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Loomis Village Upcoming Events

With so much to do, how do Loomis Village residents stay informed about the day's events? That's easy. Residents simply turn on their televisions to the Loomis Village channel to see today's announcements at Loomis Village.

All activities (unless otherwise noted) take place at:
Loomis Village
20 Bayon Drive
South Hadley, MA 01075
Call (413) 588-5102 for more information

Ongoing Fitness and Wellness Programs at Loomis Village

Residents enjoy morning and afternoon group exercises, osteo exercise, tai chi, movement group, swimming aqua classes in our 4-season indoor pool, self-directed workouts in the fitness room and pool, Mind Aerobics, monthly wellness chat with our Health Services Director, Lisa Ball. Keeping our bodies and minds in tune.

August 2016

“Tokyo Rose” presented by Martin Henley, author

  • Tuesday, August 2, 2016; 2:00 pm; Loomis Village Auditorium
    • On August 2nd, Martin Henley, author of Scoundrels Who Made America Great, will discuss Tokyo Rose. “His book inspires readers to reflect on the very nature of history and helps them to understand that both scoundrels and heroes are made by their deeds as much as by the collective memory that shifts with time and place." Michal Rozbicki, Professor of History, St. Louis University. This program is free and offered to the public. Please contact Christine Westerholm at 413.588.5122 for further information.

“Dollhouses” presented by Kathy Oepdyke

  • Wednesday, August 3, 2016; 2:00 pm; Loomis Village Lobby
    • From late afternoon on the 2nd through the 7th a Dollhouse Miniature of Mary Poppins, Arriving at 17 Cherrytree Lane will be on display in the lobby. On the 3rd Kathy Oepdyke, the daughter of Ken and Lita Seyffer will be in the lobby to talk about her dollhouse. This is Kathy’s second time sharing her incredibly detailed and creative miniatures with us! Don’t miss it

“Monthly Social” including Eric Weld

  • Friday, August 5, 2016, 2:30pm; Loomis Village Auditorium
    • A return visit from one of our favorite pianists. His piano performance promises to be entertaining, lively and an “afternoon delight” for the Loomis Village residents.

Saturday Afternoon Classical Concert -- performed by Archie Richards

  • Saturday, August 6, 2016, 2:30pm, Loomis Village, Auditorium
    • On the 6th Archie Richards returns for another beautiful classical music concert. Archie brings to life the musical pieces along with anecdotes about the life histories of favorite classical composers. This visit he will also bring familiar favorite tunes!

“Two Degrees, Montana Stories and Tall Tales”, presented by LV resident Randy Hyvonen

  • Monday, August 8, 2016; 2:00pm; Loomis Village, Auditorium
    • On the 8th, by resident request, Randy Hyvonen brings back his memoir, Two Degrees, Montana Stories and Tall Tales about his early years growing up in Montana

“Wingmasters – Birds of Prey of New England – presented by Julie Ann Collier, Wingmasters - Leverett, MA

  • Thursday, August 11, 2016; 2:00pm; Loomis Village, Auditorium
    • On the 11th Julie Ann Collier from Wingmasters will return with “Owls and Others - Birds of Prey of New England.” Seeing these magnificent birds in person is awe-inspiring, and not to be missed.

“ Jazz Combo” performed by Jonah and Lael Dratfield (grandchildren of resident Bob Frosch)and Paul Weston

  • Friday, August 12, 2016; 2:30pm; Loomis Village, Auditorium
    • Loomis Village welcomes Jonah Dratfield, grandson of resident Bob Frosch. A guitarist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from South Hadley, he is a graduate of Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School and will be attending UMASS Amherst in the fall to study music. He will be performing with his sister, baritone saxophonist Lael Dratfield, and bassist Paul Weston. They will be performing a mixture of jazz standards and tunes from the Great American Songbook.

