describe the opera that confirmed his position as the preeminent Italian opera composer of his day. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the stirring score.”
    • Monday, March 7, 2016;“The Bach Suites: A Moveable Feast
      • “Join us in a new and unique concert-going experience – unparalleled in the classical music world. Acclaimed cellist Matt Haimovitz offers a brilliant musical variation on the concept of A Moveable Feast. Bach’s Suites for Unaccompanied Cello are some of the most moving and spiritual compositions for a solo instrument. This concert, however, travels from one end of Rt. 9 to the other. On Sunday, he’ll begin the feast by performing three Bach suites in three separate locations around Hampshire County. Each suite will be accompanied by overtures, recently commissioned by Haimovitz. The feast culminates on Monday in Bowker Auditorium with a concert of the balance of the suites including overtures by Vijay Iyer, Mohammed Fairouz & Luna Pearl Woolf.”
    • Wednesday, March 9, 2016; Long Term Care Insurance Changes
      • Tom McRae, Edward Jones Financial Advisor will discuss the changes and new policies of long-term care insurance.
    • Saturday, March 12, 2016; Holyoke, Massachusetts Mayor Alex B. Morse
      • Alex Morse was the youngest Mayor in the history of the City of Holyoke at age 22 during his first term in office. He has since been reelected twice. He will discuss his thoughts and political opinions.
    • Saturday, March 12, 2016; “Stravinsky’s Firebird” - Springfield Symphony Orchestra with Jeffrey Biegel, Piano
      • “All things magical and mystical form the theme of this concert, which includes Stravinsky’s dazzling ballet The Firebird, Aaron Copland’s beloved Appalachian Spring and the world premiere of The Spiritualist by Kenneth Fuchs, performed by longtime SSO audience favorite, Jeffrey Biegel. Join the growing family of SSO enthusiasts –enjoy an exhilarating evening out with family or friends, and support the arts in downtown Springfield!”
    • Saturday, March 12, 2016; “Mozart Requiem” – Arcadia Players
      • “Their closing concert is an epic event featuring two of Mozart’s masterpieces. Symphony 39 in E flat is a glorious work and one of the “last three” symphonies. The Requiem needs little introduction of course, but this performance will be enhanced by a wonderful, first collaboration with Illuminati, one of the area’s finest choirs. Hearing these great masterworks played on the instruments for which Mozart intended them will be an added bonus!”
    • Saturday, March 19, 2016; Emergency Medical Response Team
      • The Amherst EMT’s will speak regarding safety procedures and timeliness of the response team in regard to Applewood’s needs.
    • Sunday, March 20, 2016; “Latitude 41” with John Dalley, viola and Peter Wiley, cello presented by Music in Deerfield
      • BEETHOVEN: Piano Trio in E-flat major, Op.1 No.1
      • SHOSTAKOVICH: Piano Trio in C Minor, Op.8
      • SAINT-SAËNS: Piano Trio No.2 in E Minor, Op.92
    • Tuesday, March 22, 2016; Pilobolus Dance Theater
      • “With its mix of acrobatic dexterity, inventive wit, and startling imagery, this internationally acclaimed company transforms itself into striking sculptural expressions that are "clever, endearing, and physically awesome" (The Los Angeles Times). Pilobolus Dance Theatre returns to the FAC for more contortionist spectacle and daring surprises.”
    • Tuesday, March 29, 2016;“A Night in Ancient and New China: Wu Ma and the Shanghai Quartet
      • “Wu Man and the Shanghai Quartet explore the great music of China in a program that features a new multimedia work by the eminent Chinese composer, Zhao Jiping, in collaboration with his son, Zhao Lin, performing some of some of his most famous scores of Chinese cinema – Raise the Red Lantern, To Live and Farewell My Concubine, among others. The program also includes a suite of traditional Chinese folk songs arranged by 2nd violinist Yi-Wen Jiang, as well as solo pipa works by Wu Man. Looking back to their roots, but with a contemporary vision, these artists meld sounds of China with western string quartet and pipa in an unforgettable evening of grand music.”