Blog Post from Mary – February 21, 2023

Bartlett Woods received a 2023 Milestone Award from Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce at the annual Year in Review Awards Gala on Friday, February 10, 2023. More than 250 Chamber member businesses, elected officials, and local community representatives attended, hosted by the Samoset Resort. The Year in Review Awards Gala was an opportunity to recognize those who have made extraordinary contributions to our community in the past year.
23 Milestone Award to Bartlett Woods

Read official PenBay Chamber press release here

In auspicious company, Bartlett Woods Retirement Community was saluted for its 25th anniversary milestone by area businesses, nonprofits, and community leaders during the Gala dinner party. The award — hand-crafted by Rob Jones of Wooden Alchemy in Camden — reads: 

“2023 Milestone Award Presented to Bartlett Woods Retirement Community in celebration of 25 years . . .  Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce.”

Bartlett Woods Board of Directors President Mike Lane and Secretary Marion Grant attended the Gala and accepted the award. (see photos attached)

Along with Bartlett Woods, the Chamber presented Milestone Anniversary Awards to member businesses and organizations celebrating anniversaries in 25-year increments this year. They are WanderWoman Tours (25 years); Project Puffin, Maine Media, and Wayfinder Schools (50 years); The Farnsworth Art Museum (75 years). The Strand Theatre was recognized for celebrating 100 years in operation.

Additionally, Bartlett Woods received a letter from Senator Susan Collins presented on United States Senate official letterhead. The February 10, 2023 document reads:

Dear Mary,
Congratulations on being honored by the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce for the 2023 25th Year Anniversary Award. For 25 years, Bartlett Woods has remained committed to providing exceptional housing, and high quality assisted living services, to the Penobscot Bay region. Your dedication and hard work have helped improve the quality of life for seniors and their families across your community.
Congratulations again on receiving this award.
Susan Collins, United States Senator.

Chamber Letter

We are so grateful to the Chamber Team, including Eric, Jake, Amy and Diane, for choosing to shine a light on Bartlett during the festivities this year. We wish all of the awardees an exceptional year ahead.

Mary Eads
Executive Director
February 21, 2023
2 people at the chamber event
People at the chamber event

Bartlett Woods presents “ART at Bartlett 2023”

First public event of the 25th anniversary year for the non-profit

After a long, pandemic-related hiatus, ART at BARLETT is back! An opening reception will be held Saturday, April 8th, from 2-5pm at Bartlett Woods, 20 Bartlett Drive in Rockland (located off Talbot Street between Broadway and Old County Road). The public is invited to attend.

Bartlett Woods Retirement Community is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2023. A signature event of the yearlong celebration is this new art exhibition, featuring twelve established Maine artists and curated by Cushing-based artist Pam Cabañas. Artists Lyn Asselta, Chris Augusta, Krisanne Baker, Phoebe Bly, Diane Dahlke, Pam Cabañas, Dan Corey, Maxwell Nolin, Linda Mahoney, Marnie Sinclair, Peter Walls, and Graham Walton have contributed paintings, drawings, photographs and bronze sculptures. The work is for sale with 100% of proceeds going to the artists. The exhibit may be viewed during regular business hours (8am – 4pm) now through June.

During the Opening Reception on Saturday April 8th, from 2 – 5 pm, enjoy the art, meet the artists, and sample delicious treats and spirits prepared by Bartlett Woods’ own professional chefs.

“Once again, we get to live with Art at Bartlett, now an established tradition,” confirmed Mary Eads, Executive Director. “Curator Pam Cabañas has gathered a beautiful collection of talented, visionary artists. Residents, staff and their families appreciate having the breathtaking work here to enjoy every day. Thank you to everyone participating!”

Welcoming the new year!

The Annual Friends and Family Holiday Dinner 2022 It was a celebration on many levels! On the evening of December 14, 2022, Bartlett Woods shared the joy of Christmas with many residents’ friends and family members. It was the much anticipated Friends and Family Party — the return of a beloved tradition that had been on hold for a few years due to the pandemic. The beautiful evening was filled with food, music and
laughter, celebrating all that Christmas brings and celebrating the return of
a Bartlett Woods tradition. There was so much involved in preparing for the festivities and the process was as enjoyable as the event. Many hands contributed to making the evening a success. The decorations, inside and out, set the spirit. The carols sung by our very own residents filled the parlor with cheer. The evening’s menu was thoughtfully planned and prepared by the dietary staff. The evening began with an abundance of appetizers and culminated with a generous slice of blueberry cheesecake.

For many, the event was the first and for others, the evening reminded them of years past and fond memories. A good time was had by all!

Amy Sabins
Activities Director
January 3, 2023

Bartlett on Parade!

