November 2013 Special Events

November 2013 Special Events Calendar

November 2013 Special Events Calendar

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No transportation on Friday, November 29th “Black Friday”

Fri. Nov. 1st 1:15 p.m. – Sawyer Presents: “Mexico – The Bad The Great & The Ugly” by Bill Behrenbruch. For the traveler, a land of adventure, mystery and the unexpected.  Please sign up.

Fri. Nov. 1st 2:30 p.m. – Join Mike Perry in the Tenants Harbor Room as he takes you on a slide show tour of the 2 Cape’s of Massachusetts.

Mon. Nov. 4th –  Goodwill Collection today.  Bring your unwanted clothing to the Tenants Harbor Room for collection.  Please call the front desk if you need help with the pick up, ext. 100.

Tues. Nov. 5th 10:30 a.m. – Live music with Sandy Nisbet in the Village Green.

Tues. Nov. 5th 4:00 p.m. – Live, amazing piano music with Dave Stone.  Castine Living Rm.

Tues. Nov. 5th 6:00 p.m. – Vicki Stuart from Central Maine Credit Union will be here to speak with you about an important issue “Seniors Scams & How to Prevent Them”. Friends & family invited. Tenants Harbor Rm.

Weds. Nov. 6th 10:45 a.m. – The Jubilee Singers are back!  Enjoy their lively, entertaining music in the Village Green.

Weds. Nov. 6th 2:00 p.m. – Enjoy a short ride to Wallingford’s Orchard in Auburn. Cider, apples and donuts galore!  Please sign up.

Thurs. Nov. 7th 2:00 p.m. – Library information talk.  Learn what is available from our local Auburn library.  In the Tenants Harbor Room.

Thurs. Nov. 7th 2:30 p.m. – Live country music with Barry Wood.  In the Village Green.

Fri. Nov. 8th 9:45 a.m. – Lunch Out to “The Dolphin” in Harpswell.  They close a week from tomorrow.  Please sign up.

Mon. Nov. 11th 10:45 a.m. – Celebrate Veterans Day with a Veterans sing-a-long. VG.

Tues. Nov. 12th 2:00 p.m. – Come see a colorful viewing of Schooner pictures, taken during our recent day trips.  Again on the 19th at 3:30 p.m.  THR

Weds. Nov. 13th 9:00 a.m. – Shopping and lunch out to the Maine Mall & Christmas Tree Shop in South Portland. We’ll eat lunch at Wild Willy’s Burgers.  Please sign up.

Weds. Nov. 13th 3:30 p.m. – A “Safe Strides” program, presented by Gentiva Health Care. A personal approach to balance problems. In the Village Green.

Thurs. Nov. 14th 2:30 p.m. – Phil House will be here, in the Castine Living Room to entertain all with a wonderful piano performance.

Thurs. Nov. 14th 5:30 p.m. – Lisa’s homemade turkey dinner stew with stuffing dumplings. Homemade biscuits with cranberry butter included.  Drink and dessert sweets provided.  $6.00.  Please sign up.   THR

Tues. Nov. 19th 2:30 p.m. – Your Tenant Council meets today, hope to see you there!  Vote for officers today.  In the Tenants Harbor Room.

Weds. Nov. 20th 8:45 a.m. – Sign up for a shuttle ride to the Oxford Casino.  Hope you come back a winner!  Back home by 11:45 – 2 hours at Casino.

Weds. Nov. 20th 5:00 p.m. – Pizza is on the menu for supper this evening.  We will be ordering from George’s Pizza.  $5.00 will include pizza, a drink, chips and a cookie.  In the Tenants Harbor Room.

Thurs. Nov. 21st  2:30 p.m. – Live music with Claire Emerson.  In the Village Green.

Thurs. Nov. 21st 3:00 p.m.-  All are welcome to attend our New Tenant Reception.  Meet the new folks who have moved in within the past several months.  Cake and refreshments served. Tenants Harbor Rm.

Mon. Nov. 25th 10:30 a.m. – During the upcoming holiday season of 2013, Kora Temple will hold its 8th Annual FEZtival of Trees. Sign up for a shuttle ride to see the beautiful trees and decorations. A silent auction and craft show.  $2.00 admission. 