“Study Trip: Sustainable Agriculture in Buddhist Thailand, presented by Sue Darlington (daughter of resident Jean Darlington)

  • Thursday, August 18, 2016; 2:00pm; Loomis Village Auditorium
    • Loomis Village residents and visitors invited Hampshire College Professor Sue Darlington who will present a slide show and talk about her experiences in Northern Thailand with her students. Among the activities related to community development in a self-sufficient manner were raising pigs, natural textile dyeing, seed saving, and harvesting river sea weed. They were privileged to visit a monk who runs an integrated agriculture farm based on Buddhist principles and supports farmers in their transition from cash-cropping to sustainable agriculture. The monthly celebrations of residents’ birthdays with singing performed by The Loomis Village Chorale Group. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Christine Westerholm at 413.588.5122.

Annual Lobsterfest

  • Friday, August 19, 2016; Auditorium and Main Dining Room
    • Residents, families, wait list members, and guests gather for a festive and enjoyable evening of delicious classic New England cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Lynanne Pease and her talented staff .

Cooking with Patrick – Chef centered presentation

  • Monday, August 22, 2016; Gardenside Country Kitchen
    • A fun and delicious kitchen presentation by Patrick McCarthy, Area General Manager, Sodexho

Getting to Know You Series”, presented by various Loomis Village Residents

  • Thursday, August 25, 2016; 2:30pm; Loomis Village, Auditorium
    • As part of the Getting to Know You Series, Bob Frosch and Graham Gordon will talk about themselves and their life experiences.

“Monthly Resident Birthday Party”

  • Friday, August 26, 2016; 2:30pm; Loomis Village Auditorium
    • The monthly celebrations of residents’ birthdays with music performed by Gabe Randall.

Loomis Village Sponsored Trips

Museum of the Month – Tuesday, August 23; D’Amour Museum, Springfield – Residents embark to Springfield to visit a Pictorialism Exhibition at the D’Amour Museum, Springfield. In 1902 a group of visionary photographers broke with convention and began exploring new techniques that would ultimately push the boundaries of the art form. We will stop for lunch at Blake House Café on the Quadrangle.

Other Trips and Classes --

8/17 – Merry-Go-Round, Holyoke -- Loomis Village residents head out for an outing to the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round with all four of The Loomis Communities! Historian and author Jay Ducharme will give a short talk on the history of Holyoke’s Mountain Park and the Merry-Go-Round.

8/14 - Tanglewood - The B.S.O. with David Afkham conducting, Beethoven & Schumann, featuring pianist Igor Levit, in the Koussevitzky Music Shed.

Jewelry Beading Class, July 1, 2016; 2:00pm, Loomis Village Conference Room Watercolor Painting Class - Wednesdays at 10:30am

Loomis Village Resident Facilitated Events

The Writer’s Group - Theater Group - Omni Book Club - Poetry Group
Coloring for Adults - Loomis Village Chorale Group - Current Issues - Saturday Night at the Movies and Sunday Matinees - Bridge and Games - Social Hour – Tues and Fri

Health and Fitness

‘Exercise Class Mondays (DVD), Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays (Facilitated by Brent Cappello) at 9:00 am

‘Osteo Exercise’ Wednesday at 9:30 am – offered by R.S.V.P. volunteers

‘Movement Group’ Monday and Thursday 11:30 m - Performed from a seated position, a great workout for all fitness levels! Facilitated by Brent Cappello.

