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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

February 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

Heart Health

  • Wednesday, February 1, 2017; at 11:15 A.M. in the Meeting Room
    • Encompass Health Group will discuss how to keep your heart healthy through nutrition and exercise.

Emancipating The Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power

  • Wednesday, February 1, 2017; 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. at Umass Museum of Contemporary Art
    • 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.

Complimentary Continental Breakfast

  • Saturday, February 4, 2017; at 8:00 A.M. in the Tavern
    • Join your friends and neighbors for breakfast and conversation.

ACLU of Western Massachusetts

  • Saturday, February 4, 2017; at 10:30 A.M. in the Meeting Room
    • Bill Newman, an attorney active in civil rights law and President of the Massachusetts ACLU will discuss his latest article from the Hampshire Gazette.

Valley Classical Concert

  • Sunday, February 5, 2017; Van departs at 2:00 P.M. for Smith College
    • Jennifer Koh, violinist and Shai Wosner, piano will perform.

Hawaiian Lunch

  • Wednesday, February 8, 2017; at 12:00 P.M. in the Dining Room
    • Marketing will host a lunch presentation of the upcoming Umass Fine Arts Show: “The Dances and Legends of Hawaii: When Gods Mingled With Mortals.”

The Dances and Legends of Hawaii: When Gods Mingled With Mortals.

  • Thursday, February 9, 2017; Van departs at 6:45 P.M. for Umass Fine Arts Center
    • “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.”

Emily Dickinson Museum and Gardens

  • Saturday, February 11, 2017; at 10:30 A.M. in the Meeting Room
    • Jane Wald, Director of the Museum will speak about the Emily Dickinson house and gardens in Amherst, Massachusetts

Music in Amherst Series – Chiara String Quartet

  • Saturday, February 11, 2017; Van departs at 7:15 P.M. for Amherst College, Buckley Hall
    • “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.”

Pre-Concert Presentation of Celebrating Jelly & George

  • Wednesday, February 15, 2017; at 4:00 P.M. in the Meeting Room
    • 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.

Jelly & George: Celebrating The Music Of Jelly Roll Morton and George Gershwin

  • Thursday, February 16, 2017; Van departs at 6:45 P.M. for the Umass Fine Arts Center
    • “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.”

Kinesiology Studies: Cognition and Action Laboratory

  • Thursday, February 23, 2017; Van departs at 9:15 A.M. for the Worcester Art Museum
    • Students from the Umass Kinesiology Department will present their projects and ask for volunteers to participate.

Kahbahbloom: The Art and Storytelling of Ed Emberley

  • Thursday, February 23, 2017; Van departs at 9:15 A.M. for the Worcester Art Museum
    • 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.

Metropolitan Opera Simulcast “Rusalka”

  • Saturday, February 25, 2017; Van departs at 12:15 P.M. to the Hadley Cinemark Theater
    • “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.”

Prior Events

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.

