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Pat Jahoda Village News
BTV Play Readers Theater
New Yearâ€™s Resolutions
Employee Spotlight Toni Morgan
The 2019-20 Season Continues at Walton Arts Center
Celebrating 65 Years
Symphony of Northwest Arkansas Paul Haas, Music Director
FEBRUARY 1 Masterworks II: Carmina Burana Haas, Angelique Orff, Carmina Burana
MARCH 21 Masterworks III: Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto Grażyna Bacewicz, Overture for Orchestra Mozart, Clarinet Concerto Beethoven, Symphony No. 3, Eroica
Tickets On Sale Now! sonamusic.org / 479.443.5600
MAY 2 Masterworks IV: Pictures at an Exhibition Aldemaro Romero, Fuga con pajarillo Copland, Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo Mussorgsky/Ravel, Pictures at an Exhibition
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Contents 4 From the CEO 6 Feature Profile Pat Jahoda 9 Village Newcomer Q+A Doug and Phyllis Rye 9 Resident Anniversaries + New Neighbors
10 Employee Spotlight Toni Morgan 12 Village Spaces The Home of Bobbie Peters 13 New Year’s Resolutions 14 Village Snapshots 16 Out & About SoNA Presents “Carmina Burana” 17 Walton Arts Center New Decade, More Theater Magic 18 Library News 2020 BTV Book Club Titles
19 Featured Village Events 20 Foundation News 21 Village News BTV Play Readers Theater Returns 22 Fitness Mediterranean Diet
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Quintin Trammell CEO MARKETING Melinda Silva Director of Marketing Leann Pacheco Sales Counselor Dave Marks Move-In Coordinator
Elise Lorene Marketing Coordinator
PROGRAMS Riki Stamps Director of Programs & Events Michael Burks Asst. Director of Programs & Events RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION 2020 Council Members Ron Hanson, President Roy Penney, Vice President Linda Pinkerton, Secretary John King, Past President Ellen Compton, Ed Piper, Neely Barnett, Carol Sonnenberg, Charles Sego, Ginger Crippen, Geri Bender BOARD OF DIRECTORS Jacqui Brandli, President Kim Chapman, Vice President Bill Shackelford, Secretary Kim Brawner, Bernard Madison, Mark McNair, Ann Henry, David Williams, Jim Wood, Bryn Wood Bagwell, Bob Kelly, Diane Warren, Larry Hanley
From the CEO Happy New Year to the Village, I am enthusiastic about the prospect of a new year and a new decade at Butterfield Trail Village. Our hard work and growth over the last 10 years has put us in the wonderful position of serving as a cornerstone to life care in Northwest Arkansas. My staff has grown and developed their skills, and they continue to enhance the lives of BTV residents. After recently presenting a list of goals they’ve accomplished to the Strategic Development Committee, it will be great to see what this team will do in 2020. BTV Board President Jacqui Brandli and I attended the 2019 LeadingAge Conference last fall for experts and professionals in the growing senior living industry. One of the prime examples that solidified how far Butterfield is ahead of the curve, is our robust brain health program for residents. BTV Fitness and Wellness Director Jennifer Neill has been educating residents about the Mediterranean Diet and other programs that stress the importance of brain health as we age. The ongoing senior-fitness and brain-health testing we provide gives residents the tools they need to track, maintain and even improve their brain function. I am so proud to be part of an organization that is a leader in our industry the way Butterfield is. Of course, it’s our residents who give us heart – residents like Pat Jahoda who is featured in this issue of Butterfield LIFE. Jahoda is a formally trained pianist who performs recitals in the Performance Hall and accompanies the BTV Chorus. Inside, read how she became reacquainted with music after two decades away from the piano. Residents, start the new year right with a variety of Village-related events, activities and entertainment in January and February. A favorite of residents is sure to be the 19th Annual Soup Sunday on Jan. 26 at the Hammons Center in Rogers. BTV’s own Chef Memo Vaca is one of the volunteer chefs who will be preparing a special recipe for this fundraising event/cooking competition supporting Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. It’s easy to see that in many ways Butterfield is at the top of its game and a leader in our community, state and the country. May the new year and new decade continue to be prosperous and fulfilling for our Village.
