The Schooner Flash
Writers: Your Schooner Team
Technical Editor: Sue O’Brien
Inside This Issue
- April Fools’ Day
- Sawyer Programs
- Spring Senior College
- Free Movies
- April Events
Easter Greetings to All
Nature has performed a miracle once again…Spring has arrived!A time of rebirth, new beginnings and awakening. This time of year we have plenty of reasons to celebrate. The arrival of Spring means warmer weather and longer days. We have pulled out our Easter decorations and started to put away all signs of winter. The leftover winter snow has no choice but to completely melt away, sooner or later! With the coming of Easter we look forward to our traditional dinner, to celebrate the day.
Below is this year’s menu. Enjoy!
Black-eyed Susan Deviled Eggs or Spring Tomato Bisque
- Main Course
Baked Pit Hams with Caramelized Pineapple Glaze, Rosemary Dijon Grilled Lamb Chops or
Baked Stuffed Sole with Sherry Wine and Fresh Chives
All Served with Fresh Grant’s Rolls and Biscuits
Accompanied by Rice Florentine, or Sour Cream and Chive Mashed Potatoes
Peas and Pearl Onions, Summer Squash & Zucchini Medley, or Dill Buttered Carrots
Choice of Fresh Fruit Salad with Rainbow sherbet,
Strawberry Shortcake Parfaits or Grant’s Triple Fudge Volcano
April Fools’ Day
Beware…April Fools’ Day is approaching and we all know what that means…tricks and pranks galore, but all in fun! As well as people playing pranks on one another on this day, elaborate practical jokes have appeared on radio and TV stations also. In one famous prank from 1957, a TV station broadcast a film purporting to show Swiss farmers picking freshly-grown spaghetti, in what they called the Swiss Spaghetti Harvest. The station was later flooded with requests to purchase a spaghetti plant, forcing them to declare the film a hoax on the news the next day.
Who’s New in the Neighborhood
- J. Herman Dionne studio 202
- Sue Miller apartment 425
A tremendous “Thank You” to all of you, who helped in any way, to make our Alzheimer’s fundraiser “Pancake Breakfast” in March, such a successful event. Our culinary staff went out of their way to make this fundraiser a fun and “tasty” event for all. We had several griddles going and the pancakes were delicious. A grand total of $555.00 was raised.
Sawyer Spring Programs
We will be providing shuttle service to the upcoming 2015 Sawyer program season. The first show starts on Friday, April 3rd. All performances are free to the public and presented twice a month on Friday from April through November. The Schooner shuttle will pick up residents at 1:15 and arrive at the 2:00 show.
Programs include narrated travel films, wildlife films, lectures, musicals, magic shows and more. See your monthly activity calendar for all monthly show information. Be sure to sign up at the front desk in order to reserve a seat.
Enjoy the show!
Time for Class
Classes are underway for the 2015 Spring Senior College Class, brought to us by the USM Lewiston-Auburn. We have a full sign up list and are all ready to go! Also, to all class members, during your morning break, be sure to look for fresh danish, coffee and tea, served in our Camden coffee bar area.
Classic Early Bird Cinema
Flagship Cinemas is continuing their “FREE Tuesday” Classic Early Bird movies through June 2nd. All you need to do is sign up at our front desk. We’ll take you over at 9:45 for the 10:00 show time, and pick you up when the movie is over. Here is the list for April:
*April 7th – ”Cool Hand Luke” (1967)
*April 14th – “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981)
*April 21st – ”The Goonies” (1985)
*April 28th – “Jaws” (1975)
Special Upcoming events – mark your calendars!
We have many great programs lined up for the month of April. Here’s a sneak peek at just a few!
¨ Wednesday & Thursday, April 8th & 9th at 9:00: The Village Green will be filled with books and gifts brought to us by a popular organization named “Books are Fun”. All items up to 70% off.
¨ Tuesday, April 14th at 6:30 p.m: For all you Elvis Presley fans, a special event – a nationally known performer, Don Boudreau, will be here in our Village Green, with his excellent renditions of Elvis.
¨ Tuesday, April 28th at 2:30 p.m: Jerry Wiles brings to us a presentation of former first lady, “Dolley Madison”, wife of President James Madison. In the Tenants Harbor Room.
¨ Thursday, April 30th at 2:30 p.m: A “New Resident Reception”, a great way to meet and socialize with new residents who have moved in within the last several months. Always a good time!