Weds. Nov. 27th 11:15 a.m. – Lunch out today to the popular local Chinese place, Wei Lei in Auburn.  Please sign up.

Weds. Nov. 27th 4:00 p.m. – Stop by the Tenants Harbor Room for a “Beer Tasting” event.  Several different selected types of beer will be available for your tasting pleasure.  $5.00 donation to the Camp Sunshine Fund.  Please sign up.


October 2013 Special Events

  • Tues. Oct. 1st 10:30 a.m. Live music with Sandy Nisbet in the Village Green.
  • Tues. Oct. 1st 2:00 p.m. Join Mark in the Tenants Harbor Room on a photo slide show journey of our recent trip to Bar Harbor.
  • Weds. Oct. 2nd 9:00 a.m. Sign up for a shuttle ride to beautiful Rangeley.  We’ll do some sight seeing and view the Fall foliage.  Lunch at the Red Onion.  A yearly highlight trip.
  • Thurs.  Oct. 3rd 2:30 p.m. Live country music with Barry Wood.  Village Green.
  • Thurs.  Oct. 3rd 6:15 p.m. Live gospel music with The Dunneman’s.  Village Green.
  • Fri. Oct. 4th 1:15 p.m. Sawyer Presents: “Blazing Paddles” by Gary Warriner.Discover the scenic grandeur of rivers across America. Please sign up.
  • Sat. Oct. 5th 2:30 p.m. An exciting event you won’t want to miss – A Fashion Show – featuring styles from Christopher and Banks.  Refreshments and door prizes.  Please sign up so that we may prepare for adequate seating .  In the Village Green.
  • Tues. Oct. 8th 6:00 p.m. Dr. Thomas Hattan, Medical Director for Gentiva Home Health Services, will be here for part II of his lecture series. “Memory Care Management” will be today’s topic of discussion.  Important information for everyone. Family and friends are welcome.  Please RSVP. Tenants Harbor Room.
  • Weds. Oct. 9th 9:00 a.m. Sign up for a ride to the Animal Farm in Gray.  We’ll have lunch at Cole Farms Restaurant after, at around 11:30. Please sign up.
  • Weds. Oct. 9th 4:00 p.m. Live piano music with Phil House.  In the Camden Living Room.
  • Thurs. Oct. 10th 2:30 p.m. Live music with Thomas Bergier.  In the Village Green.
  • Fri. Oct. 11th 9:00 a.m.  Sign up for the short ride to Wallingford’s Apple Orchard. Browse their store, they have delicious cider and donuts!
  • Tues. Oct. 15th 2:30 p.m. Your Tenant Council meets today.  Tenants Harbor Room.
  • Weds. Oct. 16th 8:00 a.m. Sign up for a ride to Mechanic Falls – we’ll have breakfast at Lisa’s Restaurant.  The food is delicious!
  • Weds. Oct. 16th 1-4 p.m. As part of our October “Employee Appreciation Month” of  special events – test your skills in several “Games of Fun”. VG
  • Thurs. Oct. 17th 2:30 p.m. Live music with Lorna Jollymore.  In the Castine Living Room.
  • Thurs. Oct. 17th 5:00 p.m. Take out night! Lobster rolls from Mac’s Seafood.  Get a cup of fish chowder and a lobster roll for $10.00. RSVP by 10/15. In the Tenants Harbor Room.
  • Fri. Oct. 18th 1:15 p.m. Sawyer Presents: Songs performed by Bryce Libby.  He has performed in musical theater for several years.  Accompanied by Phil House on piano.  Please sign up.
  • Fri. Oct. 18th 3:00 p.m. It’s Mrs. Drinkwater at her finest: Josie Drinkwater delights audiences with her original style of Italian-American humor. This must-see monologue showcases the irascible, sometimes irrational but always funny, Josie Drinkwater. You don’t have to be Italian to share in the fun.  In the Village Green.
  • Sat. Oct. 19th 10-2 p.m. Our annual Craft Fair will be held today in the Village Green. Stop by and browse the tables filled with hand crafted items. A great opportunity for early holiday shopping.
  • Mon. Oct. 21st 2:15 p.m. “Readers Theater” is back.  A comedic presentation of a written work done in a script form.  Come watch the actors as they perform.  Tenants Harbor Room.
  • Weds. Oct. 23rd 11:00 a.m. Lunch out to Davinci’s Italian Restaurant in Lewiston. RSVP
  • Weds. Oct. 23rd  3:00 p.m. All are invited to our annual Staff Appreciation ceremony. VG
  • Thurs. Oct. 24th  1-3 p.m. We’ll be having our flu shot clinic today in the Castine Living Room.  Pre-sign up required.
  • Thurs. Oct. 24th  4:00 p.m. Live music performed by Doug Protsik.  Returning by popular demand, a variety of folk music instruments and music by a talented man.  In the Village Green.
  • Tues. Oct. 29th  6:15 p.m. Live music with Kevin Farley, the Irish music performer. VG
  • Weds. Oct. 30th  4:00 p.m. Dinner out to the Olive Garden in Augusta.  Please sign up.
  • Thurs. Oct. 31st  2:30 p.m. It’s Halloween!  Dress up and come be part of our “Parade of Costumes”, through the Village Green.


