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HOLIDAYS PAST & PRESENT Village Christmases Through the Years
Stitches in History
Just Plain Fun
The BTV Programs & Events Department
VOL. 3 ISSUE 6 NOVEMBER + DECEMBER 2014
Quintin Trammell Chief Financial Officer MARKETING Melinda Silva Director of Marketing Dana Davis Sales Counselor Dave Marks Move-In Coordinator PROGRAMS Riki Stamps Director of Programs & Events Michael Burks Asst. Director of Programs & Events RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION 2014 Council Members Larry Masters, President Phil Phillips, Vice President Jo Anne Brown, Secretary Ray Culver, Immediate Past President Judy Schatzman, Margaret Hunt, Pat Howey, Phil Wilson, Buck Watson, Bill Shook, Genie Donovan, Bettie Lu Lancaster BOARD OF DIRECTORS Mike Jones, President Theresa Ewing, Vice President Steve Sisco, Treasurer Howard Higgins, Secretary Kyle Jenner, Bruce Johanson, Helen McElree, Jim Webster, Lewis Epley, Sarah Koenig, Jacqui Brandli Truman Yancy (Foundation)
From the Desk of Quintin Trammell The crisp air, falling leaves and approaching holidays always spark memories of my childhood. The tree with the big Christmas lights, the magic of snow on Christmas morning, presents, and the memory of snuggling down under grandmother’s handmade quilt on a cold winter’s night. I love the holidays. We have many events planned at Butterfield Trail Village to celebrate the holidays and to enjoy it with family and friends. We will begin by celebrating our veterans on Veterans Day on November 11. Please remember to thank a veteran for their sacrifice for our country. Giving thanks is something we should all strive to do every day; however, Thanksgiving Day has been specifically set aside to give thanks for all our many blessings. When the calendar turns to December, the theme turns to Christmas and our Winter Wonderland Party on December 12. As we go through this most special time of year, remember that Christmas is about so much more than presents. Please remember to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It is His goodness and mercy that makes the holidays, and all things, truly wonderful. Quintin Trammell Chief Financial Officer & Interim CEO
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Contents 4 Feature American Quilts 6 Village Newcomers Getting to Know John and Sally King 6 Resident Anniversaries + New Neighbors 7 Village Spaces Holidays Past and Present 8 Snapshots
10 UA News Arkansas Alumni Association 10 UA News OLLI Classes 11 Out & About SoNA Celebrates 60 Years of Great Music 11 Arts & Entertainment Select Community Event Listings 12 Library News 12 Veterans Events 13 Founding Churches Holiday Worship Services 14 Department Spotlight BTV Programs & Events 15 Village Holiday Events 16 Fitness New Year, New Fitness Center 17 Holiday Tour of Homes 17 The BTV Christmas Purse
18 Foundation Report 19 Meet Your Village Board Getting to Know Theresa Ewing
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Stitches in History By Marilyn H. Collins Quilts are works of art that reflect the changing political, social and economic times of our country. Early in U.S. history, quilting began as a functional way to use worn-out clothing â€” as window and door coverings, or even to separate space in one-room pioneer cabins. In the 1930s, newspapers printed quilt patterns to attract women readers. As time and money allowed, quilting became more popular for use as clothing and accessories. 4 BUTTERFIELD LIFE
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Ardith Wharry, a resident of Butterfield Trail Village, is a master quilter who is teaching a course this fall called “History of American Quilting.” The class will be held at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Arkansas Global Campus, 2 E. Center St. Class meets on Thursdays, Nov. 6, 13 & 20, from 1-3pm. The course will focus on the eras of quilting reflecting the changing history of our country. This is not a hands-on quilting class, but attendees will enjoy seeing and learning about a number of stunning quilts in Ardith’s collection. One of the beauties of quilting is that quilts last for years – long after the original quilter sat by the fireplace or a kerosene lantern to stitch her craft. Men have also quilted through the years; it is not a women’s craft only. Quilts also played a part in American battles giving comfort to soldiers and those with illnesses. Unlike today, the military in the Civil War had to provide much of their own food and clothing. Women for the Union and the Confederacy made quilts to keep the soldiers warm. World War I period quilts were mostly made of wool. Honor Roll quilts in World War II embroidered the names of service personnel. Quilts of Valor welcomed home many soldiers who served in Iraq. An extraordinary quilt weighing almost 54 tons covered the mall in Washington, D.C., to remember those who died of AIDS-related causes. Quilts are also given to children with cancer. Locally, Seven Hills Homeless Center in Fayetteville is the recipient of quilts from the sleeping-bag project. These quilts are made from recycled fabrics, 70” x 90,” folded and stitched on three sides to form sleeping bags for homeless people. Fabrics and padding are donated. Several Butterfield Village residents helped with this project. Join Ardith’s class and step back in time through American quilting. For a catalog of all OLLI courses, call (479) 575-4545 or email email@example.com.
