Butterfield LIFE May + June 2019

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Dorothy Mitchelson

Out & About

Fayetteville Farmers Market

Board Member Q&A Patty Henson Sullivan

Employee Spotlight Michael Burks



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Contents 4 From the CEO


6 Feature Profile Dorothy Mitchelson 9 Village Newcomer Q+A Lou and Trisha Beland 9 Resident Anniversaries + New Neighbors 10 UA News Commencement Ceremonies at UA 12 Living Spaces The Home of Dorothy Mitchelson 12 Employee Spotlight Michael Burks 14 Village Snapshots


16 Out & About Fayetteville Farmers Market 17 Walton Arts Center Summer Festivals 18 Library News 19 Featured Village Events 21 Foundation Board Member Q&A Patty Henson Sullivan 21 Foundation News 2019 Annual Campaign


22 Fitness Brain Health Program

Artosphere Festival Orchestra


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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 2019 Council Members John King, President Ron Hanson, Vice President Roy Clinton, Secretary Tim Schatzman, Past President Ellen Compton, Ed Piper, Neely Barnett, Carol Sonnenberg, Charles Sego, Ginger Crippen, Geri Bender, Roy Penney BOARD OF DIRECTORS Jacqui Brandli, President Kim Chapman, Vice President Bill Shackelford, Secretary Howard Higgins, Treasurer Kim Brawner, Larry Hanley, Ann Henry, Sara Koenig, Bernard Madison, Mark McNair, David Williams, Jim Wood, Kyle Jenner, Emeritus

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From the CEO Summer in Arkansas is on the horizon and the days are getting longer along with the plentiful warmth and sunshine. Our residents and Fitness and Wellness Director Jennifer Neill have already been out enjoying all that Mother Nature has to give as part of the BTV Hike and Lunch program. Hiking with others in a group is a great way to see the Natural State, and the program, which is open to residents and Carriage Club members, is one of our most popular this time of year. I always look forward to reading the feature profile stories in Butterfield LIFE about each of our diverse and interesting residents, and this issue does not disappoint. Resident Dorothy Mitchelson came to the United States from Europe after growing up during World War II. Her story is both historical and inspiring. We are so lucky to have her here at BTV. This time of year is exciting for families and friends of students who are graduating from the University of Arkansas. Plans are well underway at UA for commencement ceremonies on May 10, 11 and 18. In this issue, we have compiled some helpful information on dates, times, locations and parking for your convenience. Our featured Board Member Q&A is with BTV Foundation Board Member Patty Henson Sullivan. She is one of 11 members of the Foundation board who are diligently working to serve residents and ensure Butterfield is a great place to live and work. Last, but certainly not least, I want to encourage each of you to consider a gift to the BTV Foundation through the 2019 Annual Campaign, which kicks off in May. Join us for the Foundation Garden Party with musical duo Still on the Hill on May 9, and on June 27 for the BTV Foundation Charitable Giving Seminar to learn about the advantages of giving. In the meantime, I hope to see each of you out enjoying the Village this summer and soaking up the sunshine. 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.


The BTV Foundation 2019 Annual Campaign is about generating support to make our Village’s wants and needs a reality. Gifts are designed to enhance and sustain the quality of life for BTV residents now and for generations to come.

Your gift supports the future of BTV by Paying it Forward Thanks to contributions from supporters like you, the BTV Foundation helps sustain a number of important Village programs and services.

Every gift, no matter the size, makes a difference. We depend on the collective generosity of our Village to invest in the future so others can enjoy the legacy of BTV.

The Foundation’s 2019 Annual Campaign will support the BTV Music & Performance Fund and the Beautification Fund.

For more information, contact Riki Stamps at (479) 695-8073 or email foundation@btvillage.org.

Gifts may be made by check payable to the Butterfield Trail Village Foundation and mailed to:

BTV Foundation / 1923 E. Joyce Blvd. / Fayetteville, AR 72703 Gifts may be made online at:



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Feature Profile

Photos by Stephen Ironside

Dorothy Mitchelson: A Story to Tell

Now that it’s spring, you’re apt to find Dorothy Mitchelson on the patio at the BTV Bistro, sharing a laugh with a neighbor, or enjoying a cup of tea. After moving to Butterfield in 2018, she quickly found the bistro to be an easy place to make new friends – or just relax into the moment. If you know Dorothy Mitchelson, you know she has a light, easy friendliness about her. She’s also someone who cares about helping those who are less fortunate — and who possesses a deep reserve of inner strength. The story behind Dorothy’s strength and resilience dates back to another time, another place, another life, really. It’s a story that she has chosen to share with residents at Butterfield. You see, this diminutive woman with lilt of a German accent spent part of her childhood under the terror 6 BUTTERFIELD LIFE