- Mardi Gras 2015 Review
- Who’s New in the Neighborhood
- Daylight Savings Time
- Spring Senior College
- Pancake Breakfast
- Free Movies
Mardi Gras 2015 Review
Our Mardi Gras day of celebration went off without a hitch on “Fat Tuesday”, February
17th! The New Orleans style buffet meal was outstanding, to say the least, thanks to our amazing dietary crew. Over the years, this day has become such a wonderful cele-bration at Schooner Estates.
Thanks Maintenance Team!
A huge “Thank You” to our Schooner Estates maintenance crew for a job well done during this winter of seemingly unending and immense snowfall.
They all deserve an award!
Who’s New in the Neighborhood…
- Elinor Brockway apartment 620
- Dorothy Fishman apartment 648
- Eunice Martel apartment 644
It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to our community!
A Sign of Spring
For all of you who are just waiting for the first sign of Spring, cheer up, it is getting closer! One sure sign is the arrival of Daylight Savings Time, which officially begins on Sunday, March 8th. Remember to set your clocks forward one hour on Saturday evening, March 7th.
Did you know…Ben Franklin—of “early to bed and early to rise” fame—was apparently the first person to suggest the concept of daylight savings. Franklin wrote of being awakened at 6 a.m. and realizing, to his surprise, that the sun would rise far earlier than he usually did. Imag-ine the resources that might be saved if he and others rose before noon and burned less mid-night oil. It soon caught on and so it began!.
Spring Senior College
Sharpen your pencils and get your notebooks ready, our first Spring Senior College class will begin on March 24th. Two classes will be held this Spring, right here at Schooner in our Ten-ants Harbor Room. Schooner residents have the privilege of “first choice” for class sign ups.
The first class, taught by Charles W. Plummer, instructor for both L/A and Mid-coast Senior College, will run for eight Tuesdays. Starting Tuesday, March 24th until Tuesday, May 12th. The course, “Warrior Generals and Combat Leadership in the Civil War”, will examine the combat leadership and the battles in which they fought during the Civil War. The second class, “The Three Wyeths: An American Dynasty” explores the life and careers of each of the Wyeths: N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth and James Wyeth. Taught by Instructor Kirsten Larsson-Turley. It will run for six Thursdays, starting March 26th until April 30th.
The courses are peer taught, with no entrance requirements, grades or tests. Your experience and love of learning are what count. If you haven’t already, please check with our Resi-dent Services Director, Mark Prevost at exten-sion 132 for class availability and sign up.
All You Can Eat…
Who doesn’t love pancakes? – especially when they are served with a variety of mouth water-ing toppings. Right here at Schooner Estates, in our Village Green, we are having an “All You Can Eat Pancake Bar” on Friday, March 13th. All money raised will go to support the local Alzheimer’s Association. The event will run from 6:45 a.m. through 9:00 a.m. Tickets may be purchased at the front desk for $5.00 each.
Here’s a list of our toppings…
- Chocolate chips
- Crumbled bacon
- Maple Syrup
- Whipped cream
- Chocolate Sauce
- Strawberry syrup
- Blueberry syrup
- Powdered sugar
We hope to see you there and thank you for your continued support!
Attention All Moviegoers
Flagship Cinemas is continuing their “FREE Tuesday” Classic Early Bird movies. All you need to do is sign up at our front desk. We’ll take you over at 9:45 for the 10:00 show time, and pick you up when the movie is over. Here is the list for March:
- March 3rd – ”Ben Hur” (1959)
- March 10th – “Driving Miss Daisy” (1989)
- March 17th – ”High Noon” (1952)
- March 24th – “Dances with Wolves” (1990)
- March 31st – “The Dirty Dozen” (1967)
Flash Newsletter February 2015
Time for Mardi Gras 2015
Here it is, the official announcement for this year’s Mardi Gras, Schooner style! The date is Tuesday, February 17th. In anticipation of the big day, we’ve been making plans already. In case you are wondering why the date changes every year, it is because Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday,” is the last day of the Carnival season in New Orleans as it always falls the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. The date is connected to Easter, which can fall on any Sunday between March 23rd and April 25th. Mardi Gras is always scheduled to take place 47 days before Easter.
As always, friends and family are invited to share in the festivities. Please call at 784-2900 or stop by our front desk and sign them up for either an 11:00 or 1:30 seating time for our buffet. Guest tickets are $15.00 each. Our residents will be seated closest to their regular lunch times.
