Butterfield LIFE March + April 2021

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Contents 4 From the CEO 6 Feature Profile Roy Clinton Jr. 9 Newcomer Q&A Meet Barbara Counce 9 Anniversaries & New Neighbors


10 Employee Spotlight Senior Accountant Adele Atha to Retire 11 Covid Vaccination Clinics at BTV 12 Village Snapshots 13 Featured Village Events 14 Ready, Set, Renovate! 15 Living Spaces Artful Apartment of Joe Campbell 16 Out & About Ozark Highlands Nature Center and Compton Gardens 17 Walton Arts Center NWA Ballet Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream


18 Butterfield Trail Village: 35 Years of Excellence 20 Foundation Listings 21 Board Member Spotlight Welcome New Members 22 Fitness & Wellness Chi Walking at BTV



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Quintin Trammell CEO MARKETING Kelly Syer 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 2021 Council Members Roy Penney, President Ellis Melton, Vice President Linda Pinkerton, Secretary Ron Hanson, Past President Skipper Solomon, Ann Marie Ziegler, Neely Barnett, Pat Jahoda, Jim Ferguson, Ginger Crippen, Geri Bender, Adella Gray BOARD OF DIRECTORS Jacqui Brandli, President Dr. Kim Chapman, Vice President Bill Shackelford, Secretary David Williams, Treasurer Bernard Madison, Mark McNair, Ann Henry, Bryn Wood Bagwell, Bob Kelly, Will Clark, Bill Mitchell, Wulf Polonius

From the CEO It is that hopeful time of year when we begin to see the early glimmers of spring, and our outlook is improved by increasingly longer days of sunlight. I can’t help but draw a comparison related to the Covid-19 vaccination clinics we were able to bring to Butterfield for residents and staff in January and February – it felt a bit like moving from winter to a brighter, warmer season. Granted, there may still be stormy weather in the future, but we have been given renewed optimism for rosier days ahead. And like springtime in the Ozarks, staying safe in the event of volatile storms requires we stay informed and have a plan in case things get more challenging. We will not let our guard down; that is our promise. In this packed issue of Butterfield LIFE we are honored to share the story of resident Roy Clinton, who graces this magazine’s cover. Everyone who meets Roy immediately notices his kind, thoughtful demeanor and humble manner, which tend to disguise the true magnitude of his contributions to Fayetteville and Northwest Arkansas. Take a look inside the BTV apartment of Joe Campbell and enjoy some of his treasured art – and take the opportunity to meet enthusiastic Village newcomer Barbara Counce. You are invited to read how our Move-In Coordinator Dave Marks works extensively with incoming residents to prepare and personalize their new homes. Marking BTV’s 35th anniversary, we highlight some of the big projects that have shaped a changing face of Butterfield – and we say our goodbyes to retiring employee Adele Atha, who was hired during the very first year the Village opened its doors. Thank you for your interest and support of Butterfield Trail Village. We wish you continued health and a renewal of spirit this spring.

Quintin Trammell Chief Executive Officer

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Opened in 1986, Butterfield Trail Village is a locally governed 501(c)(3) non-profit retirement community. As Northwest Arkansas’ only comprehensive Life Plan 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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Feature Profile

Roy Clinton Jr.

Serving is Second Nature

Photos by Stephen Ironside

Butterfield resident Roy Clinton has been involved his entire career with finding ways to serve others and the community. For 25 years, Roy served on the Washington Regional Medical Center System Board, helping steer the course for the region’s only not-for-profit, locally-governed community hospital during a time of explosive growth.

Roy and his late wife, Butch, moved to Butterfield Trail Village in March 2017. Although Butch’s vision loss brought them to Butterfield, the couple came sharing the vivid joys of having children, family, close friends and 65 years of memories together.

Roy helped restore growth in downtown Fayetteville when business began to leave and head north to the Northwest Arkansas Mall. He came out of retirement 20 years later to provide a steady hand at the helm for a benefactor’s struggling Springdale development.

Throughout their time, Roy and Butch shared a love of nature and the outdoors. They traveled and hiked all over the country, but their greatest love was the Buffalo National River area and surrounding Newton County. “Magical, mystical Newton County,” Roy calls it.

