A big crowd for the annual RiverWoods BBQ

A high flying birthday for one RiverWoods resident

RiverWoods resident Bill Romain's birthday flightblog and photos by Bob Jones, RiverWoods at Exeter resident since 2010RiverWoods resident Bill Romaine celebrated his 94th birthday by going out to Hampton Airfield to make a flight where he has been flying a light plane since he moved to RiverWoods. Bill is no longer allowed to solo, so he flies with an instructor, Bob, as co-pilot. However Bill does do all the flying from takeoff to landing.

Bill told me that he learned to fly sometime in the 80s when he built an ultralight with a one cylinder engine. To hear Bill tell it he learned to fly at the Minute Man Airfield in Stow Mass. by “Crow Hopping” his ultralight down the runway, much to the consternation of the man who sold him the kit, until he got the hang of it and finally made a flight around the airport, and in his words, somehow landed. Later he purchased an ultralight with a bigger engine and flew it a great deal.

Jane Kelly and her owls steal the show!

Blog and photos by RiverWoods resident Bob JonesJane Kelly presenting at RiverWoods Continuing Care Retirement Community in Exeter NHJane Kelly of Epping, a licensed raptor rehabilitator recently came to RiverWoods to share her story, and show three of her raptors. She was introduced by Carolie Martin of the Education Committee who arranged for Jane's RiverWoods visit.

Jane brought a Eastern Screech Owl, a Barn Owl and a Great Horned Owl.

She became interested in raptor recovery after seeing a large number of raptors killed or severely injured along Route 101 in a one month period.

"Old Man on a Bicycle: A ride across America and How to Realize a More Enjoyable Old Age"

Author Don Peterson shares his story with RiverWoods residents

Blog and photos by Bob Jones, RiverWoods resident since 2010Don Peterson presents at RiverWoods - courtesy photoDon Peterson along with his wife Julie and his daughter Susan joined us for Don's story of his ride across America on a bicycle following his retirement from the Foreign Service after serving many years as a US Ambassador to several countries in Africa.  The story he told us is recounted in the material copied below from Amazon as an introduction to his book about the adventure entitled:
"Old Man on a Bicycle: A Ride Across America and How to Realize a More Enjoyable Old Age".

A couple from RiverWoods performs their own love song about life at the Exeter, NH CCRC

Howie and Lydia Colwell moved to Ri

An Apple a Day...

Dr. Joanne Curran-Celentano presenting at RiverWoods CCRC Exeter New HampshireDr. Joanne Curran-Celentano recently presented a talk to RiverWoods residents entitled "How Does an Apple a Day Keep the Doctor Away" sponsored by the Resident Education Committee and the Resident Fitness Committee.

Joanne Curran-Celentano is Professor of Nutritional Sciences at the University of New Hampshire, where she teaches and also explores why diets rich in fruits and vegetables decrease the risk of chronic disease.

Bravo! NHAPA Performers Shine on Stage

BRAVO!!! Thank you NHAPA performers for putting on a wonderful show here at RiverWoods at Exeter over the weekend!

Posted by RiverWoods at Exeter on Monday, April 6, 2015

"Scandi-folk" Scandinavian Fiddle Duo performance

Scandi-folk-Scandinavian-Fiddle duo performs at RiverWoodsOn a recent Thursday evening we had a wonderful concert by a delightful duo of two extraordinary fiddle players who entertained us with music from Scandinavia. Andrea played the fiddle while Lydia played a five string and a "nickkelharpa" with 16 strings.

Timeless Love: three residents share their stories of romance

click to read full article at SeacoastOnline.comYes, it does happen.The RiverWoods community creates new friendships and sometimes even new love. When residents move to a retirement communtiy, they expect to meet new people, become involved in new activities and enjoy more free time. But sometimes serendipity steps in and the beautiful and unexpected happens.

To Mount Rainier and back in one evening!

By Bob Jones, RiverWoods resident since 2010Mt. Rainier presentation at RiverWoods CCRC Exeter, NHTom Martin, son of RiverWoods residents, Anne and Dick Martin, recently carried us to far away Mt Rainier. Tom shared his photos and the story of an intensive two day climb with 5 partners to summit Mt. Rainier by a difficult technical climbing route rather than the traditional route.

This route included both technical ice climbing as well as rock climbing starting early (before dawn) on the morning of the second day, summiting and returning on the second day. The hike out included a long rope rappel down and ice face and a delightful glissade down a snow slope that involves sliding on your bottom using your ice axe for a brake.