Gerrit Dodge, a member of our Housekeeping team, was honored this month with an Art Show and reception here at The Fountains! He is a talented artist who paints in a bold modern style adding vibrancy to our hallways. The residents came out in abundance to support Gerrit's amazing talent and creations!
Category: Life at The Fountains at Millbrook
The Fountains residents welcomed Antonio Delgado, Democratic Candidate for Congress in New York's 19th congressional district yesterday. They had the opportunity to ask questions and voice their concerns. They also had a surprise visit from Jon Bauman, better know as "Bowzer" from the band Sha Na Na.
Residents and family came out Sunday to celebrate Mary Stupple, our featured artist this month. Mary's kindness and love of nature are expressed in every piece of her artwork. Mary says, "each picture reminds me of a wonderful place. I can remember exactly where I was standing by looking at a picture!"
Watermark Retirement Communities was ranked among Fortune Magazine’s top places to work in Aging Services. We are proud to be part of Watermark and we thank our associates for bestowing this accolade on The Fountains at Millbrook. Many of the companies featured on the list operate with fewer than 250 employees. Watermark employs over 5,800 […]
Join us for a fun-filled month of fall activities and trips!
Gloria's Country Line Dancers came to The Fountains to entertain the residents and encourage them to join in. The group of dancers get together every Thursday evening to line dance at the Amenia Town Hall. All are welcome!
The Inn residents had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon singing along with Judith Muir! As usual, they sang old favorites as Judith played the piano and inspired them to sing out!
The residents and their grandchildren enjoyed a spectacular day of family fun! Events included a Tom Hanford Intergenerational concert followed by a magic act by The Astounding Professor Harry Hocus. They also had fun making giant bubbles and eating donuts and cider with their loved ones.
Fountains residents had a special treat yesterday! Chris Beneway, our wonderful bird enthusiast brought in four, week old ducklings for the residents to enjoy. The ducks had a way of making everyone smile as they flapped around in their pool!
Please join us for Active Aging Week, 9/23 - 9/29, a celebration of active, healthy seniors! We are opening up our wonderful exercise classes to the public! We’ve got a month full of exciting programs and we are sure you will find something that will pique your interest.
The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With 35 different classes with everything from Drumming Circle to Gentle Stretch to Writers' Exchange to Wandering Book Club to Wood Carving Instruction and even Barrett School of Art Classes, you’re sure to find a class that piques your interest. While […]
Exercise therapist Cris Caivano came to The Fountains and held a "Building Better Balance" workshop for the residents. In addition to working in the field of movement studies and dance for over 30 years, Cris is also the author of Strength Training, Staying Fit and Fabulous.
Our wonderful Nursing Director, Joan Valcarrcel, is leaving The Fountains and moving to Florida. The residents and staff got together to wish her well!
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. Join us on August 22nd for SUNY New Paltz Astronomer, Raj Pandya's Lecture: Comets, Asteroids and other Space […]
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.
The "Give Back Group" along with the "Quick Fix It Group" met last Monday to work on a quilting project for a local charity and help those residents in need of mending.
Once again, "Crazy Feet" delivered a lively variety of songs and had the audience singing along and tappin theirs toes! Everyone enjoyed the talents of this amazing trio!
Donna Castaner joined us this week for a refreshing time of Humming Therapy. Donna demonstrated how humming can affect our emotions, our focus, our concentration as well as our physical well being. She taught us how to find the right pitch for our optimum hum. It was fascinating as well as therapeutic! We will all be carving time […]
The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With 35 different classes with everything from Opera Series to Music Appreciation to Art History to Resident & Staff Art Shows and even Barrett School of Art Classes, you’re sure to find a class that piques your interest. While these amazing […]
There was a great turnout of Fountains residents to celebrate Purim last week. We began with a word game about Purim and one of the Community Life staff gave a background of the holiday and how and why it is celebrated. Everyone went home with a cake or cupcake after we had a cakewalk featuring music by […]
Tom Hanford, a musical storyteller joined us on Friday to take us on a very enjoyable walk down memory lane. We learned about New York history and culture as Tom entertained us with his violin, guitar, and harmonica. The afternoon of New York trivia was topped off with pretzels and deli mustard. Mmmmmmmm! We love New York!
