Posts by: Donna Hanson

December 26, 2019

January 2020 Community Life Calendars

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight, feel healthier and improve your energy levels, then please plan to attend Dr. Michael Wald’s seminar on January 3rd here at The Fountains at Millbrook. In addition to some informative Health programs this month, we have a variety of fun, new evening programs as […]

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November 26, 2019

December 2019 Community Life Calendars

December is a time for celebration and connections with family and friends here at The Fountains at Millbrook! We have a calendar full of wonderful, engaging programs where residents have continuous opportunities to enjoy the holiday season.The month starts off with a beautiful concert by Julia Cohen, a vocal student at the New England Conservatory […]

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October 25, 2019

November 2019 Community Life Calendars

Looking for an amazing new fitness class, a hilarious foreign film, an enchanting opera, or a delightful Christmas Bazaar? The Fountains at Millbrook has it all this month for everyone to enjoy! November is filled with several interesting new programs along with our tried and true favorites. Join in and don’t forget to bring a friend! We will be honoring our veterans on […]

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September 12, 2019

Survey Shows Retirement Community Residents are Happier

A recent study shows that residents of retirement communities are happier than their counterparts living elsewhere. This confirms what we see every day at Watermark communities nationwide. Our residents live rich, full lives brimming with possibilities. They feel more secure, enjoy more freedom and have more active social lives than they would outside our communities. […]

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September 12, 2019

Birthday Celebration Honors the Young at Heart!

We had a full house during our August birthday party celebration! The party was held in our spacious Auditorium, giving residents more than enough room to enjoy mouth-watering desserts and drinks, socialize with friends, and dance to lively music all afternoon. The fun began with live music performed by Gordon George and the Reggae Trio. Partygoers couldn’t stay seated […]

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September 4, 2019

Craft A Bracelet With Alex!

The Inn residents were eager to join Alex for a wonderful class on creating their own, one-of-a-kind bracelets. Using bright and colorful beads, they created patterns for beautiful bracelets that they could use as a gift or keep for themselves. Our creative craft enthusiasts were all smiles as they proudly compared their new jewelry!    

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August 28, 2019

September 2019 Community Life Calendars

Looking for that next class, club or event to inspire, delight or amaze you? Look no further! We’ve got a month full of exciting programs and we are sure you will find something that will pique your interest.

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August 20, 2019

The Art of Belly Dancing with Sarah Bell

Last week we held a brand new workshop at The Fountains at Millbrook, as residents joined in on the fun during Belly Dancing with Sarah Bell! We learned all about this exciting Ancient Dance with origins from around the world. Belly dancing tones the entire body using gentle movements that help improve balance as well […]

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August 15, 2019

Around the World in 39 Days!

A program that everyone was looking forward to this month was Around the World with Len & Terry! This dynamic duo shared highlights of their 39 day tour ’round the world, calling it a “trip of a lifetime.” They flew over the Pacific to Singapore to board the Seraboard Luxury ship Encore to visit exotic Ports of call including Phuket, […]

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August 7, 2019

Breakfast Served with a Slice of History!

Residents at The Fountains at Millbrook shared the desire to explore a local eatery that they had never been to before; fortunately, we were excited to discover Alex’s Restaurant which is located right in the heart of Poughkeepsie.  Our traveling breakfast bunch enjoyed a delicious meal served up with a slice of history! We were intrigued […]

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July 31, 2019

Resident-Led Current Affairs Class Stimulates Active Discussions

For close to two years now, resident Kathy Tallman has led an incredibly active Current Affairs group each Monday. The group began with around six to eight members and has grown steadily to more than double that number! Kathy has been an invaluable leader in our community; she continues to bring current information to the group each week […]

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July 25, 2019

August 2019 Community Life Calendars

If you’re looking to stay active and have fun this August, join us at The Fountains for one of our many summer classes. Exciting offerings this month include: Aqua Aerobics, Chair Dancing with Demetra, Bocce, Belly Dancing, Ballroom Dance Workshop and the Summer Starlight Dance featuring Frankie Keene!  Also, look for a very special presentation from two of our residents “Around […]

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July 24, 2019

Calling All Chess Enthusiasts!