Last but certainly not least, one of the highlights of the day, our Mardi Gras parade will be held at 3:00 p.m. in the Village Green. All are welcome to dress up in their finest purple, green and gold attire and participate. So mark your calendars for Tuesday, February 17th. We hope to see you there!
You don’t have to visit the Big Easy to enjoy delectable New Orleans style foods! Our culinary staff will prepare a wide variety of delicious Cajun recipes for all to enjoy! Here’s our menu…
Seafood Gumbo ( With Alternate Choice )
Bayou Shrimp And Penne
Bourbon Street 7 Layer Salad
Creole Glazed Ham
Lump Crab Quiche with Fresh Chive
Eggs Benedict with Tasso Ham
French Toast Casserole
Authentic Shrimp Boil
Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya
Red Beans and Dirty Rice/Black Eyed Peas
Collard Greens/Corn And Okra
Cornbread, Biscuits and Sweet Potato Muffins
Pecan Pie, Grants King Cakes Diet Banana Bread Pudding
Coffee, decaf, tea, regular & diet ginger ale
Robin Dow Announcement
Robin Dow Seniors will be meeting on February 11th and 25th in our Tenants Harbor Room at 10:30 a.m. On February 11th they will be serving their annual Valentine Luncheon.
~ Visitors are always welcome ~
Drop by and say hello and enjoy a free cup of coffee!
Wonderful concerts, holiday parties, summer cookouts, day trips and theme day celebrations…just to name a few, are a part of what makes living at Schooner Estates so enjoyable. Schooner is honored to have Frederick Moyer on it’s list of fabulous entertainers for the month of February! Mr. Moyer, a world renowned concert pianist, has been playing for nearly 30 years all over the world. You won’t see better at Carnegie Hall! Come to our Camden Living Room on Friday, February 6th and enjoy his 4:00 p.m. concert!
Speaking of fabulous concerts, our residents had the extreme pleasure of a classical piano recital by Russian pianists, Ilya Ishchenko and Valdimir Tyagunov. Both are students of acclaimed Georgian-Russian pianist and professor Tamara Poddubnaya. The room was filled!
A Warm Welcome
Schooner Estates is proud to welcome two new team members: David Cassidy & Todd Hopkins!
David Cassidy is our new Director of Marketing and Community Relations. Originally from East Millinocket, David has relocated back to Maine after working for another senior living community out of state for several years. David was drawn to this line of work after seeing how his veteran brother flourished in a Senior Living Community. He describes this work as rewarding, not only because of the opportunity to improve the lives of those who come to live here, but their families as well. “It gives a resident’s family a feeling of relief to see their loved ones doing well. It helps to restore some family balance.”
Todd Hopkins is our new Assistant Dining Services Director. Todd lives in Readfield and has spent the last 16 years refining his cooking skills at the Augusta Country Club, where he worked for many years alongside Chef Seth Lyons. Todd also spent some time running a farm stand for a prominent local farm in Wayne in order to get a sense of where food comes from. Todd says he’s grateful to be at Schooner Estates, where there is so much positivity from the residents and the staff. “I’ve always had my hands in cooking.” He says, “I used to make my mother breakfast in bed when I was six years old.”
Inside This Issue
• Save the Date Events
• 2014 in Photos
• Robin Dow 2015
• Winter Safety Tips
A New Year
It’s time to countdown to 2015! Soon we’ll say good bye to 2014 and hello to the new year. Here at Schooner, along with our regular line up of wonderful entertainment and activities, we have a few special “Save the Date” events coming up within the next few months.
• World renowned concert pianist Frederick Moyer will deliver an amazing piano performance for us on Friday, February 6th at 4:00 p.m. in our Camden Living Room. He has appeared as piano soloist with most of the major orchestras of the United States as well as many in Europe, Asia, South America, Africa and Australia. Don’t miss it!
• Mardi Gras 2015 shows up early this year. The official date is Tuesday, February 17th. Friends and family are invited to join us for our yearly New Orleans-style Mardi Gras party with bright and colorful decorations and an impressive spread of foods. Gather your friends for a midwinter holiday celebration!
Information flyers and posters with further details will be distributed in January.
Beltone will be here on Monday, January 12th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Castine Living Room to provide FREE hearing checkups, hearing aid repair and tune ups for Schooner residents. Please see your monthly calendar for sign up information.