Photos by Susan Tonymon TOP LEFT: Ardith Wharry holds a late 1800s Postage Stamp quilt. Usually made from 1” by 1” squares, these created the opportunity for quilters to make good use of every scrap of material they had. BOTTOM LEFT: “Sunrise, Sunset.” Using only four fabrics, the changing colors of morning and evening spread across this modern quilt made by Arditth. TOP RIGHT: Many Log Cabin quilts – like this one in Ardith’s collection – begin with a square in the middle. The quilter then takes strips of cloth and starts placing them around the sides in sequence.
Q&A with Ardith Wharry Ardith Wharry conducts quilting workshops, judges quilt shows and creates award-winning quilts. How long have you been quilting and how did you become involved? I started in 1989. My husband was retiring and I wanted to keep myself challenged, and thought, “What can I do that I haven’t done before?” I soon discovered that quilting suited me, and I set out to learn more. What time period does your class cover? From the birth of the United States until now. The focus of the class is what happened in American history that influenced quilting. For example, one of the significant events at the end of World War II was that as a concession Germany had to give up their patent on dyes. That immediately influenced quilters here in the United States because we no longer had to import certain dyes and materials used in quilting. Interest in quilting has ebbed and flowed, but for the most part it has been a mainstay. Why? Quilting has never faded away completely, but there have been times when participation slowed. During World War II, women went to work in the factories, and they didn’t have the time or money for quilting. In the ‘70s quilting made a comeback because there was more leisure money and manufactured goods available. Along came the computer, and with it an interest in the “art quilt.” A lot of people don’t think of a quilt and artwork in same breath, but it is. BTV QUILT EXHIBIT Loving Stitches Quilt Show Tuesday, Nov. 18 / 2-5pm Convocation Room BUTTERFIELD LIFE
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Village Newcomer Q+A
Getting to Know John and Sally King
Anniversaries November Anniversaries William & Anita Shaver John Belitsakos & Gisela Nordmeyer
Robert & Pauline Keegan
Larry & Borgny Hanley
James & Joyce Herrin
Richard & Shirley Chewning
William & Betty Stewart
When did you move to Butterfield? We moved to Butterfield on July 16, 2014. Where are you from? We both have lived in Fayetteville for many years — Sally for 34 and me (John) for 42. Sally grew up in Chicago, and I (John) grew up in Birmingham, Ala. Both of us moved around in college and in early work settings before locating here. What did you do before retirement? Sally was a librarian with the National Agricultural Law Center at the University of Arkansas School of Law for 23 years. I (John) was a professor in the University of Arkansas School of Social Work for 38 years, as well as serving as the pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Prairie Grove for 37 years. Do you have children/grandchildren? We have three children. All three attended Fayetteville public schools and the University of Arkansas. Sally’s daughter, Jean, and her husband Roy Ogden have a son born this year. My (John’s) older son, Michael, has one son, and my younger son, David, has seven children. Together, we have nine grandchildren aged 7 months to 21 years old. Why did you choose Butterfield? We’ve both known about Butterfield Trail Village since it started, and as we began to plan for retirement, choosing Butterfield was a ‘no brainer.’ A quality place, with many of our friends, less worry for our children, and genuine support for an active retirement certainly reinforced our choice. Besides, Sally really liked the idea of living in a setting that valued ballroom dancing. 6 BUTTERFIELD LIFE
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Jack & Lorene Lejeune
John & Dorothy Robinson
Charles & Mary McGimsey
David & Jean Randle
Steven & Jeanine Neuse
Herbert & Mary Stout
Tim & Judy Schatzman
New Neighbors Recent Village Move-Ins Deane Meek Carlene Ward Sue Thompson Janice Harris
Holidays Past and Present
A Look at Village Christmases Through the Years
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Autumn Breeze Dinner featuring The Jack Mitchell Combo Band with Susan Wizer
Ladies night out at the Autumn Breeze Dinner
JoAnne Brown & Char Olsen on the Branson Belle
Bill & Alice Jones
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Joe & Dorothy Selzer with Debbie Brandt on the Branson Belle
Bob Hendrix & Dave Marks barbecuing for bikers and residents NOVEMBER + DECEMBER 2014
Don & Linda Hayes
Visit to Tulsa Air and Space Museum
BTV celebrates Bikes Blues & Barbecue
June Colwell & Genie Donovan at the Rainforest Cafe Dinner
Connie Nunnally with UA students
Helen McElree at the Rainforest Cafe Dinner
Sampling new “Rainforest” cuisine
Friends at the Rainforest Cafe
Jackie Rocha at the Rainforest Cafe
Linda Hayes visits with UA international students
Mitsy Kellam enjoys conversation with a UA international student
Residents tour the Cowie Winery in Paris, Ark.
