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May 2019

May 2nd, 2019 by

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 

April 2019

April 2nd, 2019 by

We made it! Spring is here; at least that’s what the calendar says. Here at Bartlett Woods, most of our snow is gone and it won’t be long before our beautiful gardens will be in bloom again. We are all watching for signs of the first Crocus to pop up out of the ground. It’s a much talked about event at breakfast each morning.
While we are waiting for the flowers to bloom, we have come up with some pretty fun stuff to keep everyone busy. We will start with a new series we’ve added to our monthly calendar. Our nurse Chelsea Carr, who is the Director of Resident Care Services, will host an education session every month with varying topics. The residents will give input on the topics they would like to learn more about. Chelsea’s first group was very well attended.

We are very excited to bring some new speakers to Bartlett Woods this month. On Thursday April 11th at 6:00 PM we have photographer Mike Taylor of Taylor Photography coming to share some of his incredible photographs and give some insight into how and where he does these amazing photo shoots. We certainly hope you will come join us for what is going to be a great event.

From the night sky we will go to Penobscot Bay with Penobscot Bay Pilot, Captain David Gelinas joining us on Wednesday, April 17th @ 2:30. Capt. Gelinas will come and share some stories of the PenBay Pilots. This is sure to be an interesting afternoon, make sure you mark your calendars and come join us.

From Penobscot Bay we go to small town USA with “Average Joe Wright”. Average Joe is the curmudgeon in the book by author Brian Daniels, author of “It seemed like a compliment to me”. Brian will be here to talk about his book on Monday, April 22nd at 2:00 pm. He will have copies of his book available for purchase.

We love to offer a wide variety of speakers and I think this month we really did. Along with speakers we have some great music too. One of our very favorites “All that Jazz” will be playing here again with us. Our residents just love this band; it is always a full house when they come.

Spring means flowers and we will be holding another flower arranging class where the residents get to create their own floral arrangement to display in their apartments. Flowers make everyone smile!

We have a tradition here at Bartlett Woods, where the first trip of the year to Dorman’s Ice Cream shop in Thomaston is on us! That’s right we treat every resident that joins us to a free ice cream. I don’t need to tell you the bus is ALWAYS full for this trip!

We will hit up some of our favorite restaurants this month as well, such as Moody’s Diner in Waldoboro, Camden Island Chinese Restaurant in Camden and breakfast at Hole in the Wall Bagel shop here in Rockland.

As always we have our regularly scheduled activities every month like Bingo, exercise classes, games, movies, documentaries, church services, writing groups, discussion groups, knitting groups and of course cocktail hour!

April is going to be a very fun month; maybe you should come join the fun! We saved a seat for you!

Karen Tooley
Activities Director

7th annual Art at Bartlett Art Reception

March 17th, 2019 by

 

On Saturday, March 2nd we hosted our 7th annual Art at Bartlett Art Reception. Bartlett Woods is pleased to present Mid Coast Legacies in Art curated by artist Pam Cabanas. The exhibit looks absolutely beautiful and the artists were very pleased says Mary Eads, Executive Director at Bartlett Woods.

The gallery styled showing hosts individual family exhibits featuring family bio with pictures of each artist. There was a lot of excitement in the air, many guests commented that they had never seen an exhibit of this kind and thought it was a really wonderful idea. The stories are remarkable and so interesting to read. We had about 130 attendees which included the artists, and our friends from the community. Chef Aaron offered multiple delicious small appetizers. The mini lobster rolls, scallops with homemade bacon jam, and the crab stuffed cherry tomatoes where among the favorites. Everyone enjoyed music by the Extension Chord, a teenage jazz trio from Camden.
The exhibit is open during regular business hours through June 2019. Everyone is welcome to stop by and see this stunning show. Please stay tuned for more information on Mid Coast Legacies in Art – part II coming this summer. If you are interested in participating, please contact Pam Cabanas at pamcabanas372@gmail.com.

March 2019

March 1st, 2019 by

 

March, the month of change.  We change the clocks, the weather and our mindset.   It’s very interesting how the flip of a calendar page can bring so much excitement.  With longer days and warmer weather on the horizon there is the anticipation of spring in the air.  Let’s hope Mother Nature is in agreement with the calendar this year.  If not, we are prepared because we have so much fun planned for this month!

We begin March with our 7th Annual Art Reception on Saturday, March 2nd.  This event is so eagerly anticipated by our residents because it means our walls will be adorned with new artwork.  If you are unable to attend Saturday the artwork will remain up for a few months, so please feel free to stop in take a look around.

I feel so very lucky to have great relationships with some incredibly interesting speakers.  One of our favorites is Michael Perry who does a travel log, complete with amazing photos and some great stories.  This month he shares his trip to Finland and Oslo with us.  It’s going to be a fun journey.  Another local speaker, Tom Jamrog will be sharing his pictures and stories from his hike around Portugal.  We love to “travel” with these gentlemen; it really does feel like we’ve been there with them.  And lastly we are very excited to welcome back the Curator/Collections Manager for the Penobscot Marine Museum, Cipperly Good.  Cipperly will be sharing photos and history on “How Maine Built America: Lumbering & Quarrying.”   Please join us for this event on Wednesday, March 13th @ 10:30 in our 3rd Floor Media Room.