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Quintin Trammell Chief Executive Officer Opened in 1986, Butterfield Trail Village is a locally governed 501(c)(3) non-profit retirement community. As Northwest Arkansas’ only comprehensive LifeCare Retirement Community, BTV offers active older adults worry-free living that is secure, independent and fulfilling – and the freedom to enjoy plentiful activities both inside and outside the Village.
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Patricia Jahoda Pat Jahoda has taken the BTV stage at least a dozen times. Seated at the Yamaha Grand Piano, wearing her trademark dark-rimmed glasses, this formally trained pianist can bring the Performance Hall to a hush with the masterworks of Brahms or Chopin — her favorites — or delight the audience with a rousing program of pedal-pumping ragtime. As a young girl and then teenager, Pat Jahoda’s talent as a pianist was well recognized. She taught herself how to play, completed graduate studies in music, and never lost her love for it. Yet she paused her talent for a full 22 years, and she’s now rediscovering what she’d done so well in the past. Since moving to Butterfield in 2016, Pat has taken a lead role in piano performance at the Village. She accompanies the BTV Chorus, collaborating with choral conductor Rager Moore to present a number 6 BUTTERFIELD LIFE
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of Broadway music programs and the music of Cole Porter and George Gershwin. As a solo performer, Pat has performed ragtime, the music of 19th century female composers, and the BTV original Ebony and Ivory Series, a split billing with fellow resident/pianist Sue Gohn. “Butterfield has provided me with the opportunity to really study my music,” Pat Jahoda said. “Everyone here has been so supportive and their encouragement gives me the motivation I need to keep learning.” Early in life, Pat played well enough to perform recitals. Music helped define her path, and it became central to three college degrees she earned as an adult. “I am captivated with music,” Pat said. “Brahms, Chopin, ragtime, a little jazz, old country, ‘40s-‘50s type ballad country. I like it all. I love to study music and I love to play. Here at BTV, I can practice in the middle of the night if I want. My piano (in her home) is a hybrid and I can turn it down so only I can hear.” For someone so immersed in music early on and then again today, it’s hard to believe she didn’t touch a piano for more than two decades.
“I had a new priority at this time in my life,” Pat said. “I was helping my husband continue his work. Due to his blindness, he was technically disabled. He could have been disabled, but I would not let him be.” A DESIRE TO PLAY Pat started playing the piano at age 8. She improvised and played by ear before beginning piano lessons. Growing up in several states in the South and the Midwest, Pat studied and played the piano while at St. Mary’s Academy in Little Rock, and she earned a bachelor’s degree in music at what’s now Webster University in St. Louis in 1960. Pat then attended Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio and within six years earned a second bachelor’s degree, this time in music education. From there, she came to Fayetteville and earned a master’s degree in piano performance at the University of Arkansas. With music as a guiding factor in her life, Pat relocated to Batesville, Ark., where she opened a piano studio. She ran the studio and gave private lessons there for eight years. Pat was soon on the move again. She was accepted into a doctoral program in music education at Florida State University and made the 650-mile move to Tallahassee. As rewarding as music was, Pat sought a forwardlooking career in a profession that could challenge and sustain her. She left the music ed program and transferred across FSU’s moss-draped campus to the School of Library Science and Information Studies. “That is when my life began,” she said.
She also devoted countless hours volunteering for chemotherapy patients at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. “When you’ve spent half your life in a (piano) practice room, you want to get out and learn about life,” Pat said, looking back. “I felt like I needed to broaden my scope and horizons, and these volunteer activities were a worthwhile way of doing it.” Pat, who was in her 40s at the time, reveled in exploring fine arts and theater in Tallahassee, a place she described as wonderful and cultural. She belonged to a theater production group and sang with the Tallahassee Community Chorus. She soon met Gery Jahoda, a respected professor at the FSU School of Library Science and Information Studies. Gery, who was legally blind, was a skilled and dedicated professor who’d blazed trails at FSU in the emerging field of information science. In 1980, Gery Jahoda advertised for a research secretary, and Pat Brown was one of the grad students who applied. But guess what? Gery didn’t hire her, yet the two struck up a friendship that would evolve into something more. Pat soon discovered that when you love someone who is legally blind, you learn when it’s time to step in and help navigate and when it’s best to step aside. Gery was born in Austria, and his family fled Europe to escape the threat of Nazis during World War II when he was 14. The circumstances were dire, but they were able to emigrate from France to the U.S. and settle in New York.
