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

March 2018

Fitness with Brent

  • Every Monday and Wednesday at 10:15 A.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 10:00 A.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 4:00 P.M. in the Conference Room
    • Carlyn Immerman is the moderator for a discussion group regarding local and world events.

Calendar Highlights

March 2018

Venice Baroque Orchestra

  • Thursday, Thursday, March 1, 2018; at 7:30 P.M. at 7:30 P.M. at The Umass Fine Arts Center
    • “This Venice-based period-instrument ensemble specializes in vibrant performances of the works of one of that city’s native sons, Antonio Vivaldi, as well as other early-music composers such as Caldara, Locatelli, and Galuppi. The orchestra is known for their rediscovery of 17th- and 18th-century masterpieces and their revelatory pursuit of the essence of the compositions they play, which the Washington Post once described as “tearing the powdered wig off this music once and for all.” Their extensive touring has brought them to concert venues around the world; for this concert they will be joined by virtuoso musician Anna Fusek on wood recorder. “There’s a wildness in Vivaldi’s music that makes it so exciting, a sense of barely controlled fury in his huge, cascading waves of sound. But there’s also a heart-breaking vulnerability at its core, and the Venice players balanced them to perfection.”—Washington Post

Complimentary Continental Breakfast

  • Saturday, March 3, 2018, 2018; from 8:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M; from 8:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. in the Tavern
    • Join your friends and neighbors for an Applewood complimentary breakfast.

Mount Holyoke News

  • Saturday, March 3, 2018; at 10:30 A.M. in the Meeting Room
    • Sonya Stephens, Interim President joined Mount Holyoke College in 2013 as vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty. As the chief academic officer, she was responsible for faculty research and curricular support, faculty governance, and academic budgeting and infrastructure.

13th Annual Jazz Ensembles – “The Big Broadcast”

  • Saturday, March 3, 2018; at 2:00 P.M. at Mt. Holyoke College
    • A presentation of a live 1940’s radio broadcast created by Mark Gionfriddo with WWLP-TV meteorologist Brian Lapis, and the Mt. Holyoke Band, Vocal Jazz and Chamber Jazz Ensembles.

Roundabout Theatre Company Presents “Cabaret”

  • Tuesday, March 6, 2018; at 7:30 P.M. at The Umass Fine Arts Center
    • “Come to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, as the Emcee, Sally Bowles, and the rest of a raucous cast of characters take the stage to tantalize the crowd. But as life in Germany grows uncertain, will the alluring, decadent Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through dangerous times? Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theater history—“Cabaret,” “Willkommen,” “Maybe This Time”—in John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Joe Masteroff’s Tony Award–winning musical about following your heart while the world loses its way.”

The Odyssey of Homer-How the Brain Works and Changes

  • Wednesday, March 7, 2018; at 11:00 A.M. in the Meeting Room
    • Kate Tyler, Community Relations Liaison from Homewatch Caregivers will show a short film and then a presentation on the brain as it ages and what can be done to maintain a healthy brain.

Metropolitan Opera Simulcast Presents Rossini’s “Semiramide”

  • Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 12:55 P.M. at the Hadley Cinemark Theater
    • “This masterpiece of dazzling vocal fireworks makes a rare Met appearance—its first in nearly 25 years—with Maurizio Benini on the podium. The all-star bel canto cast features Angela Meade in the title role of the murderous Queen of Babylon, who squares off in breathtaking duets with Arsace, a trouser role sung by Elizabeth DeShong. Javier Camarena, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Ryan Speedo Green complete the stellar cast.”

Pilgrimage through Spain and Portugal

  • Saturday, March 17, 2018; at 10:30 A.M. in the Meeting Room
    • Christine Sulborski, Marketing Manager at Applewood will do a presentation with photos of her walking/bus trip through several cities in Spain and Portugal beginning in Madrid and then onto Avila, Toledo, Santiago de Compostela, Fatima, Santarem, Salamanca and Lisbon.

