The Activities Program at Bartlett Woods
Meet Activities Director Karen Tooley! With us since 2015, Karen’s mission is to keep our minds, bodies, and souls active and inspired. From the physical to the cultural, and everything in between, Karen devotes much time and thought into the planning and execution of every month’s Calendar of Events. Just take a look at the sample published below, and you’ll begin to understand.
Karen Tooley, Activities Director
Karen’s background is in small business office management. A lifelong Mainer, Karen knows a great deal about our MidCoast region, and the greater Maine. There probably isn’t a corner of our beloved state that she hasn’t already explored, from Portland to Rangeley and Downeast to Fryeburg. The Program:
When you read through our calendar, it will quickly be clear that our Activities Program is twofold; those many events that happen on our Bartlett Woods campus, and those field trip destinations that are just a Bartlett Woods bus ride away. Speaking of bus, ours is new since 2021, the result of generous resident-supported fundraising campaign. Most recently, we outfitted “Her” with our logo, contact info, and newish marketing slogan, “Believe in Bartlett.” If you see “Her” (and us) out in the community, give us a honk! It has seats for 12, and a hydraulic lift for those needing a little, well, lift up. Activities Director Karen is also an excellent bus driver. She knows very well how to navigate our scenic back roads and fast-moving highways. She has had special training to operate our type of bus.
How does she design each month’s calendar?
She starts with the regularly-scheduled weekly events: Wednesday’s grocery shuttle to Hannaford, the in-house Bingo game every Thursday, the Women’s Discussion group in our Library, and a morning yoga or exercise with Trainer Victor 5 days a week in the 3rd floor Media Room.
Then, there are the special events built around the many opportunities in our rich community. When it’s summer, it must mean a ride to Dorman’s Dairy Dream for homemade ice cream in so many flavors! Fall shopping trips include taking in the seasonal harvest at Beth’s Farm Stand. Winter is for concerts, live or virtual, especially in December. Feeling lucky? We sure do, and prove it through a day trip to one of Maine’s casinos. Springtime features a trip to a garden center such as Moose Crossing or Barley Joe’s Nursery, where we can outfit our apartment balconies with flower boxes and hanging baskets.
Celebrations are always happening at Bartlett Woods. You can bet that whether it be a national holiday, a resident’s or staffers birthday, or a “just-for-fun” event like National Gum Drop Day, it gets acknowledged by the Activities Department. Karen is known for breaking out the balloons, decorations, lights and cameras to lift hearts and minds. Social Hours, Tea Parties, and summer picnics get worked into the weeks and months, so there really is never a dull moment. Guest speakers share their adventures and their research, craft workshops teach new skills, card and board games get competitive, and movies in the Media Room, where freshly popped corn awaits, provide hours of escapist entertainment.
All this and so much more gets produced each month, the result of creative planning and competent execution of our Activities Director Karen Tooley.
Click on the schedule below to download!
Living in a community like Bartlett Woods affords you the luxury of accessing the many treasures found in Maine. Small communities, arts, and culture, food tours, adventure sports, shopping, and destinations abound just miles away. Whether you visit the national parks, enjoy a day on the ocean, attend gallery showings or simply bird watch, you will always find something to do.
Rockland is a charming, small city featuring a vibrant arts community anchored by the highly regarded Farnsworth Art Museum. Maine Street is just a short distance from Bartlett Woods. It buzzes with irresistible restaurants, shops and galleries while the large harbor is home to sightseeing boats as well as ferries, offering scenic trips to the island of Vinalhaven and North Haven. Belfast
26 Miles away
There are activities to keep your calendar full. Try touring through our seaside villages and the rolling hills of our inland towns, shop in our historic downtown’s, visit our eclectic collection of galleries and artists’ studios, hike through our state parks overlooking the ocean, learn about our maritime history at a local museum, check out the lighthouses that dot the coast, or try sailing and boating on the bay.
8 miles away
Whether you’re here for a day, a weekend, a vacation or a lifetime, the Camden area offers an experience for everyone, all year round. Our coastal Maine town and surrounding communities will warm your heart. It truly is the Maine coast as it was meant to be, but with added bonus of those Camden Hills.
The Camden area is rich with history and offers an abundance of locally-owned shops, art galleries, hotels, inns, bed and breakfasts, and is a culinary mecca to the food aficionados of New England. But don’t stop there! Camden and the surrounding region are perfect for many outdoor adventures including hiking and mountain biking, sailing and paddle boarding, skiing and snowboarding, as well as camping and lighthouse tours. Your inner thrill-seeker will be satisfied every time.