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Singer Nancy Carr at The Village

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.

Singer Nancy Carr lights up the stage at The Village at Duxbury.
The Village audience enjoys every musical note presented by the Nancy Carr Quartet.
Musician Todd Baker is featured on bass.
Elmer Drotos plays tenor sax with the Nancy Carr Quartet. He also plays clarinet and flute.
Ron Zack, on keyboard, joins Nancy Carr on vocals.
A clearly delighted crowd listens to the Nancy Carr quartet.

More Than 40 Attend a Reading by Bestselling Author Randy Susan Meyers

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.

Randy Sue Meyers, bestselling author, holds a copy of her latest novel, The Widow of Wall Street.
Randy Susan Meyers signs a copy of her latest book, The Widow of Wall Street for Village resident Annette Lintz.
Randy Sue Meyers, bestselling author, featured with her husband, Jeffrey Rand, at her recent reading of The Widow of Wall Street.

Gracious Gathering in the Garden

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.

Tea-time is a perfect time for family gatherings. Village at Duxbury resident Sonja Pfautz enjoyed the afternoon with her daughter, Wendy Bloomberg.
Residents Maurine Lee and Nancy Cudlipp know how to take full advantage of a wonderful afternoon of friendship, tea, and petit fours.
Finger sandwiches and roll-ups were a nice addition to the petit fours and brownies served with the tea in the garden at The Village at Duxbury.
In addition to hot tea there was cool lemonade which residents Joyce Levinson and Maurine Lee agreed was delicious.
Pat Savignano (left) and Janis Bigelow take a moment to catch up during the annual Summer-time Tea at The Village at Duxbury.

The Village Rocks Kindness

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.

Village at Duxbury residents (left to right) Sonja Pfautz and Elaine Guilfoyle are always spreading goodwill. This time their words of encouragement are left on stones as part of the Kindness Rocks Project.
Village at Duxbury resident Rochelle Kruger teams up with her granddaughter Elise, age nine, from Kingston, on the recent Kindness Rocks Project at The Village.
Duxbury High School student volunteer Melissa Linsdell and Duxbury Senior Center volunteer Mary Kelly assist Village residents with the Kindness Rocks Project.
A basket, with painted rocks carrying messages of encouragement, will be left at Blakeman’s Restaurant at Duxbury Beach for others to pick up and keep or pass along.

Duxbury Volunteers Honored at 21st Annual Dinner

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

Lee Tenney accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of her late husband, Mike Tenney. Here she talks with Village at Duxbury Resident Services Assistant Ninky Savage.
Deb Gallagher, Chapter Chair, Greater Duxbury AFS, (the international exchange program), nominated volunteer Len Marples who received the Spirit of Bonne Jernigan Award. Lynn’s AFS student, Nadia Graf of Switzerland, poses with Karen and Ling Wong.
The Duxbury FACTS coalition, which works to bring education, awareness, prevention, and assistance to individuals struggling with addiction and mental health issues, was recognized for their work with a Community Impact Award. Members of the Duxbury FACTS steering committee are (from left to right): Sue Bradford and Karen Wong, accompanied by their guests, Jim Anello and Ling Wong.
Paul Casale, Sr., principal of Welch Senior Living gathers with Representative Josh Cutler (D) of the Sixth Plymouth District, Karen Wong, 2017 Duxbury Volunteer award recipient, and Kay Drake of the Duxbury Interfaith Council.
Alexis Dow, representing the Duxbury High School Student Council, accepted the inaugural Harry Katz Award for Community Service. More than 60 students are on the council and participate in a wide range of community service projects throughout the year. Alexis is pictured with Village at Duxbury staff member Joanna Dow.
Master of Ceremonies Jim Fagan and Marketing and Community Outreach Liaison for The Village at Duxbury co-hosted the evening’s event.
This year’s Duxbury volunteers honored at the annual dinner included: Joan Tozzi, Paul Brogna, Lynn Marples, Peter Andrew, Mark Piesco, Rep. Josh Cutler, Lee Tenney, Senator Patrick O’Connor, Stephanie Wooley, Sue Bradford, Karen Wong, Mi Kim, Martha Dennison, Ashley Stehn, Cheryl Ross, Geraldine Thomson, Bill Kearney, Andrea Tougas, Alexis Dow, Diana Masood, Shelley Beeby, and Deone Matichak. Missing from the photograph are: Gail McCormack, Pam Campbell Smith, and Rev. Catherine Cullen.
Duxbury Community Volunteer for 2017, Karen Wong, is shown here with her husband, Ling Wong.

Actress and Author Marianne Leone Enthralls Village Audience

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 BackLeone’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.

Author Marianne Leone holds her latest book, Ma Speaks Up: And a First Generation Daughter Talks Back.
Author Marianne Leone kept the residents and staff of The Village spellbound as she read from her memoir about her mother, Ma Speaks Up: And a First Generation Daughter Talks Back.
Residents Barbara Blaze (L) and Marjorie O’Byrne, (Center) were delighted to have author and actress Marianne Leone sign copies of Leone’s latest book, Ma Speaks Up: And a First Generation Daughter Talks Back.
Author Marianne Leone moments before reading from her new book, Ma Speaks Up: And a First Generation Daughter Talks Back
Village audience members laugh as author Marianne Leone relates with honesty and humor, stories of growing up with her Italian immigrant mother in Leone’s new memoir. Village residents from left to right are: John Emler, Marion Paulson, Betty Humphreys, Maurine Lee, and Jerry Powell.
Author Marianne Leone signs copies of her new book, Ma Speaks Up: And a First Generation Daughter Talks Back , for Village staff members, (L to R) Elizabeth Dondero and Joanna Dow.
Shirley MacCormack, a Village at Duxbury resident, eagerly participates in the workout class designed for gardeners.