10Th Annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser for the Amherst Survival Center

  • Monday, March 19, 2018; at 4:00 P.M. at the Amherst Pub
    • Local pottery artists donate bowls and local restaurants and Applewood have donated homemade soup to assist with this fund raiser.

Music in Amherst Series Presents Damien Sneed, piano

  • Friday, March 23, 2018; at 8:00 P.M. at Buckley Recital Hall at Amherst College
    • “Multi-genre recording artist and a 2014 recipient of the prestigious Sphinx Medal of Excellence honor, which is presented annually to emerging Black and Latino leaders in classical music, Sneed has also garnered attention in a wide range of other musical genres, including jazz, gospel, pop, R&B, opera and musical theatre.”

Martians and Hole In The Sky

  • Saturday, March 24, 2018; at 10:30 A.M. in the Meeting Room
    • George Greenstein, PH.D., Professor Emeritus of Astronomy at Amherst College and Astronomer David Todd with discuss Martians and the hole in the sky.

Town Election

  • Tuesday, March 27, 2018; Van Departs at 8:45 A.M. for the Munson Library
    • Make sure you cast your vote and be an active part of the Amherst Community

Group Artist in Residence Opening

  • Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 3:30 P.M. in the Garden Room
    • Applewood Artists, Frances Kadinoff, Marius Sznajderman and John Walker will show their latest creations.

Metropolitan Opera Simulcast Presents “Mozart: Cosi fan tutte”

  • Saturday, March 31, 2018; at 12:55 P.M. at the Hadley Cinemark Theater
    • “A winning cast comes together for Phelim McDermott’s clever vision of Mozart’s comedy about the sexes, set in a carnival-esque, funhouse environment inspired by 1950s Coney Island—complete with bearded ladies, fire eaters, and a Ferris wheel. Manipulating the action are the Don Alfonso of Christopher Maltman and the Despina of Tony Award–winner Kelli O’Hara, with Amanda Majeski, Serena Malfi, Ben Bliss, and Adam Plachetka as the pairs of young lovers who test each other’s faithfulness. David Robertson conducts.”

Valley Classical Concerts Presents “Quartetto di Cremona”

  • Saturday, March 31, 2018; at 8:00 P.M. at Sweeney Concert Hall, Smith College
    • “Two years after their superb VCC debut, our friends from the “City of Violins” return with an Italian buffet: works by Boccherini,
    • Verdi, Puccini, and Respighi. “As sleek and elegant as an Armani suit.” (The Strad)