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Alumni Association Scholarship Program Going Strong BTV Members Invited to Volunteer Twenty-five years ago, the Arkansas Alumni Association accepted the challenge to fund a merit scholarship that would reward students for their accomplishments in the academic and leadership arenas. It would also attract outstanding students to the University of Arkansas. The program started with awarding two scholarship recipients. Through the years, the scholarship program has continued to grow through Alumni Association members, chapters and societies. Scholarships are available for both incoming students and current students. In 1994, the scholarship program received a boost with the creation of the Razorback Collegiate License Plates, also known as Hog Tags, in Arkansas. More than 26,000 plates are in circulation. Missouri followed suit with the license plates supporting the Alumni Association chapter scholarships in that state.
August 2014, the 25th group of Arkansas Alumni Association freshman scholars began classes, adding to a long list of incredible scholars who have received diplomas from the University. Often, past scholars are among a group of about 35 volunteers that spends two days in February reviewing hundreds of scholarship applicants. The next scholarship review is scheduled for Feb. 20-21, 2015. If you would like to volunteer for this, please contact Robin January, scholarship coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (479) 575-2801. For more information about available Alumni Association scholarships, visit www.arkansasalumni.org/scholarships.
The Membership Scholarship was added in 2009, providing a portion of each paid Alumni Association membership to the scholarship fund. Those memberships have helped nearly 100 students continue their education at the U of A. Since 1990, the Alumni Association has awarded 3,500 scholarships. This year the Alumni Association awarded scholarships to more than 450 students. In
OLLI Classes Quality, Affordable Programming for Lifelong Learners Osher Lifelong Learning Classes Departure: Monday, Nov. 3..............................................9:15am Counterparts in Art History Thursday, Nov. 6.......................................... 12:15pm History of American Quilts Thursday, Nov. 20........................................9:45am Nanotechnology Tour 10 BUTTERFIELD LIFE
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Registration: call 575-4545 or visit www.olli.uark.edu Course catalogs are available at the information center.
Out & About Arts & Entertainment Highlighted Happenings Around Town
Walton Arts Center:
SoNA Celebrates 60 Years of Great Music! Holiday Concert for Families part of Symphony’s Anniversary Season The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) is launching its 60th Anniversary Season in time for the holidays with an expanded concert schedule, a new performance for children and families, and more of the innovative musical programming audiences have come to know and love. The 2014-15 Season begins Saturday, Nov. 8 at Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville under the baton of acclaimed Music Director Paul Haas. The six-concert season, which runs through April 25, 2015, will delight audiences with classical and pops lineups all performed by the region’s finest musicians. The season opener, Masterworks I, will be followed by A Very SoNA Christmas on Dec. 13, and The Snowman on Dec. 14. For a full season lineup visit sonamusic.org. “This upcoming season is exciting for me personally as we continue to develop the innovative programming our audiences have grown to love,” Maestro Haas says. “Not only have we increased to six mainstage concerts this year at Walton Arts Center, but we’re performing a second Masterworks III concert at the Berry Performing Arts Center at John Brown University in March. Add to that a burgeoning in-school education program and our first live soundtrack performance with the beautiful and moving film The Snowman in a family-friendly format this December, and you have thrilling and robust artistic and institutional growth.” SoNA Executive Director Matthew Herren says the 60th Anniversary Season is especially exciting for the community because of the new performance for children and families. The Snowman is a special screening of the Academy Award-nominated, holiday film of the same name, which boasts an extraordinary orchestral soundtrack that SoNA will be performing live – perfect for the grandchildren! “The Snowman is our first family-focused concert since SoNA returned to the stage in 2011 under Paul Haas’ music direction, and it will be a very special event,” Herren said. “It’s especially gratifying because we’re able to bring the elements of our education program to the main stage by introducing the audience to the instruments of the orchestra.” To purchase single tickets ($28, $39, $50), please call Walton Arts Center’s box office at (479) 443-5600 or visit sonamusic.org. Tickets for The Snowman are $25-$40.