Spread the word…
Robin Dow January Meetings
The Robin Dow Senior Citizens Club will resume meetings in the Tenants Harbor Room on January 14th & 28th. Hosted by Schooner resident Irving Grant, this meeting brings together seniors from the local area. Living here at Schooner, you have the advantage of not having to go out on cold winter days.
Doors open at 10:30 for socializing with free fresh brewed coffee and sale of raffle tickets to members only, prior to the 11:30 meeting. You are invited to attend as a guest. A brief ceremonial meeting with an opening prayer by the Chaplain, a salute to the American Flag and singing of one verse of “America the Beautiful” starts the meeting. Those that are ill or having difficult circumstances are recognized. Members enjoy many scheduled activities such as birthday celebrations, bag and special catered lunches and the ever popular bingo.
Stop by and enjoy some time with the group. They look forward to seeing you!
Winter Safety Tips
Winter is here and the cold weather has arrived. But remember, all that ice and snow means an increased chance of slipping and falling. Just one bad fall on ice can have long-term consequences. Here are some things you can do the make winter a little less perilous:
• Check your footwear. Wear winter boots when outside. How’s the traction? Better traction can help keep you more stable on icy surfaces.
• If you drive a car, bring a cell phone (if you have one) when you leave. If you fall, it can sometimes be hard to get up. Carrying a cell phone whenever you go out can bring peace of mind.
• Slow down. Allow extra time if it’s slippery out. When you hurry, you end up pushing the envelope of what your balance can handle. Keep in mind that being a little late is better than falling.
• Ask for help. If you have to walk across an icy sidewalk or parking lot, try to find a steady arm to lean on.
THE SCHOONER FLASH
Inside This Issue
• Holiday Parties
• Who’s New in the Neighborhood
• Party Menu
• Residential Care Quilting
A SPECIAL TIME OF YEAR
Celebrate the season and plan to attend your 2014 Schooner holiday parties! Join your friends and neighbors for a joyous evening of festivities. Each event will include live entertainment, many delightful items to eat & drink and of course, exceptional company! See page two, for your party menus.
On the entertainment side, vocalist Mary Murphy will provide the evening’s music for both parties on the 16th and 17th. The Present Company Band will entertain at both New Year’s Parties.
• Apartments Holiday Party: Tuesday, December 16th at 5:00 p.m. in the Tenants Harbor Room.
• Residential Care and Castine Studios Holiday Party: Wednesday, December 17th at 4:45 p.m. in the Village Green.
• Residential Care and Castine Studios New Year’s Party: Wednesday, December 31st at 3:00 p.m. in the Village Green.
• Apartments New Year’s Party: Wednesday, December 31st in the Tenants Harbor Room, at 5:00 p.m.
The annual decorating of the Camden Living Room Christmas tree will be held on Friday, December 12th at 10:00 a.m.
Who’s New in the Neighborhood…
It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to our community!
• Judy Kuhn apartment 638
• Mario Scarpelli Residential Care
• Dorothy Sharp apartment 647
• Nancy Summers studio 109
CELEBRATE THE SEASON…
It’s party season once more and this year we will have two separate serving techniques. Our apartment party menu on December 16th will be a “passed” menu. The hors d’oeuvres will be served to each guest, right at their table. Party number two on December 17th for our Studio and Residential Care folks and family members, will have a buffet style set up – certainly with lots of holiday helpers to assist all!
Take at look at this year’s appetizing menu!
*Assorted Fruit and Cheese with Crackers
*Stuffed Cocktail Rolls with Lobster, Ham, and Egg Salad
*Field Green Salad With Roasted Golden Beets, Walnuts, Aged Cheddar,
and Balsamic Vinaigrette and *Fresh Crudité with Various Dips (both will be served at Village Green party only)
*Fresh Holiday Fruit Salad (will be served at Tenants Harbor Room party only)
*Italian Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms
*Scallops Wrapped in Maple Bacon
* Glazed Pecans
* Holiday Cookies
* Hot Mulled Cider
* Spiced Egg Nog
A huge congratulations goes out to Seth Lyons, our new Director of Dining Services! Thank you Seth and also to your amazing culinary crew. Everyone’s hard work, in all departments, is certainly appreciated during this busy time of year.
We have a very busy lady (one of many) at Schooner Estates. Doris Robbins has been a resident here since November 2013. A former tailor and dress shop owner, “Dee R’o” in Rumford, she has brought her sewing skills and is now hand quilting for the first time. With her energy and enthusiasm, Doris is decorating our Residential Care living room with wall quilts and table runners. Come visit and see what’s next!