Prior Events

February 2018

  • Saturday, February 3, 2018; Complimentary Continental Breakfast
    • Join your friends and neighbors for an Applewood complimentary breakfast.
  • Saturday, February 3, 2018; Sustainability Measures at Smith College
    • Dano Weisboro, The Director of Sustainability and Campus Planning, is also a member of the Study Group on Climate Change. Under the directive of President Kathleen McCartney, this group will integrate climate action and sustainability across all aspects of the college.
  • Sunday, February 4, 2018; “Stories From The Stoop”
    • These seven unforgettable true-life adventure stories are sometimes humorous, often gritty, but never grim. A boy's life experienced from the stoop, a small piece of real estate, made of dreams, granite and memories, his window onto and into the world. Local author, Steve Bernstein will read an excerpt from his book.
  • Sunday, February 4, 2018; Valley Classical Presents: Manhattan String Quartet
    • An American institution, still going strong in their 47th season. Quartets by Haydn, Witold Lutosławski, and Ravel. And you’ll be home in time for the Super Bowl! “A national treasure.” (Boston Globe).
  • Sunday, February 4, 2018; Super bowl LLII Party
    • Watch the contest between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles with your friends and neighbors.
  • Thursday, February 8, 2018; Jessica Lange Dance
    • “Jessica Lang seamlessly incorporates striking design elements and transforms classical ballet language into artfully crafted, emotionally engaging contemporary work packed with stunning movement. This promises to be one of the hottest shows of the winter. Among the pieces to be performed are Tesseracts of Time, created in collaboration with internationally recognized architect Steven Holl, and Thousand Yard Stare, honoring wounded veterans and all of those affected by war.”
  • Saturday, February 10, 2018; New Technology in Higher Education
    • Ian Camera, Development Executive and Professor at Holyoke Community College “is a self-described geek. He loves technology and embraces its value and application in the modern classroom.”
  • Saturday, February 10, 2018; Metropolitan Opera Simulcast Presents: “Donizetti: L’Elisir D’Amore
    • "Pretty Yende debuts a new role at the Met with her first Adina opposite Matthew Polenzani, who enthralled Met audiences as Nemorino in 2013 with his ravishing “Una furtiva lagrima.” Bartlett Sher’s production is charming, with deft comedic timing, but also emotionally revealing. Domingo Hindoyan conducts.”
  • Tuesday, February 13, 2018; Hearing Aid Clinic
    • Alison Holmberg, MS, CCA-A/SLP from Hampshire Hearing Services will be at Applewood to assist you. Sign up at the front desk.
  • Saturday, February 17, 2018; Hampshire College Going 100% Solar
    • Todd Holland, Projects and Operations Manager will discuss how Hampshire College is going to be accomplishing their solar goals.
  • Saturday, February 17, 2018; Music at Amherst Parallels Series: “The International Contemporary Ensemble”
    • “The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) is an artist collective committed to transforming the way music is created and experienced. As performer, curator and educator, ICE explores how new music intersects with communities across the world. The ensemble’s members are featured as soloists, chamber musicians, commissioners and collaborators with the foremost musical artists of our time. Works by emerging composers have anchored ICE’s programming since its founding in 2001, and the group’s recordings and digital platforms highlight the many voices that weave music’s present.”
  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018; Applewood Social Hour
    • Join your friends and neighbors for hors d’oeuvres and wine.
  • Saturday, February 24, 2018; Metropolitan Opera Simulcast: “Puccini: La Bohéme”
    • “The world’s most popular opera returns in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production, with a series of exciting casts. Angel Blue, Anita Hartig, and Sonya Yoncheva (left) share the role of the fragile Mimì, with Dmytro Popov, Russell Thomas, and Michael Fabiano alternating as the poet Rodolfo. Alexander Soddy and Marco Armiliato share conducting duties.”

