Bartlett Woods Celebrating 25 Years

In January of 2022, we began to think about this looming milestone for Bartlett Woods and all who Believe in Bartlett. Many conversations later, the staff and a dedicated group of volunteers – aka The 25 th  Committee – envisioned a special campaign to say “thank you” to all of you who have inspired us to be the right place because we do the right thing. Especially during these last few years, our community has worked so hard in partnership with us to understand the Covid19 challenges, adapt and educate ourselves, and thankfully succeed in keeping our house as safe as possible for all.

We are immensely grateful.

Let the celebrations begin!
In February 2023, our yearlong festivity commenced with a fresh new Art at Bartlett exhibition, curated by Midcoast Maine painter and curator Pam Cabañas. This special group show features Maine-made works, including painting, photography, and drawing. Gorgeous images of how we live our lives here in our beloved state are on view during regular hours in our Parlor, Entrance, and Dining Room. Participating artists are Lyn Asselta, Chris Augusta, Krisanne Baker, Phoebe Bly, Diane Dahlke, Pam Cabanas, Dan Corey, Jane Herbert, Maxwell Nolin, Linda Mahoney, Marnie Sinclair, Peter Walls, and Graham Walton.

“Pass the Plate”- the Bartlett Woods 25 th  Anniversary Cookbook, is a 100-recipe project we created and released late in 2022. Residents and families, staff and friends contributed beloved recipes, some with anecdotal stories about their history. The forty-some authors were celebrated at a Book Party on March 20 th . For the party refreshments, Chef Aaron selected hors d’oeuvres and sweets from the collection, and his kitchen team then prepared a feast for the eyes and the palate. Volunteer photographer Ken Waltz documented the afternoon event, and the authors spoke about their recipe and its significance.

The Bartlett Crafters, a group of resident needle workers who meet every Wednesday at 2pm in our Library, have donated time, talent and creativity to the 25th Anniversary Quilt Project. The project is a fundraising initiative in support of the 25th Anniversary of Bartlett Woods Retirement Community.

Additionally, Bartlett Crafters member Marian White, has donated time, talent and creativity to this year’s 25th Anniversary celebration. Her counted cross-stitch bookmark project is a fundraising initiative she proposed. Soon after launching the project, her daughter Sarah Waltz decided to join her in the endeavor.

Each book mark has an botanical theme, such as Poppy, Jacob’s Ladder, Sunflower, and others. The colorful motif is done in extremely fine counted cross-stitch, expertly executed by Marian White, and daughter Sarah. The delightful creations are selling for $10.00 each, and going like hotcakes!

The three handmade textiles in the raffle are:

  • A – Cream Cabled Afghan knitted by Glenna Hescock , 57″ long x 45″ wide.
  • B – Teal Squares Afghan knitted and assembled by The Bartlett Crafters, 73″ long x 57” wide.
  • C – The Maine Quilt, created by The Bartlett Crafters. Color fabrics sourced at Clementine in Rockland. Photo of finished quilt courtesy of Alan LaVallee. 49” long x 49” wide.

Feeling lucky? Purchase one or more raffle tickets to win one of three unique designs, completely handmade with love and joy. During the drawing, one winner will be selected for each of the three beautiful textiles. Ticket buyers get to select which project — A, B, or C — they wish to win. The drawing will take place July 15, 2023 at Bartlett Woods.

To purchase raffle tickets, call the general number 593-1608 or stop by the Reception Desk Monday through Friday, 8am – 4pm. They are $20 each or six tickets for $100.00. Currently, Bartlett Woods accepts cash or check for payments.

In June, Bartlett will host the monthly PenBay Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours. It is a great opportunity to express appreciation for our business neighbors, many of whom have been essential to our 25 years of success. Earlier this year, the Chamber recognized Bartlett Woods’ milestone anniversary.

In July, Bartlett will host The 25 th Party, when we will make a toast to our staff, residents, families, neighbors and friends, with special acknowledgement of our local generous sponsors. We are preparing for a daytime catered event under a big tent.

Look for more updates as the calendar year rolls on. Many thanks are in order to a vast array of community members we expect to reach out to and acknowledge.

Great news! Along with seed funds allocated by our volunteer Board of Directors, to date we have raised over $30,000 toward our 25th Anniversary budget goal. We are immensely grateful to our generous sponsors, who are identified on the special recognition chart, which follows this message. If you would like to help us mark this milestone (as we are one of the only not-for-profit retirement communities in our coastal region), sponsorship opportunities are still available. To inquire, contact Lori Schafer, Admissions & Marketing Director, at 207-593-1419 or
Please join us in saying “thank you” to our wider community, while looking forward to the next 25 years.

25th Anniversary Sponsor List

The 25th Committee Members

  • Nancy Greenier
  • Jane Pierce
  • Marian White
  • Sarah Waltz
  • J. Michael Lane
  • Marion Grant
  • Mary Eads
  • Aaron Prescott
  • Amy Sabins
  • Sharon Gleason
  • Patricia LaVallee
  • Hannah Maness
  • Lori Schafer