Works from Rodin, Renoir and Whistler line the halls of famous galleries like the Guggenheim, National Gallery of Art and Musée d’Orsay in Paris, but Pennswood Village claims its own collection of fine arts ranging from sculptures, pottery and collages, to oils, watercolors and photography. It’s a source of great pride in our community when visitors admire the art on our campus for us to say the artist calls Pennswood home.
The community has a designated art gallery to showcase Pennswood talent – The Resident Art Gallery. “Located just inside our main entrance, The Gallery showcases five exhibitions each year featuring solo as well as group shows around various themes. The Gallery is open to the public and each exhibition is celebrated with a reception,” said Elaine Daniels, a porcelain sculpture artist, and member of the Resident Art Gallery Committee.Read the full article »
There’s a good chance that “Big City Fun,” a musical revue performed by Pennswood Village residents, still has its audience humming a tune and tapping their feet. The annual resident-run musical event, which debuted on May 6 and May 7 in Penn Hall, featured 25 musical numbers from the Great American Songbook.Read the full article »
It’s just another day at Pennswood Village when a nationally recognized playwright, librettist, screenwriter and stage director writes and directs a play for local schoolchildren. First, she wants to bring awareness to the serious issue of climate change and second, she wants to foster the love of theater in students.
Pennswood Village resident Joan Vail Thorne continues to write professionally for the theater, but she recently wrote and directed “Listen to the World,” an Earth Day skit for Newtown Friends School’s second graders. The show debuted on May 7th to an audience of Pennswood Village residents and parents of the performing students.Read the full article »
You’ve heard the saying, “There’s an app for that.” In this digital age, users of Apple and Android smartphones can collectively download more than 4 million apps to their devices. In early February, Pennswood Village introduced its own app to help residents stay fully engaged with the community’s services and programs.Read the full article »
Drums Alive, a unique music-based exercise program, has come to Pennswood Village! The program has gained popularity around the world because it’s not only fun and energetic, but also has a long list of potential health benefits for both the body and mind. During the program, each participant has a stability ball, a riser to hold the ball and a set of drumsticks. The instructor teaches a few moves, then the music starts playing. For the next 45 minutes, participants drum along together, dancing and enjoying the collective sounds!Read the full article »
Your first day at a retirement community is exciting, nerve-wracking and full of new things. Maybe you’re not sure where to grab a bite to eat, how to get to the pool, or how to get involved in an activity. There are so many new places to see and people to meet, and you may not be sure of just where to start.
That’s where the Pennswood Village Newcomers Club comes in—a club dedicated to helping new Pennswood residents become acclimated with the many opportunities available. The Club, which first started in November of 2016, helps new residents get oriented to the Pennswood community. The Club meets on the first and third Tuesday of every month, with a mix of new, newer, and “veteran” residents attending.Read the full article »
The residents at Pennswood Village recently held a film festival that spanned several nights to celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Timed to be viewed around his birthday, the film festival showcased three films that explored King’s life or other themes in the fight for racial equality. The films acted as a catalyst, sparking conversations among residents about race issues and potential ways to become allies in the struggle to live up to our nation’s ideals of justice for all.
Pennswood Village residents are proud advocates of racial equality, with several different committees dedicated to peace, equality, and social justice. The event was organized by residents on the Peace and Social Justice Committee and the Quakerism Committee, two groups that work for peace and equality in all capacities.Read the full article »
When David Swain and his wife, Caroline, moved to Pennswood Village about 10 years ago, they were excited to begin their active community lifestyle. They explored many of the resident organizations and events, but found none that revolved around one of their favorite passions: traveling. That’s when the two decided to start a group, now known as the Sharing Travel Adventures group, where residents can share their travel adventures with one another.Read the full article »
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.Read the full article »
“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 »