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Every day Pennswood Village is abuzz with activity. From art gallery shows and yoga classes, to lifelong learning opportunities and cultural performances, residents can always find an abundance of things to see and do. This page posts the latest news about events and happenings, from announcements about your favorite causes to new staff members. Just click on the title of the press release to get all the details. Be sure to check back often, as items are updated regularly. Also, if you have news to share, please call 215-504-1118 or email us at info@pennswood.org.

 

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Pennswood Art Gallery Hosts Opening Reception for Lesa Chittenden Lim Exhibit Sunday, November 18, 2018

“Foggy Morning” by Lesa Chittenden Lim, pastel and watercolor, 25” x 31”

On Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018 an exhibit of the paintings of Lesa Chittenden Lim will open at the Pennswood Art Gallery, 1382 Newtown-Langhorne Road, Newtown, PA with a wine and cheese reception from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., preceded by an illustrated presentation by the artist from 2:00 to 3:00 in Penn Hall.  Both events are free and open to the public.

Lim, a graduate of and teacher at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, says her paintings are inspired by an emotional response to nature – to trees in particular.   Although she often works on site, she says, “Rather than recording an exact external reality, I express the inner sensations caused by my visual perceptions; calmness, serenity, movement, awe, desolation to name a few.” Her paintings are quiet  – a few trees, a moon, a setting suggesting an Asian simplicity, a subtle spareness with titles like “Dancing in the Light,” or “First Love”, or “New Beginnings”  – all expressed in pastel or watercolor and pastel.

Lim, who divides her time between  Philadelphia and northern Michigan, came to painting after she left managing a $500 million division of a Fortune 100 company to carry out her original vision of life as an artist.

Her work has earned her awards such as Art of Sleeping Bear Dunes Dennos Museum, an artist’s residency at Sleeping Bear National Park, a place in Woodmere Museum permanent collection and at the Ross School, University of Michigan among many others.

The Pennswood Art Gallery, which has been exhibiting artists for 34 years including such famous names as Harry Leith Ross, Daniel Garber, and more recently John Redmond, Earl B. Lewis, Tremain Smith, William Hogan and Peter Treiber is a non-profit, contemporary fine art gallery located in Pennswood Village on Route 413 south of the Newtown by-pass, adjacent to George School. For information about the exhibit and pre-opening artist’s presentation call 215-968-9110.


Pennswood Village to Host Candidate Forum for the 142nd PA State Assembly District on November 1

Frank Farry

Lauren Lareau

Pennswood Village will host a Candidate Forum for the 142nd PA State Assembly District on Thursday, November 1 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Community’s Penn Hall. Former Langhorne mayor emeritus Chris Blaydon will moderate and ask each candidate the same questions, solicited from Pennswood Village residents in advance — and written questions from the audience. Lauren Lareau (D) will go first (previously decided by a coin toss) followed by Frank Farry (R). Candidate profiles and positions are available at Vote411.org.

 


Pennswood Art Gallery Hosts Opening Reception for Eva Mantell

On Sunday, Sept. 16, an exhibit of Eva Mantell’s paintings and sculptures will open at the Pennswood Art Gallery, 1382 Newtown-Langhorne Rd., Newtown, PA with a wine and cheese reception from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., preceded by an illustrated presentation by the artist from 2:00 to 3:00 in Penn Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.

Mantell fashions soft, evocative paintings by combining acrylic with torn magazine pages on canvases that envelope the viewer in subtle suggestions of nature and emotional atmosphere. Likewise her sculptures each cut magically from a single, paper coffee cup expand on the theme of minimalism often blossoming into objects of wonder and beauty, testing, as Mantell says, an objects tolerance for change, and that gestures and structures grow from actions.

Mantell, a resident of Princeton, received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania magna cum laude, MFA from the School of Visual Arts, NYC and spent a Junior year at Somerville College, Oxford University and has exhibited widely. Her work is in the collections of such renowned venues as Brown University; The Cleveland Art Institute; University of Delaware; The Museum of Modern Art; The Brooklyn Museum of Art; The Walker Art Center, Yale University; and other private and public collections.

The Pennswood Art Gallery, which has been exhibiting artists for 34 years including such famous names as Harry Leith Ross, Daniel Garber, and more recently Jon Redmond, Earl B. Lewis, Bruce Garrity, William B. Hogan and Peter B. Treiber is a non-profit, contemporary fine art gallery located in Pennswood Village on Rt. 413 south of the Newtown by-pass, adjacent to George School.  For information about the exhibit and pre-opening artist’s presentation call 215-968-9110.


Pennswood Village Foundation Holds First Annual Meeting and Selects Officers

Pennswood Village Foundation Board. Front Row: Susan Abtouche, Nancy Morrill, Cindy Johnson. Back Row: Michael Griffin, Ron Slivka, David Satterthwaite, Dan Murray, Bruce Woodger, George McLaughlin.

June 7, 2018: Newtown, PA – The Pennswood Village Foundation met for its first annual meeting on May 30, 2018. The Pennswood Village Board of Directors, with the support of the Pennswood Village Residents Association and Hospice Care by Pennswood Village, established the Pennswood Village Foundation in November, 2017, to serve as the philanthropic arm of the senior living community, located in Newtown, Bucks County.

