RiverWoods Day Declared in New Hampshire

RiverWoods Community Celebrates 20 Year Anniversaryclick to view photo gallery - RiverWoods Day in New Hampshire

As part of our 20th Anniversary celebration, Governor Maggie Hassan proclaimed Friday, September 26, 2014, as RiverWoods Day in the state of New Hampshire. RiverWoods residents, staff, Board and members of the community gathered for a BBQ on campus to celebrate the 20 year milestone and release of the new RiverWoods history book titled, "The RiverWoods Revolution: How Two Women Transformed the Lives of Hundreds" (A big thanks to RiverWoods residents Ellie Bernasconi and Bob Jones for sharing some of their great photos!)

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Counting Down to RiverWoods Gala 2014

"Help Today, Hope for Tomorrow" to benefit Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Exeter, NH

Biennial fundraiser features live and silent auction, music, food, wine tastings and more RiverWoods residents and auction volunteers pictured with a few of the items up for bid at this year’s gala. Left to right are RiverWoods resident Jean Ingwersen; Cleo Castonguay of SVdP, Susanna Ulfelder, RiverWoods resident, Penny Teodorczyk of RiverWoods, and Jane Kaufman, RiverWoods resident.

Tickets are on sale now for the biennial RiverWoods Gala, happening Saturday, October 18, starting at 5:30pm, at The Boulders campus at RiverWoods Retirement Community in Exeter. This year’s theme: Help Today, Hope for Tomorrow.

Presented in partnership with Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Exeter (SVdP), the event will feature live and silent auctions, a spectacular smorgasbord of gourmet delights including carving stations and a raw bar, live music, tastings of wine from local wineries and a few hundred revelers from throughout New England.

This year, the auction block boasts a wide array of items from a vacation in Sanibel Island, Florida; to New England ski adventures, Disney World tickets and romantic getaways; concert, sporting event and theatre tickets; spa retreats; home improvement services as well as fine art and hand-crafted furniture from local artisans.

RiverWoods song celebrates community, independence and friendship at our Exeter, New Hampshire Retirement Community

RiverWoods at Exeter residents gather for a photo after recording their original song about RiverWoods CCRC in Exeter, NH. A group of residents here at RiverWoods Retirement Community teamed up to write and record this original song about RiverWoods at Exeter. The RiverWoods song and subsequent music video started when RiverWoods resident John Eresian was sitting at the Piano in 2013 and said, "We need a RiverWoods Song". Enter John's fellow resident Howie Colwell, who has an impressive career as an ad man in New York City, and has written many jingles and ads...

Celebrating a 20 year tradition of staying active

RiverWoods has always been a community focused on wellness and staying fit , so one of the ways we decided to celebrate our 20th anniversary was with a campus-wide walk/run event with residents, staff, and their families. It was a beautiful day to be out and about! The course threaded through all three campuses with water stops, cheering spectators along the way and a celebration at the finish line.

What a day!! 2014 RiverWoods at Exeter Walk/Run event

Live osprey makes a few new friends on campus

Osprey-tracking-presentation-at-riverwoods-ccrc-exeter-nh Blog and Photos by Bob Jones
RiverWoods resident since 2010

Iain MacLeod, Executive Director of the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center came with one of his feathered friends to tell us about "Project Osprey Track", a program for tracking Ospreys that was initiated in 2011 at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. During Iain's talk we learned something amazing facts; there is only one species of Osprey found around the world unlike Eagles for example where there are several species...

Education Committee Explores US/China Relations

Blog and Photos by Bob Jones, RiverWoods at Exeter resident since 2010Dr. Margaret Karns, Professor Emerita, of Political Science at the University of Dayton visited RiverWoods to present "Eagle and Dragon: Can the US and China Get Along"; certainly a topic of the hour in US Foreign Relations.

Peggy provide an excellent review of the issues confronting the US as it tries to understand and develop its political and economic relations with the second largest economy and one of the fastest growing economies in the world. She addressed the issue of why relations between the US and China matter, not only to the US but also in the larger scheme of issues in Southeast Asia and indeed the world.

Sounds of Spring

Mary Towse-Beck performs piano concert at RiverWoods at Exeter When it comes to activities and education programs on campus, there really is something for everyone and April has been no exception. RiverWoods recently welcomed Mary Towse-Beck for a marvelous piano concert. There was a devoted group of music lovers from The Woods, The Ridge and The Boulders who gathered to enjoy this afternoon treat. The major work of the afternoon concert was the Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Opus 58 (1844) by Frederic Chopin. It was a wonderful piece played with great skill and feeling.

A thoughtful April Fools' Day tradition

A group of graffiti knitters from RiverWoods and Womendade has once again taken April Fools’ day and made it their own. This group of civic minded fiber artists created a knit interpretation of the Dr. Seuss book, “One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish.”

On the morning of April Fools’ they installed the creation outside the Exeter Public Library. It’s part of the 2014 'tag'it Graffiti Knitting project, a 'crafty FUNraiser' for WOMANADE of Greater Squamscott. Similar creations based on other children’s books were placed at libraries in neighboring towns.

The goal of the project is to get kids to read each book, visit each participating library to see the book inspired art and the get their special ‘tag it’ passports stamped by the librarian.  

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Retirement Rocks

RiverWoods resident Howie Colwell sings a scratch track at The Electric Cave Recording Studio in Portsmouth, NH. Howie and a group of his fellow RiverWoods resident singers were recording a music video for a song he wrote about RiverWoods Retirement Community.

A RiverWoods Way of Handling Winter

The great thing about winter at RiverWoods is that you can can leave the snow removal to us and focus on doing more of the things you love to do . For one group of RiverWoods residents, that means an annual ski trip to Sunday River with Justine Vogel , RiverWoods President and CEO.

Left to right: RiverWoods Residents, Dot Jacobs, Ellie Bernasconi, Justine Vogel, Jean Ingwersen, Sonia Schaetzel, Lois Swick

As you'll see in Justine's blog and video below, this group knows how to make the most of all this snow!

From Justine:

Justine Vogel, RiverWoods President and CEO I generally love my job. I work with great people (residents and staff), it is fun and interesting. I have done it for a while and there have been many super days, but a recent Tuesday was special. My favorite work day of the year. I spent three hours skiing at Sunday River with 6 of our residents (age range 75-88). Great skiers, great ladies, great fun. I loved that our RiverWoodsers were shredding the slopes, I loved being with them and hearing about their kids and grandkids and fun vacations, but what I loved the most was how they were crushing stereotypes with every turn. Some people think at 83 you need a rocking chair. I don't think so - all they need are some powder skis and blue sky. Bring on the snow!  - Justine