LOVE IN THE SUNSHINE STATE In Tallahassee, Pat wanted to experience an education beyond the classroom, and did so in a number of ways. Her life became so diversified and her contributions immense.
As a young man, Gery was in the U.S. Army stationed in Texas in 1944 when he received a life-changing diagnosis: He had retinitis pigmentosa – a rare eye disease that can lead to blindness.
Pat became a certified, volunteer conflict-resolution mediator in Leon County small-claims court. She volunteered with the American Red Cross, interviewing clients who needed utility assistance.
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University, while directing technical information centers at Colgate-Palmolive and the Esso Research and Engineering Company.
together, we could venture forth and have many experiences.”
When Pat met Gery at FSU, his career was thriving. Yet, outside of the classroom, he was grieving from the death of his first wife, Gloria Jahoda, a published author. One day, Pat did something unexpected. She bought a rusty, Schwinn tandem bicycle and had it renovated. She showed up after Gery’s class on the bike. Without missing a beat, he hopped on the back and off they rode.
Saying “I do” in Florida
“We were such good friends,” Pat said. “I knew that even if it ended up that we did not get married, I was going to stick around and be his friend. I wanted him in my life one way or the other. He was that special.”
“Riding the tandem gave us a feeling of freedom and adventure,” Pat said. “Our cycling trip to Europe was an extension of these feelings. We also did two backpacking trips in Europe. We met people in various countries and in small villages and were received with warmness and curiosity about our ventures.”
TWO ON A TANDEM Pat did not play the piano from 1980 to 2002. She had a new priority in her life: her husband, Gery. They married in 1982 after Pat finished her master’s degree in library science. They spent more and more time riding their tandem, training for longer, harder rides.
A NEW TURN Gery rode into his ‘70s, only a few years before his 2003 death at age 77. Pat eventually left Florida and returned to Fayetteville. When she felt it was time to consider retirement options, she was impressed by Butterfield’s status as the only CCRC in Arkansas, among other benefits.
“I would take the bike and pick him up at work, at school,” Pat said. “He’d come out with his briefcase under his arm. It was one speed, but we took all the hills. We got to where we could ride 25 miles with hills, and we were pretty proud of that.” Pat held the front seat as “captain” with Gery behind her as the “stoker.” As the captain, Pat guided the bike and handled the brakes; he provided pedal power and support from the back. Pat would communicate to Gery about what was ahead — hills, surface changes, whatever — and even described the scenery.
She began playing the piano almost immediately. First as an accompanist for the BTV Chorus, and later working with Programs and Events Department Director Riki Stamps and Assistant Director Michael Burks to produce and present entire piano programs to large audiences in the Performance Hall. Pedaling partners on a tandem
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From 1985 to 1993, they rode across parts of Florida, and they sometimes journeyed north into Georgia. On weekends they rode to the Gulf Coast and back, which was 67 miles. All their efforts culminated in a summertime trip to Europe. For six and a half weeks, the Jahodas tooled around on bike paths in West Germany, Belgium, Holland and France.
When she’s not performing, Pat enjoys studying in the music library she created in her home. She listens to a podcast of Performance Today with Fred Childs each morning. At least once a day, she practices on the Casio piano in her living room. “Music is who I am, and it will be a part of me forever,” she said.
Village Newcomer Q+A
Getting to Know Doug and Phyllis Rye When did you move to Butterfield? October 5, 2019. Where are you from? Doug is from Fort Smith. I was born in Cabot and attended all twelve grades at Jacksonville. What did you do before retirement? Doug is a registered architect. After graduation from the UA School of Architecture in 1967, he worked for architectural firms in Tulsa, Jonesboro, and the Warren Segraves firm in Fayetteville. In 1968, he began a 23-year career as state architect for Farmers Home Administration in Little Rock and traveled all 75 counties helping people have affordable housing. He then became an energy consultant with a nationwide radio show called “Home Remedies.” His motto became, “If you build a new house with high energy costs, it’s your own cotton pickin’ fault.” That was not his job. It became his passion – and still is: that folks have affordable housing with low energy bills. I am a retired registered nurse for 25 years at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. I have a degree in Business Administration from the UA in 1969. Most importantly I gave my undivided attention to raising our two children, April Rye Shy of Fayetteville and Phillip Douglas Rye of Bryant.