Bus with Dolores & Mila
December 2022
You know, Midcoast Maine does love a festival, even in the cold weather (especially in the cold???). For the first time, and in honor of our upcoming 25th Anniversary in 2023, Bartlett Woods recently participated in TWO local festival parades. Our creative staff designed a holiday look for our 12-seater bus, inside and out (Thank you Mary, Andy, Mike and Amy). Knowing we would be parading after dark, the emphasis was on LIGHTS and SPARKLE. Amy’s Activities sign-up sheet was quickly filled with residents who wanted to go along for the ride, and represent our
happy home. And so, for Rockland’s Festival of Lights Weekend, driver Mike volunteered to lead us down Main Street for the Saturday night parade. Numerous watchers and parade floats gathered to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season. There was music, lights, lots of smiles and good cheer exchanged between all of us. Our resident passengers sang carols and waved enthusiastically to the crowds, who waved right back, and even cheered for us! Hearts were definitely warmed on both sides of the street.

The following weekend, again with Mike at the wheel, we joined the parade in Camden for Christmas By-the-Sea. Many participants from several towns created a long chain of bright, shiny vehicles that crawled along side streets to downtown. Who knows how many parade watchers there actually were? There seemed to be thousands, leaving little space along the route to travel. Our decorations, lights, happy faces, and first-time appearance seemed to be a big hit.

Thanks to the local media and other friends who snapped shots of us at both events. What a way to end one year, and begin a milestone 25th. Thank you to everyone who made this a memorable project. See you next year!

The below article was originally posted on, you can view article in full here:

ROCKLAND — Santa Claus arrived at Rockland’s middle pier at noon Friday and was greeted by a gleeful group of children and parents.

Santa then joined city and civic leaders to cut the ceremonial red ribbon to open downtown Main Street for the season.

Photo by Debbie MacDonald

The lighting of the Lobster Trap Tree was held 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25. Main Street from Pleasant to Park streets was closed during the ceremony to vehicle traffic. Santa was assisted by Virginia Oliver, Maine’s oldest licensed lobster harvester, in the flipping of the switch.

On Saturday, Nov. 26, Santa returned to his workshop. Free horse-drawn wagon rides were available from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. provided by First National Bank, and downtown businesses were open with special promotions for Small Business Saturday.

Saturday night, Nov. 26, featured the annual Parade of Lights beginning at 6 p.m.

Floats sponsored by participating businesses, neighborhoods and organizations gathered at the ferry terminal parking lot. The parade began at the ferry terminal and headed south (the wrong way on Main Street), ending at the Lobster Trap Tree.


Celebrating 25 Years

In 2023, Bartlett Woods Retirement Community will be 25 years old. Imagine . . . What a time to pause and say thank you to all of you who have inspired us to be the right place because we do the right thing.

Together, we will celebrate our community and show our gratitude through a series of anniversary events, such as The 25th Anniversary Cookbook. Filled with beloved recipes from residents, family members, and our staff, it captures special moments of meal preparation, which our extended family has enjoyed over the years. From soup to nuts, we hope you make a new delectable discovery or reconnect with an old forgotten favorite when you peruse these pages. This special project is a fundraising effort to support our 25th community celebration. Our enthusiastic Bartlett Woods family has made this possible. We are so very grateful for the participation of all who contributed.   By doing so, and supporting the sales of the cookbook, you help us mark this significant milestone and acknowledge Bartlett Woods as one of the only not-for-profit retirement communities in Midcoast Maine.

Good news! We are now taking pre-orders for the 100-recipe book. The holiday season is coming, and of course, we believe our project should be on every gift-giving list. The price is $15.00, and we can receive payments now, in cash or check form (made out to Bartlett Woods Inc.). Attached is an order form (pdf) you can print out for your convenience. Please reach out to Amy Sabins or Lori Schafer for further details.

We expect the final product to be in our hands after Thanksgiving. We’ll keep you posted!

We thank you and our wider community for believing in Bartlett. May we all look forward to many more delicacies and delights shared during the next 25 years!

The 25th Committee
October 25, 2022


To download an order form, please click here (pdf).

Carole Sloane talk at Bartlett Woods

The current exhibit at Bartlett Woods was installed in the autumn of 2019 thanks to our long-time curator Pam Cabanas. (Pam’s work is above the fireplace and above our bulletin board in the hallway).

Rockland artist Carol Sloane was born in New York City and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Fine Arts from Skidmore College in 1967. In the 1990s, she was a student at the Art Students League of New York.

Carol moved to Maine in 1972, first living in Montville, and then in Washington where she resided for 45 years. Five years ago, she moved to Rockland.

Carol has held artist residencies on Monhegan Island, in Vermont, New Mexico and Ireland. She has exhibited her work widely in Maine. Carol also has a show currently at the Gibbs Library in Washington, featuring her early oil paintings.