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régime of Adolph Hitler. With her father missing and feared killed, 8-year-old Dorothy and her mother were captured by the Gestapo while trying to flee Germany and sent to live at Dachau, the infamous Nazi camp, where they stayed until it was liberated by the Allied Forces in 1945. For the next seven years, Dorothy lived in Displaced Persons camps until she and her mother came to America. Finally, free in a strange new land, her life blossomed: she built a career in the U.S. Air Force, met and married the love of her life, and raised three beautiful children. Dorothy Mitchelson’s story of triumph over tragedy has resonated with residents at the Village, and they’ve invited her to share it again and again. Most recently at the BTV Lodge to a group of about 40 people from First United Presbyterian Church. “Each time I’ve given my story, I have people from the audience come up to me afterward,” she said. “Some were servicemen who were at Dachau when it was liberated, or they knew people who were there. There have been tearful reactions. One person said hearing my story helped him heal. There are still many people today who are affected by the horrible brutalities that happened there.”

TRIUMPH OVER TRAGEDY In the 1920s, Dorothy’s father and his parents fled their home in Katyn, Russia, which was under the dictatorship of Joseph Stalin. Her father Paul Pantelejewa attended the University of Prague in Czechoslovakia and met Dorothy’s mother, Magdalena Von Steeger, who hailed from Austria. After Dorothy was born, the family moved to East Germany, where her father worked for a German engineering firm. When Hitler took over, her father was forced to work for the Nazis. Because of his nationality, Dorothy’s father was persecuted. In fact, his parents had both been shot and killed by Communists some time earlier. “My father disappeared just before World War II was over,” Dorothy said. “We had the Red Cross searching for him, but thousands of people had disappeared during the war.” Fearing their Russian name would draw attention to them and put their lives in danger, Dorothy and her mother tried to escape from Germany. They were caught by the Gestapo near Munich, imprisoned and sent to live at Dachau, in barracks just outside the front gates. That is where the Allied Forces found them when they stormed the camp in 1945. “My mother communicated with the Americans who found us in a holding barrack to let them know that we were prisoners,” Dorothy said. “The Americans (initially) had no clue of the horrors that were inside.” But they soon found out. All across Europe, Displaced Persons camps were being established to house, feed and render aid to the many homeless people who had lost everything. Dorothy and her mother lived in DP camps over the next seven years at locations including Munich, Aschaffenburg, Wurzburg and Bremerhaven. Stationed at MATS Air Force base in On Feb. 23, 1952, Charleston, S.C. they left Germany for good, headed for the U.S. on a transport ship with a sponsor through the Church World Service. Mother and

daughter arrived at Ellis Island and went to live with a kindhearted sponsor family, for whom Dorothy’s mother worked as a housekeeper and cook. Now a teenager, Dorothy attended high school in Bedford Hills, N.Y., while living with a wonderful family who had daughters her age. She thrived in her new world. “Coming to the U.S. and going to school, it was just so wonderful,” As a young woman in the U.S. Dorothy said. “People were so kind and accepting. The family I was with, they gave me a pair of penny loafers with a penny in each one, and a pair of dungarees — I was American!” FEAR NO MORE Dorothy graduated in 1956 and worked briefly for Bell Telephone Company before joining the U.S. Air Force. She was stationed at MATS Air Force base in Charleston, S.C. – home to the 628th Air Wing. “The Air Force was where I really learned to have confidence,” Mitchelson said. “Getting up at 3 a.m., following orders, doing a good job – all while keeping a positive attitude.” She was assigned to the supply squadron of the purchase order department, where she met Stu Mitchelson, a young airman who was attending college at night. They began dating and fell in love. Once their military tours ended, Stu returned home to Massachusetts to attend Boston University and graduated with a business degree. Now engaged to Stu, Dorothy went to live in Greenwich, Conn., to care for her mother, who was battling cancer. Sadly, Magdalena died on Dec. 28, 1959. “My mother possessed so much strength,” Dorothy said. “At eight years old, my childhood was protected by good parents – especially my mother. Of course, she was living in fear. I did not understand at the time. But now almost sixty-four years later, I have come to the realization that ultimately she was able to see me graduate from high school and do things like join the Air Force – she had accomplished a good future for me.”


