Features & Amenities
Resident & Staff Quilt Show - This exhibit showcased the talents of our Newbury Court Quilters. Participating resident and staff quilters included Anita Barker, Deb Boyden, Laura Eschenroeder, Dorene Glynn, Shirley Petitti, Carol Roth, Shirley Weinberg, and Alice Wiggin.
Resident Lecture- Newbury Court Resident, Allelu Kurten comes from Hyde Park, NY where she was a puppeteer for 50 years. Her talk on puppetry covered her career in puppetry, the variety of puppetry in all its forms and her travels as the puppet UNIMAMA. Some of her fabulous puppets were on display.
Lecture: Jim Boyd; Reflections of a Boston Newscaster – Former Channel 5 Boston news anchor Jim Boyd discussed with Residents, his five decades of broadcasting, reporting, producing, and covering major news events in greater Boston and around the world. Since leaving Channel 5 in 2008, Mr. Boyd returned to Tufts University as an undergraduate student in Sociology. In 2012, he was inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame. He is currently and instructor at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Tufts.
Performer and teacher, Stephen Collins presented - Theater of the 1930’s, 1940’s, 1950’s – The thirties through the fifties represent a great period of American Theatrical History. Stephen performed monologues from the work of William Saroyan, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Eugene O’Neil and N. Richard Nash. He also treated us to a few songs by Cole Porter and George Gershwin.
The Concord Youth Ballet came to perform pieces from the Nutcracker Suite and other holiday pieces on stage in our own Morrison Theater. The girls ranged in age from 8 to 18.
The Wayside Quartet - established in 2007, is based in Concord. Their name was inspired by Hawthorne’s Wayside, and Longfellow’s Wayside Inn. They entertained us with Haydn string quartet Opus 76, Number 4, commonly known as the "Sunrise Quartet", Autumn and Winter from Vivaldi's 4 Seasons, and arrangements of the familiar works, Ode to Joy, Amazing Grace and Simple Gifts.
The Senior Tech Rally is a free day long educational seminar that empowers seniors with mobile technology education and allows them to stay connected. Senior Tech Rally brought ten technicians (that’s ten, LIVE people) who taught residents about mobile email, sharing photos, apps, maps, video calling and more. The program is sponsored by AT&T, but they do not sell anything or promote AT&T products onsite. They help residents with any mobile device and any provider!
Tower Hill Botanic Garden – Residents took a trip to Tower Hill Botanic Garden, a living museum of plants, a garden paradise on 132 acres in Boylston, Massachusetts. www.towerhillbg.org
“Paintings by Karen Danstedt Roop” A graduate of Boston University (BFA and MFA), Karen Danstedt Roop was an art specialist with the Braintree Public Schools for 34 years. Now retired, she is able to devote her energies to painting fulltime. Most of her landscapes are started “en plein air” with finishing details being added back in her studio. “For me there is excitement to the immediacy of painting on location. I enjoy the challenge of trying to capture the play of light, the values and the nuances of color that comprise the essence of a scene. My hope is to convey a feeling and a sense of place in my paintings, not just record a subject.”
Weekly Women’s History Tea, South Living Room. Girl Scout Troup #72619 from Maynard gave a presentation at the weekly women's history tea. The scouts presented short biographies of women who have made an impact on history. This project fulfills a badge requirement for the girls to earn their Junior Bronze Award by the end of the year 2012. This is a special honor, as 2012 is the 100th year anniversary of the Girl Scouts and the girls are looking forward to receiving their award during this centennial year celebration. The Girl Scouts also provided their cookies for us to enjoy! See the article in the Maynard Wicked Local Website.
Piano Concert with Fred Moyer, Morrison Theatre. Frederick Moyer has established a vital musical career that has taken him to forty-one countries and to such distant venues as Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Sydney Opera House, Windsor Castle, Carnegie Recital Hall, Tanglewood, and the Kennedy Center. He has appeared as piano soloist with world renowned orchestras including the Cleveland, Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras, the St. Louis, Dallas, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Houston, Boston, Singapore, Netherlands Radio, Latvian, Iceland and London Symphony Orchestras, the Buffalo, Hong Kong and Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestras, the National Symphony Orchestra of Brazil, and the major orchestras of Australia. His 22 recordings on the Biddulph, GM and JRI labels comprise works by over thirty composers and reflect his affinity for a wide variety of styles. Mr. Moyer will perform a program of classical piano masterpieces and will feature works by Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Beethoven as well as others."
“A Search for Justice,” Morrison Theatre. Performance by Stephen Collins to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. This performance piece will examine issues of social, political and religious justice. What is Justice? Can it be defined, or is it just an abstract concept? What is Truth? How do leaders—both political and religious—use language to motivate people? Is violent action ever justified when all else fails? Is there such a thing as a “just” as opposed to an “unjust” war? In this piece you will hear the words of the abolitionist newspaper editor William Lloyd Garrison, John Brown will tell you why he resorted to violence, and Lincoln will deliver his oration at Gettysburgh. Thomas Hardy and other writers will comment on war and religion.
Newbury Court Residents Hear Talk on North Korea. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea--North Korea--does not immediately spring to mind as a popular tourist destination. That is, unless you are David Nurenberg. Nurenberg, a teacher of English at Concord-Carlisle High School traveled there this past August and recently shared his unique journey with Newbury Court residents. Dr. Nurenberg teaches English at Concord Carlisle and directs the school's international exchange programs with Japan and Turkmenistan. An avid traveler, he has visited over thirty countries but his real passion is to “see places he is not supposed to see” and counts the Palestinian territories, Tibet, and Turkmenistan among those forbidden places. While it has been legal to travel to the DPRK since 1997, there is no U.S. Embassy there and Nurenberg is one of fewer than 1,000 American civilians to have visited the country. [Read more]