Bernie & Jeanie Daniels Thermon & Karen Crocker
Dan Griffin & Fran Pearson Lewis & Donna Epley Max & Claire Sutton
Do you have children and grandchildren? We have two grown children and six grandchildren. Why did you choose Butterfield? We have known about BTV since the 1980s and we know residents here. Doug liked knowing that the BTV bus provides residents with transportation to and from Razorback Stadium and to Bud Walton Arena for games. Our grown children thought this move was a good idea and our son-in-law thinks BTV is an excellent retirement choice. We seemed to all be on the same page, and so we are now cottage residents – and we like it.
New Neighbors Recent Village Move-Ins 23rd 29th
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Shirlean Jewell Marvin & Judy Higginbottom Robert & Linda Remy Doug & Phyllis Rye Sissy Jennings Debbie Santeford Charlotte Steele Otto & Betty Loewer Arthur & Barbara Gust Nancy Fogel
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Meet Your BTV Staff NAME: Toni Morgan MSN, RN POSITION: I am the Director of Nursing Services. HOW LONG AT BTV: Just a little over one year now. EDUCATION: I received my Master of Science in Nursing and my Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Arkansas. Go Hogs! I am a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing. I consider myself to be an avid learner and am currently working to acquire additional certifications in 2020.
FAMILY: I have one teen-aged daughter, Isabella. She literally lights up my life every single day! I couldn’t be more thankful to have been blessed with her! I also have three older sisters and numerous nieces and nephews – all of whom still live on the West Coast. My mother (a retired nurse) was here with me in Arkansas until she passed in March 2019. She was a huge influence and great inspiration. INTERESTS AND HOBBIES: Brunching with my daughter, traveling and learning about new cultures, meeting new people, cooking, watching British television and reading mystery novels (I love Agatha Christie!).
DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DO: I do spend the majority of my time in the Health Care and Special Care Centers (HCC/SCC), however, as the Director of Nursing Services, my duties also include making sure that the overall BTV campus has a knowledgeable, robust and involved nursing presence. WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB? I absolutely love the interaction with residents, as well as their loved ones and companions. Making those connections with people campus-wide is what this job is all about. Getting to know the people we care for is invaluable and having that human interaction is so very important for all of us, there is really no substitute. WHAT DO YOU TAKE PRIDE AT WORK? I take great pride in the team we are building! I want every resident on the BTV campus to feel confident knowing that we always strive to deliver outstanding care. We truly want the HCC/SCC to be a jewel in the BTV crown! PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: Prior to coming to BTV, I worked for almost a decade in the Assisted Living Level II environment, and before that I worked in home health. Nursing has many paths, but I truly love long-term care and the people I serve. HOMETOWN/BACKGROUND: Though I did live in Fayetteville when I was much younger (while my mother finished her nursing degree at the UA), I mainly grew up in the Los Angeles area and remained in Southern California until I moved to Fayetteville (for good this time) close to 20 years ago.
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Classic Blue and White The Apartment of Bobbie Peters Each gorgeous room in Bobbie Petersâ€™ onebedroom standard features a classic palette of blue and white. With the help of her daughter, who is an interior designer, Bobbie has combined traditional decor with striking coastal cottage color, including a blue wall for impact. The result is a timeless presentation that is effortlessly chic. Photos by Stephen Ironside
Off-white cabinetry is key to the simple beauty of the cottage-style kitchen.
The open, airy floor plan allows for a dining nook off the kitchen. Bobbie likes to emphasize Christ in her decor.
There is no light fixture as welcoming as a crystal chandelier, like the lovely antique in Bobbieâ€™s living room.
Off-white wall-sconce lighting against the blue accent wall creates sophisticated contrast.
A wrought iron daybed in the master is where her daughter likes to stay on visits.
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Trish Beland, Resident “Unpacking boxes. We moved here in April and still have boxes. My resolution is to go through a box a week.”
BTV Event Technician “To gain 20 pounds.”
CEO “To be the best CEO and great-grandfather I can be.”