October 2013 Special Events

October 2013 Special Events Calendar

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October 2013 Schooner Flash


Can you believe it, the summer absolutely flew by and now it is almost October, the heart of the Fall season. Here at Schooner, the month of October features our annual Employee Recognition Ceremony, which honors all of our staff for their service and exceptional efforts.  The event will take place on Wednesday, October 23rd, at 3:00 p.m. in our Village Green.  Light foods and refreshments will be served at 2:45.  All residents and staff are encouraged to attend.  Below is a list of our scheduled employee events:

¨ October 2nd, Employee Breakfast in the Village Green
¨ October 9th, Scavenger Hunt
¨ October 16th, Game Day in the Village Green
¨ October 23rd, The Ceremony in the Village Green
¨ October 30th, Receive a turkey coupon.

Employees will receive a memo with more details and times for each function. 


She is a recipient of our “Refer a Neighbor Award” program.


For the health and convenience of all who live here, a flu clinic is offered for Schooner residents each year.  The 2013 clinic will be held on Thursday, October 24th from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. in our Castine Living Room.  If you have not already, please check at the front desk for information on signing up.  This will give you the pleasure of knowing you have done    everything you can to make this coming flu season a healthy one.  Help stop an unpleasant respiratory virus from “making the rounds” from person to person in our community.


Schooner’s monthly “Give Back” continues;  for the month of September a donation was given to the Trinity Jubilee Center in Lewiston.  With their beginning in 1991, the center focuses on 4 target areas – food security, public health, community education and support and youth development.  Thousands of families have received invaluable support from this crucial organization.


Mark the date on your calendars, Saturday, October 19th…for our October craft fair!       Tables will be set up in the Village Green and filled with many hand crafted items, all ready for a little early holiday shopping!  This year you’ll find knitted items, painted glass, cards, Scentsy flameless candles, handcrafted jewelry, plus much more.  We invite everyone to attend.  Our craft fair is open to the public. The fair will open at 10:00 a.m. and last until 2:00 p.m.  Stop by and check it out!


Just a reminder to attend our Fashion Show on Saturday, October 5th in the Village Green at 2:30.  Refreshments and door prizes!


All are invited to attend Part II of our Fall Lecture Series with Dr. Thomas Hattan. He will speak on “Memory Care Management”, Tuesday, October 8th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., in our Tenants Harbor Room. Dr. Hattan is the Medical Director for Gentiva Home Health Services and is Certified in Geriatric, Internal and Palliative/Hospice  Medicines.                     

We hope to see you there. Please RSVP at  784-2900. Hors d’oeuvres provided by Schooner Estates.


Our Employee of the Month winner for September is Christine LeBlanc.  Christine is a CRMA and works in Assisted Living.  She was chosen for going above and beyond by demonstrating great care and compassion while assisting a resident in need. Congratulations Christine!


