Applewood Upcoming Events

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All events (unless otherwise noted) take place at:
1 Spencer Drive
Amherst, MA 01002
For more information call: (413) 253-9833

November 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

Annual Socks for Seniors Donations

  • Wednesday, November 1, 2017; in the Lobby by Mail Boxes
    • Applewood staff and residents donate socks to seniors in need who are less fortunate than they are.

Umass Fine Arts Center Presents: “Tango Buenos Aries”

  • Wednesday, November 1, 2017; at 7:30 P.M. for The Fine Arts Center
    • “One of Argentina’s greatest cultural exports, Tango Buenos Aires is renowned for their authentic and uncompromising representation of the tango. The company will present “The Spirit of Argentina” in loving tribute to Carlos Gardel, one of the most prominent figures in the history of tango.”

Dinner and A Show at Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing

  • Thursday, November 2, 2017; at 5:00 P.M. in Springfield, MA
    • Dinner is at 5:00 P.M. following by a play “Reminiscing with Olde Tyme Radio”. Get reacquainted with Fibber McGee, the Shadow, George “Allen” and Gracie “Burns” and some originals.


  • Friday, November 3, 2017; at 2:00 P.M. in the Craft Room
    • Resident Lise Armstrong will demonstrate this art of small abstract drawings made with pen and paper, using repetitive lines and shapes.

Complimentary Continental Breakfast

  • Saturday, November 4, 2017; from 8:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. in the Tavern
    • Join your friends and neighbors for an Applewood complimentary breakfast.

Valley Classical Concerts Presents: The Ying Quartet with Composer/Pianist Billy Childs

  • Sunday, November 5, 2017; at 3:00 P.M. at Sweeney Concert Hall, Smith College
    • “What do you get when one of America’s finest quartets teams up with a great jazz pianist and composer? You get Billy Childs’s new quintet “The River, the Bird, and the Storm.” We’ll also hear quartets by Mozart (K. 421) and Dvořák (Op. 61).”

Birds, Bobcats and Backyards: Urban Wildlife Research in Western MA

  • Tuesday, November 7, 2017; at 7:30P.M. in the Meeting Room
    • Aaron Grade, Ph.D. Candidate, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Program, University of Mass will discuss his research.

Dinner at Galaxy Restaurant

  • Wednesday, November 8, 2017; at 5:30 P.M. in Easthampton, MA
    • Join your Applewood friends and neighbors for dinner at this local trendy restaurant.

Green Street Brew

  • Wednesday, November 8, 2017; at 7:30 P.M. in the Meeting Room
    • A local a cappella group will perform, with a reception to follow.

Applewood Artist in Residence Presents: Drawings, Illustrations, Cartoons and Puntoons

  • Thursday, November 9, 2017; at 3:30 P.M. Gallery opening in the Garden Room
    • Jack Medoff will feature some of his work that has been featured in the New Yorker Magazine, New York Times and other publications along with illustrations from children’s books he has written.

Acrylic Painting (One Class Only)

  • Thursday, November 9 and Friday, November 10, 2017 2:00 – 4:00 P.M. in the Craft Room
    • Resident Jane Shohan is a certified experienced high school art teacher will conduct this class. The class will focus on color, sketching and learning about the materials and how to use them.

Music At Amherst Chamber Series Presents: “Angela Hewitt, Piano”

  • Friday, November 10, 2017; at 8:00 P.M. at Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst College
    • “Angela Hewitt, CC OBE is a Canadian classical pianist. She is best known for her Bach interpretations.”

“Liberalism and Social Democracy in Western Europe

  • Saturday, November 11, 2017; at 10:30 A.M. in the Meeting Room
    • “Eric Einhorn is Professor Emeritus of Political Science. He is the author of "Liberalism and Social Democracy in Western Europe" in Comparative Democracy and Democratization, edited by H. Wiarda (2001); "Just Enough (''Lagom'') Europeanization: The Nordic States in Europe," Scandinavian Studies, Fall 2002; and is co-author of "Scandinavia" in Europe Today, 2nd ed., edited by R. Tiersky (2004); Modern Welfare States: Scandinavian Politics and Policy in the Global Age (2003). Professor Einhorn was a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Kent (England, 1981-82) and a Research Fellow at the Danish Institute for International Affairs (2000).”

Sunday Afternoon Concert at Applewood

  • Sunday, November 12, 1017; at 4:00 P.M. in the Lobby
    • A Jazz Trio will perform

Fitness Center Open House

  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017; 11:10 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. in the Fitness Center
    • Meet fitness instructor Brent Cappello and learn about the gym equipment.