BTV Security Supervisor “To travel more.”
What’s Your New Year’s Resolution?
Resident “Eat more ice cream!”
There is something about January 1st that makes us want to change for the better! We took to the Village campus recently to ask residents and staff what
BTV Executive Assistant “To work on being a kinder person.”
Resident “To talk less and listen more.”
they resolve to do in 2020.
Resident “I’m giving up complaining.”
Resident “To stay away from ticks.”
Resident “To be more active in the community.”
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2019 Holiday Tour of Homes
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Village Christmas Party
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Out & About
SoNA Presents Carmina Burana on Feb. 1 Symphony Joined by Guest Singers & Region’s Top Choirs Enjoy a thrilling evening of epic music and choral splendor when the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) presents Masterworks II: Carmina Burana on Saturday, Feb. 1, at Walton Arts Center’s Baum Walker Hall. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.
“Carmina Burana is perhaps one of the most wellknown oratorios of all time and one that explores, celebrates, laments and questions life and love,” SoNA Music Director Paul Haas says. “It’s a gripping masterpiece that will envelop the entire audience.”
A three-part choral masterpiece by composer Carl Orff, Carmina Burana will feature guests soprano Heather Buck, tenor Jonathan Blalock, and baritone Timothy LeFebvre, along with the SoNA Singers, the Bentonville High School Chamber Choir, and the University of Arkansas Children’s Choir.
SoNA will also perform Haas’ own original work Angelique, which was inspired by real life survivor Angelique Mott, 17, who was abandoned on a Lake Superior island in 1845 during a deadly winter. Her story of survival was made into a 2010 book and ultimately an award-winning film Angelique’s Isle, released in 2018.
Originating from a body of 11th- and 12th-century poems by the same name, Carmina Burana has been a staple in popular culture, appearing in everything from movies to TV commercials.
JAN. 30, 2020
Josephine the Play
APRIL 7, 2020
Robin Spielberg in Concert
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Tickets are $33, $44 and $55 and available by calling the Walton Arts Center box office at (479) 443-5600 or by visiting sonamusic.org.
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Walton Arts Center: New Decade, More Theater Magic! The new year brings exciting performances to Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville. Brilliant artists in music, dance and Broadway will take the stage and inspire audiences with every cord, turn and note. Start 2020 with live entertainment experiences that you’ll love! Sounds that Stir the Soul Master guitarist Jesse Cook is known for his intoxicating fusion of world music, and has traveled the globe looking for sounds that resonate with him. Bringing the best of nuevo flamenco, rumba and gypsy jazz to the stage, prepare yourself to be blown away at this Juno award-winning artist. Jan. 10. One half of the Grammy Award® -winning folk duo Indigo Girls, Amy Ray’s music might best be described as folk rock, but it expresses a myriad of other influences, too. This acoustic concert will feature bandmates Jeff Fielder, the shape-shifting multi-instrumentalist on guitar, dobro, bass and mandolin, and Kerry Brooks on upright bass and mandolin. Jan. 16
Arts & Entertainment Highlighted Happenings in NWA Arkansas Public Theatre > Newsies: The Broadway Musical Feb. 7-9, 13-16, 20-23 > Meteor Shower by Steve Martin March 20-22, 26-29 For more info, visit arkansaspublictheatre.org TheatreSquared > The Royale Jan. 22 thru Feb. 16 > Ann Feb. 19 thru March 22 For more info, visit theatre2.org Arts Center of the Ozarks > Into the Woods Feb. 7-9, 14-16 For more info, visit acozarks.org
Ballet Memphis is en pointe and ready to delight with Contemporaryx3 – featuring three breathtaking movements: Flyaway by Steven Amy Ray McMahon, Sa Voix by Julia Marie Niekrasz, and Water of the Flowery Mill by Matthew Neenan. Known for its innovative, joy-inspired performances, Ballet Memphis will stir the soul of its audience. Feb. 6 Tony Award®-Winning Island Breezes Feb. 11-16 | 8 Shows Beat the winter blues when Once on This Island takes the stage like a warm summer breeze, welcoming audiences to the tale of Ti Moune who is finding her place in this world. Winner of the 2018 Tony Award® for Best Revival of a Musical, Once on This Island is a timeless testament to theater’s unlimited possibilities. Emphasizing the musical’s theme of divinity from the discarded, director Michael Arden Once on This Island brings an unexpected dose of realism in a post-hurricane set, while also honoring its gorgeous score of dynamic group numbers and tender ballads. Vocal fireworks and full-bodied choreography imbue