Our Schooner hosted, senior college classes are underway.  Two intellectually stimulating classes are being offered: “What It Means to be Human-Life’s Lessons from the Frontiers of Science” and “U.S. National Parks”.  We hope you are one of the lucky ones who signed up!  Both classes are being held in our Tenants Harbor Room. Coffee and Danish are provided for all attendees, conveniently located in our Camden coffee bar area for the morning break. 

Have fun learning, after all there are no tests or homework!         


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September 2013 Special Events

  • Tues. Sep. 3rd 10:30 a.m. Live music with Sandy Nesbit. In the Village Green.
  • Tues. Sep. 3rd 4:00 p.m. Live piano music with Dave Stone. Camden Living Room.
  • Weds. Sep. 4th 8:30 a.m. Lunch out to Dimillo’s Floating restaurant, after a 2.5 hour relaxing cruise around Casco Bay. The mailboat visits all the Islands while you sit back and watch. Please sign up, seating limited – cruise cost: $14.00.
  • Weds. Sep. 4th 10:45 a.m. Upbeat, lively music with the Jubilee Singers. Village Green.
  • Thurs. Sep. 5th 2:30 p.m. Live country music with Barry Wood. In the Village Green.
  • Fri. Sep. 6th 9 am-noon We’re having a Bake Sale this morning in the Village Green. Come sniff, smell and buy some wonderful home baked goodies. All proceeds to benefit the American Heart Assoc.
  • Fri. Sep. 6th 1:15 p.m. Sawyer Presents: A father and son duo, Averill and Ralph Lovely playing a mixture of Bluegrass & Country music. RSVP
  • Fri. Sep. 6th 2:15 p.m. Movie – “Operation Petticoat” – the Navy’s pink submarine with Carey Grant and Tony Curtis – “Comedy”. Theater Room. Repeated on Monday, September 9th at 10:30.
  • Tues. Sep. 10th 5:00 p.m. Hot Dog Night – for $2.00, you will receive a hot dog, chips, drink and a cookie. Please sign up at the front desk. THR.
  • Weds. Sep. 11th 9:30 a.m. Lunch Out to Old Orchard Beach for sightseeing and Ken’s outstanding seafood. Please sign up.
  • Thurs. Sep. 12th 2:30 p.m. Live piano music with Phil House. In the Camden Living Room.
  • Thurs. Sep. 12th 5:00 p.m. Sign up for a shuttle ride to Jan Upham’s camp. Enjoy a pleasant visit along with snacks and refreshments.
  • Fri. Sep. 13th 9:00 a.m. Take the short ride to Oxford Casino on this “Lucky” Day. Play for a couple hours and come home a winner (we hope). Back at 12:30 p.m. Please sign up.
  • Fri. Sep. 13th 2:30 p.m. It’s Friday the 13th and what would it be without a few ghost stories around the camp fire! Join Mark in the THR.
  • Sun. Sep. 15th 9:30 a.m. The Heart Walk takes place today. Join us for the slow, flat 1 mile walk. It’s FUN! See Mark for details.
  • Tues. Sep. 17th 2:30 p.m. First Tenant Council Meeting of the Fall season. In the THR.
  • Tues. Sep. 17th 6:00 p.m. Dr. Thomas Hattan, Medical Director for Gentiva Home Health Services, will be here for an open discussion of dementia, important information for everyone. Family and friends are welcome. Please RSVP. Tenants Harbor Room.
  • Weds. Sep. 18th LUNCH All are welcome to the September barbecue, our last of the season. All residents please come at your regular lunch time. Friends and family are invited, all you can eat. Guest ticket price: $14.00. (Please sign up guests). Held in the front yard.
  • Thurs. Sep. 19th 2:30 p.m. Live keyboard music with Ron Niggle. In the Village Green.
  • Thurs. Sep. 19th 3:30 p.m. Join your neighbors in the Tenants Harbor Room for an interesting and informative, Round Table discussion.
  • Thurs. Sep. 19th 5:30 p.m. Gourmet Dessert night, featuring Mark’s famous Apple Crisp with ice cream. $5.00 to the Heart Fund. Please sign up.
  • Fri. Sep. 20th 1:15 p.m. Sawyer presents: “Southern Europe”, a journey presented by Marlin Darrah, filled with cinematography & music. RSVP
  • Mon. Sep. 23rd 3:45 p.m. Live music with the Church Belles. In the Village Green.
  • Weds. Sep. 25th 8:00 a.m. Breakfast Out at Silva’s of Auburn. Please sign up.
  • Weds. Sep. 25th 2:30 p.m. Larry Gowell is back to perform for you in our Village Green. He will sing many of your favorite, well known songs.
  • Thurs. Sep. 26th 2:30 p.m. Live music with Roger Renaud. In the Village Green.
  • Fri. Sep. 27th 12:00 p.m. Everyone’s favorite, a Lobster Bake, held on the Residential Care Patio. One lobster, one lb. clams, corn on the cob, potato, butter, drink and a cookie. Please sign up and pay at the front desk — $16.00. Enjoy!