‘Tai Chi’ Tuesdays; at 11:00am

‘Monthly Wellness Chat’ with Lisa Ball, Health Services Director

‘Aqua Fitness with Brent” Monday 9:00am, and Thursdays at 9:30 am

‘Fitness Center Orientation’ – every Tuesday 11:00am

‘Mind Aerobics’ – every other Wednesday 1:00pm

‘Fully equipped Fitness Room and 4 season pool’

Prior Events

July 2016

  • Tuesday, July 5, 2016; “Experience in Bhutan”, presented by Daniel Hopkins, grandson of Virginia Hopkins (LV resident)
    • Daniel just returned from the small Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, where he taught fifth- and eighth-grade math at a small village boarding school. He had an amazing experience in this unique country, which has never been colonized and is carving its own path towards modernization, hoping to preserve its Buddhist culture with an economic policy of Gross National Happiness. He will share what he learned about the people and the place through stories, photos, videos and music.
  • Tuesday, July 12, 2016; “Cello Concert” performed by Ignacy Gaymovich
    • Loomis Village welcomes cellist Ignacy Gaymodovich. He has performed in Europe, Lebanon, Japan, and the United States and has received multiple awards from Austrian, American, and Polish institutions. He is a founding member of the Xonor Piano Trio, and is principal cellist of the Boston Chamber Orchestra.
  • Friday, July 15, 2016, “The Final Scene” Social – to celebrate the ending of a fabulous photo exhibit from resident Don David
    • : On the 15th we are holding a Reception to thank Donald David for letting us host an exhibit of his incredible photographs. Don also offered to donate one of the photographs to Loomis Village. Residents voted for their favorite and the winner will be unveiled at the reception!
  • Monday, July 18, 2016, “Tips for Dementia Friendly Communication” – presented by Rachel Tierney, BSN, MS, PhD.
    • On the 18th, Loomis Village resident Rachel Tierney will lead a discussion on Tips for Dementia Friendly Communication. “As the disease progresses, the communication skills of a person with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia will gradually decline. Anticipating these changes and knowing how to respond can help everyone communicate more comfortably and effectively. Participating in this discussion will provide you with tips for effective dementia friendly communication.”
  • Tuesday, July 19, 2016; “Abundance Farm”, presented by Jacob Fine
    • On July 19 Jacob Fine will be presenting a slideshow talk about Abundance Farm, a Jewish food justice farm and outdoor classroom located at Congregation B'nai Israel. It is a unique collaboration between the synagogue, the Northampton Survival Center and Lander-Grinspoon Academy to support local food security and to create an outdoor learning environment.
  • Wednesday, July 20, 2016; “Annual Summer Party” - Hot Summer Jazz
    • Jazz makes you tap your toes and move to the music! If the jazz mood inspires you, dress for the occasion and really get into the spirit of the jazz era! To keep your happy toes tappin’ Freddie Marion is bringing a spirited group of jazz vocalists and musicians with him to provide the music and song!
  • Friday, July 22, 2016; “Cli-Fi”, presents Kaboom by author, Professor Emeritus Brian Adams, Greenfield Community College
    • On the 22nd, Brian Adams, GCC Environmental Science Professor Emeritus, will read from his latest “Cli-Fi” novel, Kaboom, a candidly comical book about climate change. In Kaboom, two spirited teens from coal country West Virginia become activists overnight when their beloved mountain is threatened by Big Coal.
  • Tuesday, July 26, 2016; “South Hadley Local Town Government” presented by Jennifer Wolowicz, Assistant Supervisor
    • On July 26th South Hadley Assistant Supervisor Jennifer Wolowicz will offer us a behind-the-scenes glimpse into town government and her role in it all. She will also discuss how she arrived to this position
  • Wednesday, July 27, 2016; Summer Cookout
    • On the 27th, residents, families, and staff look forward to our Second Summer Cookout! Enjoy eating in the garden in the fresh air, and the smell and tastes of barbecue (and the extras!)
  • Friday, July 29, 2016; “Monthly Resident Birthday Party”
    • The monthly celebrations of residents’ birthdays with singing performed by The Loomis Village Chorale Group.