March will be a musical month as well with five different music events, from classical piano to Polka music we’ve got it all this month.  Variety is the spice of life right?

Our big fundraising event with Tim Sample will be at the Camden Opera House on Saturday, March 23rd at       7 pm.   With the proceeds from this event we are hoping to add a solarium to our building to be used for a place to enjoy the warmth of the sun all year round, read a book, visit with friends or maybe even tend a little indoor garden too.  The possibilities of its benefits are endless.  So please join us for a night of fun and laughter for a great cause.  You can purchase tickets in advance through the Camden Opera House.  We hope to see you there.

Every month we add new and exciting things, yet so many activities are beloved by our residents, we make sure to keep them on the calendar each month.  These include,  weekly shopping trips, five exercise classes per week,  discussion groups, movies, games, crafts, scenic rides, trips to local museums,  dining out, wine socials, cocktail hour, church services and weekly art classes and sometimes we throw in an ice cream social.

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

 

Karen Tooley

Activities Director

February 2019

February 1st, 2019 by

 

While Valentine’s Day is the ‘Heart” of February (pun intended), and we make sure everyone feels the love that day, there is so much more to enjoy this month.

We kick off the month with the National “Go Red for Women Day”.   This is the National Heart Association’s annual campaign to help bring awareness to heart disease in women.  We will be sporting our red attire to show our support.

One of the fun things we like to do is celebrate obscure little holidays, this month we will celebrate “National Send a Friend a Card Day”, after we make our own cards.  “National Plum Pudding Day”, with you guessed it…Plum Pudding!  And lastly how can we not celebrate “National Gum Drop Day”?

On the 15th we will be dancing to the music of the RT 17 Ramblers in our sunroom.  We are so fortunate to have a local group of dancers who come and help our residents get their groove back by getting out onto the dance floor with a little help.  The residents have so much fun dancing the afternoon away.

We are very excited to invite the community to join us in welcoming Kevin Johnson, who is the photo archivist for the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport. Monday, February 25th @ 10:30 am Kevin will be bringing the museums newest collection from Kosti Ruohomaa; who was from Rockland and went on to be a photographer for Life, Look and National Geographic magazines in the 1940s and 50s.  This should be a great show.

In keeping with our trying something new every month theme, we will be having lunch at the St. George River café in Warren this month.  First time for us, we are looking forward to it.  We will also be showing our support for the Midcoast School of Technologies culinary arts program by dining in their World Café this month.  The students do such a good job of running the café and preparing a delicious lunch.

As always we have our regular exercise classes five days a week, games, movies, music, shopping trips, cocktail hours, scenic rides, knitting, church services and more fun than you can imagine.

We are saving a seat for you!

Karen Tooley/Activities Director

Happy Holidays

December 12th, 2018 by

 

December!  Wow, this month seem to get here really quickly this year.  We have had an incredible year here in Activities, and it’s not over yet!

The holidays are always a fun time here at Bartlett Woods.  We start the month with music and keeps it going right up to the end of the month.  We have seven different musical programs this month ranging from Jazz, to swing, to Celtic Harp to Violin Duos to some good ole down home folk music!   Plus the always popular Christmas Carol sing-a-long by the Christmas tree!

Festive is the only way to describe how our house looks at Christmas.  The decorations are elegant and beautiful, with a nod to our coastal setting.  It is really a sight to see.

Bartlett Woods celebrates Christmas with a Friends and Family event, where the residents can invite their families to come enjoy an absolutely fabulous holiday meal with appetizers, drinks and carolers strolling the halls.  This event is truly the highlight of our holiday season.

Along with the holidays, we have all of our regular entertainment, including some fun Christmas crafts, such as making edible ornaments for the birds to adorn our tree outside of the dining room.  Exercise, shopping, speakers and few scenic rides round out our calendar this month.

Lastly we will send off 2018 with an intimate cocktail party on New Year’s Eve.

This year has been loads of fun for our residents as well as Darlene and myself, we truly enjoy bringing happiness and fulfillment to our residents through the activities we provide.  We can’t wait to bring even more fun in 2019!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Karen Tooley

Activities Director

12/18

Here come the holidays!

November 4th, 2018 by

November brings the start of the busy holiday season. While retail stores are pushing the Christmas season upon us, we want to take some time to enjoy the last bit of fall and the Thanksgiving holiday.

Once again, we have graciously been invited to Strom Auditorium to watch the dress rehearsal for “Anything Goes.” The students at Camden Hills Regional High School always put on a fabulous fall musical, and we’re delighted to participate.

We are excited to have yet another great author, Mark Leslie, at Bartlett Woods to talk about his book True North. Please join us as we explore Midcoast Maine’s connection to the Underground Railroad on Monday, November 5th at 2:00 pm.  The author will be available for a book signing following his presentation.

We have upcoming trips to Augusta, the State of Maine Cheese Company, CMCA, and lunch at Archer’s on the Pier.  Art class with local artist Randy Fein and our full array of exercise classes is just part of what daily life is like here at Bartlett Woods.  We saved a seat for you. Come join the fun.

