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 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

Tour Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing

  • Wednesday, August 2, 2017; Van Departs at 9:45 A.M. in Springfield, MA
    • Join your Applewood friends and neighbors to see what the other Loomis Communities have to offer that you may participate in.

Book Discussion Group

  • Thursday, August, 3, 2017; from 10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. in the Conference Room
    • Resident Lise Armstrong will lead a discussion regarding Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte.

Eclectic Photography by Judith Ruderman

  • Thursday, August 3, 2017; from 3:30 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. opening reception in the Garden Room
    • Come view Judith’s amazing photos and enjoy refreshments.

Complimentary Continental Breakfast

  • Saturday, August 5, 2017; from 8:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. in the Tavern
    • Join your friends and neighbors for an Applewood complimentary breakfast.

Tanglewood and Lunch at the Red Lion Inn

  • Saturday, August 5, 2017; Van Departs at 8:00 A.M. for Lenox
    • Saturday Morning Rehearsal – Boston Symphony Orchestra with Christoph von Dohnayi, conductor and You-Yo Ma, cello will perform Mozart and Schumann

Antique Clothing Exhibit

  • Wednesday, August 9, 2017 – Thursday, August 10, 2017 from 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. in the Craft Room
    • Several Applewood residents have clothing from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s which will be on display for your viewing.

“Picasso: Encounters” Exhibit at the Clark Art Institute

  • Wednesday, August 16, 2017; Van Departs at 10:00 A.M. for Williamstown, MA
    • “Picasso: Encounters explores Pablo Picasso’s (1881–1973) experimentation with large-scale printmaking, featuring thirty-five prints and three paintings. The exhibition, which includes important paintings on loan from the Musée national Picasso–Paris, addresses his creative process, his collaborative efforts in print production, and the muses that inspired him.”

Diversity Summer Reading Project

  • Wednesday, August 16, 2017; from 3:30 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. in Resident Apartment
    • Books being discussed are: Coates, “Case for Reparations” and/or Wilkerson: "The Warmth of Other Suns".

Bridge of Flowers and Glacier Potholes

  • Friday, August 18, 2017; Van Departs at 9:30 A.M. for Shelburne Falls, MA
    • Take a ride through the hill towns and gaze upon the beautiful bridge of flowers and see the glacier potholes which were formed 14,000 years ago and learn about this areas rich history. Followed by lunch at the Ashfield Lake House.

New Century Theater Presents: “39 Steps”

  • Sunday, August 20, 2017; Van Departs at 2:00 P.M. for the Academy of Music Theater in Northampton, MA
    • “Two parts vaudeville style comedy, one part classic Hitchcock masterpiece, and a dose of edge-of-your-seat spy thriller, THE 39 STEPS is a raucous whodunit for theatre lovers everywhere. A man with a boring life meets a mysterious woman and is soon embroiled in international espionage culminating in a death-defying finale. This Tony Award-winner is a fast-paced delight packed with nonstop laughs and over 150 characters played by just four actors. The New York Times calls it, “Theatre at its finest!... Absurdly enjoyable! This gleefully theatrical riff on Hitchcock's film is fast and frothy." THE 39 STEPS, with its wildly inventive stagecraft, is an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure.”

Hearing Aid Clinic

  • Tuesday August 22, 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.

Tour of Loomis House and Loomis Village

  • Thursday, August 24, 2017; Van Departs at 10:00 A.M. for Holyoke, MA and then on to South Hadley, MA
    • This is an opportunity to see what these two Loomis Communities offer and how you can participate in their services and/or amenities.