January 2018

  • Saturday, January 6, 2018; from 8:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. in the Tavern
    • Join your friends and neighbors for an Applewood complimentary breakfast.
  • Saturday, January 13, 2018; Trials and Tribulations Of Being The Police Chief In A College Town
    • Scott P. Livingston, Amherst Police Chief will speak about scams that the police have identified that might be especially important for senior citizens, the commitment of the department to diversity, and the implications of Amherst’s being a Sanctuary City. Chief Livingstone rose through the ranks in the Amherst Department and was named Chief in 2009. He is a graduate of Western New England College and the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
  • Monday, January 8, 2018; Mass Moca Trip
    • Self-guided tour of current exhibit and lunch in the café.
  • Tuesday, January 9, 2018; Hearing Aid Clinic
    • Alison Holmberg, MS, CCA-A/SLP from Hampshire Hearing Services will be at Applewood to assist you. Sign up at the front desk.
  • Saturday, January 13, 2018; Structural Biology
    • Scott Garman, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Massachusetts will speak about “how to see invisible molecules and learn how life works”. He is the son of resident Gigi Garman.
  • Saturday, January 13, 2018; Amherst Leisure Series Community Theater Presents: Beauty and The Beast
    • Director: Dave Grout
    • Musical Director: Cindy Naughton
    • Choreographer: Mary Ann Holmes
  • Tuesday, January 16, 2018; Coffee with David Scruggs, CEO of The Loomis Communities
    • Bring your questions for David regarding anything about The Loomis Communities.
  • Wednesday, January 17, 2018; Applewood Annual Meeting of The Resident Association
    • Voting for Applewood officers will take place between 9:30 – 10:00 A.M. followed by the meeting which will include reports from all the committees and the Association members.
  • Sunday, January 21, 2018; Arcadia Players Presents: “Arcadia Viols”
    • “17th century Germany was rich with music for viols with voices by composers now rarely heard, such as Schein, Scheidt, Schütz, Rosenmüller and Tunder. This German Baroque program will include both dancy and tuneful as well as passionately devotional pieces for three to five viols, with guest singers Sarah Yanovitch and David Tinervia, and Francis Conover Fitch on keyboard.”
  • Wednesday, January 24, 2018; The Kennedy Exhibit at the Springfield Museum
    • A Docent Tour of “Jack and Jackie: The Kennedys in the White House”.
  • Friday, January 26, 2018; Music at Amherst Series Presents The Julliard String Quartet
    • “Haydn: String Quartet in G minor, Op 74, No 3 ("Rider")
    • Mozart: String Quartet in D Minor, K. 421
    • Bartók: String Quartet No. 5, Sz. 102, BB 110
    • Founded in 1946, the ever-evolving Juilliard String Quartet has become a living American legend. Widely known as the “quintessential American string quartet,” the Juilliard has been recognized for the boldness of its interpretation of the classics, with an equal and parallel tradition of championing the new — a vibrant combination of the familiar and the daring. The Quartet’s sound is famously characterized by clarity of structure, compelling rhythmic drive and an extraordinary unanimity of purpose, no matter the work at hand.”
  • Saturday, January 27, 2018; Metropolitan Simulcast Opera Presents: “Tosca”
    • “Sir David McVicar’s ravishing new production offers a splendid backdrop for two extraordinary sopranos sharing the title role of the jealous prima donna: Sonya Yoncheva (pictured above) and Anna Netrebko. Vittorio Grigolo and Marcelo Álvarez alternate in the role of Tosca’s revolutionary artist lover Cavaradossi, with Željko Lučić and Michael Volle as the depraved police chief Scarpia. Emmanuel Villaume and Bertrand de Billy share conducting duties.”
  • Sunday, January 28, 2018; Panopera’s Presentation of “The Marriage of Figaro”
    • “The Marriage of Figaro (Italian: Le nozze di Figaro, pronounced [le ˈnɔttse di ˈfiːɡaro]), K. 492, is an opera buffa (comic opera) in four acts composed in 1786 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with an Italian libretto written by Lorenzo Da Ponte. It premiered at the Burgtheater in Vienna on 1 May 1786. The opera's libretto is based on a stage comedy by Pierre Beaumarchais, La folle journée, ou le Mariage de Figaro ("The Mad Day, or The Marriage of Figaro"), which was first performed in 1784. It tells how the servants Figaro and Susanna succeed in getting married, foiling the efforts of their philandering employer Count Almaviva to seduce Susanna and teaching him a lesson in fidelity.”