> New York Standards Quartet Nov. 7 > Jake Shimabukuro Nov. 14 > Elf the Musical Nov. 25-26 > Clint Black Christmas With You Dec. 4 > The Second City’s Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue Dec. 5-6 > Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis Big Band Holidays Dec. 7 > Mediaeval Baebes Dec. 11 > MYTHBUSTERS: Behind The Myths Dec. 12 > Moscow Classical Ballet’s The Nutcracker Dec. 19-21 For more info, visit waltonartscenter.org Arts Center of the Ozarks: > ACO Chorale: Making Beautiful Music Nov. 14 > Best Christmas Pageant Ever Dec. 12-14 For more info, visit artscenteroftheozarks.org Rogers Little Theater: > Lend Me a Tenor Nov. 1-2 & 6-9 For more info, visit rogerslittletheater.org TheatreSquared: > Around the World in 80 Days Nov. 26 – Dec. 24 For more info, visit theatre2.org 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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New Books Taking part in the Butterfield Trail Library Book Club is a favorite pursuit for 20 residents who meet each month in the Library to discuss a book and its author. The Fayetteville Public Library and the Washington County Library System help us find multiple copies of the title we’re reading. Then, we share copies so that each club member has an opportunity to read the book. The BTV Library Book Club participates with other book clubs through events sponsored by the Fayetteville Public Library. In October, our members visited the Fayetteville library for the “Gathering of the Groups” event. Members from several book clubs reviewed What Is It Like to Go to War by author Karl Marlantes. The book, which is available from the BTV Library, is being called “the book all of Arkansas is reading.” On the New Bookshelf Cherokee Tragedy: The Ridge Family and the Decimation of a People by Thurman Wilkins is a publication of the University of Oklahoma Press, relating the events leading to the Trail of Tears from the viewpoint of the illustrious Ridge family.
Fayetteville Veterans Parade November 9 / Departure 1:15pm Veterans living at BTV have been invited to ride in this annual parade representing all branches of military service. Korean War veterans will be the grand marshals. Bands, motorcycles, vintage cars and more will make this parade exciting and fun. Bus transportation will be available for residents who would like to watch the parade and honor our veterans. Comfortable chairs located on the downtown square will be available for seating. An indoor space is reserved in case of inclement weather.
The Great and Holy War by Phillip Jenkins offers a look at how religion created and prolonged the first World War. And Now For Some Fun! The Devil in the Junior League by Linda Francis Lee takes us behind the scenes of the Junior League deep in the heart of Texas blueblood society. Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good by Jan Karon is a new Mitford novel bringing Karon’s fans up to date on Father Tim and his community. The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg won’t disappoint. Flagg gives us her comic best in this mystery novel about two women who are forced to reimagine who they are.
Gallery of Heroes: Veterans Recognition & Patriotic Performance November 11 at Butterfield Trail Village 4:30-6:30pm Dinner / 7pm Program and Concert One of Butterfield’s crowning moments is the time given to honor United States veterans each November 11h. Of all our American sons and daughters who are known or unknown to us, whether alive, dead, a prisoner of war, or missing in action, they are American heroes. Of all who returned home wounded, disabled or healthy, they are our heroes. Of those who served during peacetime standing ready to answer any call, they are our heroes. Of those who continue to enlist, train and take their stance on the wall of freedom, they are our heroes. Our Village tradition of making time for these warriors is, by far, a memorable event.
Military veterans participating in this evening’s festivities will enjoy a complimentary dinner, presentation and the unmistakable musical talents of the Singing Men of Arkansas chorus, accompanied by pianist, Jonathon Story.