Gardeners get in the Groove with a Fitness Class!

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.

Village at Duxbury residents Susan Delahunt (left) and Paula Bothfeld (right) get pumped up about spring gardening using hand weights.
Village at Duxbury residents Susan Delahunt (left) and Paula Bothfeld (right) get pumped up about spring gardening using hand weights.
Fitness instructor Vito Fiorentino uses a thin wooden rod to lead the class through a series of exercise designed to prepare participants for a spring and summer of gardening.
Fitness instructor Vito Fiorentino uses a thin wooden rod to lead the class through a series of exercise designed to prepare participants for a spring and summer of gardening.
Betty Crosby, a Village at Duxbury resident, demonstrates the hand and finger exercises taught in the pre-gardening fitness class at the Village.
Betty Crosby, a Village at Duxbury resident, demonstrates the hand and finger exercises taught in the pre-gardening fitness class at the Village.
Shirley MacCormack, a Village at Duxbury resident, eagerly participates in the workout class designed for gardeners.
Shirley MacCormack, a Village at Duxbury resident, eagerly participates in the workout class designed for gardeners.
Village resident Susan Delahunt illustrates a hand-weight exercise in the community’s gardening warm-up fitness class.
Village resident Susan Delahunt illustrates a hand-weight exercise in the community’s gardening warm-up fitness class.
Delighted resident Roger Tancrell joins in the fun for the Boston Red Sox Home Opener celebration at The Village at Duxbury.

“Take Me Out to The Ballgame – On Opening Day!”

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.

Decked out in full team gear, Village at Duxbury resident Doris Prince is all-in for a win!
Decked out in full team gear, Village at Duxbury resident Doris Prince is all-in for a win!
The Men’s Chorus loves to sing and Opening Day provided the perfect opportunity. Featured from left to right are: Roger Tancrell, George Baird, Newt Churchill, Dan Hardenbergh, Clif Culenberg, Mac Banks. Bob Shaw, Ken Giles, Al Caldwell, Dr. Ray Cadieux, Fred Iarrobino, and Ernie Tesconi.
The Men’s Chorus loves to sing and Opening Day provided the perfect opportunity. Featured from left to right are: Roger Tancrell, George Baird, Newt Churchill, Dan Hardenbergh, Clif Culenberg, Mac Banks. Bob Shaw, Ken Giles, Al Caldwell, Dr. Ray Cadieux, Fred Iarrobino, and Ernie Tesconi.
Delighted resident Roger Tancrell joins in the fun for the Boston Red Sox Home Opener celebration at The Village at Duxbury.
Delighted resident Roger Tancrell joins in the fun for the Boston Red Sox Home Opener celebration at The Village at Duxbury.
Billie Mae Gordon, resident of The Village at Duxbury, takes instruction from Michael Winward, as the two glide effortlessly across the dance floor.

Let’s Dance!

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.

Billie Mae Gordon, resident of The Village at Duxbury, takes instruction from Michael Winward, as the two glide effortlessly across the dance floor.
Billie Mae Gordon, resident of The Village at Duxbury, takes instruction from Michael Winward, as the two glide effortlessly across the dance floor.
The Village at Duxbury staff member, Ninky Savage, enjoys dancing with resident Dick Pereira.
The Village at Duxbury staff member, Ninky Savage, enjoys dancing with resident Dick Pereira.
Clearly having a ball at the recent Ballroom Dancing class at The Village at Duxbury are resident Betty Bingham and Instructor Michael Winward.
Clearly having a ball at the recent Ballroom Dancing class at The Village at Duxbury are resident Betty Bingham and Instructor Michael Winward.
The community’s watercolor class is bustling with activity as Village artists tackle this week’s assignment. Featured in the back row, left to right are Neale Birdsall and Margaret Rhoads. The next row features (l to r) Janis Bigelow and instructor Mary LoPiccolo and Betty Crosby, and in the front row is Marj Burgard.

Discover Your Inner Artist!

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.

Instructor Mary LoPiccolo and resident Betty Crosby take a momentary break after discussing Betty’s watercolor in process.
Instructor Mary LoPiccolo and resident Betty Crosby take a momentary break after discussing Betty’s watercolor in process.
Village at Duxbury resident Margaret Rhoads works on her watercolor during the weekly class led by instructor Mary LoPiccolo.
Village at Duxbury resident Margaret Rhoads works on her watercolor during the weekly class led by instructor Mary LoPiccolo.
The community’s watercolor class is bustling with activity as Village artists tackle this week’s assignment. Featured in the back row, left to right are Neale Birdsall and Margaret Rhoads. The next row features (l to r) Janis Bigelow and instructor Mary LoPiccolo and Betty Crosby, and in the front row is Marj Burgard.
The community’s watercolor class is bustling with activity as Village artists tackle this week’s assignment. Featured in the back row, left to right are Neale Birdsall and Margaret Rhoads. The next row features (l to r) Janis Bigelow and instructor Mary LoPiccolo and Betty Crosby, and in the front row is Marj Burgard.
Village artist Mary Libbey proudly displays one of her previously completed paintings in a different medium.
Village artist Mary Libbey proudly displays one of her previously completed paintings in a different medium.
Resident Neale Birdsall places a beautiful swatch of color on the watercolor he is working on.
Resident Neale Birdsall places a beautiful swatch of color on the watercolor he is working on.
Artist Ann Zaniboni begins her watercolor with a lovely, soft blue sky.
Artist Ann Zaniboni begins her watercolor with a lovely, soft blue sky.
Watercolor instructor Mary LoPiccolo gives a broad smile as she begins her own work during the weekly class at The Village at Duxbury.
Watercolor instructor Mary LoPiccolo gives a broad smile as she begins her own work during the weekly class at The Village at Duxbury.