Carol has said the following about her work:

“I see myself as a tracker of the effects of time and space. I want to create the sensation of Earthly movement, to make my flat surface come alive with the buzz of this energy.

When I settle myself in a landscape to document its details, the sun moves in the sky, the tide rises or sinks, and the composition of my initial vision takes on a life of its own, full of surprises and unforeseen complexities, bearing witness to universal forces.”

Carol’s exhibit will remain on view through the end of December 2022. We are most grateful to Carol for this very special long-term loan of her works to Bartlett Woods. A complete checklist of the works on view, and prices, can be requested by calling (207) 593-1419. Alternatively, visit to connect with her directly.

Welcome to the book 2022!

January always looks like a blank page to me. That blank page is the first chapter in a 12 chapter book called 2022. Make 2022 a best seller!

Each day of the month represents a page within that chapter. January 1st is page one of chapter one of 2022. How do you want your story to start? Where do you want your story to go? Your book can be whatever you want it to be, it can be funny, it can be an adventure, it can be a romance, and it can even be a drama. Whatever you chose, make it the best it can possibly be!

Start your book, start your year. Fill your book with music, great food, and fun with friends and time with family.

Bartlett Woods is starting our 1st chapter of 2022 with some fun!

This month we will be trying a new game, “Life sized Tic-Tac-Toe”. This is not only challenging the brain, but it has us up and moving. It’s really simple, yet lots of fun. Basically, we set up 9 chairs in the format of a tic-tac-toe grid. We have 5 balloons for each player. One color represents X and one color represents O. Each player must walk to the chair they wish to place either their X or O on. We have already tried it out and it was a hit! I can see this game gaining in popularity here.

Also this month we will have fun celebrating Elvis Presley’s birthday with a little bit of “Elvis Trivia” and, of course, an Elvis movie. We will also celebrate Martin Luther King’s birthday with trivia and a documentary.

National Flower Day will be another page in our 1st chapter. We will, of course, do flower arrangements, but we will add in some fun “flower games” as well.

January can be a long month. Therefore we decided to bring in something everyone can get excited about. We are having a Winter Carnival!!! Complete with an S’mores bar, a hot chocolate bar, carnival games, prizes, and a photo booth and there will be lots of fun for all!

Thankfully, in these challenging times we have technology to help us out. Zoom has become a permanent fixture in our vocabulary. For Example, The Belfast Free library and the Camden Conference are hosting a Zoom event with a local couple from Belfast, entitled “The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall,” it’s the story of how Dick and Maryann Topping were living in Berlin when the wall went up. Their story is a firsthand account of how life was during that difficult time. We will be attending the conference from the comfort of our own media room.

Zoom has also allowed us to continue with our exercise classes with no chance of exposure to Covid. We are so thankful to our local YMCA and the work they are doing to keep us moving!

Our first chapter of 2022 is looking pretty exciting! We will have music, great food, adventures (via Zoom), games, laughter and most of all, fun!

What will your first chapter look like?

Come back next month for a preview of chapter 2.

Karen Tooley/Activities Director

Bartlett Woods in Rockland Offers Residents an Arts-Friendly Environment

Art Center at Bartlett Woods

Article originally posted here: Maine Art Scene

Rockland, ME) Are you a mature artist looking to rent in Rockland, the art capitol of Maine? Bartlett Woods, a 501(c)3 retirement community for ages 55+, features programs and arts offerings for residents. There is an “Art at Bartlett” program of professional and student exhibitions, Art Center classes and teaching opportunities, workspaces including a printing press. There are also in-house concerts, lectures, films, and much more.

There are spacious 2 bedroom rental units available – use the extra room to create your art studio! The apartment offers a balcony, galley-style kitchen with full-size appliances, and ample closets. Rent includes two chef-prepared daily meals, weekly housekeeping and laundry service, heat and A/C (individually controlled) and electricity, WIFI, water/sewer, one reserved parking space, trash/recycling pickup at door side six days/week. Residents also have access to RNs on staff for consultations. Convenient month-to-month lease and application process. Bartlett Woods is pet-friendly pending an interview.

Bartlett Woods is COVID-19 compliant, and requires full vaccination status for all residents and staff.

For more information, please contact the Bartlett Woods admissions office at (207) 593-1419 or email Lori Schafer at Please also visit

We’ve been here before…

September has arrived and with it we had an exciting calendar of events for our residents. However, the unwanted visitor of Covid, more specifically the Delta variant, arrived as well. We have worked so hard since March of 2020 to keep this virus out of Bartlett Woods and we cannot let our guard down now.

Therefore, we have had to make some changes to this month’s activities. We have decided to post pone all entertainers until we are safely passed this latest surge of cases in our community. We have also decided to not take trips to any indoor stores, museums, restaurants, etc. The only exception is we will continue our weekly trips to Hannaford on Wednesday mornings.