Prior Events

July Calendar Highlights

  • Saturday, July, 1, 2017; Complimentary Continental Breakfast
    • Join your friends and neighbors for an Applewood complimentary breakfast.
  • Sunday, July 2, 2017; Sunday Afternoon Concert
    • The Mark Fraser Trio will perform
  • Tuesday, July 4, 2017; 22nd Annual Fourth of July Celebration
    • Program consists of readings from several historical documents and reenactments of histori cal characters along with a band and songs honoring America.
  • Sunday, July 9, 2017; New Century Theater Presents – “The Foreigner”
  • Tuesday, July 11, 2017; Afternoon Concert
    • Akiko Sasaki and Students will perform with the piano and string instruments.
  • Wednesday, July 12, 2017; Yale University Art Gallery Trip
    • Enjoy the exhibit and then lunch at Zinc, “a new American farm-to-table cuisine with a slight Asian slant in sleek, chic décor.”
  • Tuesday July 18, 2017; Hearing Aid Clinic
    • Allison Holmberg, MS, CCA-A/SLP will be available for hearing aid assistance.
  • Wednesday, July 26, 2017; Eastside Grille – Dinner
    • Join your friends and neighbors or a dinner out.
  • Thursday, July 27, 2017; Quabbin Reservoir Trip
    • The Quabbin Staff with give a presentation and introduction regarding Quabbin at the Visitors Center followed by a drive around the property, stopping at key points to view the natural surroundings.
  • Sunday, July 30, 2017; New Century Theater Presents – “Hold These Truths”

June 2017

  • Saturday, June 3, 2017; Complimentary Continental Breakfast
    • Join your friends and neighbors for an Applewood complimentary breakfast.
  • Saturday, June 3, 2017; What’s New At WNPR
    • Jill Kaufman has been reporting, producing features and commentaries, and hosting shows at NEPR since 2005. Before that she spent almost 10 years at WBUR in Boston, five of them producing PRI’s “The Connection” with Christopher Lydon. In the months leading up to the 2000 primary in New Hampshire, Jill hosted NHPR’s daily talk show, and subsequently hosted NPR’s All Things Considered during the South Carolina Primary weekend. Right before coming to NEPR, Jill was an editor at PRI's The World, working with station based reporters on the international stories in their own domestic backyards. Getting people to tell her their stories, she says, never gets old.
  • Wednesday, June 7, 2017; Dehydration (How to prevent it and what can happen if you don’t recognize it)
    • Presented by Encompass Home Care and Rehabilitation.
  • Saturday, June 10, 2017; Veterinary Research
    • Cynthia Pekow, D.V.M. Clinical Associate Professor at The University of Washington will discuss researcher training and education in humane laboratory animal care and use, as the foundation for sound research. Training is available to all personnel on gentle, safe methods of handling and restraint, as well as on research techniques that prevent or minimize animal discomfort. Effective education methods include hands-on laboratories using models and animals, problem-based learning and computer-based training, alongside texts, work-books, lectures and discussions.
  • Tuesday June 13, 2017; Hearing Aid Clinic
    • Allison Holmberg, MS, CCA-A/SLP will be available for hearing aid assistance.
  • Wednesday, June 14, 2017; Springfield Materials Recycling Facility Tour
    • The Applewood Greening Committee is interested in seeing how and where the building’s recycling is handled.
  • Wednesday, June 14, 2017; Dinner at the Blue Heron
    • Join your friends and neighbors for a delicious dinner out.
  • Wednesday, June 20, 2017; Boston Museum of Fine Arts – “Matisse in the Studio”
    • “Henri Matisse—who revolutionized 20th-century art—believed that a treasured group of objects was instrumental to his studio practice. “Matisse in the Studio” is the first major international exhibition to examine the importance of Matisse’s personal collection of objects, offering unprecedented insight into the great artist’s creativity. See these rare pairings of Matisse’s major works with objects of inspiration in “Matisse in the Studio” in its only US venue at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.”
  • Thursday, June 22, 2017; Annual Resident and Staff Family Picnic
    • Enjoy your friends and family at an outdoor barbecue with music and dancing with the “Horse Mountain Jazz Band”.