From Fayetteville, north to Springdale, and frankly in every major city across Northwest Arkansas, Roy Clinton’s subtle leadership and sense of civic duty have paid off in a big way for the region. Ask Roy about these endeavors and he’ll likely downplay his own role, but make no mistake, he is proud of his community. “I’m a shameless promoter of Fayetteville and Northwest Arkansas,” Roy said recently from his Butterfield home. “Northwest Arkansas has been an incredible engine of growth over the past 40 years and Fayetteville is a microcosm of that. I’m so proud of what they’ve done and of the legacy that is being provided for future generations.” 6 BUTTERFIELD LIFE


Butch Clinton

With Butch now gone since September, Roy remembers the kind, gentle and resilient person she was – wife, mother and tireless community volunteer. For 40-plus years, Butch volunteered at Washington Regional Medical Center, lovingly serving others, whether they were coming for surgery or emergency

room care, or she was making holiday tray favors to cheer hospital patients. Butch preferred to volunteer quietly, but her special touch was noticed and appreciated in Northwest Arkansas. In 2007, the Clintons were honored together by Washington Regional with the Eagle Award for Outstanding Health Leadership. The Eagle Award is given to individuals or organizations that make outstanding contributions to the improvement of healthcare in Northwest Arkansas. “Butch was a presence everywhere she went,” Roy said. “She was the most complete person I’ve ever known.”

SPA CITY USA Roy Clinton grew up in Hot Springs, Ark., in its heyday when casinos, bootlegging and even gangsters were a way of life. To young Roy, Arkansas’ well-known Spa City was a rascally, rough-andtumble atmosphere, full of lots of wonderful people. After high school, Roy left Hot Springs to attend the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where he earned a degree in Business Administration. At the U of A, Roy met the love of his life, Hattie Marie Lilly, a freshman from Memphis, Tenn., who went by her childhood nickname, Butch. Roy first noticed Butch on campus in 1955 when he and his SAE fraternity brothers were “serenading” freshmen women at Holcomb Hall. On their first date, he took her to a swimming hole on the White River – the start of a lifetime of enjoying nature together as a couple. They began dating seriously in the fall of 1955. Butch pledged Phi Beta Phi, and Roy convinced her they should go steady. “I was not going to let her get away,” Roy said. “Lucky for me, she went along with it.”

Roy put himself through college working at Campbell-Bell, a well-known department store on the Fayetteville square. It was the late ‘50s, and the square was bustling. Campbell-Bell and Lewis Brothers Hardware occupied the west side of the square, along with J.C. Penney, Woolworths Fiveand-Dime and other stores around the square. The old post office stood right in the middle. “Working at Campbell-Bell gave me a unique perspective most college kids didn’t have,” Roy said. “I got to know who the leading people in the area were and what they were doing. It gave me a better understanding of Fayetteville and Northwest Arkansas.” In 1958, Roy was critically injured in a car accident that left him recovering at what was then Washington County Hospital. Pregnant with their first child, Marie, Butch was ever-present at Roy’s bedside. Not only did she comfort her husband through a long, painful recovery, she began volunteering her time to visit and bring cheer to others who were hospitalized. Over the next 40 years, Butch developed a special passion for hospice care, not only as a volunteer but as a board member for Washington Regional’s hospice program.

COMMUNITY INVOLMENT In the late 1970s, Roy served on the Fayetteville Planning Commission and the Fayetteville Housing Authority. The city was doing a massive rewrite of building and zoning codes. The town and gown aspects were always a challenge – a unique part of a college town that will never change, he said. In 1980, he moved on from Campbell-Bell and Lewis Brothers Hardware and began concentrating on developing real estate projects, including a shopping center in Rogers and residential subdivisions in Fayetteville.

Butch and Roy were married in Memphis on November 30, 1957.

The Clintons and grandchildren

Roy and Butch

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Shortly after, good friend John Lewis asked Roy to see what could be done about a stalled project on the south side of the downtown Fayetteville square. McIlroy Bank (now Arvest Bank) was established on the north side, and Lewis had developed the east side with First National Bank. But there was a glaring space on south side. Roy created a business district and a limited partnership was formed that provided financing for the development of buildings that were completed and leased. Today, the buildings are owned and operated by the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce in what Roy called a “very farsighted move.” “The chamber is using the space to bring new and innovative ideas that are beneficial to the entire Northwest Arkansas community,” Roy said.