December 2016

  • Thursday, December 1, 2016; Once (A Musical)
    • “Winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, ONCE draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It’s an unforgettable story about going for your dreams, not living in fear, and the power of music to connect all of us.”.
  • Friday, December 2, 2016; Music at Amherst Chamber Series: Jupiter String Quartet with James Dunham, viola
    • “The Jupiter String Quartet is a particularly intimate group, consisting of violinists Nelson Lee and Meg Freivogel, violist Liz Freivogel (older sister of Meg), and cellist Daniel McDonough (husband of Meg, brother-in-law of Liz). As they enter their fourteenth year of making music together, the members of this tightly-knit ensemble have firmly established their quartet as an important voice in the world of chamber music. At Amherst they perform with violist James Dunham.”
  • Saturday, December 3, 2016; Emily Dickinson Museum
    • Jane H. Wald, Executive Director of the Emily Dickinson Museum will speak about the museum, the Evergreens and the Homestead. Wald graduated from Bryn Mawr College, studied historical archaeology at the College of William and Mary and received a graduate degree in American history from Princeton University. Prior to her tenure at the Emily Dickinson Museum, Wald served as assistant director of development and marketing at Old Sturbridge Village and director of The Evergreens, under the Martha Dickinson Bianchi Trust. Upon the merger of the Homestead and The Evergreens in 2003, she became the museum’s associate director.
  • Saturday, December 3, 2016; Valley Classical Concerts Presents: “Harlem Quartet”
    • “With their warm sound and hot repertoire, an ensemble that is “bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing, and intelligent” (Cincinnati Enquirer) will bring cheer to a chilly December eve with music ranging from Beethoven and Mendelssohn to Antonio Carlos Jobim and Dizzy Gillespie.”
  • Sunday, December 4, 2016; Christmas Vespers
    • “Featuring the Smith College Chorus, Chamber Singers, Glee Club, Handbell Choir, and Orchestra. The annual holiday service of lessons and carols has been delighting audiences for decades. Featuring music by Hildegard von Bingen and works based on her melodies by Clifton J. Noble, Jr., Ronald Perera and Alice Parker '47, and others. Come ring in the holiday season!”
  • Wednesday, December 7, 2016; Springfield Materials Recycling Facility Tour
    • The Applewood Greening Committee and interested residents will tour the facility and meet with facility manager to discuss ways to recycle more and help save the planet.
  • Thursday, December 8, 2016; Eighth Semi-Annual Shop and Dine in Greenfield
    • Shop at one on the last privately owned department stores and then lunch a Hope and Olive Café.
  • Friday, December 9, 2016; Bright Nights at Forest Park
    • A holiday lighting experience in its 23rd season with 600,000 lighted designs over a three mile stretch through the park.
  • Saturday, December 10, 2016; Metropolitan Opera Simulcast: L’Amour de Loin”
    • “Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s breakthrough opera was described by the New York Times as “transfixing…a lushly beautiful score.” Commissioned by the Salzburg Festival, where it was first seen in 2000, it will now finally have its Metropolitan Opera premiere in a dazzling new production by Robert Lepage, featuring glimmering ribbons of LED lights that extend across the length of the stage and over the orchestra pit. Eric Owens is the knight on a quest of love and Susanna Phillips is his lover on the other side of the sea. Conductor Susanna Mälkki makes her Met debut.”
  • Sunday, December 11, 2016; Music at Amherst Chamber Series: “Imani Winds”
    • “Imani Winds has established itself as one of the most successful chamber music ensembles in the United States. Since 1997, the Grammy nominated quintet has taken a unique path, carving out a distinct presence in the classical music world with its dynamic playing, culturally poignant programming, adventurous collaborations, and inspirational outreach programs.”
  • Tuesday, December 13, 2016; Lunch at the Ginger Garden
    • Enjoy an authentic Japanese or Chinese lunch with your friends and neighbors.
  • Wednesday, December 14, 2016; Annual Volunteer Hospice Gift Wrap
    • Residents and staff wrap gifts for shoppers and all monies raised benefits the Holyoke Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice Care.”
  • Wednesday, December 14, 2016; Tour of the New Hitchcock Center
    • Residents and staff will be given a tour of the new facility and learn about their amazing self-sustaining design.
  • Friday, December 16, 2016; Arcadia Players Presents: “Handel – Messiah”
    • “Please join us once again for our annual, signature performance of Messiah, illuminated by our expert ensemble of singers and period instrumentalists. Our presentation of Handel’s complete oratorio has gained a widespread reputation, and a unique place in the life of Western Massachusetts.”
  • Saturday, December 17, 2016; “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”
    • “Professor Mason Lowance teaches Early American Literature, American Romanticism, and American Realism at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He also offers a seminar in Hawthorne and Melville, and regularly teaches "Race and Slavery in American Culture" to undergraduates and graduate students. He has taught at the University of Massachusetts since 1967, and since 1982, has also taught a course per year at the Harvard University Extension School. He has taught semester long courses at Clark, Tufts, Brown, Emory, Oxford and Yale University, where he was a Fellow of the National Humanities Institute, 1977-78. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow (1982) and was awarded a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities (1978-9). He has been William and Alice Pressly Visiting Professor at The Westminster Schools (2003-4). He was Associate Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Fine Arts from 1980-83. His publications include: Increase Mather(1974); Massachusetts Broadsides of the American Revolution (1976); The Language of Canaan: Metaphor and Symbol in New England from the Puritans to the Transcendentalists (1980); The Typological Writings of Jonathan Edwards (1993); The Stowe Debate: Rhetorical Strategies in Uncle Tom's Cabin (1994); Against Slavery: an Abolitionist Reader (2000); A House Divided: the Antebellum Slavery Debates in America from 1776-1865 (2003).”