Frankie Keene was with us for our Mardi Gras dance party. All the residents in attendance enjoyed a night of dancing, socializing and fun! Our chef provided his signature wings for everyone to enjoy and they were delicious! We started our time of fasting with an evening of celebration and fun.
Our Valentine's Day celebration was a huge success! Love was certainly in the air as we danced the afternoon away. The event was so well attended that everyone met a new friend. The chocolate covered strawberries were a delicacy for all of us to enjoy and the room was beautifully decorated for the holiday.
We were delighted to have as our guests and playmates the "Natural Wonders" pre-school students who visited our assisted living residents this week. We showed our patriotism by singing the national anthem together. Students paired up with a senior buddy to do marble painting and bowling. What fun everyone had! We look forward to next month's visit […]
Something smelled a "little foul" last month at The Fountains. Chris wowed us all again with his singing chickens. Chris is our "in house" poultry expert who demonstrates his sincere love for animals and nature with every lecture he gives. Chris has also been kind enough to hatch several new baby chicks down in our Club Room for […]
We are pleased to announce a new MVP Health Series this month entitled "Osteo Moves," presented by Public Health Educator, Sydney Leone. The series will run three consecutive Mondays, beginning on March 5th. Sydney will lead participants though an educational segment plus exercises designed to benefit those who are dealing with Osteoarthritis or Osteoporosis. Another new and exciting program […]
Art is an ever present part of the fabric of our lives here at The Fountains, and now there is a new opportunity to view the work of our resident artists! Each month we are hosting "Artist Openings," featuring the work of a resident artist. This month's artist is Shirley Nemetz-Ress, featured here. Her opening will be on Sunday, March 11th from 1-3 […]
The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With almost 40 different classes with everything from Yoga: Beauty, Balance, Bliss to Drumming Circle to Wood Carving to Cooking with Chef Lukas and even Atrium Garden Club, you’re sure to find a class that piques your interest. While these amazing […]
We are so pleased to announce that our resident, Mary Stupple has had her artwork selected for the 2018 Expressions Calendar. Mary was inspired to paint a pitcher of flowers that she remembers from her mother's table. Her painting was selected from hundreds of entries from residents of more than 50 Watermark Communities. At a reception […]
We’re thrilled to introduce our 2018 edition of EXPRESSIONS, Watermark’s annual calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. This calendar reminds us that our communities are collective creations of friendly, caring individuals who are generous with their time and talents. Whether expressing their individual creativity through paint, clay, yarn, stone or an outstretched hand, they […]
A fun time was had by all at our Grandparen'ts Day Celebration in September. There was a live band, dancing, mini ponies for petting and everyone's favorite, BeeBee the Clown! It was a crisp autumn day filled with music and laughter, and of course lots of surprises. One of those surprises was the smiles that BeeBee gave […]
We are grateful to have such wonderful volunteers here at The fountains at Millbrook. Every Tuesday morning is Beauty Parlor Day here in The Inn, our Assisted Living neighborhood. Our ladies enjoy visits to the hairdresser, as well as complimentary manicures done by our lovely volunteer, Haley from Maplebrook School. We are also pleased to […]
Our Assisted Living residents love giving back to the local community. When asked to participate in helping Beacon's inner city kids with school supplies, our seniors were happy to help! Dozens of notebooks, pens, paper, folders, binders, crayons and glue sticks were put together before school started in September, and given to the Beacon Housing […]
The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With almost 40 different classes with everything from Meditation to Drumming Circle to Wine Making 101 to Cooking with Chef Lukas and even Atrium Garden Club, you’re sure to find a class that piques your interest. While these amazing classes are […]
Are you mystified by all the confusing labels, terms and abbreviations used by healthcare professionals, government agencies and senior housing professionals? There are so many that we could fill a book. In fact, we did. We at Watermark Retirement Communities® created the Senior Reference Guide 10 years ago to help dispel myths and clarify facts. […]
The season of receiving is in bloom, with thanks to Renewed For You Bouquets. Kathleen Wellcome greets the residents, in addition to her helpers from the community, with vases of elegant flowers. Donated flowers from former weddings, birthday parties, and other occasions are given to Kathleen and she brilliantly takes apart the flowers and rearranges them into […]
Horses, ponies, and foals galore! With the help of Heather White, we were all able to enjoy an extravagant trip to the Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Cold Spring. Residents thoroughly enjoyed grooming the horses, as well as acknowledging how to care for all of the animals residing at the stables.
