June 2019

Wow, it seems like just yesterday I was writing this blog for the month May and the month just flew bye. We had so many adventures and so much fun! June will be no exception!

For several months we have been corresponding with 5th grade students at the St. George School who are learning to read and write cursive. We have about 15 residents who have been “pen pals” with these students and on Monday, June 3rd the students are coming to Bartlett Woods to visit! We are very excited to welcome them and finally put a face to the letters.

In keeping up with our “trying something new every month” theme and we are hitting the road the first week of June. Going to visit the Portland Head Light at Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth and then enjoy lunch at the Saltwater Grille in South Portland. The residents always look forward to a nice road trip where they can sit back, relax and let someone else do the driving.

June will be the first month of our new Quilting Group. We have many quilters here at Bartlett Woods and many have asked to have a monthly group where we can work on quilts together. For about a year we have also had a knitting group with ladies from the community as well as Bartlett Woods residents. We have invited all our knitters and quilters to join us on a trip to Bath where we will visit the Halcyon Yarn store and Marriner’s Compass Quilt Shop as well as lunch at the Taste of Maine restaurant. This is going to be a fun day with some really talented ladies!

On Friday June 7th @ 3pm is our “Start the ART WALK with a walk in the WOODS!” This is also Rockland’s first Friday Art Walk of the season and we want to kick it off, with an art talk/walk with our curator and artist Pam Cabanas. Come hear the stories behind the Mid Coast Legacies in Art show. This event is free and open to the public, refreshments will be provided. For more information please visit our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/BartlettWoodsRetirementCommunity

We are so lucky to have many talented people in our community who really enjoy coming to share their skills with our residents. We will once again enjoy another class with artist Randy Fein. Randy is known for her clay work, and she will help us create clay relief “Tree of Life” sculptures. This will be a two week class and I’m sure the residents will all leave with beautiful sculptures to treasure.

Another “creator” of sorts is coming to share his creations with us. Bill Stinson from the Pour Farm Brewery in Union will be coming to give a talk and tasting of his craft beers. The Pour Farm is dedicated to brewing fresh beer in Maine using local ingredients.  Bill Stinson has been making beer and experimenting with different styles since 1987.  We are excited to taste his creations along with appetizers from the Bartlett Woods kitchen!

Father’s Day at Bartlett Woods always brings something special for the Dad’s here. This year we will be treating them to a “campfire cookout” in the back yard. We will be toasting hamburgers and hotdogs in our fire pit and Chef Aaron will be making some delicious side salads too. And of course no campfire cookout is complete without some S’mores! It’s going to be a delicious afternoon!

I don’t want to forget to mention all the entertainment we have coming in June, we are excited to welcome the Maine Audubon Society, musical duo Simons & Goodwin, musical group Rt 17 Ramblers, Pianist Arlene Gamble and Speaker Michael Perry!

Phew, it’s going to be a busy month and we still have our monthly shopping trips, scenic rides, daily exercise classes, discussion groups, games, lunches out, movies, and more!

There is always something to do here at Bartlett Woods and we’ve saved a seat for you!


Karen Tooley

Activities Director



Free Pre-Art Walk Event – June 7th


Contact: Pam Cabanas, Curator/Artist c. 207-691-5787 pamcabanas372@gmail.com

Mary Eads, Executive Director, Bartlett Woods Retirement Community 207-594-2745 meads@bartlettwoods.com

Photo Attached. Caption info: Ted Tihansky, Monhegan Winter, oil on canvas. On view in Midcoast Legacies in Art Exhibition currently at Bartlett Woods Retirement Community.


Start the ART WALK with a walk in the WOODS!

Special Pre-1st Friday Art Talk about Art at Bartlett Woods 2019


(Rockland ME) — Bartlett Woods Retirement Community invites the public to a free PRE – ART WALK EVENT. Art fans can begin the Rockland First Friday Art Walk viewing the Midcoast Legacies in Art Exhibition, on view at Bartlett Woods, 20 Bartlett Drive (just off Talbot Ave, west of Broadway) from 3 -5 pm on Friday, June 7th. The event is free and open to the public.


Mid Coast Legacies in Art includes over 30 works (2D and 3D) by well-known local artists and the generations of their creative families. Curator Pam Cabañas will give a talk and tour of the show at 3:30pm.