During the meeting, the Foundation nominated the following Officers:

  • President, Nancy Morrill, Pennswood Village Resident;
  • Vice-President, George McLaughlin, Pennswood Village Board of Directors;
  • Secretary, Bob Anderson, Community Member;
  • Treasurer, Delia Bass Dandridge, Pennswood Village Board of Directors;
  • Executive Director of the Pennswood Village Foundation, Susan Abtouche.

“We are excited that the Foundation is now a reality,” said Nancy Morrill, “Pennswood Village residents, families, and friends have a long history of generosity and philanthropy in support of our community and its members. The development of the Pennswood Foundation will enable us to integrate our fundraising efforts and better support our philanthropic mission of supporting residents who outlive their assets, provide quality resident activities, scholarship opportunities for our staff, capital improvements, program development, and other support for Pennswood Village.”

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Media Contact: Jennifer Doone; 215-504-1122, doone@pennswood.org

Pennswood Village is a Quaker-directed continuing care retirement community (CCRC) for people 65 and older. Nestled in the beautiful countryside of Bucks County, Pa., Pennswood is a welcoming place of true hospitality that offers many opportunities for physical, intellectual, social and spiritual growth. Find out more at pennswood.org.


Pennswood Village Resident Jim Smith Appointed to Middletown Township’s Disabled Persons Advisory Board

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 23, 2018

Newtown, PAPennswood Village resident Jim Smith has been appointed to serve on the Middletown Township’s Disabled Persons Advisory Board. As a polio survivor, Jim has been a volunteer and advocate for people with disabilities throughout his life.

In addition to his work with the board, Jim has worked with the University of Villanova’s College of Nursing in a ground-breaking program called “Standardized Patients with Disabilities,” which aims to teach nurses and nurse practitioners the skills needed to help patients who are disabled or wheelchair-bound.

According to Middletown Township’s website, “The Disabled Persons Advisory Board assists the Township in all matters necessary to comply with the mandates of the Americans with Disabilities Act, provides a forum for the public to address the problems and concerns of the disabled in our community, and provides education and resources to benefit members of the community with disabilities.”

In the past, the board has worked to increase the number of accessible parking spaces within the township and also to increase access to ball fields and parks. The board also worked with the Public Works Department on the importance of snow removal at crosswalks, and assisted in the acquisition of a listening system for the hearing impaired for the public hall in the municipal center.

The Middletown Township Board of Supervisors established the board in 2000. Board members serve 2-year terms, and the board holds monthly meetings that are open to the public.

Jim and his wife Mary came to Pennswood from Penndel, PA, in November 2015, after being active in the community’s polio support group, as well as the choral group.

For volunteer opportunities with the Disabled Persons Advisory Board, you can visit them online.

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Pennswood Village Establishes Foundation to Support Fundraising Needs of Community

l to r: Lance Mervine, Leslie Wendel, and David Satterthwaite

November 15, 2017. Newtown, PA – The Pennswood Village Board of Directors has established the Pennswood Village Foundation to serve as the philanthropic arm of the senior living community, located in Newtown, Bucks County. Today, the Chair of the Pennswood Village Board of Directors David Satterthwaite; the President of the Pennswood Village Residents Association Leslie Wendel; and the Chair of Hospice Care by Pennswood Lance Mervine, gathered together with members of the organization’s Stewardship Committee to sign the Articles of Incorporation.

“Pennswood Village has a long and rich tradition of philanthropy,” said Ben Hoyle, Pennswood’s CEO. “Throughout our history, our residents, families, board, staff, and other stakeholders have contributed generously to all of our fundraising efforts. In the past giving opportunities at Pennswood were offered through a variety of different organizations and a variety of different funds. The establishment of the Pennswood Foundation will enable us to integrate our fundraising efforts so that our generous donors can better meet their philanthropic goals and Pennswood can better meet the needs of the various organizations that depend on this generosity under the Pennswood Village umbrella.”

Susan Abtouche, currently Pennswood Village’s Director of Development will serve as the Foundation’s Executive Director. “A donation to Pennswood Village changes lives, makes a difference, and builds community,” says Susan. “A donor’s gift can support residents who have outlived their financial assets, contribute to the educational advancement of our staff members, remember a loved one, or help enhance the financial strength of our community. People’s reasons for giving are numerous and the establishment of a Foundation to integrate donors and their wishes will help us carry out our Quaker Guiding Principles.”

“Pennswood Village’s Stewardship Committee has been integral in the development and founding of the Pennswood Village Foundation,” said Nancy Morrill, Clerk of the Stewardship Committee and Pennswood Board Member. “I would like to congratulate my fellow committee members for all of their hard work and dedication.”

The Stewardship Committee Members are: Nancy Morrill, Clerk; Susan Abtouche; Bob Anderson; Delia Dandridge; Jennifer Doone; Helen Greven; Michael Griffin; Ben Hoyle; Cindy Johnson; Paul Keenan; Linda Krause; Harriet Maneval; David Satterthwaite; Leslie Wendel; and Bruce Woodger.

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Media Contact: Jennifer Doone, 215-504-1122, doone@pennswood.org

 

Pennswood Village is a Quaker-directed continuing care retirement community (CCRC) for people 65 and over. Nestled in the beautiful countryside of Bucks County, Pa., Pennswood is a welcoming place of true hospitality that offers many opportunities for physical, intellectual, social and spiritual growth. Find out more at pennswood.org