"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.

An Unexpected Gift

By Justine Vogel, President and CEO, RiverWoods

By Justine Vogel, RiverWoods President and CEO

2015 Sunday River senior ski trip with residents from RiverWoods at Exeter Continuing Care Retirement Community CCRC Exeter NH

Sometimes, out of nowhere, someone gives you a gift. About 5 years ago I received an unexpected gift from a group of RiverWoods residents. Jean Ingwersen and Lois Swick and a bunch of their friends were heading to Sunday River for an Elderhostel (now known as Road Scholar) ski trip. Knowing I was a Sunday River skier they gave me the gift of an invitation to join them and I did, and have, every year now for 5 years.

VIDEO: RiverWoods residents hitting the ski slopes (:41 sec.)

We got together last week with fresh snow, single digit temps, double digit winds and a whole host of good skill and good attitude. Over the course of the morning we hit 4 peaks and lots of fresh powder. We kept moving because the air was pretty arctic, but also because I was afraid they would razz me if I didn’t keep up!

My guess is that most skiers know that special feeling of freedom that skiing provides. Being in the splendor of the mountains and experiencing the rush of floating down the trail with fresh, fluffy snow spraying your shins…

A sweet sound of winter

Thank you to the RiverWoods Snow Removal Team!!As one resident put it, "Nothing sounds sweeter than the sound of someone else's shovel outside your window!" We're so proud of the hard working snow removal team here at RiverWoods! This crew has worked some long hours in recent weeks to keep up with this snowy winter!

The Epic of Gilgamesh Comes to Life

Blog and photos by Bob Jones, RiverWoods at Exeter resident since 2010Sebastian Lockwood brings The Epic of Gilgamesh Comes to Life at RiverWoods CCRC in Exeter NHOn a recent snowy evening Sebastian Lockwood, poet, educator and storyteller, came to RiverWoods to tell us the story of Gilgamesh, King of Uruk, Mesopotamia, "Surpassing all other Kings", the King of Kings, who lived some 2500 years BC.

Sebastian Lockwood managed to navigate the slippery roads from Greenfield, NH, west of Manchester, to RiverWoods in time to have dinner and a lively conversation with a small group of residents from The Woods, The Ridge and The Boulders.

And then the fun began. Sebastian started off slowly filing us in on the discovery of the 12 tablets of the Epic of Gilgamesh in the middle 1800s followed by a translation of the cuneiform text a few years later. The Epic of Gilgamesh is often regarded as the first great work of literature.

This synopsis from the web is the story that Sebastian related to us with the with enthusiasm and great animation as the attached photos show:

Super Bowl party always better with food, friends and up on on the big screen

Super Bowl party at RiverWoods Exeter NH

From presidential candidates and policy makers to poets and musicians, We have had some pretty phenomenal guests and programs for RiverWoods residents, but we like to have some fun too!

Thank you to RiverWood’s resident Bob Jones for sharing some of his pics from the recent Super Bowl party! There was pizza, beer, wine and even some Seattle fans!  ;-)

Juno looks good in the rear view mirror

Blue skies, big snowbanks and open roads – We are happy to report that Juno is in our rear view mirror! The summary? Most records say 28 inches of snow fell, we had close to 50 staff sleep overnight, and we never lost power! Our staff worked hard, and residents benefitted from festive meals, seamless nursing staffing and the blissful sound of someone else shoveling outside their windows. Today will be dedicated to digging out cars, and gassing up our full fleet of Campus Services vehicles to get residents to their appointments and errands.

 Wednesday, 1/28/15, 10:30 am:

 Tuesday, 1/27/15, 4:25 pm:

A Sweet Surprise

A sweet Surprise from Sabrina's Sweets in Exeter, NH.A holiday tradition among some RiverWoods employees is that instead of giving gifts to each other, the team contributes their own funds to purchase gifts for local families, and recipients are chosen through several fellow nonprofits including Seacoast Family Promise and Child and Family Services of NH. This year, a recipient “paid it forward” by bringing homemade cupcakes to the RiverWoods office – an unexpected treat. Thank you, Sabrina for an inspiring and delicious gesture! Very yummy indeed! We wish her best of luck with her new business called Sabrina's Sweets! For more information on Sabrina's Sweets, you can visit Sabrina's Sweets on Facebook for contact info and more.

RiverWoods Employee Appreciation Day

2014 RiverWoods at Exeter Employee Appreciation CelebrationThe annual RiverWoods employee appreciation celebration is a chance for RiverWoods residents to say thank you to all of the warm hearted, hardworking people who work at RiverWoods. Aside from the opportunity for residents and staff to mix and mingle, one of the highlights is the seemingly endless spread of homemade cookies made with love (and some highly coveted top-secret recipes!) by the residents of RiverWoods. The tradition speaks to the powerful bond that exists between RiverWoods residents and staff.

This year, RiverWoods resident Bob Jones wrote the following poem to mark the occasion...