May 2017

  • Wednesday, May 3, 2017; Music with Margery, Piano
    • Margery will play classic tunes from the 20, 30 and 40s.
  • Thursday, May 4, 2017; Museum of Russian Icons
    • “The Museum of Russian Icons inspires the appreciation and study of Russian culture by collecting and exhibiting one of the world’s largest collections of Russian icons — sacred paintings used for veneration in the Orthodox tradition. With more than 1,000 icons and related artifacts spanning six centuries, the Museum offers a unique and personalized experience rich with art, history, and culture.”
  • Saturday, May 6, 2017; Complimentary Continental Breakfast
    • Join your friends and neighbors for an Applewood complimentary breakfast.
  • Saturday, May 6, 2017; A Year In The Life Of A Beekeeper
    • Dr. Sara Eddy, teaches at the Jacobsen Center at Smith College and will describe the trials and tribulations of beekeeping in Western Massachusetts.
  • Saturday, May 6, 2017; Valley Classical Concert
    • Performance of “Calidor Quartet”.
  • Sunday, May 7, 2017; Reading in the Orchard Arboretum
    • o Children ages 5 – 9 will bring books to read to the Applewood residents and the Eric Carle Museum will provide art activities for the children. This intergenerational event is sponsored jointly by the Kestrel Land Trust, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Town of Amherst Orchard Arboretum and Applewood. Come and enjoy this beautiful setting.
  • Sunday, May 7, 2017; Viola Duo: Slapin and Solomon
    • “The Slapin-Solomon Viola Duo has been featured at several international viola congresses and is the winner of the Best Chamber Music Performance for 2008 at the Tribute to the Classical Arts in New Orleans. They have made premiere recordings for Eroica Classical Recordings, ISG, and the American Viola Society, and their debut CD Sketches from the New World was hailed as 'absolutely brilliant' in Strad Magazine.”
  • Tuesday, May 9, 2017; Hearing Aid Clinic
    • Allison Holmberg, MS, CCA-A/SLP will be available for hearing aid assistance.
  • Thursday, May 11, 2017; Wilson’s Department Store Trip
    • Shop at the stores 135th Anniversary Spring Sale and then lunch at Hope and Olive.
  • Saturday, May 13, 2017; “We’re A Hot Spot-Exploring The Diverse Plants and Animals Of Our Region”
    • Dr. Elizabeth Farnsworth, Senior Research Ecologist, New England Wild Flower Society. She’s a biologist, educator and scientific illustrator. Following her talk she will lead a walk through the Orchard Arboretum identifying and documenting species for the Hitchcock Center Biothon.
  • Saturday, May 13, 2017; Metropolitan Opera Simulcast Presents “Der Rosenkavalier”
    • “The dream cast of Renée Fleming as the Marschallin and Elīna Garanča as Octavian star in Strauss’s grandest opera. In his new production, Robert Carsen, the director behind the Met’s recent Falstaff, places the action at the end of the Habsburg Empire, underscoring the opera’s subtext of class and conflict against a rich backdrop of gilt and red damask, in a staging that also stars Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs. Sebastian Weigle conducts the sparklingly perfect score.”
  • Sunday, May 14, 2017; Ben Wolfson, Piano
    • Ben, age 11 will perform for the Applewood residents.
  • Wednesday, May 17, 2017; Fitness Center Open House
    • Meet Brent Cappello, Fitness Instructor who will demonstrate the uses of the equipment and answer any related questions you may have.
  • Wednesday, May 17, 2017; Applewood Chimers Concert
    • The Chimers will play melodies of Mozart, Beethoven and Debussy for your enjoyment.
  • May 19, 2017; Open Forum with Rob Claflin, Applewood Executive Director
    • Come and join your fellow Applewood friends and neighbors to ask Rob any questions you may have and hear about the latest Applewood and Loomis Communities news.
  • Saturday, May 20, 2017; Underwater Environmental Inspection
    • Dr. Steven Johnson is a rare species biologist and ecologist with over twenty years of professional experience conducting rare species surveys on a wide array of taxa. At New England Environmental, Inc. (NEE), he is responsible for developing survey protocols and rare species protection plans, conducting field research and rare species assessments in compliance with state and federal permitting, GIS data collection and mapping, habitat mapping, preparing permits, and report preparation.
  • Saturday, May 20, 2017; Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra at Umass
    • The orchestra will perform Mendelssohn’s “Elijah”.
  • Thursday, May 25, 2017; Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stow Homes
    • “Author and humorist Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), best known as Mark Twain, married Olivia Langdon (1845-1904) in 1870. Thomas Beecher, Stowe's brother and a friend of both Samuel Clemens and Olivia Langdon, performed the ceremony. Twain had many connections to the Beechers. Stowe's brother Henry, well known and well-connected Brooklyn minister, helped him negotiate savvy terms for his book Innocents Abroad with a Hartford publisher. When the young Clemens couple moved to Hartford, they settled in Nook Farm, first renting John and Isabella Beecher Hooker's house and then building their own. They moved into their new home in 1874, where their three daughters Clara (1874-1962), Jean (1880-1909), and Susy (1872-1896) were raised. Clemens wrote his most famous books while he was living in this house, including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.”