June 2016

  • Tuesday, June 7, 2016; “The Haverston Mills Town Meeting”, performed by The Loomis Village Resident Theater Group
    • On the 7th our own resident Theater Group will present "The Haverston Mills Town Meeting," written and directed by Steve Henderson. This group has been working for many weeks on this production! Come see what it is all about!
  • Thursday, June 9, 2016; “Getting to Know You Series”, presented by various Loomis Village Residents
    • On June 9th resident Randy Hyvonen will be sharing excerpts from his memoir under construction, 2 Degrees: Montana Stories and Tall Tales.
  • Friday, June 10, 2016; “Ice Cream Social – with Sara Snyder
    • Let’s celebrate summer – with a lively performance with a “banjelelee. Music and song for all to enjoy at the social.
  • Tuesday, June 14; “Newcomer’s Social” – hosted by The Welcoming Committee
    • Enjoy our semi-annual welcoming social for Welcoming Committee members and all residents to welcome the newer residents to Loomis Village. A great way to meet your neighbors, enjoy refreshments and ease the settling in to your new home. A fun festivity for Flag Day!!
  • Thursday June 16, 2016; “Devine Nix Duo” – musical performance by Michael Nix and Chris Devine
    • On June 16th, the Devine Nix Duo will be performing a high energy blend of composed and improvised music for violin, guitar, mandolin, and the Banjar - a seven string classical banjo. Michael Nix and Chris Devine’s instrumental wizardry draws from the classical repertoire, Argentine Tango, Brazilian Choro, American Banjo, Jazz, and multi-genre original works. . Mezzo soprano Lisa Woods and soprano Teri LaFleur create exquisite harmonies together as Bella Voce. Their repertoire ranges from Opera and the American Songbook to Broadway and beyond!
  • June 17, 2016, “The Massachusetts Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired” – presented by Jim Walsh
    • On June 17 Jim Walsh, from the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind & Visually Impaired will talk about living with low vision, and what the Commission is all about. With him will be Paul Bowdring, who will discuss the low-vision services available through the Commission.
  • Thursday, June 23, 2016; “Getting to Know You Series”, presented by various Loomis Village Residents
    • On the 23rd residents Mary Babski and Eric Morrissette will be the featured speakers in the Getting to Know You series.
  • Thursday, June 23, 2016; “Dance Recital” performed by The Northampton School of Dance
    • On the evening of the 23rd the Northampton School of Dance will feature 8– to 18-year-old student, showcasing various pieces that demonstrate their proficiency in Tap, Lyrical, and Ballet.
  • Friday, June 24, 2016; “Monthly Resident Birthday Party”
    • The monthly celebrations of residents’ birthdays with singing performed by The Loomis Village Chorale Group.
  • Saturday, June 25, 2016; “Gardenside Family Brunch”
    • The monthly celebrations of residents’ birthdays with singing performed by The Loomis Village Chorale Group.
  • Tuesday, June 28, 2016; “Piano Concert” performed by Alan Bonde
    • On June 28th, Loomis Village Favorite, Piano Virtuoso, Allen Bonde returns! He has performed in many venues, including Carnegie Hall, the National Gallery of Art, and Severance Chamber Hall. Mr. Bonde’s performances have been described as "brilliant" (Washington Post). Event Title: Summer Cookout
  • June 29, 2016; Summer Cookout
    • On the 29th, residents look forward to the first Summer Cookout! Enjoy eating in the garden in the fresh air, and the smell and tastes of barbecue (and the extras!)
  • Friday June 30, 2016; “Violin Concert” performed by the Elizabeth Bowdan Quartet, with resident Rose Lander on violin
    • Lovely string quartet to perform for residents. Should be an enjoyable afternoon.