December Calendar Highlights

  • Saturday, December 2, 2017; Complimentary Continental Breakfast
    • Join your friends and neighbors for an Applewood complimentary breakfast.
  • Saturday, December 2, 2017; Current Immigration Issues
    • Ilan Stavans is a Mexican-American essayist, lexicographer, cultural commentator, translator, short-story author, publisher, TV personality, and teacher known for his insights into American, Hispanic, and Jewish cultures.
  • Sunday, December 3, 2017; Amherst College Christmas Choral Society Vespers
    • The Festival of Lessons and Carols is free.
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017; Hearing Aid Clinic
    • Alison Holmberg, MS, CCA-A/SLP from Hampshire Hearing Services will be at Applewood to assist you. Sign up at the front desk.
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017; Introductory Presentation of a collaborative art class with the Eric Carle Museum
    • Meg Nicoll, Art Educator and Courtney Waring, Director of Education for the Eric Carle Picture Book Museum, will present their idea for a class to take place next spring at Applewood.
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017; Music With Margery
    • Come and listen to resident Margery play her favorite “classics” on the piano.
  • Thursday, December 7, 2017; Retrospective of Joel Halpern’s Career
    • The display will feature photos, books, monograph articles and exhibit catalogs, including coverage of both peace and war as an independent researcher. Joel worked in the Arctic, Southeast-Europe, Southeast-Asia and many places in-between.
  • Thursday, December 7, 2017; Dinner at Champney’s Restaurant at the Deerfield Inn
    • Join your friends and neighbors for a delicious dinner out.
  • Saturday, December 9, 2017; Free Speech vs. Hate Speech
    • “William Newman, Director, Western Regional Law Office of the ACLU (since l987). A practicing criminal defense and civil rights trial and appellate attorney with Lesser, Newman and Nasser in Northampton. Newman will speak about the questions that have recently been raised about the defense of free speech and when it becomes hate speech.”
  • Valley Classical Concerts Presents: “Trio Latitude 41” with Haydn’s “Gypsy” Trio
    • “The third VCC appearance by a favorite threesome! Haydn’s “Gypsy” Trio, Shostakovich’s Trio No. 1, and the epic Trio of Tchaikovsky. “A high level of playing from an international trio…a happy meeting of European and American players.”
  • Sunday, December 9, 2017; Music At Amherst Chamber Series: “The Tallis Scholars”
    • “Over four decades of performance and a catalogue of award-winning recordings for Gimell, Peter Phillips and the Tallis Scholars have done more than any other group to establish sacred vocal music of the Renaissance as one of the great repertoires of Western classical music. Reviewers praise their sound for its supple clarity and tone, and Tallis harnesses it to bring fresh interpretations to music by contemporary as well as past composers.”
  • Tuesday, December 12, 2017; Ninth Annual Shop and Dine in Greenfield
    • Shop at Wilson’s Department Store (one of the few family owned stores left in the U.S.) and then lunch at Hope and Olive.
  • Thursday, December 14, 2017; Collaborative Photography Class Exhibit
    • This exhibit will feature photographs taken by Applewood residents and Hampshire College students in a joint class taught by Professor Billie Mandel.
  • Friday, December 15, 2017; Chimes Ring Out
    • You are invited to a musical performance presented by the Applewood Chimers on Friday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Come hear the beautiful sound of the chimes; there’s nothing like them. The program will feature a variety of musical pieces, both familiar and new. The Chimers will be directed by our talented Hampshire College student, Missy Bragg. Invite family and friends; it is free and open to the public.
  • Saturday, December 16, 2017; Historian and Author
    • Prize winning journalist and author Charles C. Mann”will speak about his work, including, "l491", the winner of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences Keck Award and "l493", a New York Times Best-Seller. He will also talk about his latest book, “The Wizard and the Prophet.”
  • Sunday, December 17, 2017; The Kensington Players
    • Four musicians who play the piano, viola, violin and the cello will perform for the Applewood residents and guests.
  • Friday, December 22, 2017; Arcadia Players Presents: “Handel’s Messiash”
    • “Join the group for their annual, signature performance of Handel’s Messiah. Arcadia Players’ presentation of this beloved work, illuminated by our expert ensemble of singers and period instrumentalists in the wonderful acoustics of Abbey Chapel, has a widespread reputation, and a unique place in the musical life of Western Massachusetts.”
  • Saturday, December 23, 2017; Update from Zimbabwe
    • Anita Wogrin, daughter of resident Barbara Wogrin will give a presentation on her work and life in Zimbabwe.

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 Community:

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 offers 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 Community:

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.

Our nursing center, Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing is Medicare and Medicaid-certified, and provides short-term rehabilitation and long-term care in well-appointed private or semi-private rooms. Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing received 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 Lakeside at Reeds Landing nursing center, please contact:

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

Applewood Senior Independent Living in Amherst MA
Loomis Lakeside CCRC Springfield MA
Loomis Village Senior Living South Hadley