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“This is the ideal place to live for me,” she said. “We have a wonderful calendar of events each month, and so many of the fun things to do are conveniently in-house. I couldn’t ask for a better experience.” Being part of the Village has given Dorothy time to devote to community projects she cares about. She’s been an active supporter of the Single Family Scholarship program of Northwest Arkansas, which provides support and access to higher education for single parents across the region. Dorothy likens the warmth and support she encountered as a Mitchelson writing her memoirs for her children young person coming to the U.S. to the Dorothy and Stu were married in 1960 and made kindness and encouragement she’s received their home in the Boston area, Indiana, Ohio, and at Butterfield. Florida to accommodate his job with an insurance company. They enjoyed traveling together, visiting “Right away, my neighbors introduced themselves family in Massachusetts, and watching their and asked what they could do to help me,” she said. three children – Gary, Dana and Tracy – grow into “It’s automatic and something to pay forward. When successful adults. I see we have a new person on our floor or in our area, I turn around and do the same thing for them.” Shortly after his retirement in 2005, Stu died of a heart attack. He and Dorothy had been married for Dorothy has been working on writing her memoirs 45 years. — a project that was initially intended solely as a gift to pass down In 2011, Dorothy’s daughter to her children. The Dana’s husband, Chris, response to telling “I’m grateful took a job at Walmart her story at BTV has that there is headquarters in Bentonville. been heartwarming The couple loved Northwest and affirming. still interest Arkansas and asked Dorothy in these to join them. She did and “It’s wonderful to kinds of built a home in Fayetteville have this feedback where she lived for five from these stories from years until becoming a wonderful people,” the past.” Village resident. she said. “I’m grateful that there is LIVING SOCIAL still interest in these Between Butterfield’s kinds of stories from lifelong learning classes, Tai Chi, dinner parties, and the past. Stories are concerts at the BTV Performance Hall, Dorothy’s valuable and they’re schedule stays full, and she likes it that way. the best gift you can give your children.” Dorothy and her late husband Stu Mitchelson


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Village Newcomer Q+A

Anniversaries May Anniversaries James & Louise Painter Bowles 12th Bill & Ayleen Bequette


Peter & Susan Vanneman


Bobby & Doris Marks


Lanny & Bonnie Ashlock

Getting to Know Lou and Trisha Beland When did you move to Butterfield? Officially, early April 2019, although we’d been moving boxes and things from our previous home in Fayetteville for months! Where are you from? Lou was born and raised in Fort Smith, but left after high school for college at St. Louis University, then Vietnam as a Seabee for three tours, New Orleans, San Francisco, and Cincinnati for his job with Procter & Gamble. He’s almost come full circle, back to Northwest Arkansas!


June Anniversaries Leland & Betty Tollett


Roy & Annette Penney


Joe & Dorothy Selzer


Barry & Carol Mason


Ed & Jane Piper


Charles & Susan Riggs


Jim & Sherry Young


Alan & Lenora Metz


Jim & Susan Rieff


Vance & Onita Elder


Trisha was born in Berkeley, Calif., and raised in the San Francisco Bay area – she didn’t even know where Arkansas was until meeting Lou on a blind date in 1971 in San Francisco, and following him from then on!

Lyle & Sue Gohn


Curtis & Jane Shipley


Pete & Ginger Crippen


What did you do before retirement? Lou, an electrical engineer by degree, worked in beverage manufacturing for P&G for 31 years.

Dick & Ann Booth


Jim & Ann Newman


Ron & Alice Talbert


Trisha, who has a BSN from the University of California, San Francisco, was a critical care nurse in various cities.

Jim & Diane Modisette


Hugh & Martha Brewer


Do you have children and grandchildren? We have had many four-legged, furry children with tails, but none now. Lou has siblings and many nieces, nephews and their families in Arkansas and adjoining states.

Bill & Diane Breazeale


Larry & Joyce Masters


Why did you choose Butterfield? We first learned about Butterfield on a Civil War Elderhostel in 2000, when a dulcimer-playing group from BTV visited our nearby hotel to entertain and have lunch with our group. After deciding to move to Northwest Arkansas in 2002, going to Butterfield seemed the best long-range plan for us. We were on the Carriage Club list for 10 years, enjoying meals and programs, getting to know many people and waiting for the perfect time and location to move. The time arrived and we’re here! BUTTERFIELD LIFE

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UA News

UA Readies for 2019 Commencement Commencement ceremonies at the University of Arkansas are right around the corner, and details have been confirmed for the schedule of events, parking and viewing options – as well as a mobile app designed just for the big event. Two prominent alumni will receive honorary degrees during the All University Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 11, at Bud Walton Arena. They are music industry legend Al Bell and pioneering architect Wilhelmenia “Chris” Hinton-Lee. Both are leaders in their respective fields and have strong ties to Arkansas. Bell is the former chairman and owner of Stax Records, where he helped chart the direction of American soul music while guiding the careers of iconic performers like Isaac Hayes, the Staple Singers, Johnnie Taylor, Sam and Dave, Booker T and the MGs, the Bar-Kays, Otis Redding, The Emotions, William Bell, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas and Albert King. Bell has written more than 200 songs. Perhaps the best known was “I’ll Take You There,” which became a classic and the first national No. 1 hit for the Staple Singers. Bell is a member of the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame and was the 2018-19 McIlroy Family Visiting Professor in the Visual and Performing Arts at the UA.