September 2013 Special Events

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September 2013 Schooner Flash


September is slowly creeping up on us, and before we know it, we will be picking apples, buying pumpkins and pulling out all of our Fall decorations from years past. Wednesday, September 18th is the scheduled date for our final barbecue of the season. In cele-bration of Maine’s September and October harvest time, our barbecue theme has been titled “Country Farm Harvest Buffet”. So dust off your straw hats and flannel shirts and dress for the occasion! We would be happy to have your friends and family in attendance, to celebrate the day with you. Tickets are available at the front desk for $14.00. Copies of the barbecue menu will be available soon, check at the front desk for a copy.

The first annual “Maine Seniors Day” has been signed in to law and will take place this year on Saturday, September 14, 2013. “This is a great opportunity to show all seniors our appreciation for their service and contributions to the state of Maine. Maine Seniors Day serves as much more than just a symbol. Having an official day gives everyone of us the opportunity to recognize their achievements and raise awareness about the issues they face”, a note from David Nealley, publisher of Maine Seniors Magazine. In celebration of the day, Schooner will be distributing carnations to all of their residents.


In continuation of Schooner’s 25th Anniversary celebration of community “Give Backs”, we are proud to have donated a check in the amount of $500.00 to the “Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services”.

This essential organization serves the Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties.


Schooner is proud to be assembling a team this year to participate in the AHA, 2013 Central Maine Heart Walk. Our goal is to encourage everyone to build healthier lives by incorporating Wellness activities into their daily routine. This special event will be held on Sunday, September 15th at 9:30 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn. The events of the day include a slow paced 1-mile walk, a 5K walk or fun run. Healthy food, health screenings, music and activities will also be in abundance! Give the Schooner front desk a call to sign up. If you have any questions, we have two team captains available to help, Donna Vachon and Mark Prevost. Keep fit and stay healthy!

Schooner will be offering a Memory Care, Fall Lecture Series, held on the following two Tuesdays from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in our Tenants Harbor Room.

  • September 17th: “It’s Not Always What You Think: Facts and Myths About Dementia”.
  • October 8th: “Memory Care Management”.

Our featured guest speaker will be Dr. Thomas Hattan, Medical Director for Gentiva Home Health Services. Dr. Hattan is Certified in Geriatric, Internal and Palliative/Hospice Medicines. He serves on the faculty of CMMC Residency Program & CMMC. If you would like to attend, please RSVP at 784-2900. Hors d’oeuvres provided by Schooner Estates.


Our Employee of the Month Winner for August is Jerene Stump (pictured left & Tricia Morasse, our Residential Care Administrator). Jerene works as a PSS in our Residential Care Unit. She was chosen for her friendly attitude and willingness to always give extra help when needed. Congratulations Jerene!


It is that time of year when we all start to think about switching from summer to Fall attire. Speaking of attire, Schooner has an upcoming Fashion Show scheduled for Saturday, October 5th, complete with an Emcee! The talent search is pretty much complete and fifteen models will be wearing outfits from the popular Christopher and Banks clothing store. You will be entertained with music and served light foods and refreshments. A special drawing for a gift basket will be available. Hope to see you on the runway! More information to follow next month.