“Pam has been our curator for years, and each beautiful exhibition has focused on local talent from our region,” confirmed Mary Eads, Executive Director at Bartlett Woods. “This show is particularly meaningful, as it focuses on families of artists living and working nearby, many of whom are icons of Maine Contemporary Art. We hope First Friday fans will start their afternoon with us, enjoy Pam’s talk, savor some refreshments, and appreciate an intimate view of life and art, Midcoast style.”


Artists represented in the exhibition include: Alan and Monika Magee; Cynthia Hyde and Jim Kinnealey; father and son duo Björn and Tolef Runquist; Fredrick Kuhn and daughter Allegra Kuhn; Stephen Hensel and daughter Celia; Phoebe Bly and her brother Noah; Pam Cabañas and her late mother and father; Patience Sampson and her late mother; Nancy Glassman and her late great grandmother; Allison Hill and her late mother and late former husband Ted Tihansky; Delly Schweighauser and her late mother Wally, Wally’s father and her great niece Valerie Greene; Anne Cronin and family; Constance Kiermaier and grandson Ethan; and last but not least, Tim, Susan, and Greta Van Campen.


For more information, visit www.bartlettwoods.com or call 207-594-2745.

About Bartlett Woods: Bartlett Woods Retirement Community, founded in 1998, is a 501(c)3 non-profit, 55+ apartment facility featuring 58 one and two bedroom apartments with both Independent and Assisted Living rental options. Led by Executive Director Mary Eads and a staff of 40, Bartlett Woods is one of the smallest communities in Maine yet offers a full spectrum of support services and lifestyle enrichments that are setting a new standard in active adult living. Located in Rockland, ME, visit www.bartlettwoods.com or call 207-594-2745. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

May 2019

It certainly seemed like May took its sweet old time getting here didn’t it?  But, now that it’s here, we plan on getting out there and enjoying it! 

We are starting the month off with a trip to the Farnsworth Art Museum to check out their new exhibit “Slab City Rendezvous”.   You should check out their website and see what all the buzz is about, this show is sure to be fantastic.  We always have a great time at the Farnsworth! 

 We are so excited to bring the Chewonki Traveling Natural History Program to Bartlett Woods.  This program is all about “Biomes-Connecting climate and geography”.  I believe we will all leave this presentation with some new knowledge.  It is sure to be a full house for this event. 

With the warmer weather upon us, we are taking to the Boardwalk!  The Rockland Boardwalk that is, during the warmer months we often enjoy a stroll along the boardwalk and take in the sights and smells of Rockland Harbor.  It’s a great, safe walking environment with a view that is amazing! 

May also brings Mother’s Day.  Each year we try to find some special way to show the Mom’s here how much they are appreciated.  This year we will be hosting a Garden themed party in our sunroom and on our patio.  This event will be complete with floral cupcakes from a local bakery, lemonade, tea and possibly a few surprise treats as well.   

In keeping with our “something new every month goal this year, we will be traveling to Unity on Saturday, May 18th to enjoy a scenic ride on the Belfast, Moosehead Lake Railroad.  We plan on enjoying lunch in Unity as well and we hear there is a pretty amazing Amish bakery we don’t want to miss!   

It’s picnic season!  Our first picnic of the year will be at Breezemere Park on Norton’s Pond in Lincolnville.  Our kitchen prepares a delicious brown bag lunch for everyone along with some tasty cookies too!  Who doesn’t love a good picnic? 

At the request of several residents, and a few of their family members, we will be traveling to the Oxford Casino on May 29th.  This will be an all day trip with lunch at the casino.  Fingers crossed we all win big!! 

As with every month here at Bartlett Woods, we have our exercise classes, card games, Bingo, knitting, shopping trips, movies, trivia, discussion groups, music and lots of fun! 

Oops, almost forgot to mention one of our favorite activities…ICE CREAM!  This month we will take a scenic ride to Appleton and enjoy some ice cream at Bray Brook Farm!  They are always so welcoming and accommodating for us.  This is one of those “full bus” trips, everyone wants to go!  But don’t worry; we saved a seat for you! 

Karen Tooley 

Activities Director