New resident Craig Fisher has revived Chess playing at The Fountains at Millbrook. If you enjoy a friendly competition and would like to set up a game or a lesson with him, attend the next Chess Club meeting! Craig has been the leader and coordinator of the Vassar Chadwick Chess Club in Poughkeepsie since 1973, and […]

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July 17, 2019

Cool Off With Us This Summer

Summer is the season for heading outdoors to enjoy a backyard picnic or a day at the pool. Although we’re all about enjoying the season’s warmth, sometimes it can get a little too hot. It’s important to take steps to stay cool when the sun blazes overhead. Visit our air-conditioned community to take a fun […]

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July 16, 2019

Dinner on the Hudson!

Residents enjoyed a delicious dinner at the River Grill, located on the waterfront in Newburgh on the Hudson River. We sat outside so we could enjoy an amazing view of the water and the sailboats passing by. It proved to be the perfect ending to a warm summer day!

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July 11, 2019

July 2019 Community Life Calendars

This month, our calendar is full of wonderful celebrations, the July 4th picnic, Bastille Day and a wedding celebration, to name a few!  We also have some intriguing documentaries planned such as “Sweet Violets,” “Catskill Mountain House” and explorer “Henry Hudson”. We are taking advantage of the wonderful sunshine and getting outside as much as possible playing […]

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July 2, 2019

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site

We took our Watermark University Art History class on the road to visit the Thomas Cole National Historic Site for the Catskill Creek Exhibit. The residents enjoyed a tour of Cole’s family home and studio, and viewed his new exhibition of Catskill Creek paintings. Thomas Cole was an artist who cared passionately about the American […]

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July 1, 2019

Celebrating the Meaning of Independence

It can be easy to take our independence for granted, whether it is our nation’s independence or our own. This Independence Day, consider the work and sacrifices that have gone into creating the freedom that we all enjoy as Americans. These thoughts are expressed from the heart by Paul H. Wilson in the link below. […]

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June 25, 2019

Honeybees and the Dance of Evolution!

Grai St. Clair Rice is an organic beekeeper, as well as a writer/photographer based in NYC. She is a co-founder of HoneybeeLives, an organization that teaches beekeeping and provides apiary services. We were fortunate to have her at The Fountains to give a captivating presentation about Honeybees and their important connection to a healthy ecosystem. […]

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June 24, 2019

Watermark University Class: Franklin D. Roosevelt in Dutchess County

Dr. Ken Moody recently moved into The Inn, and is already teaching his first Watermark University series! Ken is a former Dean of Students at Dutchess Community College and a renowned expert on FDR, writing several books on the subject. He has taught the first part of a two-part series about FDR and Daisy Suckley […]

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June 17, 2019

Millbrook Literary Festival!

There was a meaningful exchange of thoughts and interpretation of literature between Fountains residents and the Millbrook High School students who participated in this fabulous annual event! Months of planning and meetings finally culminated in an intergenerational panel discussion of books that the seniors and teens exchanged. Many thanks to our resident co-coordinators Barbara Marinelli […]

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May 24, 2019

June 2019 Community Life Calendars

We kick off June with the amazing Expressions Art Show!  It will prove to be a tough competition this year with all of our seasoned artists, along with our talented newcomers!  Also, this month we focus on educational programs including lectures on FDR, Honey Bees & the Dance of Evolution, Healthy Eating & Harvesting Microgreens with the Cornell […]

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May 22, 2019

Dinner Trip to Essie’s Restaurant

A small group of residents enjoyed a delectable meal out at Essie’s Restaurant, tucked away in the heart of Poughkeepsie! The owner/chef Walker is from Jamaica and adds special spices that give his dishes a wonderful aroma and a step up from the norm. The food, wait staff and atmosphere was amazing! The residents took some […]

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May 21, 2019

Women’s Breakfast Outing at the Daily Planet

Good conversation, local place, quick service and delicious food were all things that made up the Women’s Breakfast at the Daily Planet! The Fountains ladies went to a favorite, local diner and thoroughly enjoyed themselves this past Wednesday. They relaxed and had a chance to catch up with each other and hear what’s going on in each others lives. The […]

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May 10, 2019

“Quick Fix Group” Keeps Growing at The Fountains!

