Ten years ago, the Pennswood Art Gallery was in trouble. When the world of art gallery curation shifted online, the committee of residents managing Pennswood Village’s main gallery experienced challenges in sourcing artists to exhibit there. As artists’ portfolios went digital, the committee could no longer travel to meet with local artists at their studios. This left the Pennswood Art Gallery on the brink of closure.
Enter Bernice King. Read the full article »
At Pennswood Village, making friends has no limits. Residents from all walks of life, all backgrounds and all cultures create a unique community of individuals. As part of Pennswood Village’s steadfast encouragement of lifelong growth, the community offers programs focused on creating intergenerational connections. Programs like these, which bring older adults and children together, have been shown to have research-backed benefits for all who participate.
With its proximity to the Newtown Friends School, Pennswood residents connect with schoolchildren on a regular basis. Each week during the school year, Pennswood residents such as Sallie H. and Amelia M. meet with a wide range of students at the school to share stories and participate in activities. It’s truly an all-ages experience. As our residents will tell you, it’s up for debate who learns more from whom! Read the full article »
When Mary Wademan decided to move from Manhattan’s Upper East Side to a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), she was sure of one thing – or so she thought.
“For heaven’s sake, I’m not moving to Pennsylvania!” Mary exclaimed to her daughter, who knew about Pennswood Village from living in Princeton, New Jersey. Once Mary and her family visited Pennswood for the first time, however, Mary’s mindset on moving from NYC to Pennsylvania completely changed.
As part of the beautiful, enriching campus, gardening at Pennswood isn’t confined to the community’s one-acre plot, or even to generational or national borders. Residents grow plants in other parts of the community, while also growing connections with those beyond Pennswood Village from near and far.
Many residents at Pennswood Village enjoy growing flowers and other plants around their residences’ patios and balconies. Resident Jenny Hollingshead does both, tending to the flowers outside of her and her neighbors’ apartments, as well as working in the meadow garden. Read the full article »
Pennswood Village offers residents a variety of avenues to grow, and some of those avenues literally involve planting seeds in the earth.
“I’m weeding and harvesting and enjoying every minute of it,” says resident Sue Espenshade, who begins most of her days nurturing the flora she’s planted in her part of the community’s garden. Read the full article »
The lively community atmosphere at Pennswood Village has fostered wonderful relationships among residents that make neighbors feel like “family.” In some cases, it’s more than a figure of speech.
Daisy Grubbs has lived at Pennswood for a decade and a half. Her brother, Art Crooke, moved into the community five years ago. They were familiar with the area because their brother, Leonard Crooke’s, dairy farm was about nine miles away.
One of the most important advantages to living here is the excellent healthcare at Pennswood Village, which is available to all residents if he or she experiences a health challenge.
“Staying healthy is a big part of aging successfully,” Charles Whitlock, Director of Health Services for Pennswood Village, says. “People who are just starting to learn about our community usually focus on this vital topic from the beginning.
“I’m glad it is top of mind for them, as it gives me a chance to show what a great advantage it is to live here if you experience a health issue,” he explains.
Eadie Shanker moved from New York City to Pennswood Village two years ago. She writes about the process that led her to this decision in hopes that her fellow New Yorkers and teacher union members might benefit from her experience:
I retired in 1997 and spent almost two-decades living alone in Manhattan. By 2015, I was slowing down and did not want to live alone in the future. I wanted to be in a supportive community, but I had no idea of how to begin my search. A friend advised me to visit Quaker Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) near the city and others in Bucks County. Read the full article »
The life of the community at Pennswood Village thrives on its residents’ artistic interests and creative energies, which are evident as soon as you step on campus.
“When you walk into the community building, there’s a dedicated art gallery that rotates every two months with an exhibit by a professional artist,” resident Julia Beers explains. “The artist comes, gives a talk, then we go look at the work. It makes it more of a learning experience.”
“Some really superior artists have come here,” she notes.
It’s not just external artists who are highlighted in Pennswood’s art galleries, however. Read the full article »
“My move to Pennswood Village from New York City was a progression,” Claire Speciner says. A resident of our beautiful community for more than four months, Claire recalls, “Moving to Pennsylvania was not something I thought I’d ever consider. And now I love it here, especially the people! It’s very different but I don’t miss the city at all.”
Still a practicing psychotherapist, Claire maintains her practice in New York City and visits every few weeks. She also meets her clients via phone from her new home at Pennswood Village.
“I had lived in my rent-controlled apartment in Chelsea in New York for 35 years,” she says. “It was near the High Line and I never thought I’d leave.” Read the full article »