Philanthropy and Charitable Donations

  • Saturday, November 18, 2017; at 10:30 A.M. in the Meeting Room
    • Katie Zobel and Ellen Leuchs will discuss “how to make your charitable contributions most effective”.

Metropolitan Simulcast Presents: “Ades: Exterminating Angel”

  • Saturday, November 18, 2017; at 12:55 P.M. at the Hadley Cinemark Theater
    • “Following the rapturous response to his last opera, The Tempest, the Met presents the American premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel, inspired by the classic Luis Buñuel film of the same name. Hailed by the New York Times at its 2016 Salzburg Festival premiere as “inventive and audacious … a major event,” The Exterminating Angel is a surreal fantasy about a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape. Tom Cairns, who wrote the libretto, directs the new production, and Adès conducts his own adventurous new opera.”

Sunday Afternoon Concert at Applewood

  • Sunday, November 26, 2017; at 4:00 P.M. in the Lobby
    • Estella Olefsky, piano and Adriana Contino, cello will perform.

Annual Holiday Boutique Sale

  • Thursday, November 30, 10:00 A.M. – 2:30 P.M. in the Lobby and surrounding rooms.
    • Shop for the holidays or your friends and family. You may find some rare and interesting items.

Prior Events

October Calendar Highlights

  • Wednesday, October 4, 2017; Music with Margery
    • Resident Margery Forbes will play her favorite tunes on the Piano.
  • Friday, October 6 – November 17; from 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Watercolor Class
    • Resident John Walker with conduct this class.
  • Saturday, October 7, 2017; Complimentary Continental Breakfast
    • Join your friends and neighbors for an Applewood complimentary breakfast.
  • Saturday, October 7, 2017; Neurobiology Research
    • Umass Professor Rolfe Karlstrom will discuss the work his laboratory team is working on at the University.
  • Saturday, October 7, 2017; New York Metropolitan Opera Simulcast Presents – “Belllini:Norma”
    • “Ponselle, Milanov, Sutherland, Callas … after last night, Radvanovsky can add her name to the list,” declared the Huffington Post when Sondra Radvanovsky made her Met role debut as Norma in 2013. The 2017–18 season opens with a new production of Bellini’s masterpiece, starring Radvanovsky as the Druid priestess and Joyce DiDonato as her archrival, Adalgisa—a casting coup for bel canto fans. Tenor Joseph Calleja is Pollione, Norma’s unfaithful lover, and Carlo Rizzi conducts. Sir David McVicar’s evocative production sets the action deep in a Druid forest where nature and ancient ritual rule
  • Tuesday, October 10, 2017; Annual Fall Outing in the Orchard Arboretum
    • Enjoy the beautiful foliage, birds, mulled cider and Jim Mahoney’s Apple Cake.
  • Friday, October 13, 2017; Music at Amherst Series
    • Jonathan Biss, Piano and Miriam Fried, Violin.
  • Saturday, October 14, 2017; Senator Stan Rosenberg
    • Senator Rosenberg will update the group on Massachusetts legislative issues.
  • Saturday, October 14, 2017; New York Metropolitan Opera Simulcast Presents – “Mozart: Die Zauberflöte”
    • “Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts the full-length German version of Mozart’s magical fable, seen in Julie Taymor’s spectacular production, which captures both the opera’s earthy comedy and its noble mysticism.”
  • Saturday, October 21, 2017; New England Public Radio
    • Jill Kaufman, Senior Reporter and Producer will discuss what to expect from the station in the coming year.
  • Saturday, October 21, 2017; Valley Classical Concerts Presents: Apple Hill String Quartet
    • “Since it’s founding in 2007, the Apple Hill String Quartet has earned praise around the world for its concerts presenting interpretive mastery of traditional repertoire – including Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Beethoven, and Ravel – as well as for world premieres and commissioned pieces. As resident musicians at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, the Quartet is featured in the summer concert series held every Tuesday night at the Center in Nelson, N.H. These concerts attract hundreds of visitors and have become a mainstay of the Monadnock area summer music offerings.”
  • Sunday, October 22, 2017; Arcadia Players Presents – “Viva Vivaldi”
    • “Two of Vivaldi’s best-loved pieces feature in our season-opener - The Four Seasons and Gloria, RV 489. Susanna Ogata is the brilliant violin soloist in the first work, a virtuoso display depicting crisp spring mornings, melting summer heat, autumn revelry and winter chills. We join forces once again with the excellent Illuminati Vocal Arts Ensemble for the Gloria.”