spirituality and the joy of the theater. For tickets to these performances and more, call the Walton Arts Center box office at (479) 443-5600 or visit waltonartscenter.org. Volunteer at WAC Want to make theater magic with us at Walton Arts Center? Join our dedicated and diverse group of volunteers who support every aspect of our operations with thousands of hours of service each year. For more info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art > Major Exhibition Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal… Opens Feb. 8 For more info, visit crystalbridges.org Walton Arts Center > Arkansas Filmmakers Showcase Jan. 18 > Piano Battle Jan. 30 > Fred Hersch Trio Jan. 31 > Broadway Book Club Feb. 17 > The Peking Acrobats Feb. 25 For more info, visit waltonartscenter.org Faulkner Performing Arts Center > FPAC Presents: Josephine the Play Jan. 30 For more info, visit faulkner.uark.edu/events NOTE: This listing is for informational purposes only; please refer to the monthly calendar or the Village bulletin board for confirmed transport-provided event listings.
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BTV Book Club Titles for 2020 The BTV Book Club meets the second Thursday of the month in the Villa Room. For more information, contact Geri Bender at (864) 944-7488. February The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy March My Reading Life by Pat Conroy April The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein May Educated by Tara Westover June Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier July Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate August Mr. Catherine by Stacey Margaret Jones September The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict October Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard November The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country by Helen Russell December Book Club Party
Start a New Chapter at the BTV Library Start the New Year off right with a visit to the Butterfield Trail Village Library. Always open to residents 24/7, the library’s collection features a number of new and interesting reads, from sweep-you-off-your-feet romance novels to historical fiction and best-selling science titles. Here are a few: In Louise Penny’s A Better Man, Canadian detective Armand Gamache searches for a missing girl at the same time that Quebec is undergoing massive flooding. Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky highlights the contributions of notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), from the ancient to the modern world. The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes is based on the real-life Kentucky Packhorse Librarians – five women who rode the backwoods trails of rural Appalachia loaning out books during the Great Depression. In Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks a 36-year-old woman who’s been “not engaged” to the same orthopedic surgeon for six years goes to a North Carolina beach town to put her family’s summer cottage up for sale, and improbably meets a far more engaging safari guide from Zimbabwe. Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers: The Texas Victory That Changed American History by Fox News Anchor Brian Kilmeade details the surprising 18-minute battle of San Jacinto that completely turned around the fortunes of the Texas revolution against Mexico. In Last One Home by Debbie Macomber, the amity of three sisters in Washington state is broken when one runs off with an irresistible bad boy, and then years later expects her sisters to welcome her and her child as if nothing happened. In Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family, we have the story of a Haitian baby who thrived under the care of the author Mitch Albom and his wife after the massive 2010 earthquake on that island. Best-selling science writer Bill Bryson’s The Body: A Guide for Occupants details how the body functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and unfortunately the ways it can fail.
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Featured Village Events COMING IN JANUARY JAN. 21 | 2:30pm The Geography Of Arkansas Caves with John David McFarland The Ozark Plateau of north Arkansas has more than 3,000 known caves that have formed above and below the water table. Join John David McFarland, retired chief geologist for the U.S. and the Arkansas Geological surveys, as he traces the history John David McFarland of Arkansas caves back to the Paleozoic Age, and explains how they are being destroyed as fast as they are being created. Most caves last only a few million years at best.
Harrison, Ark.-based band will present a variety of music this evening featuring the fiddle, flute, guitar, Irish whistle, piano and harp. Enjoy lilting jigs, driving reels and heartfelt ballads – along with songs by one of Scotland’s most celebrated poets and songwriters: Robert Burns.