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Area Churches Plan Holiday Worship Services Tradition is an important part of faith, and many Christian holidays are celebrated with special worship services. Butterfield Trail Village’s five founding churches are offering special holiday services this year and invite you to join them. Here are the times, dates and locations. CENTRAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 6 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville (479) 442-4237 Holiday Concert with Gospel/Country Artist Jimmy Fortune Tues., Dec. 4 at 7pm Christmas Eve Casual Services Wed., Dec. 24 at 3pm & 5:30pm Christmas Eve Classic Services Wed., Dec. 24 at 3:00pm, 5:30pm & 7:30pm
ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH 224 N. East Ave, Fayetteville (479) 442-7373 Thanksgiving Eucharist Service Thur., Nov. 24 at 10am Christmas Eve Services Wed., Dec. 24 at 4:30pm, 6:30pm & 11pm *Each service is preceded by a 15-30 minute music prelude Christmas Day Service Thur., Dec. 25 at 10am
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 20 E. Dickson St., Fayetteville (479) 442-2387 Thanksgiving Banquet Sun., Nov. 23 at 6pm Christmas Eve Service Wed., Dec. 24 at 5:30pm FIRST UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 695 Calvin Street, Fayetteville (479) 442-4411 Thanksgiving Dinner and Service Wed., Nov. 19 at 5:30pm Celebration of Light: Celebration at the Manger Wed., Dec. 10 at 5:30pm Christmas Eve Carol Singing Wed., Dec. 24 at 5pm FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH 220 College Ave., Fayetteville (479) 442-4674 Christmas Eve Candlelight Service Wed., Dec. 24 at 6pm BUTTERFIELD LIFE
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Just Plain Fun! The BTV Programs & Events Department One of the best aspects of being a resident at Butterfield Trail Village is the incredible access to a vast array of activities, programs and events (more than 2,500 in fact) throughout the year. Just take a look at any given month’s calendar of events and you’ll see the choices are seemingly endless.
The BTV Programs & Events Team knows how to plan activities and special events down to the last detail – and they have tons of fun doing it! Pictured (L-R): Gary Hodges, Sandy Evans, Michael Burks, Riki Stamps and Forrest Creighton
Leisure, food, fun, arts, entertainment, culture, learning, fitness, wellness and more – each and every day, Butterfield residents have a number of rich and diverse activities, programs and events from which to choose.
“We like to keep things fresh and new,” Riki said. “So we always have lots of varied events. We ask for our residents’ opinions, and we want their input. What do they enjoy? What are they active in? Residents want travel, leisure and to be involved in their community.”
Thanks to the hard work of the Programs and Events Department, led by Director Riki Stamps and Assistant Director Michael Burks, hundreds of events and programs occur annually right here on the BTV campus. Simultaneously, countless excursion activities take groups offsite to places ranging from area art museums, performance halls and sports stadiums, to other destinations such as Kansas City, Louisiana and even the Caribbean.
Whether it’s an appetizer social for a budding musician, an encore performance by a seasoned artist, or a book reading with an esteemed author, Riki and Michael love to plan events. They look to cultural and historical offerings in the region, as well as supporting the local performing arts.
Hosting and organizing activities and events across a diverse spectrum of varying interests and resident expectations requires incredible organization, extensive research and careful planning. Responsible for making it all happen are the dedicated staff members at the heart of “the Butterfield lifestyle” – the Programs and Events Department. Riki joined the village in 1987 and Michael in 1999. The duo works together to plan the calendar down to every last detail. They aim to have those details worked out a couple of months in advance, filling the calendar with resident-driven activities that encourage physical wellness, lifelong learning and spiritual enrichment – and a very healthy dose of just plain fun.
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“There is incredible talent in Northwest Arkansas,” Riki adds. “We like to bring that entertainment to Butterfield, or take our residents to it.” Riki and Michael also have a talent for finding interesting and engaging destinations, and putting together exciting itineraries. Butterfield’s “Village Tours” overnight excursions take residents to some of the best regional destinations in this part of the country. For instance, a Village Tours group last year enjoyed a three-night stay in Louisiana’s Cajun County during the height of crawfish season. Another group traveled to Kansas City where they explored the National World War I Museum and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, among other popular city sites. Perhaps the most ambitious Village Tours outing yet has a group of residents preparing to be whisked away on an Eastern Caribbean cruise from Nov. 29 to
Events Dec. 7. The active group of 14 started taking special BTV exercise classes to ensure they’re in tip-top shape for their upcoming tropical, nautical adventure. Other big travel experiences are on Riki’s radar as well. “We’re eyeing the possibility of taking an American river cruise to the Pacific Northwest, and some residents are inquiring about Canada and Europe, too,” she said. “Our adventures are shifting farther away and passports are being updated. That is exciting!” The Programs and Events Department also does a great deal of work closer to the BTV campus. For example, Michael, a former gospel singer having toured with The Galloways, organized a group of residents who at first just casually gathered for singalongs. Today the group is the full-fledged BTV Chorus performing regularly throughout the year. The power that comes from community partnerships and sharing perspectives is immeasurable. A good case in point are Butterfield’s partnerships with the University of Arkansas, particularly those that the Programs team has forged with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, the university’s Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, and Spring International Language Center. These alliances create specialized learning and social opportunities for residents both on the BTV campus and off. Likewise, Butterfield also engages with the Fayetteville School District, creating intergenerational opportunities such as the BTV Pen Pal program, which by all accounts has been a win-win experience for everyone involved. Riki and Michael both know that some people want to be where the action is. Others would rather stay home. “Some are working or volunteering, being active in the community, and we support that,” Michael said, “and when they aren’t, we support that, too. “We plan events that residents and their families can enjoy together,” Riki adds. “And if they don’t have family close by, we’re their family.” Not only does the Programs and Events Department schedule, organize and host thousands of events, it also oversees Butterfield’s transportation services and the front reception area, as well as helping coordinate all of the volunteer activities BTV residents participate in. “It really does take a team, and our team is exceptional,” Riki said. “They’re always willing to do what it takes to be successful.”