September Calendar Highlights

  • Saturday, September 2, 2017; Complimentary Continental Breakfast
    • Join your friends and neighbors for an Applewood complimentary breakfast.
  • Tuesday, September 5, 2017; Promoting Diversity Group
    • Everyone is welcome to join the discussion and present ideas.
  • Wednesday, September 6, 2017; Dr. Seuss Museum Trip
    • Group tour at 10:30 A.M. of the museum followed by lunch at the Red Rose Restaurant.
  • Wednesday, September 6, 2017; Piano Music with Margery Forbes
    • Come hear Margery’s selection of music.
  • Thursday, September 7, 2017; Dinner and Dancing at Dusk (Celebrating Applewood’s 26th Anniversary)
  • Saturday, September 9, 2017; Congress and The Current State of Affairs
    • John Olver, retired United States Congressman will speak about his career and the current situation in congress.
  • Tuesday, September 12, 2017; Tuesday Night Together: State Representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose
    • Representative Goldstein-Rose will speak on “my first years as a State Representative”.
  • Saturday, September 16, 2017; STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in Elementary Schools
    • John Heffernan is currently Technology and Enrichment Teacher at the Anne T. Dunphy School in Williamsburg, MA. John Heffernan was previously an Educational Technology Consultant for the Collaborative for Educational Services. John taught third grade in Amherst, MA for seven years. John was a Principal Software Engineer for Digital Equipment Corporation.
  • Saturday, September 16, 2017; Music at Amherst Parrelles Series
    • The Anat Cohen Quartet
  • Monday, September 18, 2017; Meet and Greet with Representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose
    • Representative Goldstein-Rose will hold office hours at Applewood for residents and guest to meet and ask questions regarding his first year in congress.
  • Saturday, September 23, 2017;Poker and Chance
    • Ashley Adams will speak on poker and chance.
  • Tuesday September 26, 2017; Hearing Aid Clinic
    • Allison Holmberg, MS, CCA-A/SLP will be available for hearing aid assistance.
  • Tuesday, September 26, 2017; Wellness Program with Vivien Weiss
    • Vivien is a licensed mental health counselor will give a presentation on mental health and facilitate a discussion with all who are interested.
  • Wednesday, September 27, 2017; Dinner at Tavern On The Hill
    • Join your friends and neighbors for a delightful dinner and magnificent views of the valley
  • Thursday, September 28, 2017; Wellness Program – Massachusetts Equipment Distribution Program
    • Presentation about the program that provides the permanently disabled with access to the telephone network.
  • Saturday, September 30; 2017; Author of Books 1491 and 1493
    • Charles Mann will discuss books on history.

August Calendar Highlights

  • Wednesday, August 2, 2017; Tour Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing
    • Join your Applewood friends and neighbors to see what the other Loomis Communities have to offer that you may participate in.
  • Thursday, August, 3, 2017; Book Discussion Group
    • Resident Lise Armstrong will lead a discussion regarding Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte.
  • Thursday, August 3, 2017; Eclectic Photography by Judith Ruderman
    • Come view Judith’s amazing photos and enjoy refreshments.
  • Saturday, August 5, 2017; Complimentary Continental Breakfast
    • Join your friends and neighbors for an Applewood complimentary breakfast.
  • Saturday, August 5, 2017; Tanglewood and Lunch at the Red Lion Inn
    • Saturday Morning Rehearsal – Boston Symphony Orchestra with Christoph von Dohnayi, conductor and You-Yo Ma, cello will perform Mozart and Schumann
  • Wednesday, August 9, 2017 – Thursday, August 10; Antique Clothing Exhibit
    • Several Applewood residents have clothing from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s which will be on display for your viewing.
  • Wednesday, August 16, 2017; “Picasso: Encounters” Exhibit at the Clark Art Institute
    • “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.”
  • Wednesday, August 16, 2017; Diversity Summer Reading Project
    • Books being discussed are: Coates, “Case for Reparations” and/or Wilkerson: "The Warmth of Other Suns".
  • Friday, August 18, 2017; Bridge of Flowers and Glacier Potholes
    • 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.
  • Sunday, August 20, 2017; New Century Theater Presents: “39 Steps”
    • “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.”
  • Tuesday August 22, 2017; Hearing Aid Clinic
    • Allison Holmberg, MS, CCA-A/SLP will be available for hearing aid assistance.
  • Thursday, August 24, 2017; Tour of Loomis House and Loomis Village
    • This is an opportunity to see what these two Loomis Communities offer and how you can participate in their services and/or amenities.

