Until moving to Pennswood Village in early 2015, Henry and Nancy Arnold had lived in cities for decades, and most recently, New York. The Arnolds discovered Pennswood Village through a friend, and once they decided to move from NYC, they made another visit to Newtown. Within hours of coming back to Pennswood, they knew it was the right place for them to call home. During their move-in appointment, though, the Arnolds requested something . . . atypical.
Minimalists, maximizing their lifestyle
“We wanted a studio apartment, and they told us that in years past studio apartments were only for singles,” Nancy said. “But our friend Susan, whose mother was a resident here, chimed in to make sure the team knew we were specially suited for a small space. Luckily Pennswood was happy to work with us.”
“We live a minimalist lifestyle and have learned that living with fewer things is easy,” Henry added. “Our previous apartments were 325 square feet [in Princeton] and 450 square feet [in Manhattan’s East Village], so the 500 square-foot studio here is perfect.” Read the full article »
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.
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 »
“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 »
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.
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 »