Village Holiday Events The Arkansas Winds Concert Band December 8 / 7:30pm The Arkansas Winds Concert Band is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to providing concerts to the greater community and providing a place for musicians to hone their skills. These talented musicians range from schoolteachers to bankers and love sharing their instrumental passion with their audiences. A special partnership has formed over the years between the Arkansas Winds and village residents, and the residents of Butterfield love appreciating their heartfelt performances. Their holiday performance is packed with grand musical numbers that are sure to help put you in the Christmas Spirit! Winter Wonderland Holiday Party Featuring Cherry Brooks and Cal Jackson December 12 / 6-9pm Sleigh-bells and snowmen will greet you for an evening of thrillin’ and chillin’ fun during our Winter Wonderland Holiday Party! Enjoy an elegant evening of heavy hors d’oeuvres, peppermint cocoa and several other delectable culinary delights as well-loved Cherry Brooks livens up the evening with holiday and fun danceable tunes, creating the perfect ambiance for a memorable night. Tour of Lights Community Light Tours in Fayetteville and Rogers December 2, 9 & 22 / 6pm The Christmas season is filled with sensational displays of lights and holiday cheer throughout Northwest Arkansas. Hop aboard one of our annual holiday light tours, including the everpopular Lights of the Ozarks on the downtown Fayetteville square. Enjoy the lively sounds of horse-drawn carriages while strolling through the magical display of lights, sip a cup of hot chocolate or coffee while you walk, or just enjoy the peaceful night with soft seasonal music in the background. Did we mention an awe-inspiring tour of the Pinnacle Hills area in Rogers? Holiday House Hop with Riki and Michael Departure: December 19 / 5pm & 7:30pm In addition to the larger lights tours, a special treat will be the annual Holiday House Hop – a whimsical trip to the homes of Programs and Events Director Riki Stamps and Assistant Director Michael Burks. Hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, sparkle and warmth will welcome our Village family and guests for an evening of memories waiting to happen. BUTTERFIELD LIFE
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New Year, New Fitness Center By Jennifer Neill, Fitness & Wellness Coordinator It’s holiday time and I bet many of you are thinking about Christmas gifts, decorating the tree, turkey and dressing, and all things related to Thanksgiving and Christmas. As for me? I’m thinking….new pool, new fitness classes, new exercise equipment, and a brand new building. I am so excited about our new Fitness and Wellness Center and the new Aquatic Center, and all the great changes they will bring when they open in January 2015. Between the state of the art upgrades, more classes and new digs, I can hardly wait. So, Bah HUMBUG — let’s get this holiday season behind so we can move into our new Fitness Center! Here’s a glimpse of what to expect in 2015: Deep Water Aerobics In the new Aquatic Center, we will be offering two water aerobics classes, five days a week. We’ll have the regular water aerobics class that is a full body workout, and we’ll add a new deep-water aerobics class. Deepwater aerobics is great because it will have a low impact on your joints, but a high impact on your cardiovascular system. Water Walking We’ll be offering a water walking class that is beneficial if you find it hard to walk on a surface. That’s because water’s buoyancy can help relieve joint stress and pain. Water also has greater resistance than air, meaning walking in water requires more effort and ultimately burns
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more calories than walking on land. If you enjoy swimming laps you will enjoy the fact that we will have two lanes dedicated to lap swimming. Additional Equipment The new Fitness and Wellness Center will have the same exercise equipment that the Lodge gym does, so you will know how to use it. Our current equipment is a great match for us because of its ease of use, and because it won the industry innovator award by the International Council on Active Aging. In addition, we’ll be adding some key new pieces of exercise equipment. •
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A NUstep recumbent cross trainer, just like the one currently used in physical therapy. It provides a high performance workout that is good for your knees. A TheraBand Wall Station for doing stretch band exercises recommended by physical therapy. A Krankcycle for upper body aerobics fitness. All of our other classes will be continuing as usual and we hope to add more new classes in the spring.
