The Nancy Carr Quartet graced The Village stage recently, and as always, was a tremendous hit. The vocalist, who also plays the drum, is known for her styling of such songs as The More I See You; Day In, Day Out; and of course many melodies from Irving Berlin, one of the authors of the Great American Songbook.
Bestselling author Randy Susan Meyers stopped by The Village at Duxbury to talk about her new novel, The Widow of Wall Street. The story is about a woman whose husband’s elaborate Ponzi scheme comes undone and her struggle to come to terms with his actions, their marriage, and the direction of her own life. The Massachusetts Center for the Book has honored Meyers by calling her work, “Must Read Books.” Twice her books have been finalists for the Mass Book Award. She teaches writing at GrubStreet, a creative writing center in Boston. The Village at Duxbury, whose residents and staff love to read, often holds readings by well-known authors.
Summer-time tea in the garden at The Village at Duxbury is an annual pleasure. Residents enjoy the company of other Villagers, staff members, and of course a harmonious natural setting.
The Kindness Rocks Project is capturing the kindhearted spirit of The Village at Duxbury residents. The project is spearheaded locally by The Duxbury Senior Center and the center’s Activities Coordinator Andrea Brandeis. What is now a global movement began as a way for a Cape Cod woman to lift the spirits of others by leaving behind inspirational messages painted on rocks and stones she found along the beach. The goodwill messages on rocks painted by Village residents will be left at Blakeman’s Restaurant at Duxbury Beach for others to enjoy.
Duxbury is a community that likes to give back. During the 21st Annual Duxbury Community Volunteer Awards Dinner individuals were honored for their commitment to service and their dedication to Duxbury. More than 300 volunteers, all Duxbury residents, have been recognized at the annual dinner since the award’s inception.
Award winners included:
Karen Wong – Duxbury Community Volunteer of 2017
Mike Tenney, honored posthumously – The Lifetime Achievement Award
Lynn Marples – The Spirit of Bonnie Jernigan Award
Duxbury FACTS Committee – The Community Impact Award
The Duxbury High School Student Council – The Inaugural Harry Katz Award for Community Service
Actress and author Marianne Leone enthralled The Village at Duxbury audience as she read excerpts from her new book, Ma Speaks Up: And a First Generation Daughter Talks Back. Leone’s remembrances of her Italian immigrant mother will resonate with anyone who has ever experienced life as an “outsider,” and of course, all mothers and daughters. The memoir tells the story of Leone’s outspoken and often outrageous mother with warmth, wit, and humor.
Leone, a Kingston resident, signed copies of her book for residents and staff during the wine and cheese reception following the presentation. The author, also an acclaimed actress, had a recurring role in HBO’s The Sopranos and has appeared in several films, including Joy and Goodfellas.
The regular fitness-balance class at The Village at Duxbury made way for gardeners during National Garden Month. Fitness instructor Vito Fiorentino led the class in a series of gardening warm-up exercises along with post-gardening stretches.
We’re all familiar with the ways gardening promotes a sense of well-being and helps to improve balance and overall physical conditioning. Not to mention the reward from a bountiful garden. Who doesn’t love the vibrant colors of spring and summer flowers along with the savory flavor of fruits, herbs, and vegetables freshly picked?
Residents of The Village at Duxbury enjoy a large dedicated outdoor garden space, as well as a greenhouse where plants can winter-over and seedlings can be nurtured.
For a complimentary tour and luncheon, call 888-336-1349 and experience a lifestyle that is active, interesting, and rewarding.
Spirits were high at The Village at Duxbury as members of the Men’s Chorus and other residents celebrated Opening Day for the 2017 Boston Red Sox. There was plenty of Red Sox pride on hand as the team took on the Pittsburgh Pirates at Fenway Park, beating them 5 to 3. Ceremonial first pitch honors went to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
There is no downside to learning the art of ballroom dancing. A recent class at The Village at Duxbury was brimming with eager dance enthusiasts. Ballroom dancing is known to help with balance, posture, and poise. Instructor Michael Winward who gingerly led residents in a variety of dance steps, is obviously having as much fun as the dance students. Instruction can include a variety of styles, including samba, waltz, and foxtrot.
That’s precisely what residents at The Village at Duxbury have the opportunity to do each week, in a watercolor class for all levels, held in the community’s Art Studio, and led by instructor Mary LoPiccolo. Residents enjoy taking inspiration from the natural beauty of The Village grounds or from the many options for a still-life.