Independent Living

Independent Living Homes and Apartments


What is independent living?

Independent living is available at the following Loomis Communities:

When referring to retirement communities, independent living describes a house or apartment home in an age-restricted community setting designed for older adults who are able to manage their homes and daily activities without supervision or medical assistance. Independent living can be offered as an apartment in a stand-alone building, or as part of a larger community with a wide range of services, including access to a continuum of health care should you need those services in the future.

Our independent living apartments, villas, and cottages set the standard for distinctive retirement living. Residents enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle in a spacious, thoughtfully designed homes. Comfort and peace of mind are the focus of our independent living homes, with features such as a private balcony or patio, lovely views, a well-equipped kitchen, generous closets and storage, and many other amenities.

A wide selection of independent living apartments and homes is available at all of The Loomis Communities. Whichever of our communities you choose, you’ll find neighbors who become friends, and plenty of space for your treasured possessions. The Loomis Communities offers everything you need to create a healthy, happy, active retirement.

Assisted Living

Assisted Living


What is assisted living?

Assisted living is available at the following Loomis Communities:

Assisted living offers a middle ground between independent living and nursing care. Assisted living is a good choice for you if you do not require the extensive medical care provided in nursing care but are not able to manage living on your own. Staff is available to provide 24-hour comprehensive assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as dressing, grooming, eating, mobility and hygiene. A variety of activities and social events, as well as transportation, cleaning, and laundry services, also are typical features of assisted living. The Loomis Communities provides assisted living as part of a comprehensive continuum of care, while many organizations only provide one level of assistance.

Our assisted living features private apartments that residents furnish with their own personal treasures, providing all the comforts of home. Our studio and one-bedroom apartments provide a place where residents who need a little help with the activities of daily living (ADLs) can truly enjoy life. Caregivers are available to help residents with activities such as dressing, bathing, grooming, and medication management. The intimate residential design of assisted living allows our staff to get to know and understand the needs and desires of residents and their families.

Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation

Skilled Nursing Care


What do all these terms mean: home care, skilled nursing care, licensed skilled care, and long-term care?

Skilled nursing care and rehabilitation are avaiable at the following Loomis Communities:

Nursing homes are licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and offer furnished rooms and health services to residents who require consistent and ongoing medical care with physician oversight but do not require hospitalization. This is called skilled nursing care. Our communities provide skilled nursing care, which includes post-hospital care, short-term rehabilitation, complex medical care, and long-term care. Oversight is provided by licensed professional nurses, nurse practitioners, and physicians. A comprehensive therapy department is staffed by physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists. The Loomis Communities nursing homes are designed to meet the individual needs of the residents.

Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing and Loomis House offer licensed, skilled nursing care in a cozy and supportive environment. Both our nursing centers are Medicare and Medicaid-certified and provide short-term rehabilitation and long-term care in well-appointed private or semi-private rooms. The Loomis House nursing center also offers specialized dementia care. Our compassionate staff delivers care with respect and dignity.


What is rehabilitation, skilled rehabilitation, or short-term rehabilitation?

Rehabilitation is available at the following Loomis Communities:

The Loomis Communities offers rehabilitation services in partnership with Genesis Rehab Services. Our combined staff of professionals such as physical and occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, registered dieticians, registered nurses, licensed social workers, and gourmet chefs, work as a team to get you back home. We complete a comprehensive assessment to develop individualized care plans to manage residents’ physical, social, and emotional concerns.

Our unique approach promotes independence and a rapid return home after rehabilitation from a broad range of surgical procedures, injuries, and illness.

Both our of nursing centers at Loomis House and Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing are Medicare and Medicaid-certified, and provide short-term rehabilitation and long-term care in well-appointed private or semi-private rooms. Loomis House was the second nursing home in the nation to receive a 5-year accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in Person-Centered Long-term Care. This mark of excellence means that we have been recognized as a provider of quality care for your loved one that meets state-of-the-art, international standards of performance.

To learn more about rehabilitation at the Loomis House nursing center, please contact:


To learn more about rehabilitation at the Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing nursing center, please contact:

Gabrielle Thomes,
413-782-1800, ext. 5850, or