May 2016

  • Sunday, May, 1 2016; “The A-E-I-O-Ukes” - Ukulele Band from nearby Northampton
    • A Loomis Village debut of this lively group playing rollicking tunes and welcomes all to sing-a-long. Should be a fun afternoon!!
  • Tuesday, May 3, 2016;“Seed Lending Library”, presented by Marie Rohan, Gaylord Library
    • Ms. Rohan will present a new initiative – a seed library! Using the same format as a book lending library, there will be heirloom sees that people can check out, plant, harvest, and then return at the end of the growing season. She is also collecting stories about gardening from community members.
  • Thursday, May 5, 2016; “Ins and Outs of Town Meeting”, presented by Win Lavallee
    • Win will speak about Town Meeting Governance and his experiences as a town meeting member.
  • Friday, May 6, 2016, “May Social – with Jim Porcella
    • Let’s celebrate Spring -- Music and song for all to enjoy at the social.
  • Thursday, May 12, “Winging and Singing”, performed by duo Kate O’Connor and Rico Spence
    • Northampton Community Music School presents “Winging & Singing,” featuring local duo Kate O’Connor and Rico Spence performing a concert of popular songs about birds. A backdrop of bird images, created by local professor of ornithology. Dr. David Spector, will top off this ode to the winged ones.
  • Thursday May 19, 2016; Bella Voce, performed by Lisa Woods and Teri LaFleur
    • Mezzo soprano Lisa Woods and soprano Teri LaFleur create exquisite harmonies together as Bella Voce. Their repertoire ranges from Opera and the American Songbook to Broadway and beyond!
  • May 19, 2016; The Loomis Communities “Annual Spring Reception”
    • On the 19th is the Annual Spring Reception at Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing. This year’s honoree is Carol Katz, The Loomis Communities former CEO and SHINE volunteer. $35 per person benefits The Loomis Communities’ Nursing Centers. For more information to attend this gala event, contact Carol Constant, Director of Community Engagement, at 413.588.5184.
  • Friday, May 20, 2016; “Monthly Resident Birthday Party”
    • The monthly celebrations of residents’ birthdays.
  • Saturdays – May 7, 14, 21, 28 -- “Loomis Village Theater Group” - Rehearsals
    • The Loomis Village Theater Group continues their rehearsals for their upcoming performance.
  • May 23, 2016; “Loomis Village Resident Association General Meeting"
    • Resident Leadership Council and residents gather for their quarterly meeting
  • Tuesday May 24, 2016; “On Hurricane Island”, presented by Ellen Meeropol
    • On the 24th local author Ellen Meeropol will read and discuss her latest political thriller, On Hurricane Island. “In this novel, Ellen manages to give us characters that we care deeply about, perfect pitch dialogue, and a gripping story about civilian detention centers designed for the likes of you and me. Thoughtful and compelling.”
  • May 31, 2016; “Memorial Day Observance”


Resident Don David will display his “Pioneer Valley Images” - representative of our valley during all the seasons, and show a glimpse of the variety of life and views to which we have access. The photographs have been selected so they include the spring and fall flower shows at Smith and Mount Holyoke Colleges. His exhibit is on display until June 30th. For more information, contact Denise Beaulieu at 413.588.5102.

Loomis Village Sponsored Trips

Museum of the Month Wednesday, May 18th: Mead Museum presents Folger Shakespeare Library First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare, a national traveling exhibition. Amherst College will be the only Massachusetts stop for this exhibition. We will be able to see the book itself, open to Hamlet’s famous “To Be or Not To Be” monologue. Accompanying the 1623 book will be a six-panel display exploring Shakespeare’s impact, then and now. Without The First Folio, 81 plays, including MacBeth, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night and The Tempest, could have been lost.

Other trips

May 7th Springfield Symphony

May 11th Visit to the Mosque with Dr. Mohammed Bajwa

May 14 Fidelco Guide Dog Open House, Bloomfield, CT

May 18 Out to lunch – Judie’s Restaurant, Amherst

May 19th Annual Spring Reception - Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing, Springfield

May 28 Emily Dickinson House, “Dickinson Meets Shakespeare in the Gardens”