Our August barbecue has come and gone, and it went off without a hitch. The weather was great and we had a perfect location, right next to our beautiful Residential Care patio.

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August 2013 Schooner Flash

News for August


The upcoming month of August will feature our next barbecue, “Summer Jazz/Blues Buffet”, on Wednesday, August 14th. Feel free to dress in a “jazzy” outfit, of your choosing! As always, relatives and friends are invited. Tickets are available at the front desk for $14.00. Have fun! Below is our menu ~

  • Grilled chicken breasts w/raspberry rhythm maker barbecue sauce
  • Grilled Bratwurst links w/sour cream caraway and sauerkraut on a crusted sub roll
  • Grilled Memphis style barbecue steaks
  • Corn bread mini loaves with whipped sweet butter
  • Mike’s home-style baked beans w/chopped smoked beef brisket
  • Fresh native corn on the cobb with melted butter
  • Fresh green bean benne salad
  • Fresh made house potato salad
  • Fresh native pickling cukes w/cider vinegar, salt & pepper
  • Penne pasta salad w/roasted garlic balsamic dressing
  • Top your own strawberry shortcakes bar
  • Sliced watermelon
  • Ice tea, lemonade, ice water and coffee


Schooner is pleased to welcome our new team member and Marketing Assistant, Tom Tash. Tom has been with us for a month or so and it’s time for an official welcome! We are all finding him to be a wonderful example of the customer service that happens “behind the scenes”, by helping our marketing office run smoothly. Tom grew up in the town of Lincoln, Maine and currently resides in Winthrop with his wife Emma, they were recently married on July 6th, 2013! His background includes studies at the University of Maine at Machias, 4 years with the City of Portland Recreation Department and was Recreation Director for the Town of Bridgton starting in 2010 before coming to Schooner. And last but not least, in his spare time, he enjoys music and the great outdoors! We’re thrilled to have him on board!


In continuation of our “Giving Back to the Community” Program, John Rice, our Director of Operations, presented a check in the amount of $500.00 to Donna M. Kincer, Development Director at The Greater Androscoggin Humane Society. Schooner is proud to be a part of the tradition of giving & sharing to help improve the lives of homeless animals.


Get out your saucer cups and get chugging – green tea, that is. Did you know that this ancient Chinese drink is officially awesome for your health. The studies done on this powerful antioxidant are overwhelming. “Real tea” is derived from a particular plant and includes only four varieties: green, black, white and oolong. Listed below are only but a few of the great reasons why coffee’s little cousin benefits your health.

  • Boosts exercise endurance which helps burn fat as a fuel for muscle endurance.
  • Can help reduce the risk of a heart attack and help against cardio & degenerative diseases. It helps improves bone mineral density and strength.
  • The antioxidants might help protect against a boatload of cancers.
  • Is hydrating to the body, even despite the caffeine.
  • Is linked with a lower risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.
  • Green tea may act as a protection from ultraviolet rays – a back up sunscreen.

So brew up a batch (drink at least 3 cups a day) and enjoy!


We are pleased to announce our Employee of the Month winner for July, Vinny Gowell. Vinny, a CRMA, works in Schooner Residential Care. He was chosen for offering to transport a fellow employee home from work during his lunch break. Congratulations to Vinny on such a shining example of customer service among co-workers!

Here is just a sneak peak introduction at two Senior College classes scheduled to be held this Fall, right here at Schooner.

  • What It Means to be Human: Life’s Lessons from the Frontiers of Science – A witty and thought provoking class of human behavior. Eight Tuesdays stating Sep. 24th
  • U.S. National Parks – Many personal experiences and interesting facts, told by instructor Joanne Lebel, about her visits to 50 U.S. National Parks. Five classes starting September 26th.

Sign ups for the courses are open first to Schooner residents and then open to the public on August 23rd. Memos are available with full course information. Call Mark Prevost at extension 132 for sign ups.


July, the official stars and stripes month, brought out a flurry of folks to our “Americana BBQ Buffet” on July 3rd. Our ViIlage Green was decorated in all of the official colors. The food, prepared by Chef Mike Morton and his amazing culinary staff, was extremely tasty!

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