January 2020


Here we go with a brand new year! We are going to make sure this year is packed with creative fun, intellectual speakers, beautiful trips, delicious meals and some good quality time with our friends.

January is a renewal for all, a fresh start. January is also typically a snowy month, so that limits our travel plans a little, so we bring in some extra fun to be had right here!

Randy Fein is a local clay sculptor who has taught classes here before, however, now she will be a regular on our calendar throughout the year. She will be here twice this month with a clay sculpting class. It’s always fun to get your hands into the clay and see what comes of it. With her guidance and suggestions we are sure to make some beautiful art.

One of our local historians, Renny Stackpole will be back with a talk and slide show all about Nantucket. He is a crowd favorite here; his talks are always filled with great pictures and lots of history.

This month we are excited to welcome Moody’s Diner to Bartlett Woods. Dan from Moody’s will be coming here to share the history of Moody’s Diner and I hear he is bringing some of their famous pies!

We’ve added a new weekly event to our calendar. Every Friday morning we have a resident led Bible Study and prayer group that meets in our library.

We are very excited to welcome retired Maine State Game Warden Roger Guay. He has written a book “A Good Man with a Dog” and will be here on Saturday January 25th @ 2:30 for an author talk.   We welcome everyone to join us for this great event.

I’m always excited when Kevin Johnson from the Penobscot Marine Museum visits us, because you just know it’s going to be a very interesting hour. Kevin is the photo archivist for the museum so he has access to so many historical slides AND he has the history to go along with them. Kevin will be here on Monday, January 20th at 10:30, please come and join us.

This month we also celebrate some unique “holidays” such as National Hat Day on January 15th, National Kazoo Day on January 28th and National Puzzle Day on January 29th. We will be having the first ever Bartlett Woods ‘Puzzle Palooza” on the 29th. Puzzles of every sort will be played on this day, it’s sure to be loads of fun. On January 31st it is “Inspire your heart with art” day…we will have different art stations set up for everyone to feel inspired and create whatever their heart desires.

As always we have our regular shopping trips, exercise classes, discussion groups, games, dining out, scenic rides, cocktail hours, church services and more. There is always something happening here at Bartlett Woods…we’ll save a seat for you.

Karen Tooley, Activities Director