During what was a time of financial uncertainty, Roy stepped in, reorganized and took over operations of Har-Ber Meadows and brought the development to full occupancy, where it continues thriving today.

MAGICAL, MYSTICAL NEWTON COUNTY Roy has long been intrigued by Newton County in the Buffalo National River Wilderness area – one of the state’s most isolated and scenic places. After reading the classic “Buffalo River Country” guide by Kenneth L. Smith, his affinity only deepened. “That book really made me want to get out and see what Newton County was about,” Roy said. “For the next 20 years, Butch and I roamed every nook and cranny. I took her on some great hikes and I took her on some tough hikes and she enjoyed them all. She used to tell people, ‘If we’re missing, don’t look for us on a paved road.’”

From 1984 to 2009, Roy served on the Washington Regional Medical Foundation Board of Directors and was heavily involved in the financing and site selection for what is now Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville. He helped the hospital system open a number of clinics in the region, including locations in Bella Vista and Eureka Springs.

When their children — Marie, Roy III and Theresa — were young, the family would pack up the car and join friends and relatives for wonderful times hiking, canoeing and camping in tents and cabins. All along, Roy knew one day he wanted a place of his own in magical, mystical Newton County. Roy in his Butterfield home

From 1999 to 2000, Roy also served on the Fayetteville Public Library Foundation Board of Directors. Today, he points to Washington Regional Medical Center and the Fayetteville Public Library, which both opened in 2004, as testaments to the city’s success. The Fayetteville library just completed a major expansion in January and Washington Regional expanded in 2019. “It’s no small coincidence that these two city institutions, both some of the best in the country, have doubled in size and recently completed major expansions,” Roy said. “It speaks volumes to the success of Fayetteville and the entire Northwest Arkansas region.” Roy came out of retirement in 1998 to help the Jones Family Trust manage and develop trust benefactor Bernice Jones’ Har-Ber Meadows community in Springdale. The Har-Ber Meadows planned neighborhood development was struggling and needed a fresh approach. 8 BUTTERFIELD LIFE


In 1980, the dream came true when Roy, Butch and two other couples purchased a historic property in Ponca, the former Lost Valley Lodge, and remodeled it into a retreat for the three families. Now, 40 years later, the three families still have the lodge. “We’ve taken so many people to the lodge over the years and created so many memories there,” Roy said. “Friends, family, people in the area – the area itself. It’s all part of the mystique. I remember telling Butch the first time we drove to Newton County and were coming over the mountain, ‘Why haven’t we been here before?’” Since Butch’s passing, Roy is staying connected to his daughters Marie Bruno and Theresa Clinton and son Roy Clinton III, his five grandsons, two great grandchildren and many friends. If one of his friends calls and invites him, or whenever he has the chance, Roy will slip on his favorite Chaco hiking sandals and head to Newton County.

Village Newcomer Q+A

Getting to Know Barbara Counce

Anniversaries March

When did you move to Butterfield? My furniture was moved in on Dec. 6, 2020. I arrived at Butterfield on Dec. 20. Where are you from? I grew up in the small town of Rison, Ark. I later moved to Camden, where I had lived since 1957.

Paul & Martha Westberg Don & Linda Hayes Richard & Ardith Wharry Lloyd & Dorothy Seaton

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New Neighbors Recent Village Move-Ins

What did you do before retirement? Ken & Jan Hargis After graduating from college, I moved to Camden. There, I joined my husband Cecil Counce on the faculty of the Fairview School District. Cecil was the football coach there and I taught fourth grade. Cecil later became the Safety Director at International Paper Company. I worked for the Fairview School District for 34 years. Do you have children and grandchildren? My late husband Cecil and I have two children. Our son Steve lives in Hoover, Ala., and our daughter Carol lives here in Fayetteville. We have five grandchildren, two boys and three girls. Rachel and Andrew live in Hoover, and Davis, Golda and Greta live in Fayetteville. Why did you choose Butterfield? My first visit to Butterfield was several years ago. At that time my daughter Carol worked here. Carol lives only about fifteen minutes from Butterfield. The location, care and the friendly atmosphere seemed to make it the perfect place for me.