New resident Harry Klepp is a former IBM Engineer who always enjoyed fixing things for family and friends. He was invited to our Quick Fix Group by another resident and has now found a niche for his handyman skills, and all for a good cause! He will be heading up a new division of this […]

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May 10, 2019

National Nurses Day!

National Nurses Day is celebrated annually on May 6 to raise awareness of the important role nurses play in society. It marks the beginning of National Nurses Week, which ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of modern nursing. The Fountains residents and staff enjoyed a lively celebration filled with music, and of course […]

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May 2, 2019

Jelly Bean Contest at The Fountains!

In honor of the Easter holiday, one of our generous maintenance workers donated a vintage, ceramic, German egg.  We filled the egg with jelly beans and gave The Inn residents a chance to guess how many jelly beans it took to fill the egg. The guesses were varied ranging from 100 to over 1,000! The residents enjoyed participating in […]

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April 25, 2019

May 2019 Community Life Calendars

May brings celebrations, Cinco de mayo, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, and a host of exciting programs! We also have a variety of interesting lectures this month including, Astronomy-The Black Hole and Robert Fulton and Steamboat Travel. And let’s not forget our annual Fountains Tag Sale, silent auction and 50/50 Raffle to benefit the Millbrook Historical […]

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April 23, 2019

Home Care “Question and Answer” Meeting

Home Care at The Fountains is a service that is offered to community members who need assistance with day-to-day care so that they can maintain their independence. Our recent “Question & Answer” meeting gave residents an opportunity to learn about all of the services available. Since no two people are alike, services are tailored to their individual needs. Whether you need respite […]

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April 10, 2019

Join Us to Volunteer!

April is National Volunteer Month, and we’d love to have you celebrate with us. Come join us in our community to volunteer with residents, or get involved in a local project with family and friends. You’ll be doing your part to help others–and yourself! Volunteering is great for your mental and physical health and can […]

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April 9, 2019

Dining Out at The Amsterdam!

A  group of Fountains residents thoroughly enjoyed an evening eating out at a new restaurant in Rhinebeck. The atmosphere was very pleasant, the food was phenomenal and the service was excellent! The whole experience was wonderful. It was fun to hear laughter and the stories of their experiences.

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April 9, 2019

Maryna Kysla Piano Concert

Maryna Kysla returns to us from Kharkov, Ukraine with another wonderful concert. She started piano lessons at the age of five and has performed with the WKO Symphony Orchestra in New Brunswick, Canada. Maryna has also performed on prominent stages in Germany, Spain, Japan, and Belgium. Besides being a gifted musician, she has majored in Russian and Eurasian studies. […]

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April 2, 2019

Art Opening at The Fountains!

Ever ready with a smile and a laugh, Ellen is a cornerstone of the Dutchess County Art scene. She maintains a studio in Poughkeepsie as a painter and printmaker. Ellen has received her BS from Nazareth College and MA from SUNY New Paltz in Painting & Art Education. Ellen teaches our Barrett School of Art […]

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April 1, 2019

April 2019 Community Life Calendars

There’s always a reason to celebrate life and we gather to do so every chance we get here at The Fountains! April is a month filled with new beginnings and celebrations at every turn. We look forward to celebrating National Poetry Month with Dutchess County Poet Laureate Raphael Kosek and we welcome a local Beekeeper […]

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March 27, 2019

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from The Fountains!

All things GREEN was definitely the theme on St. Patrick’s Day here at The Fountains! The residents got into the spirit by dressing in green clothing, wearing green scarves, pins, hats, sweaters and even socks! They even sang along to their favorite Irish tunes with our number one entertainer Frankie Keene.

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March 19, 2019

Let’s Start Something New This Spring

We’re eager to welcome spring and the wonderful opportunities it can bring to connect, learn and engage. Whether you plan to learn something new, renew your outdoor walking routine, flex your green thumb or meet a new friend, the return of spring offers the perfect chance to get a fresh start. Here are some ideas […]

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March 19, 2019

Women’s Breakfast!