Commencement Schedule Friday, May 10 • J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, 3 p.m., Bud Walton Arena Saturday, May 11 • All University Commencement, 8:30 a.m., Bud Walton Arena • College of Engineering, Noon, Barnhill Arena • Sam M. Walton College of Business, 1 p.m., Bud Walton Arena • Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, 1 p.m., Faulkner Performing Arts Center • Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, 3:30 p.m., Barnhill Arena • College of Education and Health Professions, 5:30 p.m., Bud Walton Arena Saturday, May 18 • School of Law, 2 p.m., Fayetteville Town Center


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Al Bell

Wilhelmenia Hinton-Lee

Hinton-Lee, honored in 2012 with a University of Arkansas Distinguished Alumni Award, will be the guest speaker for the All University Commencement. In 1975, she became the first African American woman to graduate from the UA with an architecture degree. She had a successful 37-year career in the Army Corps of Engineers, where she was the first woman and first African American in virtually every leadership position she held. As project director in the Corps’ Medical Facilities Office, she managed the $1.2 billion Department of Defense medical facilities construction program. Later, she was the chief of engineering and construction at the Transatlantic Center, directing a staff of 80 architects and engineers in the design and construction of a multimillion dollar program in the Middle East, Africa and Russia. In 2006, she was deployed to Iraq to serve as director of reconstruction programs for the Gulf Region Division, where she directed the efforts of 500 personnel in the execution of the $13 billion Iraq Relief and Reconstruction Fund mission to rebuild war-torn Iraq. For her exemplary service there, she was honored with the prestigious Presidential Rank Award. Those attending UA commencement ceremonies can enjoy free parking at any unrestricted lot on campus. Live video streaming will be available at both Bud Walton Arena and Barnhill Arena, and on the UA’s YouTube channel. The University of Arkansas Graduation app will be available on Google Play or Apple. From the app, visit the Office of the Registrar’s commencement guide for schedules, parking maps, speakers – and even the names of all the prospective graduates. More info can be found online by visiting registrar.uark.edu.

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Living Spaces

Character Filled Style: The Home of Dorothy Mitchelson With tapestry worthy rugs, beautifully crafted furnishings and strategically placed statement pieces, this twobedroom apartment exudes visual intricacy from the moment you walk in. Clever furniture arrangements create a seamless flow from room to room. Character pieces like a repurposed sewing table turned kitchen table add a great vintage touch. Combining neutrals in the master lets the Charleston poster bed bedroom suit reign.

A lovely variation of color, patterns and texture coordinates the living room beautifully.

Light tones with touches of green create a clean and classic kitchen. Photos by Stephen Ironside

Employee Spotlight

Meet Your BTV Staff

NAME: Michael Burks POSITION: Assistant Director of Programs and Events HOW LONG AT BTV: 20 years BACKGROUND: My background is unique. I have a degree in Interior Decorating and owned my own company, Michael Interiors, for many years. I also served as the vice president of operations for Millennium Mortgage in Fayetteville. Prior to that, I was a recording artist/songwriter and toured with my sister and brother-in-law as part of the gospel group, The Galloways. I am a professional CDL driver and still run a U.S. mail route to Tulsa, Okla., on most weeknights. 12 BUTTERFIELD LIFE

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DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DO: I work with Director of Programs and Events Riki Stamps to create fun, exciting and interesting events for residents! I am the first stop for anyone wanting to throw a party or event. I set the dates for BTV events and functions and manage those requests and reservations throughout the year. I often lead the decorating team for large parties and events, and I direct the indoor and outdoor Christmas dÊcor at the Village. I supervise seven staff members who make up the BTV Transportation Department and oversee transportation scheduling for residents. I also produce the BTV LIFE Calendar and Highlights each month, as well as our new Google events calendar, which is shown on BTV in-house channel 1960. WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB? The residents! From daily activities to special events, parties and our annual dances, the residents are wonderful and kind, and they express their appreciation for everything we do. In addition to the residents, I enjoy working with the staff of BTV. They

Open-based furnishings that carry the movement of natural light complement the spacious floor plan.