November 2016

  • Every Monday and Wednesday; Fitness with Brent
    • Brent, who is a licensed personal trainer, conducts a balance and strengthening program using hand weights and Thera bands.
  • Every Tuesday and Thursday; Fitness with Althear
    • 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.
  • Every Friday Current Affairs
    • Carlyn Immerman is the moderator for a discussion group regarding local and world events.
  • Fridays, September 30, 2016 - November 18, 2016; Watercolor Painting Class (8 Week Class)
    • Resident John Walker will teach the techniques of watercolor painting.
  • Wednesday, November 2, 2016; Boston Museum of Fine Arts Trip
    • The group will see the William Merritt Chase and the della Robbia family’s terracotta exhibit.
  • Saturday, November 5, 2016; Discovering My Inner Novelis
    • Gerald McFarland, Professor Emeritus, History Department will touch on his transition from Historian to Novelist. After receiving a B.A., History from U.C. Berkeley and a PhD from Columbia University, his research focused on nineteenth-century U.S. history. He approached the period from 1812-1920 with an interest in politics, social life, urban life, and changes in the borderlands. The result was the publication of five books in his field. Since retirement in 2008, he has published novels that have a realistic historical setting in early eighteenth-century Spanish New Mexico. Among these books are "The Brujo’s Way", "What the Owl Saw", and "The Last of Our Kind.”
  • Tuesday, November 8, 2016; Voting Day and Election Coverage
    • Watch the election results with your friends and neighbors throughout the afternoon and evening.
  • Wednesday, November 9, 2016; Music in the Lobby
    • Join Applewood residents Margery and Frances perform some of your favorite songs and tunes.
  • Wednesday, November 9, 2016; Shanghai Acrobats from the People’s Republic of Chin
    • “Breathtaking aerial silks, unicycles, teeterboards and more support dazzling displays of juggling and balancing acts. See the ancient myth of the boy and the Phoenix come alive when the company of Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China arrives on stage. The Shanghai Acrobats, one of the most influential and competitive acrobatic companies in China, has won numerous awards at the acrobatic and circus competitions worldwide.”
  • Friday, November 11, 2016; Applewood Celebrates its Veterans
    • To honor those who served at home and away, and in conjunction with our 25th Anniversary. We will have a display of loaned armed services memorabilia, from staff and residents, in the Private Dining and Living Rooms. At 2:00 p.m. there will be a reception in the Lobby with refreshments served. Would you like to have your memorabilia on display (i.e., photos, letters, uniforms, medals, souvenirs)? If so, drop off your items at Kelley Murphy’s office, labeled with your name, no later than 12:00 noon, Thursday, November 10. In addition, we encourage those who wish to display items on the shelf outside their apartments on November 11.
  • Saturday, November 12, 2016; “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”
    • Mason Lowance, Professor of English at Umass will discuss this book and its author.
  • Sunday, November 13, 2016; Valley Classical Concerts Presents – The Dover Quartet
    • The next great American quartet? Come and hear for yourself, in works by Mozart (K. 589), Beethoven (Op. 59, No. 2), and Pulitzer Prize-winner Caroline Shaw. “Expert musicianship, razor-sharp ensemble, deep musical feeling, and a palpable commitment to communication made their performances satisfying on many levels” (Chicago Tribune).
  • Wednesday, November 16, 2016; Outsmart the Scammers and Your Investments in 2017
    • Tom McRae, Financial Advisor, returns to Applewood with two discussions; the latest scams to avoid and how you can outsmart the scammers; and what will your investments look like in 2107 after the November presidential election.