A group of Fountains ladies enjoyed a scrumptious breakfast out at the Short Hills Diner. The women wanted to support a new local business and they’re happy they did! The food was delicious and the atmosphere was delightful

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March 11, 2019

Mardi Gras at The Fountains!

Residents came out in droves to join in the celebration of Mardi Gras!  Our favorite entertainer, Frankie Keene, was here entertaining us with all the most popular tunes of New Orleans. Residents arrived ready to dance, sing along and enjoyed the delicious treats that were provided by our amazing kitchen staff. The residents couldn’t stop […]

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March 4, 2019

A Farewell to Nurse Lisa Patterson

Nurse Lisa Patterson, the mainstay of The Inn staff, is moving on to some new endeavors. Residents and staff came together to let her know how much she has meant to them and thank her for all the care she has given them. The celebration was filled with lively songs by the residents and everyone enjoyed Lisa’s favorite, […]

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February 25, 2019

March 2019 Community Life Calendars

March is a month filled with everything green!  From the Irish Dance Troupe, to the poetry of Yeats, to our Documentary Series on Ireland’s coast, to our Foreign Film & Food program, the theme is all things Irish!

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February 25, 2019

Valentine’s Day Dance Party!

The Fountains’ residents danced the day away to the dynamic music of Frankie Keene during one of our many holiday dance parties! Delectable, chocolate covered strawberries were served, along with a fruity Valentine’s Day punch! Residents couldn’t stay seated for long when each new spirited tune was played!

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February 19, 2019

Creating Unique Valentines with Local Girl Scouts

One of our local Girl Scout troops made a special visit to The Fountains last week. The girls worked with our residents at The Inn, teaching them how to create unique valentines for their families. Residents enjoyed reminiscing about their favorite Valentine’s Day celebrations with their loved ones!

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February 11, 2019

Declutter to Help Others

Do you have too much stuff? You can declutter your home and help others thrive at the same time. As part of Watermark Retirement Communities, we’d like to help you make the most of your unwanted possessions. Check out these suggestions from Watermark and then contact us if you need help getting started. We’re always […]

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January 29, 2019

Cold Weather Safety Tips

We want everyone to be safe during this cold weather season. As part of Watermark Retirement Communities, we’d like to help you thrive by sharing a few cold weather safety tips. This article from Watermark and the National Institute on Aging offers useful information and advice to help you stay warm and healthy this winter. […]

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January 24, 2019

February 2019 Community Life Calendars

We have a month filled with fun, interesting trips including concerts, plays, lectures and art openings.  We also look forward to our lively Valentine’s celebration featuring music and songs from one of our favorite performers Frankie Keene!

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January 16, 2019

Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Andrea Martine is a trainer for the national Guiding Eyes for the Blind organization and daughter of a long time Fountains resident, Jim Martine. She presented a documentary on her work and brought one of her well trained canine guides for us to meet. As a professional trainer, Andrea rigorously trains these specially bred dogs to enrich the lives of the […]

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January 15, 2019

Pet Therapy with Ellen and Fern

Residents at The Fountains are fortunate to receive weekly visits from Ellen and her magnificent, intelligent dog, Fern!  Fern is affectionate towards the residents and talented, showing them amazing tricks!

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January 14, 2019

New Year’s Eve Celebration!

The Fountains residents came out to ring in the New Year in style! They danced to the upbeat tunes of “Crazy Feet,”  enjoyed delicious food and toasted in the New Year. It was a wonderful evening of fun and festivities!

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January 2, 2019

Boxing Day at The Fountains!

A group of residents with British heritage joined together to celebrate Boxing Day here at The Fountains! Boxing Day is the 26th of December and is a national holiday in the UK and Ireland.  A ‘Christmas Box’ in Britain is a name for a Christmas present. Boxing Day was traditionally a day off for servants […]

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January 2, 2019

Fountains Christmas Pageant

We held a very special concert featuring our very own Fountains Choir, directed by Dr. Marguerite Mullee. The choir sang delightful Christmas songs and was accompanied by a pianist as well as a cellist. This was a beautiful annual event celebrating the Christmas season!

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