The second bedroom is a personal office with a touch of whimsy. Mitchelson’s tranquil patio is just steps away from the BTV Bistro café.

are professionals in every sense of the word and take pride in their roles. WHAT DO YOU TAKE PRIDE IN AT WORK? I take pride in ensuring the information we publish and distribute to residents through the Calendar and Highlights and other venues is relevant, helpful and accurate. I take pride in seeing residents’ faces when they walk into one of our parties and stop at the door in amazement of the décor. The biggest compliment I hear is, “You’ve outdone yourself.” Of course, I am not the only one; I have a tremendous team and a wonderful boss who help, too. FAMILY: My husband and I have been together for 12 years and were married three years ago. We have two children (a daughter, 30, and son, 25), three grandchildren including a month-old granddaughter, and a 90-pound dog, Arizona, who still thinks he’s a lap baby.

INTERESTS AND HOBBIES: My passions are singing and serving people. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling, camping and shopping. At home, I love to entertain, and I am a great Southern cook. I volunteer my time with and am a co-founder of the local non-profit group Northwest Arkansas Positive Links Support Network, which provides support, education, Michael Burks advocacy and peer-topeer discussion groups promoting healthy living and emotional well-being for those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.


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Village Snapshots

Hiking Expedition

Quapaw Nation Village Tour


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Mardi Gras at BTV


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Out & About

Fayetteville Farmers Market Offers Community Shopping Experience Whether searching for farm-fresh produce, locally crafted commodities, or just a breath of fresh air and smiles from fellow market-goers, the Fayetteville Farmers Market has it all. Since 1973, the Fayetteville Farmers Market has provided the finest in produce from the surrounding four-county area, sourcing all its vendors from within a 60-mile radius. Its longstanding commitment to making fresh products accessible to the community has stood the test of time with a bountiful market year after year. This sustainable market supports local growers, farmers, artists and craftsmen, entertainers and nonprofit organizations. A feast for the eyes, ears, and palate, the “Crown Jewel of Fayetteville” also engages the community with street performances, arts and crafts, live music and special events and activities for children. The award-winning farmers market is open yearround. The outdoor season spans April through November on the historic downtown square. The market moves indoors from December through March at Ozark Natural Foods on North College Avenue. The outdoor market is open Tuesdays and


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Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The indoor market is held Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Don’t miss a chance to visit soon. Butterfield provides transportation to the Fayetteville Farmers Market on the first Thursday of each month. Departure is at 8:30 a.m. Upcoming Special Events: May 11 – Mother’s Day and Graduation Day at the Market May 18 – Cooking Local Demonstration, 9-11 a.m. June 13 – Kids Day at the Market June 15 – Cooking Local Demonstration, 9-11 a.m. More Events: July 20 – Cooking Local Demonstration, 9-11 a.m. August 17 – Cooking Local Demonstration, 9-11 a.m. October 5 – Fall Harvest Festival with Brunch and Special Chef’s Tasting November 23 – Special Holiday Market (Final Market of the 2019 Outdoor Season)

Arts & Entertainment

Walton Arts Center

Highlighted Happenings in NWA

Beyond the Stage: WAC Summer Festivals

Art of Wine Festival

That’s right, Walton Arts Center is not only home to spectacular musicals and groundbreaking productions, but it’s also the host of two amazing summer festivals – Art of Wine and Artosphere. These regional festivals shine a light on the marvels of the arts and live performance, and having fun for a great cause.

Symphony of Northwest Arkansas > Season Finale – Masterworks IV: The Rite of Spring May 4 For more info, visit sonamusic.org

19th Annual Art of Wine Festival | May 16-17 You don’t need to book an expensive trip to Napa Valley when one of the South’s premier wine tasting events happens right here in Northwest Arkansas. This annual wine and food festival features hundreds of wines – many of which are not yet available in our area, food from dozens of area restaurants and live entertainment. Slow down and take life one sip at a time at Art of Wine’s Winemaker’s Dinner on Thursday, May 16, followed by the signature Uncorked! event on Friday, May 17. The Winemaker’s Dinner is a gourmet evening featuring a six-course meal and decadent wine pairings from E&J Gallo Winery. Then, at Uncorked! sample an assortment of hundreds of wines, beers, spirits as well as local culinary delights. For tickets to the Art of Wine Festival, visit waltonartscenter.org. Artosphere: Arkansas’ Arts + Nature Festival | June 10-29 Celebrating art, music and nature the 10th Annual Artosphere Festival is inspired by the infinite wonders of the universe and fragile beauty of our home planet. Each year, Artosphere spotlights artists who are inspired by nature and features dozens of free or low-cost performances in a variety of venues and locations across the region. Returning this year is the esteemed Artosphere Festival Orchestra (AFO), the inspiring Chapel Music Series, and the pop-up performances of AFO Off the Grid in downtown Siloam Springs and Fayetteville. Trail Mix is along Fayetteville’s Frisco Trail this year, and the Artosphere Film Festival has expanded to include an IMAX showing at Malco Razorback Cinema.