April 2016

  • Tuesday, April 5, 2016; “Another World, Another Place” presented by Howard Nenner
    • Mr. Nenner will speak of his memoir depicting Jewish life in The Bronx from the postwar years through the 1950’s.
  • Wednesday, April 6, 2016; Dollhouse Miniatures” presented by Kathy Opdycke
    • April 5-11 Kathy Opdycke, Ken & Lita Seyffer's daughter will display her wonderful dollhouse miniatures of a Scottish Pub, an historic New England home, and Princess Diana's dressing room. On the 6th Kathy will share the story behind the creation of each miniature, unique features, and offer decorating how-to's!
  • Thursday, April 6, 2016; “Community Preservation Act” presented by Tony Judge
    • Tony Judge will discuss the South Hadley Community Preservation Act, answer questions, and address residents’ concerns in preparation for the April 12 town election.
  • Friday, April 8, 2016; “Spring Social – with Dave Colucci
    • Let’s celebrate Spring -- Music from one of our favorite musicians.
  • Tuesday; 1:30pm; “Jazz and Blues Concert” performed by Bob Starkman and Jerry Noble
    • An enjoyable afternoon concert featuring clarinet and piano tunes.
  • Thursday April 14, 2016; Coffee with David Scruggs, CEO, The Loomis Communities
    • The quarterly chat with David meets this month. Should be very interesting.
  • Sunday, April 17, 2016; “Raging Grannies” – performed by Linda Gordon and members of this dynamic group of women
    • Welcome back the peace-loving guardians of social-justice, the Raging Grannies on April 17th, including our very own Linda Gordon. This wonderful group of wise elder women entertain and increase public awareness through song and humor.
  • Wednesday, April 20, 2016; “The Lander-Grinspoon Academy Passover “Model” Seder
    • 5th and 6th graders from Lander-Grinspoon Academy share their knowledge about Passover with interested residents.
  • Thursday, April 21, 2016; “Words off the Page – Museum Writers Speak” presented by Jeanne Fontaine
    • On April 21st Jeanne Fontaine presents “Words off the Page,” featuring participants from the Springfield Museum Writers’ Group. They will be reading from their memoirs and personal essays.
  • Friday, April 22, 2016; “Monthly Resident Birthday Party”
    • The monthly celebrations of residents’ birthdays.
  • Thursday, April 28, 2016; “Chamber Music Concert” performed by Joe Jewett and Florence Camerata
    • Joe Jewett and the Florence Camerata join us for a virtuosic chamber music performance. In addition to playing in our auditorium they have played with the BSO, as well as Carnegie Hall
  • Saturdays – April 9th and 16th, 2016; “Loomis Village Theater Group” - Rehearsals
    • The Loomis Village Theater Group is begins rehearsals for upcoming performance.
    • Loomis Village proudly presents its’ Spring Open House and Art Exhibit. Come visit our lovely retirement community and experience a little taste of Loomis, tour and view several residences of Loomis Village and experience an exhilarating photography art exhibit. The tours will include apartment styles, villa styles, and our cottages and assisted living residences.
    • ART EXHIBIT - Resident Don David will display his “Pioneer Valley Images” - representative of our valley during all the seasons, and show a glimpse of the variety of life and views to which we have access. The photographs have been selected so they include the spring and fall flower shows at Smith and Mount Holyoke Colleges.

Loomis Village Sponsored Trips

Museum of the Month Thursday, April 21st, 2016; Smith College Museum of Art. Special exhibitions this month include Dislocation/Negotiating Identity, Contemporary Photographs from Southeast Asia and Uncanny Valley, Portraits of the Almost Human. You have the option to join us on a docent-led tour of these edgy photography exhibitions or you are also welcome to take a self-guided tour if you would prefer.

Other trips

April 7th Town Hall, Know Your Town: Candidates’ Forum.

April 9th Springfield Symphony

April 12th Town Voting

April 19th Mt. Holyoke College, Gamble Auditorium. Franklin and Hampshire County Libraries’ Community Reads presents panel discussion On Being Mortal Medicine, and what Matters in the End, featuring area medical experts.

April 27th Out to lunch – Slainte, Holyoke