Sincerely,

Karen

November 2018

October!

October 29th, 2018 by

 

The chill of the fall air has arrived and yet the fun just continues with outings meant to help you enjoy this time of year. From apple picking, to a fall foliage ride to Castine, to lunch out at Moody’s Diner, and scenic rides to enjoy the fall colors, we try to make it easy to get outside an enjoy the foliage. Our scenic rides have been known to be pretty amazing!

On Monday, October 22nd we will be hosting author Laurie Apgar-Chandler at 4:00 pm. Laurie is the author of Upwards: The story of the first woman to solo thru-paddle the Northern Forest Canoe Trail.  We welcome the public to this event. It should to be a wonderful afternoon full of stories, photos, and refreshments from the Bartlett Woods kitchen.

October wouldn’t be complete without our traditional Halloween costume contest. The Bartlett Woods staff will dress up in costume and our residents vote for their favorites. It is always a thrill to see the costumes and enjoy an afternoon of fun and laughs.

Every month we have our regular shopping trips, writing groups, knitting/crochet groups, games, house parties, and several types of exercise classes. We have just recently added Tai Chi for balance with John Jenkins. This is a great class for all.

Looking at our calendar for the month of October I know exactly how exciting each day will be for our residents. Does your October look this exciting?

Karen Tooley

Activities Director

BWDrivesU

October 21st, 2018 by

The average American man outlives his ability to drive by six years; the average American woman, by 10 years.

(Consumer Reports, by Michael Tortorello, June 01, 2017)

 

Our aging residents need to know they can reliably travel to see their doctor, have tests performed, or receive life-enhancing therapy. Can you help give them that peace of mind?

As a not-for-profit organization, one of the many services Bartlett Woods provides is one of the most important: transportation to doctors’ offices and hospitals. In the past, contracted vendors have driven residents, often several times daily. Today, most of our approximately 50 residents – with an average age of 88 – increasingly need more rides.

With your financial help, I believe we have a solution. It is the Bartlett Woods Medical Transport, a new vehicle driven by our own Transportation Coordinator. Please join Bartlett Woods as a fundraising partner in the new campaign we call “BWDrivesU.” The goal is to raise $30,000 this fall to purchase a new vehicle from a local auto dealership. The vehicle will accommodate several residents at a time, including their mobility equipment. It will offer easy entry and exit, and include safety features like seat belts and handholds.

The great news is . . . we are so close to our goal! “To date, through the generosity of our residents, Board and Staff, community groups, and vendors we support, we have currently raised $19,222,” says Mary Eads, Executive Director of Bartlett Woods. Once we have completed the campaign, we will issue a public thank you to all those who will have made this project a success.

Think about it for just a moment — your mother or father, an 85 year-old person just getting out of a cardiology appointment, exhausted from the ordeal. The new Bartlett Woods Medical Transport is right outside waiting for them, rather than vice versa. The driver is poised to provide a short and smooth ride back home, where your parent can relax and recover from a stressful day. That’s peace of mind for all.

Can we count on you today? Please call or write to me at 207-594-1163 or meads@bartlettwoods.com.

Thank you!

 

Mary Eads

Executive Director

Bartlett Woods

A Look Back At Summer

October 9th, 2018 by

I wanted to take a few moments to comment on the wonderful summer we had at Bartlett Woods. The beginning of summer was busy with home improvements. Melina, our gardener, worked hard to make our gardens spectacular with pure artistry. They were a sight to behold!

 

As the Executive Director, I had a board approved wish list of improvements that needed to get done. I had five projects that I was hopeful would be completed before winter. To my surprise, all five of the vendors we hired were anxious to get started and we had everything finished before the 4th of July! These projects included a newly paved parking lot, new signage, a roof repair, new awning, and front and back brick patios. The building and grounds have never looked better!

 

Having these projects accomplished earlier than planned was very exciting because we had been planning a 20th Year Anniversary Party to be celebrated on July 18th. The party was open to families, board members, and the cottage owners. The food was catered by our own Chef Aaron Prescott and our wonderful kitchen staff. Everyone was dressed festively as they mingled both inside and out. Delightful jazz music was provided by the Extension Chords from Camden-Rockport School and enjoyed by all.

 

In addition to celebrating Bartlett Woods’ 20th year, we celebrated several staff and residents tenure. We have four residents that have called Bartlett Woods home for more than 10 years. Mike Fletcher, Maintenance Director, has been employed for 20 years and received a special award for all of his dedicated service. Linda Mann, Librarian, has volunteered in our library one day a week for 13 years. Everyone received a special recognition and award.

 

In August, the Board of Directors and I treated our staff to a celebratory luncheon at Point Lookout Resort. It was our way of saying “Thank you” for all of their hard work and dedication over the past year. It was a glorious day with beautiful ocean views and really good food. I say it again and again, I can’t believe how lucky I am to work with so many extraordinary people in our quest to make Bartlett Woods truly special.

 

Thank you!

You are above and beyond AWESOME!!!