We were delighted to have a visit this summer from a local High School student, Faith Schultz, and her two baby goats. Residents were delighted to pet the sweet, curious creatures out on our patio.
What a success our recent Intergenerational Art Project was this summer! Our woodcarvers created birdhouses and picture frames for the Assisted Living residents to paint. A local Girl Scout Troop led by Ruth Green helped our residents complete the painting.
Our woodshop teacher, Dave Carrier and resident Len Weiss created beautifully engraved birdfeeders during our Wednesday morning woodcarving class recently. The feeders will be put to good use for our amazing assortment of feathered friends here at The Fountains!
Having survived one of the deadliest genocides in history, it's no wonder resident Regina Samelson looks at life as a blessing. Born May 16th, 1922, Regina recently celebrated her 95 birthday. She was born in Lodz, Poland, and was one of 7 children. When WWII broke out she and one sister went to Plotrokow while the […]
Residents in our Assisted Living neighborhood enjoyed an afternoon of garden art recently. They created a beautiful mosaic stepping stone for our garden. It was a group effort, led by Jen Cross, our delightful Community Life Assistant. The project was a big success, and brought many smiles!
Thanks to the kindness and generosity of a local florist, Renewed for You Bouquets, many residents here at The Fountains at Millbrook were delightfully surprised with beautiful bouquets of flowers today. Thank you Kathleen, your thoughtfulness touched many hearts today, and we are all grateful! The photos speak a thousand words...
7th and 8th grade students from the Upton Lake Christian School spent the day visiting The Fountains yesterday engaging with residents and staff, and learning about volunteer opportunities for their Community Service Program next fall. They toured our beautiful facility, had lunch on the patio, and enjoyed a nature walk on our extensive grounds. One highlight of […]
Inn residents are creating colorful works of art in Ellen O'Shea's Therapeutic Art class every Tuesday afternoon here at The Fountains. They recently painted birdhouses with a local Girl Scout Troop. This painting was created by resident Ann Morreale in our Assisted Living neighborhood. Ann's beautiful spirit shines though in this colorful piece! Great job […]
The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With almost 40 different classes with everything from Wood Carving to Drumming Circle to Canine Link Dog Therapy to Beers of the World and even Atrium Garden Club, you’re sure to find a class that piques your interest. While these amazing […]
We were honored to have a local celebrity, Betsy Park of the Sandanona Hare Hounds, visit The Fountains yesterday. Betsy is a long running, top competitor at the Bryn Mawr Hound Show, as well as a Julian Marshall Award recipient. Betsy's passion for sharing her experience as a houndsman was evident. It was also a great […]
We were delighted to have guest speakers present a fascinating seminar today, in full 19th century attire, on female spies during the Civil War. Apparently, men were not the only ones engaging in spy activity to win this war. Women of all classes, and ages played an active, if not concealed, role in this battle. We all […]
We had a full house here at The Fountains this evening to hear world class pianist, Francesco Attesti perform. Francesco began the piano at the age of 6 and gave his first concert at 11. He quickly earned an international reputation after winning several prizes in International Competition and received honorary citizenship in cities such […]
Spring has hatched here at The Fountains, not once, not twice, but nine times as we watched baby chicks emerge from their shells in an incubator. With much anticipation, residents, staff and visitors enjoyed viewing their spectacular entrance into the world! Thanks to one of our maintenance staff members, Chris, who provided this experience for us […]