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Employee Spotlight

Senior Accountant Adele Atha to Retire “I can’t think of a better place to have spent 34 years” Adele Atha is not your typical number cruncher. A licensed CPA until announcing her March 2021 retirement, she holds degrees in Accounting and in Finance and Banking, both from the University of Arkansas. But according to Adele, it’s not the day-today management of Butterfield’s accounting needs that has kept her on staff for a remarkable 34 years – it’s been the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships through direct, personal service and nurturing of residents that has cemented her loyalty to the organization. She will be leaving Butterfield not just as the senior accountant, but as a friend to generations of residents and families. Adele began her tenure as Butterfield’s business manager less than a year after the Village opened its doors in 1986. She joined the staff as an expectant mother, taking only a week of maternity leave when her baby daughter arrived a few months later. Occupancy at Butterfield when Adele arrived was less than 40% with 138 residents, compared with more than 400 residents who live on campus today. Enormous Changes Adele’s job has evolved incredibly over the past three decades. When she began at the business office, there was one shared computer in a corner, used to do all accounting functions. Correspondence was done on typewriters, and email was still years in the future. The 1990s eventually brought personal computers to Adele with Santa at BTV workers, along with fax machines and eventually a scanner, all of which greatly impacted productivity. As Butterfield grew, the business office expanded from two to the seven team members supporting it today. The memories Adele amassed at Butterfield are entrenched in both her professional and personal life. She fondly recalls the fun of Halloween in the Village, and bringing her children and grandchildren to enjoy the hospitality of residents. Adele also laughs remembering three bad winters in a row: the 10 BUTTERFIELD LIFE


Adele and her daughters (L to R) Jenna, Allison and Kristin

2009 ice storm that brought down multiple Emerald Ash trees with sounds resembling gun shots and knocked out campus power for more than a day; a severe cold snap that caused a water issue in 2010 and triggered a flood; and a two-foot snow in 2011 that seems benign compared to the prior two years. “The worst situations bring out the very best in Butterfield staff and residents,” said Adele, describing how everyone would pull together to solve any problem. Baseball and Grandkids Adele looks forward to relaxing and spending time at Baum Walker Stadium to cheer on her beloved Razorback Baseball team with her husband Larry of 42 years. An avid quilter, she is excited to finally have time to devote to her craft, become more involved with several quilt guilds, and attend workshops to hone her skill. And, Adele’s lucky three, small grandchildren will receive lots of doting, along with regular craft-making sessions. Adele is reflective about the career she is wrapping up. “I hope to be remembered for the quality of my work, and hope I have been of service to residents and their families,” she said. “We don’t sell widgets at Butterfield; we sell service and do our very best to go the extra mile. That interaction has been so important to me.” “I can’t think of a better place to have spent 34 years,” Adele said.

BTV Cares

BTV Covid Vaccine Clinics Offer Hope for Better Days Residents, Staff Receive Moderna Vaccine After a year of life-altering restrictions, missed friends and families — and way too much time feeling locked away — a series of vaccination clinics on the Butterfield campus has brought renewed hope to residents. CEO Quintin Trammell said approximately 98% of residents and around 70% of staff have received the Moderna vaccine administered by BTV pharmacy partner Collier Drug Store. BTV rolled out a two-phase vaccination Resident Nelda Farthing receives a Covid vaccination at BTV. program between December and February, prompting excitement and relief that was clearly evident from “I think the most important thing has been a feeling the many smiles and sounds of laughter as people of hope that the situation will begin to improve – and anxiously waited in a safely distanced line that life will return to some semblance of normalcy,” to receive injections. Poertner said. “It also gives residents a sense of protection and safety, not only for themselves “It has been such a tough year for our residents but for their family and friends. Hopefully, being and staff who are accustomed to a very socially vaccinated will ease some of the fear and anxiety engaged community,” said Trammell. “We were so that many have been experiencing.” thankful to finally take this first huge step toward what we anticipate will eventually allow a return “Once the Moderna vaccine received emergency to more of the activities and amenities that bring authorization through the FDA, we moved forward,” retirees to Butterfield.” Director of Health Care Services Jay Green said. “It made sense for us to partner with Collier Drug Store, To address the needs of Butterfield’s most vulnerable and they were eager to serve our entire campus.” individuals, residents and staff from the BTV Health Care Center (HCC) and Assisted Living Center (AL) “Collier Drug Store is a longtime provider of flu were vaccinated under the first phase of the plan. A vaccinations at BTV and knows our residents well, he pharmacy team from Collier arrived the morning of said. “There were a few sore arms, but for the most Dec. 30, 2020 and went room-to-room administering part there is a calm over us,” said Green. the initial round of the vaccine, then returned to provide the second, final round on Jan. 27. “We are very grateful that Collier was available to partner with us on something so important. It’s Less than two weeks after the first phase began, the reassuring to know our residents are continuing to second phase of the program brought the vaccine to receive the highest quality of care and services, even hundreds of independent living residents (those in during a pandemic,” he said. apartments, cottages and Village Homes), and other staff on campus. The Collier team spent Jan. 11, 12 Like Green, Poertner had high praise for the pharmacy. and 14 providing first doses in the large Performance Hall, then returned Feb. 8, 9 and 11 to give “The employees at Collier Drug — as well as at other second injections. pharmacies in the community who are conducting these vaccination clinics — they deserve kudos,” Patricia Poertner, senior director of BTV Resident Poertner said. “They’re working long hours to make Services, said there has been a collective sigh of sure everyone gets vaccinated as part of the process.” relief among residents following the vaccinations. BUTTERFIELD LIFE