TheatreSquared > The Legend of Georgia McBride Through May 26 For more info, visit theatre2.org Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art > Traveling Exhibit: The Wall that Heals Vietnam Veterans Memorial May 23-27 > Major Exhibition: Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment Opens May 25 For more info, visit crystalbridges.org Faulkner Performing Arts Center > Sweet Honey in the Rock in Concert May 2 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.

Bella Gaia

For information about Artosphere performances and a complete festival lineup, download the Artosphere App from Google Play™ or the Apple® App StoreSM or visit artospherefestival.org.

Walton Arts Center > 6-WIRE May 9 > Emily Brown and the Thing May 10 > Broadway Series: CATS May 28 – June 2 > Broadway Series: Le Misérables June 18 – June 23 For more info, visit waltonartscenter.org

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Library News

Top Picks: Spring Titles at BTV Library It’s easy as 1-2-3 to check out books from the BTV library, and you can keep them for as long as you like. The shelves of the BTV Library are flush this season with new titles ranging from Civil War sagas, tales from the American South and a wildernesssurvival nail bitter to true espionage in the City of Lights. So go ahead! Grab a book (or two!) and lose yourself in the wonder-filled world of reading. The River by best-selling author Peter Heller tells the story of two college friends whose wilderness river canoeing trip becomes fraught with wildfire, whitewater, the threat of starvation and even murder. Lynne Olson’s Madame Fourcade’s Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France’s Largest Spy Network Against Hitler is the little-known true story of Marie-Madeleine Fourcade – a wealthy socialite who escaped the Gestapo by stripping naked and putting enough lotion on herself to squeeze through the bars of her prison cell. In This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection, Carol Burnett shares the joys of making her TV series that won an incredible 25 Emmy Awards during its 11-year run in the ‘70s.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life by Jane S. DeHart is the latest of five biographies of the 107th Supreme Court justice still in print, and much like the others, is a New York Times best seller. The Union Belle by Gilbert Morris tells the Civil War era tale of the Winslow family, whose youngest son makes his way through Texas, and after escaping a deadly gunfight, becomes a trouble shooter for the Union Pacific Railroad. In His Forever Love by Missy Tippens, a country boy who long ago left behind his girlfriend to start a successful career in the city, has now sent for his grandmother to join him in her declining years, only to find that his old love is her caregiver. A TV anchorman returns to his dying hometown in Mississippi to find that a proposed giant paper mill may not be the blessing the town hoped for in Greg Iles’ Cemetery Road. Danielle Steel’s powerful novel Turning Point follows four U.S. trauma doctors — the best and brightest in their field — who confront exciting challenges, both personally and professionally, when they are invited by the city fathers of Paris to train their French ER counterparts.

Featured Events

Featured Village Events COMING IN MAY MAY 9 | 5pm BTV FOUNDATION GARDEN PARTY WITH STILL ON THE HILL Springtime is here! And that means warmer weather, fresh air and the annual BTV Garden Party! Join us in the South Courtyard for an old-fashioned cookout, lawn games of croquet and horseshoes, and a nature-themed concert by everyone’s favorite duo, Still on the Hill. These Ozark story-telling songwriters will take the Performance Hall stage to celebrate the birds, bees, bugs and beasts! The Garden Party is sponsored by the Butterfield Trail Village Foundation as a way to thank donors for their support of beautification projects on campus. MAY 13 | 7pm ARCHIBALD YELL: SOLDIER, POLITICIAN, PATRIOT Join Marilyn Heifner, president of the Fayetteville Evergreen Cemetery Association, as she shares fascinating research on Arkansas’ dynamic second governor, Archibald Yell. A larger-than-life figure who was also the state’s first congressman and a Mexican War hero, made his home and practiced law in Washington County. The cemetery association is restoring a monument in his honor.

Orgiano Duo

ORGIANO DUO TO PERFORM MAY 30 | 7pm Get ready as the Orgiano Duo takes the stage for an evening of organ and piano duets in every combination possible! The duo’s members are Frode Gundersen, director of music and fine arts at Central United Methodist Church, and Scott Montgomery, the associate music director and organist at the church. These talented musicians formed the Orgiano Duo during a period of time when the church’s sanctuary was without an organ. In its place, two baby grand pianos were placed in the sanctuary, and Gundersen and Montgomery played a number of duets. This special concert features full-length concertos, hymnbased works, and music from opera and Broadway. Don’t miss it!

Yell monument

COMING IN JUNE FRENCH COUNTRYSIDE DINNER PARTY JUNE 25 | 5:30pm The beauty of the French countryside will be captured this evening through delectable cuisine, décor and music. Guests will experience an elegant affair to include a presentation of colorful photos captured along the Seine River between Paris to Normandy during a Village Tours excursion to France. Reservations are required. Please contact the BTV Programs and Events Department at (479) 695-8072.