So enjoy the holidays, time with family and all of the great food of the season, and the Fitness & Wellness Team will see you in our new facility January 2015.
Youâ€™re invited to
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5 A self-guided tour of Butterfield Trail Village holiday homes, with progressive hors d'oeuvres. Greeters will be in the halls and around the campus to help guide and answer questions. Select apartments, cottages and village homes will be on display against the backdrop of the Village at Christmas.
Carriage Club members and the public from 9am-12pm Residents from 2-4pm
The Christmas Purse Program Recognizes Employees at the Holidays By Larry Masters, Residents Council President The Residents Council Christmas Purse program is a longstanding holiday tradition at Butterfield Trail Village. It represents the one time during the year when Village residents can express in monetary terms their appreciation to BTV/Morrison staff for the many services they provide to us throughout the year.
Contributions to the purse are allocated to eligible staff based on the total number of hours they worked during the year. Over the past decade, the Christmas Purse has provided more than $500,000 to more than 1,900 BTV employees to help brighten their Christmas season.
The program works like this: Residents fund the purse through contributions collected by the Butterfield Trail Village Residents Association during a planned period for each year. For 2014, the planned contribution period is Nov. 17 through Dec. 15. At the discretion of the BTV Residents Associationâ€™s Residents Council, contributions to the purse can be augmented with money from an investment fund that was bequeathed to the Residents Association by the Dee Denton Trust Estate.
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Butterfield Foundation Report By Lisa Lashley Higgins, Foundation Treasurer
I hope many of you took the opportunity to visit with our board on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at the Foundation Dessert Social in the Lobby. We would like for you all to know us and the efforts our board is making to improve, enhance and amplify your BTV experience. We have many designated funds in our stewardship: the Bird Fund, the Library Fund, scholarships for BTV staff, and many more. We also have undesignated funds that we plan to use for the benefit of the BTV property. Donations, memorials and “Moving Made Easy” are our main sources of income. We are in the process of planning a campaign to raise funds for the beautification of the Village property. This will be for projects that are not included in the current construction, or that may be over and above the planned projects. Many of you will say that I already give enough with my monthly service fees. But many of you have discretionary funds to use for contributions. We want you to think of the BTV Foundation when you are making your charitable decisions. This could be a current contribution or as part of your estate planning. We want you to feel comfortable to talk to us about your foundation. Although I’m new to the board, I have many friends here and feel like I’m a part of your history. Let the Foundation be a part of your future. The Foundation is grateful for gifts received between August 16 and October 4, 2014 from the following donors:
• Elizabeth Howick in memory of
Andy Breuer and Perry Greenwood
• Mitsy Kellam in memory of • • • • • • • • • • • • •
Andy Breuer, Lloyd Warren and Perry Greenwood Mary Lou Miller in memory of Andy Breuer Charlene Olsen in memory of Lloyd Warren, Joe Musacchia, Porter Stone, Brad Donovan, Roy Plattner and Andy Breuer George & Elly Osborn in memory of Joe Musacchia Pat Parker in memory of Jane Davis, Joe Musacchia, Andy Breuer and Perry Greenwood Mary Carolyn Pendleton in memory of Joe Musacchia and Jane Davis Joe & Judi Schenke in memory of Jane Davis Lex Smith in memory of Andy Breuer Jacquelyn Smith in memory of Virginia George Nancy & Elllis Trumbo in memory of Patsy Eitelman Nancy Barnhill Trumbo in memory of Andy Breuer and Noble Hembree Nell Tuck in memory of Jane Davis, Jim & Teena Carpenter and Betty Davis Richard and Ardith Wharry in memory of Andrew Breuer Truman and Sylvia Yancey in memory of Marjorie Buchanan
MOVING MADE EASY
• Bob Shaw • Dennis Shaw
CONTRIBUTIONS • John & Doris Schuldt • Willis & Lorene Shaw Charitable Foundation • Ozella Wilson MEMORIALS
• James & Ruth Breuer in memory of Andy Breuer • Dixie Cole in memory of • • • •
Nell Greenquist, Jim Carpenter, Inger Coogan and Andy Breuer Juanita Duncan in memory of Andy Breuer, Noble Hembree and Lloyd Warren Eugenia Edmonds in memory of Pat Beall Lewis & Donna Epley in memory of Andy Breuer Jerol & Sally Garrison in memory of Perry Greenwood, Joe Musacchia and Jane Davis
18 BUTTERFIELD LIFE
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FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS Mike Jones, President Theresa Ewing, Vice President Lisa Higgins, Secretary-Treasurer Margaret Whillock, Kay Trumbo, Steve Sisco, Mary Purvis, Rick Meyer, Truman Yancey, Emeritus.