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Village Snapshots Valentine’s Day at BTV

Snowy Days on Campus

Chef Memo Vaca’s Entry in AACF’s Soup Sunday Golden Ladle Competition



Security Supervisor Aaron Kent with BTV’s New Security Vehicle

Featured Events

Featured Village Events Coming in March MARCH 10 | 2pm Butterfield Trail Village: 35 Years of Awesome CHANNEL 1961 Join Programs and Events Director Riki Stamps as we celebrate Butterfield’s 35th anniversary! Riki shares the high points in the history of the Village through interviews, photographs and personal accounts, from the grand opening in 1986 as the area’s first self-governed, non-profit retirement community, to the success of today as the region’s premier Life Plan retirement community.

Morten and Mira Jensen

MARCH 18 | 7pm Let’s Rumba! CHANNEL 1961 Tune in for this lively celebration of Latin dance and its history as an expression of culture and entertainment. Dance instructors Morten and Mira Jensen of the Fred Astaire Dance Studio of North Arkansas will demonstrate and discuss a number of moves, including the Rumba, one of the most romantic and sensual of all Latin ballroom dances.

Coming in April

Rachel B and Table for Three

Devil’s Den State Park

APRIL 22 | 5pm S.E. Parking Lot Spring Outdoor Celebration Spring is finally within sight, and BTV is planning the perfect outdoor celebration with live entertainment by Rachel B and Table for Three and culinary creations prepared by Chef Memo Vaca and his team. Residents, come enjoy the fresh air and see your friends and neighbors at this socially distanced event. April 30 | TBA Out & About Series BTV is thrilled to kick off this new series of socially distanced day trips exploring the history, culture and nature of Arkansas and Oklahoma. The first destination will be Devil’s Den State Park near West Fork in picturesque Lee Creek Valley, surrounded by the Ozark National Forest. We’ll have a picnic lunch and enjoy a state park docent’s lecture. In May, we’ll visit the Cherokee Heritage Center near Tahlequah, Okla.

Featured Village Events are subject to change or cancellation depending on safety guidelines in place during the coronavirus pandemic. BUTTERFIELD LIFE

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Village Life

Ready, Set, Renovate!

Personalizing a New Home is All Part of the Fun

Residents can choose from a number of options for flooring, countertops, windows and walls.

