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