  • Thursday, November 17, 2106; Fort River School Youth Chorus
    • The fourth grade class from the Fort River School will perform.
  • Saturday, November 19, 2016; East German Films
    • Barton Bygg, is the Founder of DEFA Film Library at Umass. “The DEFA Film Library at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is the only archive and research center outside of Germany devoted to a broad spectrum of filmmaking from and related to former East Germany and the GDR. The nonprofit organization houses an extensive collection of 35- and 16mm prints, DVDs, books, periodicals and articles. Students are involved in all aspects of the archive’s research, outreach and teaching activities and also gain valuable non-academic experience in subtitling and library, conference and arts management. In order to fulfill its dual mission—to make DEFA (Deutsche Film-Aktiengesellschaft) films available and better known, and to broaden understanding of filmmaking in the GDR by interdisciplinary critical scholarship—the DEFA Film Library undertakes a range of scholarly and support activities.”
  • Sunday, November 20, 2016; Valley Light Opera Presents – “Ruddigore” or The Witches Curse
    • “To avoid inheriting the family curse, whereby the baronet of Ruddigore has to commit a daily crime or else die an agonizing death, Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd has fled his ancestral home transferring the curse to his younger brother Despard. To conceal himself he has settled in the local fishing village of Rederring disguised as a farmer named Robin Oakapple. Here he has fallen in love with Rose Maybud but, being too shy to speak to her, he calls upon Richard Dauntless, a sailor and his foster brother, to court Rose for him. Overcome by Rose's beauty, Richard sets about capturing her for himself and nearly succeeds in doing so until Robin finally declares his love for her and wins her back. However, Richard reveals to Despard his elder brother's subterfuge and Despard exposes Robin to the whole village as the true baronet of Ruddigore. As the rightly restored cursed baronet, Robin finds that he is very ineffectual as a bad baronet. His ancestor Sir Roderic and all the other ancestors in the family portrait gallery leave their frames to give him a taste of the torture that awaits him if he does not conform. Roderic suggests that he mend his ways by carrying off a lady from the village. Robin agrees but his valley-de-sham Adam chooses Dame Hannah as his abductee. She is furious at her treatment and threatens Robin with such violence that he has to call upon Sir Roderic for protection. Answering his call for help Sir Roderic is amazed to come face to face with his "Little Nannikins", the girl to whom he had once been engaged. In a sudden epiphany, an idea occurs to Robin; a baronet of Ruddigore who refuses to commit the daily crime must die and, therefore, to make such a refusal is tantamount to suicide; but suicide is a crime in itself. Consequently, Sir Roderic should never have died and the curse should not have been handed on. By this logic Sir Roderic is now free to marry Dame Hannah, all of the ancestors may come back to life to marry the bridesmaids, Rose may Robin, and Richard may settle for Zorah. The crowning joy of the show is that Mad Margaret marries her beloved Despard, and all end happily.”
  • Sunday, November 20, 2016; Arcadia Players Presents – Henry Purcell’s King Arthu
    • “His unique performance of Purcell’s semi-opera is collaboration between Arcadia Players, the Henry Purcell Society of Boston and The Poet’s Theatre in Boston. This spectacular piece, containing some of Purcell’s greatest music, including the Frost Scene, the Cold Genius’s song and “Fairest Isle,” will be presented with dialogue in its proper context. An extraordinarily rare opportunity to experience this masterwork as it was originally conceived.”
  • Wednesday, November 23, 2016; Social Hour
    • Join your friends and neighbors for wine and hors d’oeuvres to kick off the Thanksgiving weekend.