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

January 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

Happy New Year!

Complimentary Continental Breakfast

  • Saturday, January 6, 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.

Trials and Tribulations Of Being The Police Chief In A College Town

  • Saturday, January 13, 2018; at 10:30 A.M. in the Meeting Room
    • 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.

Mass Moca Trip

  • Monday, January 8, 2018; Van departs at 9:15 A.M. to North Adams
    • Self-guided tour of current exhibit and lunch in the café.

Hearing Aid Clinic

  • Tuesday, January 9, 2018; ; from 9:00 A.M. – 10:30 A.M. in Wellness Area
    • Alison Holmberg, MS, CCA-A/SLP from Hampshire Hearing Services will be at Applewood to assist you. Sign up at the front desk.

Structural Biology

  • Saturday, January 13, 2018; at 10:30 A.M. in the Meeting Room
    • 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.

Amherst Leisure Series Community Theater Presents: Beauty and The Beast

  • Saturday, January 13, 2018; Van departs at 12:15 P.M. for Boker Auditorium
    • Director: Dave Grout
    • Musical Director: Cindy Naughton
    • Choreographer: Mary Ann Holmes

Coffee with David Scruggs, CEO of The Loomis Communities

  • Tuesday, January 16, 2018; at 11:00 A.M. in the Meeting Room
    • Bring your questions for David regarding anything about The Loomis Communities.

Applewood Annual Meeting of The Resident Association

  • Wednesday, January 17, 2018; from 9:30 – 11:00 A.M. in the Dining Room
    • 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.

Arcadia Players Presents: “Arcadia Viols”

  • Sunday, January 21, 2018; Van departs at 3:15 P.M. to Hadley, MA
    • “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.”

The Kennedy Exhibit at the Springfield Museum

  • Wednesday, January 24, 2018; Van departs at 9:30 A.M. to Springfield, MA
    • A Docent Tour of “Jack and Jackie: The Kennedys in the White House”.

Music at Amherst Series Presents The Julliard String Quartet

  • Friday, January 26, 2018; Van departs at 7:15 P.M. to Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst, MA
    • “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.”

Metropolitan Simulcast Opera Presents: “Tosca”

  • Saturday, January 27, 2018; Van departs at 12:20 P.M. to Hadley Cinemark
    • “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.”

Panopera’s Presentation of “The Marriage of Figaro”

  • Sunday, January 28, 2018; Van departs at 1:15 P.M. to Academy of Music, Northampton, MA.
    • “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.”

Prior Events

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.

November 2017 Highlights

  • Wednesday, November 1, 2017; Annual Socks for Seniors Donations
    • Applewood staff and residents donate socks to seniors in need who are less fortunate than they are.
  • Wednesday, November 1, 2017; Umass Fine Arts Center Presents: “Tango Buenos Aries”
    • “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.”
  • Thursday, November 2, 2017; Dinner and A Show at Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing
    • 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; Zentangle
    • Resident Lise Armstrong will demonstrate this art of small abstract drawings made with pen and paper, using repetitive lines and shapes.
  • Saturday, November 4, 2017; Complimentary Continental Breakfast
    • Join your friends and neighbors for an Applewood complimentary breakfast.
  • Sunday, November 5, 2017; Valley Classical Concerts Presents: The Ying Quartet with Composer/Pianist Billy Childs
    • “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).”
  • Tuesday, November 7, 2017; Birds, Bobcats and Backyards: Urban Wildlife Research in Western MA
    • Aaron Grade, Ph.D. Candidate, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Program, University of Mass will discuss his research.
  • Wednesday, November 8, 2017; Dinner at Galaxy Restaurant
    • Join your Applewood friends and neighbors for dinner at this local trendy restaurant.
  • Wednesday, November 8, 2017; Green Street Brew
    • A local a cappella group will perform, with a reception to follow.
  • Thursday, November 9, 2017; Applewood Artist in Residence Presents: Drawings, Illustrations, Cartoons and Puntoons
    • 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.
  • Thursday, November 9 and Friday, November 10, 2017; Acrylic Painting (One Class Only)
    • 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.
  • Friday, November 10, 2017; Music At Amherst Chamber Series Presents: “Angela Hewitt, Piano”
    • “Angela Hewitt, CC OBE is a Canadian classical pianist. She is best known for her Bach interpretations.”
  • Saturday, November 11, 2017; “Liberalism and Social Democracy in Western Europe
    • “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, November 12, 1017; Sunday Afternoon Concert at Applewood
    • A Jazz Trio will perform
  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017; Fitness Center Open House
    • Meet fitness instructor Brent Cappello and learn about the gym equipment.
  • Saturday, November 18, 2017; Philanthropy and Charitable Donations
    • Katie Zobel and Ellen Leuchs will discuss “how to make your charitable contributions most effective”.
  • Saturday, November 18, 2017; Metropolitan Simulcast Presents: “Ades: Exterminating Angel”
    • “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, November 26, 2017; Sunday Afternoon Concert at Applewood
    • Estella Olefsky, piano and Adriana Contino, cello will perform.
  • Thursday, November 30, Annual Holiday Boutique Sale
    • Shop for the holidays or your friends and family. You may find some rare and interesting items.

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.”

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

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