JAN. 23 | 7pm The Crooked Creek Ceilidh Band & Dancers The Crooked Creek Ceilidh Band and Dancers add a modern flair to the traditional music of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and other Gaelic lands. This
The Crooked Creek Ceilidh Band
Bandini and some 40 families made their way to Northwest Arkansas, where they established a new settlement that received national attention as a model of successful immigration. As part of today’s presentation, BTV resident Mary Maestri Vaughan will share stories of her family, who were among the original settlers. Guests will also enjoy samples of traditional Italian polenta. Reservations are required; contact Riki Stamps at email@example.com or (479) 695-8012.
COMING IN FEBRUARY FEB. 6 | 5:30pm The Shiloh Museum Presents “So Big, This Little Place: The Founding of Tontitown” Join Susan Young, outreach coordinator at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, for this presentation about the Northwest Arkansas community of Tontitown, founded in 1898 by Italian immigrants and their spiritual and secular leader, Father Pietro Bandini. The settlers first came to America in the 1890s, bound for the south Arkansas plantation of Sunnyside where they’d been recruited to work as tenant farmers. But the plan put forth by plantation owners soon unraveled, and in 1898,
FEB. 20 | 6:30pm Starlight Jazz Night Featuring The Claudia Burson Quartet Local music icon Claudia Burson’s name is synonymous with jazz. Hailed a brilliant pianist and a master of musical improvisation, Burson’s uniquely soulful sound is easily recognized by her loyal Northwest Arkansas following. Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and a jazz-club ambiance at this evening’s performance featuring Burson Claudia Burson on piano, Steve Wilkes on drums, Edwin Garcia on bass, and Alisha Pattillo on sax. For reservations, contact Riki Stamps at firstname.lastname@example.org or (479) 695-8012. BUTTERFIELD LIFE
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Foundation Says Hello, Goodbye in 2020 The BTV Foundation is closing the books on a very active and successful year. Thanks to the benevolence and generosity of Village residents who pledged donations and gifts, a number of Foundation projects and efforts were completed in 2019. In 2020, there will be some significant changes to the Foundation Board of Directors. Leaving the board are longtime president Mike Jones, member Sara Koenig and member Rick Meyer. Jones, Koenig and Meyers have collectively given years of invaluable time, service and expertise to the BTV Foundation Board. The board and the entire Village benefited from their dedication and hard work. A heartfelt thanks is extended and their contributions on the board will be missed. BTV is welcoming two new members to the Foundation Board of Directors in 2020. In December,
The Butterfield Trail Foundation is grateful for the gifts received between October 2, 2019, and December 5, 2019, from the following donors:
Beautification/Sensory Garden • Ray and Penny Culver in memory of Mary Bess Mulhollan • Anonymous in memory of Mary Bess Mulhollan and Nancy Robb Birds & Wildlife • John and Sally King in memory of Mary Bess Mulhollan Health Care Center/Special Care Center • Jerry and Kay Brewer in memory of Honey Sego, Jim Rieff and Ruth Lawson • Bill and Ayleen Bequette in memory of Campbell Johnson and Honey Sego • Chuck and Donna Horne in memory of Honey Sego • Ken Steele and Beth Vaughan-Wrobel Steele in memory of Ruth Lawson, Honey Sego and Charles Sego Honors/Memorials • Susan Rieff in memory of Honey Sego • Ron and Polly Hanson in memory of Rhea Dunegan and Mary Lou Miller 20 BUTTERFIELD LIFE
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Farewell to Mike Jones, Sara Koenig and Rick Meyer
Kyra Ramsey and William F. Clark both of Fayetteville were elected to the board. Ramsey is co-executive director at Apple Seeds NWA, a teaching farm in Fayetteville for youth. Clark is an attorney with the Davis Law Firm in Fayetteville, who also serves on Butterfield’s Strategic Development Committee. BTV CEO Quintin Trammell will serve as interim acting Foundation Board president for the time being. Please help us welcome these two new members to the Foundation Board. Be sure watch for all of the great Foundation events happening during the year.
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Roy and Butch Clinton in memory of Campbell Johnson Vernon and Paulette Collins in memory of Ruth Lawson and Shirley Johanson Roy and Butch Clinton in memory of Rhea Dunegan Shirley Chewning in memory of Campbell Johnson, Honey Sego and Charles Sego
Library Fund • Margaret Blair in memory of Campbell Johnson • Vernon and Paulette Collins in memory of Charles Sego Moving Made Easy • Pat Parker • Joan Havens • Ethel Emerson • The Family of Shirley Johanson Music & Performance Fund/Lighting Project • Liz Howick • Curtis and Jane Shipley • Dorothy Mitchelson in memory of Campbell Johnson • Jerry and Kay Brewer in memory of Campbell Johnson • Harris and Carol Sonnenberg in memory of Campbell Johnson • Residents of Second Floor North in memory of Pam Crawford
Rehearsal for The Last Play?