Dave Marks

Planning for a new home is an exciting chapter in life, and Butterfield knows managing that process well has a huge impact on how new residents feel about making a move to the Village. The freedom incoming residents have throughout the renovation process to make personalized decisions — and occasionally even plan for upgrades — helps ensure new homes are comfortable and convenient. This attention to detail also helps enrich each resident’s pride in their new surroundings and enhances the special sense of place inherent to Butterfield. Move-In Coordinator Dave Marks is dedicated to his eleven-year role as liaison, navigating newcomers through each unique remodel. Over 400 people live at Butterfield, and there are always multiple renovation projects underway. Dave stays busy detailing residents’ wishes to the construction team and communicating building timelines, budgets and progress back to new residents. As important as it is to keep the technical aspects of projects moving and all informed, he serves as a critical link to help new residents feel welcome and connected to campus long before furniture arrives on moving day. “Dave meets repeatedly with residents and even family members, guiding every step of the way,” Director of Marketing Kelly Syer said. “There are many decisions to be made, and it’s extremely helpful to have a friendly, encouraging point of contact for our newcomers. Our options cater to each individual, setting Butterfield apart from other retirement communities in our region.” Newly available apartments, cottages and Village homes are assessed to create a standard renovation budget. Each project scope depends on prior renovations, and considers what may need to be done to ensure every residence meets the Butterfield “standard.” Stainless appliances, quartz and granite countertops, recessed can lighting and floor-to14 BUTTERFIELD LIFE


ceiling tiled showers are examples of standard renovation items new residents see. Because residences are uniquely reviewed, renovations can be as minimal as paint and flooring—or more allencompassing, with new cabinets, showers, lighting or appliances. Once newcomers sign their contract and pay the deposit for their home, Dave begins cultivating a relationship and gains understanding of the residence style they seek. Demolition typically commences; once clients make material selections, renovations begin according to an agreed-upon budget. Some projects may even allow for possible upgrades at additional cost above the initial budget, including items like high-end appliances, extra cabinetry, special flooring, multiple paint colors, or even space reconfiguration. “A trend we are seeing is interest in a larger living room space in two-bedroom standard apartments, so we’ve devised ways to open them up to bring in more sunlight. With a few, we have adjusted the wall between the primary bedroom and office or second bedroom to create a reading or computer nook,” Marks said. “We can enhance further with built-in cabinets, if asked. These upgrades incur additional upfront costs for residents, but do increase personalization of the space.” Interior Designer Cecily Brawner has helped residents for years during the renovation process, offering guidance on everything from wall color to furniture. “Cecily is available as plans are made – or helps clients determine what furniture will or won’t work” Syer said. “She can even assist with placement of furnishings and art to get everything perfect.”

Cecily Brawner

Living Spaces

Artful Apartment Joe Campbell celebrates style and color in his BTV apartment with a small but mighty collection of artwork carrying rich personal meaning. The collection of pottery, paintings and wall art packs a punch of bold color, texture and design. It was curated by Joe and his late wife Joan Campbell, who had a passion for art and went back to school later in life for an art history degree. “We collected for our own pleasure and ended up with a houseful of art,” Joe said.


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Out & About

Connecting with the Natural World Ozark Highlands Nature Center Opens in Springdale

Ozark Highlands Nature Center

For those who are passionate about the outdoors, native plants or the environment ­­— or simply enjoy a quiet place to connect with nature — a visit to the new Ozark Highlands Nature Center in Springdale is most definitely in order.

The J.B. and Johnelle Hunt Family Ozark Highlands Nature Center opened December 11, 2020, as the newest connection to the natural world and outdoor recreation in Northwest Arkansas. Located in the heart of the Ozarks, the nature center is set on 61 acres at 3400 N. 40th St. in northwestern Springdale and is the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission’s fifth and largest nature center in the state. The city of Springdale donated the land for the center, along with a $5 million donation by the Hunt family. At a ribbon-cutting ceremony last year, Johnelle Hunt herself described the nature and education center as a way to keep alive the spirit of the outdoors she once enjoyed as a child. Outdoor experiences are everywhere on the property: a 3D archery range, a bobwhite education pavilion along with native plant gardens. Guests may relax in a pavilion or take a walk along the trail. Much of the property is dedicated for tallgrass prairie restoration. Soon, a spur of the Razorback Regional Greenway will literally bring visitors to the nature center’s back door. Inside the center, interactive exhibits depict the four seasons. Visitors can feel what it’s like to stand in Arkansas’ famous flooded timber during waterfowl season, and learn about the relationship between area wildlife and their preferred habitats. 16 BUTTERFIELD LIFE


The Ozark Highlands Nature Center is surely a gift to the community that will be realized for generations to come. Admission is free, with reserved entry tickets. For more information, visit agfc.com.