Despite these changes, we will have a great month with lots of fun. Fortunately in these challenging times, we have learned to adapt as have many others. One such way is by working with the Portland Symphony Orchestra. While they are doing in-person performances again, they are still offering a digital version of many of these shows. We will continue to take advantage of this and purchase as many as we can. This month we are showing an encore performance of “America, America Patriotic Music for the Kotzschmar Organ”. We previously aired this last month with great participation and enthusiasm.
I’m also very excited to have Maine historian and Camden Herald Columnist, Charles H. Lagerbom offer to us a Zoom discussion about his most recent book “Maine to Cape Horn”. This book is about Mainers testing their skill against the infamous waters of this iconic spot. This is sure to be a very interesting presentation.

Along with these digital presentations, we are still able to take our scenic rides, dine out (outdoor settings only), have picnic lunches, attend the Rockland Farmer’s Market, walk the Rockland Boardwalk and visit our favorite ice cream stands, Dorman’s and Bray Brook Farm Ice Cream!

We are also very thankful for our relationship with the YMCA, as they are still able to come see us twice a week for exercise classes, as we are the only facility our instructor is currently visiting. Lucky us!

We will still have our in house activities of exercise classes, discussion groups, cocktail hour, games and documentaries. And as always….we saved a seat for you!

So while Covid has once again foiled our plans, we will not let that ruin our fun. While we are enjoying ourselves safely here, we hope you all remain healthy and safe.

Karen Tooley/Activities Director

Keeping it local…

When you live in one of the most beautiful places in Maine, why would you need to go far from home? We have some of the most incredible museums, restaurants, parks and artists right here! Therefore, this month we will be “keeping it local!”

School House Farms
Although we are located on the coast of Maine, we are not far from rich farmlands. We like to visit our local farm stands and farmer’s market as often as we can. This month we will be visiting School House Farms in Warren. They offer some of the best fresh produce, as well as jams, jellies and homemade donuts! We also frequent the Rockland Farmer’s Market every other week. This market, located right on Rockland Harbor, has so many vendors; there are always many options to choose from.

Bray Brook Farm
Summer means ice cream! We have many local ice cream shops to choose from, and this month we are visiting one of our favorites… Bray Brook Farm in Appleton. This little shop has a huge menu to choose from, with seats under the trees overlooking the donkey pasture! It’s always a pleasant afternoon at Bray Brook! And as an added bonus, their ice cream is made in Maine!

Cardinal Cove Mini-GolfGolf anyone? Mini golf that is. A fun afternoon it will be at Cardinal Cove in Rockport.
The Midcoast of Maine has some of the best seafood restaurants in the state and we love to support our local eateries. This month we will dine at Archer’s on the Pier, with beautiful views of Rockland Harbor, the Breakwater Lighthouse and the islands and bay beyond, all while enjoying fresh seafood! Later in the month we will visit McLoon’s Lobster Shack on Spruce Head Island to enjoy more incredibly fresh seafood with beautiful views of the lobster boats and islands just steps away.

Rockland is the Art Capitol of Maine and we are so fortunate to have The Farnsworth Art Museum just minutes away from Bartlett Woods.

“In 2021, the Farnsworth Art Museum is pleased to celebrate thirteen remarkable women who have made lasting contributions to the culture of our state. In many ways our tribute was inspired by Lucy Copeland Farnsworth, the woman who founded the museum, which, since opening in 1948, has promoted the arts in the port city of Rockland and has played a key role in shaping the arts in the State of Maine.”

We are looking forward to viewing this exhibit.

Penobscot Marine MuseumAnother great museum is the Penobscot Marine Museum just up the road a bit in Searsport Maine. This museum is a true gem, and so much history is available to explore on the large campus. Along with tours of the museum, they have some of the most talented people who love to share their exhibits. Kevin Johnson is the Photo Archivist for PMM and he comes regularly to visit us with collections of his photos and the history behind them all. He is a great speaker and friend to us and we love having him here.

Rt 17 RamblersThis area is also rich in local talent. We are so thankful to have some wonderful music here at Bartlett Woods. Route 17 Ramblers are pretty much famous in these parts. They bring some good old “Americana” music along with some Country and traditional classics. They always pack the house and lots of toes are tapping and hands are clapping.

Reny's Maine AdventureAs you can see, staying local has so many benefits for our residents. Along with all of the above, we will visit some local shops including Reny’s (A Maine Adventure) and enjoy scenic rides to see all the beauty this area has to offer.

Each month we still have our usual shopping trips, discussion groups, games, knitting group, and cocktail parties. There is always something happening here at Bartlett Woods and we saved a seat for you.

Karen Tooley/Activities Director