BTV Play Readers Theater Returns! Humor and Humility Take Center Stage in New Production Theater is a well-loved form of entertainment at Butterfield that has stood the test of time. From early performances in the ‘80s to today’s entertainment at the BTV Performance Hall, much has changed. But the power to touch a heart and bring joy to the audience has remained. Community theater at BTV dates back to 1989 when residents and sisters Mary Smith and Eunice Bullis pioneered the original Butterfield “play readers” group with plays they had co-written together. For many years, a loyal group residents made the theater group a success. They were a volunteer crew who did everything from creating costumes and assembling stage sets to faithfully learning lines. The play readers group went strong for a period of time before participants became scarce and the stage went dark. But it wasn’t long before residents started reminiscing and longing for the Village theater group of the past. With the help of Programs and Events Director Riki Stamps, some of the former cast members and some new faces came together to form what is presently the BTV Play Readers Theater. In 2013, the group debuted the original stage production, The Pie Ladies.
After a short stint with Stamps as director, resident Martha Westberg stepped in to lend her experience. With a longtime love of theater and passion for writing and directing, too, Westberg assumed the role of director for the BTV Play Readers Theater. “Our purpose with this group is to entertain,” Westberg said. “And to help those in the audience dismiss any feelings of worry, pain or loneliness. We want them to come, relax and enjoy the light-hearted content of the plays.” The Play Readers Theater will perform its next production The Last Play? on Jan. 31 in the Performance Hall. “You can expect to see more than just people on stage, sitting on a stool, reading from a booklet,” she says. “Beautiful sets, creative props, costumes and sometimes even wigs help bring these stories to life.” The Last Play? is Westberg’s tenth to direct – and was to be her last. It was supposed to be performed “about three shows ago,” but for now everyone involved is still enjoying the moment.
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Ring in the New Year with Nutrition! Mediterranean Diet is Great Way to Eat in 2020 By Jennifer Neill
Wherever you see this symbol on the BTV Dining Room menu, you can be sure the item or dish is a healthy Mediterranean Diet-approved option.
Good nutrition is important in all phases of life. It gives us energy, can slow and prevent disease, and is critical for our fundamental health and wellbeing. This year, the BTV Fitness and Wellness Department will be introducing a new initiative to give our fitness-minded residents (and staff!) easier access to one of the most popular and scientifically tested diets of our time: the Mediterranean Diet. The Mediterranean Diet, which has been around since the ‘60s, is modeled after foods eaten in countries along the Mediterranean Sea. It is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, herbs, fish and healthy fats and well-known for its cardiovascular and anti-inflammatory health benefits.
As part of this new fitness-and-wellness nutrition initiative, BTV Head Chef Memo Vaca and his team will be adding Mediterranean Diet-approved foods and dishes to the BTV Dining Room menu. To make it convenient for you to enjoy these items, symbol will be added to the Dining Room menu for quick and easy identification. Also this year, BTV fitness intern Sarah Eaten and I will be presenting a series of nutrition based classes for residents. The first class will be about the Mediterranean Diet and held on Monday, Jan. 13, at 1 p.m. in the Lodge.
Research shows that following the Mediterranean Diet can help you reduce your cholesterol levels, lose weight, and delay or prevent neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. A plate filled with food on the Mediterranean Diet is nutritionally diverse, which supports digestive health.
One of the great things about the Mediterranean Diet is that the food is flavorful and delicious, meaning you can reap the health benefits without feeling empty or deprived. After all, food is fuel for our bodies, and our bodies reflect what we put inside them.
Fortunately for Butterfield residents you do not need to travel any further than the BTV Dining Room to discover the delicious flavors and benefits of this diet!
To learn more about the Mediterranean Diet and BTV’s new programs, stop by the BTV Fitness & Wellness Department, or call us at (479) 695-8036.
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