BTV FOUNDATION CHARITABLE GIVING SEMINAR JUNE 27 | 7pm This free interactive seminar will be led by Hugh Kincaid, former director of planned giving at the University of Arkansas’ Office of Development, and Lisa Higgins, CPA. Both are members of the BTV Foundation Board of Directors. High Kincaid BUTTERFIELD LIFE

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Foundation News

Meet Your Foundation Board Q&A with BTV Foundation Board Member Patty Henson Sullivan

The Butterfield Trail Village Foundation is grateful for the gifts received between February 4, 2019, and March 19, 2019, from the following donors: Health Care Center Fund • Dorothy Mitchelson • James & Diane Modisette in memory of Wesley Smith • Kenneth Steele & Beth Vaughan-Wrobel Steele • Jerry & Kay Brewer in memory of Lorene Lejeune and Wesley Smith • Carolyn Park in memory of Lorene Lejeune • Chuck & Donna Horne in memory of Lorene Lejeune Honors/Memorials • Earl & Donna Kisling in memory of Evelyn McDonald • Sunday School Class in memory of Evelyn McDonald • Ron & Polly Hanson in memory of Lorene Lejeune and Wesley Smith • Wilma Samuel in memory of Lorene Lejeune • Roy & Butch Clinton in memory of Lorene Lejeune • Ellis Trumbo in memory of Lorene Lejeune and Wesley Smith • Bill & Ayleen Bequette in memory of Wesley Smith Library • Conrad & Ann Waligorski in honor of Bettie Lu Lancaster Moving Made Easy • Juanita Duncan • Linda Buckner • Nancy McVey • Bill & Ayleen Bequette • Gene McKee Sensory Garden • Kurt & Gene Tweraser in honor of Ardith Wharry 20 BUTTERFIELD LIFE

Q: Where did you grow up and how long have you and your family been in Northwest Arkansas? A: I always tell people I grew up in a station wagon! My father was in the Marine Corps from 1948 until 1970, so we moved a lot. My “hometown” is Kennett, Mo., in the Bootheel. I lived there, in New Orleans and Monroe, La., and several places in California, including Camp Pendleton. My husband and I came here from Lafayette, La., for his career 22 years ago. Q: Tell us about your profession. A: I have worked as a college English instructor and an administrator at the University of Louisiana and the University of Arkansas. In the past decade, I have been primarily a grant writer, focusing Patty Henson Sullivan on access to education in our region. I came to the Ozark Literacy Council two years ago as executive director because OLC’s mission aligns with my personal passion of changing lives through literacy. My work at the literacy council combines administration, education, fundraising and grant writing – never boring! Q: What is your academic background? A: I have a bachelor’s degree in communication from Arkansas State University and a master’s degree in English from the University of Louisiana. I served as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching English literature and composition at the National University of Rwanda. Q: Tell us about your family. A: My husband, Tim, and I just celebrated our 26th anniversary. He is a computer network engineer for Tyson Foods. His work at Tyson Foods is what brought us to beautiful Fayetteville 22 years ago. We raised our two children here. Both are Fayetteville High School graduates. Our daughter is a senior in biochemistry at the University of Tulsa with plans for medical school. Our son is studying cybersecurity at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology in Okmulgee, preparing for work in network security. Tim is a native of New Orleans and we visit family there (and eat well) every chance we get. Q: When were you elected to the Foundation Board of Directors, and how did you come to serve? A: I am a VERY new board member, elected this year. I was asked to serve by the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church BTV committee. We have been members of St. Paul’s since we moved to Fayetteville. Q: Why is Butterfield important to you? A: I think it is important to our community! In my decades in Fayetteville, so many people who have worked hard to make this region as special as it is have been a part of BTV. And I have many friends who have moved to BTV, including my dear next door neighbor in my Mount Sequoyah neighborhood, Jeanne Randle. Even my hometown high school librarian, Cornelia (Neely) Barnett, lives here.

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Q: What special positions do you hold on the Foundation Board and do you serve on any committees? A: I look forward to serving on committees as I learn more about the Foundation Board and its mission. Q: Are there any specific areas of focus for you? A: As a new board member, I am learning about many aspects of the Foundation and the ongoing work that makes BTV such a wonderful place to live. Q: What sets Butterfield apart, in your opinion? A: The life plan community is a wonderful model, allowing residents to continue to live at BTV, even if their health care needs change. Q: What would you like potential residents to know about Butterfield? A: Fayetteville is a wonderful place to live and BTV connects to our fabulous (and growing) Northwest Arkansas trail system, the Razorback Regional Greenway.

