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Holiday Festivities at Pennswood Village

The holidays at Pennswood are full of activities and events celebrating the season! Families and friends gather to share their traditions, and because Pennswood residents come from a multitude of backgrounds and cultures, there is a variety of activities and events in which to participate.

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The Social Justice Committee at Pennswood Hosts Poverty Simulation

“This welfare simulation dramatically demonstrates how much time and energy many families have to give just to survive from day to day. It quickly dispels the myth that ‘people would do fine if they would only go out and get a job!’”  – past participant in a previous simulation – Pennswood Village Press Release

The social justice committee at Pennswood Village partnered with the Bucks County Opportunity Council to host a poverty simulation. The social justice committee, a wholly resident-run committee, is active within Pennswood and also in greater Bucks County. The simulation was designed to give people a better understanding of the challenges of living in poverty. Read the full article »




A New Addition to Wellness at Pennswood Village: A Recumbent Tricycle

Despite having a low profile, Pennswood’s latest ‘resident’ has been getting around quite a bit since arriving recently, and has even attracted a small but growing fan club.

That ‘resident’ is a three-wheeled recumbent tricycle.

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Meet Bernice King, Chair of the Pennswood Art Gallery Committee

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 »




Friendly neighbors: Fostering intergenerational connections at Pennswood Village

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.

children from the Friends School

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 »




Gardening at Pennswood, Part 2: Sowing seeds beyond the campus

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 »




Growing Goodness: Gardening at Pennswood Village

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 »




Exploring Creative Opportunities at Pennswood Village

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 »




The value of a one-bedroom apartment home at Pennswood Village? A bigger lifestyle!

The trend toward living in “tiny homes” is huge these days. So many people— from those just starting out, to retirees and seniors—are embracing the value of living in smaller spaces. Why? Because smaller space living frees up more time, energy and resources for experiencing life to the fullest!

The variety of one-bedroom apartment home floor plans at Pennswood Village in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, meets the needs of today’s active older adults. If you’re seeking an expansive lifestyle without the work, expense and hassle of maintaining a big home, you can find it at Pennswood Village. Read the full article »




Springtime along Bluebird Trail with the Pennswood Birders

Ann Baker

Ann Baker

When spring takes wing at Pennswood, it’s an ideal time to discover the Bluebird Trail and the Bird Sanctuary located in the stunning natural environment which is Pennswood’s Meadow. “A great way to start is to contact the Pennswood Birders,” says Ann Baker, a five-year Pennswood resident.

Ann is the facilitator of the Pennswood Birders, one of the many committees and clubs that make Pennswood Village so diversely engaging for residents with interests of all kinds.

When it comes to the Meadow, home of the Bluebird Trail and the Bird Sanctuary, “I could go on forever!” laughs Ann. “It’s the kind of tall grass prairie ecosystem that our forebears drove through in their covered wagons. The main plant here is Big Bluestem Grass, which is mixed with other native grasses, as well as familiar native wildflowers such as Goldenrod and Black Eyed Susans.” Read the full article »




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