Meet Your Village Board Getting to know BTV Board member Theresa Ewing
For more than three decades, Butterfield Trail Village has represented the pinnacle of premier retirement living in Northwest Arkansas. This is due in large part to the vision and foresight of the Village’s five founding churches, and since 1981 that visionary torch has been carried by a dedicated group of BTV Board members working tirelessly for and alongside Village residents and staff. This is the second in a series of “spotlight” profiles introducing Butterfield LIFE readers to the current members of the BTV Board. A longtime resident of Northwest Arkansas, Theresa Ewing grew up in the scenic and quaint mountain town of Jasper, Arkansas, surrounded by the picturesque natural beauty where America’s first officially designated national river, the Buffalo, begins to flow – a place where she says she enjoyed a wonderful childhood, “although I certainly didn’t realize or appreciate it at the time.”
Theresa is an active member of her church, First Christian of Fayetteville, and it is through that affiliation that she began extending her spirit of service to Butterfield Trail Village in the early 2000’s. “As a member of First Christian, I had come to know BTV residents Henry and Ellen Meenen, who approached me to ask if I would consider serving on the Village’s board of directors, if elected.”
As is often the case when growing up in a rural community with a population of 500 or less, Theresa had her sights on life in the city – in this case, the comparatively bustling town of Fayetteville. Upon graduating from high school, she made the move to attend the University of Arkansas, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and met her husband, Lonnie. After that, she says, “we just never left!” “After graduating from college, newly engaged and needing a job,” Theresa explains, “my soon-to-be husband’s supervisor phoned a friend of his at First National Bank of Fayetteville and the next thing I knew, I had gainful employment at a local bank – and it must have suited me, as I have made banking and investments my career for the past 30 years.”
“By the way,” Theresa adds, “that banker who gave me my first job was Keith Robbins, a friend to many and a longtime member of the Butterfield Trail Village Foundation Board until his passing a few years ago.” Prior to being elected to the Board of Directors in 2006, Theresa also served on the Butterfield Foundation Board.
“As a trust administrator, I assist people with their estate planning and achieving their financial goals as prudently as possible – and I try to apply many of these same skills in my service to the Village.”
Throughout her eight years on the Village board, she has served on the Marketing, Operations and Finance Committees, and today, she continues to be a member of the Finance Committee in addition to serving as Vice President of the board.
“Although I have no family members who have lived at BTV, I have known many people near and dear to –Theresa Ewing me who have lived here over the years. All of them moved to the Village for the same reasons – they were seeking While perhaps not directly inline with her Public a wonderful upscale retirement community with Admin degree, banking and personal finance top-tier amenities, they didn’t want to be a burden certainly share a common denominator with her to their family, and they sought peace of mind chosen academic path – they’re both service driven. knowing they would be taken care of if their health And for the past 30 years, Theresa Ewing has deteriorated. Butterfield is blessed with many indeed been serving people, and her community, in dedicated residents, staff and board members a variety of meaningful ways. Today, she currently who are committed to the ongoing success of the serves as Senior Vice President and Trust Manager Village, and I am truly honored to be a part of this at The Bank of Fayetteville, where she has been for amazing community.” the past 12 years. In addition to serving her customers at work,
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The Lodge, Your Lodge
The Lodge at Butterfield Trail Village bustles with activity. A tastefully furnished 2,000 square foot building with kitchen facilities, comfortable conversation seating, a big screen television and a fireplace along with a light airy atmosphere make The Lodge the perfect venue for socials, game nights, restaurant-style lunches and dinners, meetings and fun events. You can
also share this facility with your friends and family by making arrangements with the staff for parties and meetings. Catering by the BTV culinary staff is also available at a reasonable cost. Check your calendar and join your friends for fun and socializing at The Lodge, Your Lodge.