Foundation Begins 2019 Annual Campaign For more than 30 years, the Butterfield Trail Village Foundation’s has generated support for a number of important programs and services that benefit Village residents and staff. Many of these initiatives have been resident driven and enjoyed support from residents, their families and the community at large. Although the Foundation has hosted a number of efforts in the past to encourage giving, we feel the time has come to launch annual fundraiser. The mission of the BTV Foundation 2019 Annual Campaign is to support Butterfield’s Music and Performance Fund and the Beautification Fund, as well as the other seven established funds on campus. The Foundation has a total of nine established funds that not only support a variety of amenities and interests, but that support resident health care, continuing education for staff, and sudden catastrophic needs of employees. To learn more about these funds, visit butterfieldtrailvillage.org, or contact a Foundation board member.

The Foundation adopted the “Pay it Forward” motto several years ago because it so precisely describes how giving benefits both residents of today and tomorrow. Paying it forward not only allows you to enjoy what you give now, but it leaves a legacy for those yet to come. We are so


Q: As a Board member, what Spotlight message do you have for current Village residents? A: I am happy to learn more about this vibrant community and I welcome input from residents that I can share with our church committee and the board. Q: Besides BTV, do you serve on any other boards or committees? A: I am a member of the Fayetteville Public Library Foundation’s Board of Directors and the membership chair for the Rotary Club of Fayetteville. Q: Do you have any favorite hobbies or pastimes? A: I am an avid genealogist and have researched family history for more than 20 years, learning a lot about Arkansas history, the 1927 flood and White River navigation. I also love board games and want to learn to play mah jongg – I recently inherited my husband’s grandmother’s set.

thankful to all of you who have been so generous in giving as this has allowed Butterfield to evolve beyond what the budget has allowed. The Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and as such all gifts are tax deductible. Rest assured that if you so choose, your gift will go to whichever Foundation funds you specify. The Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors that ensures what is given is spent.

Mike Jones

As part of the 2019 Annual Campaign, we invite you to a special seminar to show how you can participate in giving, and how to receive the maximum advantages for your tax-deductible gifts. On June 27, the BTV Foundation Charitable Giving Seminar will host a special guest from the Texas Presbyterian Fund and Foundation board members Hugh Kincaid and Lisa Higgins to address any special giving circumstances you may have. Please get involved with a gift to any of these funds that may have a special place in your heart. Don’t miss out. Find a way to show your support as we continue to make Butterfield Trail Village the best place it can be. Mike Jones President of the Foundation Board of Directors BUTTERFIELD LIFE

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Winners of the Route 66 fitness challenge

Butterfield Begins Brain Health Initiative By Jennifer Neill, Director of Fitness and Wellness It’s thought that as we age, our cognitive function declines… or does it? The BTV Fitness and Wellness Department has launched a new program to explore how to improve brain function and prevent cognitive decline that result in conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. One presiding school of thought has been that the presence of plaque buildup in the brain signals a cognitive decline. However, new research shows that plaque buildup isn’t necessarily an absolute sign. In fact, the research shows that many older adults with plague buildup in the brain can still have optimal cognitive functioning. But how? The answer could lie with two aspects that are crucial to brain health: neuroplasticity and cognitive reserve. Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. Neuroplasticity allows neurons to compensate for injury and disease and to adjust to new situations. For example, when you try or experience something unfamiliar, new connections are made within the brain that improve neural plasticity. Cognitive reserve allows the brain to improvise and find alternate ways of getting the job done. Meaning your brain can change the way it operates and make new recourses available to cope with challenges, such as plaque buildup. The new research also shows that diet, exercise, meditation and certain types of mental stimulation can all positively impact brain health. Over the 22 BUTTERFIELD LIFE

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course of the next year, the BTV Fitness and Wellness Department will offer classes and activities that focus on these crucial areas so that residents can optimize their cognitive performance and sustain their brain health for many years to come. Route 66 Fitness Winners The Fitness and Wellness Department has wrapped up its Route 66 fitness challenge, and the winning team has been announced. The winners are BTV residents June Davis, Judy Doyle, Barbara Brannan and Doris Schuldt of the Red Birds team. The Route 66 challenge divided participating residents into teams of four. Each team chose a car with a name. Residents participated in daily exercises and activities and received points for each that they completed. The historic Route 66 is 2,449 miles long, and for every minute of physical exercise or activity the residents completed, their team was able to travel one mile. The first team to travel the entire length of Route 66 won. During the course of the challenge, the exercises and activities were changed to keep the competition lively and spontaneous. Many of the residents reported weight loss, more energy, and an increased mindfulness of the benefits that come from exercise. Even though the Red Birds were the official winners, those who participated enjoyed the benefits that come with exercise.

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