Compton Gardens in Bentonville Recognized for Excellence The only Level 2 arboretum in Arkansas, Compton Gardens is a stunningly beautiful oasis of picturesque woodlands, native plants and impressive greenery over seven acres in Bentonville. Located at the restored home of the late Dr. Neil Compton, a noted Bentonville physician, writer, photographer, founder of the Ozark Society and hero of the Buffalo River, Compton Gardens surrounds the Peel Compton Foundation and The Conference Center. Visitors at Compton Gardens can find multiple champion trees as designated by the Arkansas Forestry Commission. A champion tree is the largest individual of a species of tree – and Compton Gardens has five: the American Chinese Chestnut Hybrid, Bitternut, Black Willow, Pagoda Dogwood and American Yellowwood. The gardens include beautiful magnolias, maple trees and larger-than-life oaks. The property has a lovely meadow, multiple bridges, bike and pedestrian walkways and several pieces of art, and serves as a gateway to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. In October, Compton Gardens was awarded a Level 2 Accreditation by The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum — the only such designation in the state — representing excellence in standards and practices for arboreta and botanic gardens. For more information, visit peelcompton.org.

Compton Gardens

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Broadway’s Next Hit Musical

Two New Shows Coming to Walton Arts Center While it will still be several months before large-scale touring productions return to Walton Arts Center, patrons can enjoy two new shows in March as part of the Procter & Gamble Ghost Light Programming. On March 12 and 13, Walton Arts Center will host the debut performances of NWA Ballet Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Inspired by William Shakespeare’s fairy-tale play, and featuring the mesmerizing music of Felix Mendelssohn’s score, A Midsummer Night’s Dream will entice audiences into an ethereal world of love, mischief and magic. The familiar story of intertwined lovers, fairies and mortals depicted through a playful portrait of dance, highlights the classical vision of NWA Ballet Theatre’s Executive Artistic Director David Justin. Founded in 2011 by Margie and Mariah Bordovsky, and the late Peggie Wallis, NWA Ballet Theatre’s dance company is made up of highly trained, diverse artists who share a collective passion for dance. The region’s only year-round, professional dance company pioneers original works and reimagines familiar classics. Broadway’s Next Hit Musical takes the stage for shows on March 18 and 19. The show has been described as an evening of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” meets The

Tony Awards®. Audience members make up song titles, and five master improvisational actors turn them into full blown “nominated songs” with vibrant choreography and catchy melodies for the coveted Phony Award. It’s all improvised and completely different every night. State-approved health and safety protocols will be in place for the performances. Baum Walker Hall will have a minimum of four empty seats between parties, and every other row will remain empty. These empty rows, with select seats removed, will also serve as walkways to seats located in the center of the theater, reducing contact between patrons. Masks will be required and social distancing will be enforced. For tickets to A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Broadway’s Next Hit Musical, as well as a complete list of health and safety precautions that will be in place at Walton Arts Center, visit waltonartscenter.org. To learn about Ghost Light Programming and donating to the Ghost Light Recovery Fund, which helps Walton Arts Center offset lost revenue from canceled performances and other factors due to the coronavirus pandemic, visit waltonartscenter.org/ghostlight. BUTTERFIELD LIFE

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Village News

Butterfield Trail Village: 35 Years of Excellence

Five years of expansion on campus When Butterfield Trail Village became home to its first two residents on March 10, 1986, no one could have imagined the ways the new retirement-living option in Northwest Arkansas would evolve and grow over the next 35 years. Butterfield has more than fulfilled the dreams and vision of the five Fayetteville churches which founded it, thanks to a dedicated board of directors, talented staff and dynamic residents who bring it all life. Over the last five years, the area’s first self-governed, nonprofit retirement community has kept similar pace with the region’s commitment to enhancing quality of life amenities – completing a number of capital projects to serve and delight today’s active and engaged retiree population. Over 400 people live in the Village today, enjoying the sound investments made in creating beautiful, senior-focused spaces built to serve many generations to come. A June 2016 groundbreaking celebration at the Village marked the first step toward construction of a $6.7 million expansion of Butterfield’s multi-purpose Commons Center. Designed to “enhance and sustain the vitality of residents for generations to come,” an impressive 17,200 square feet of additional space set the stage for a range of amenities.

Full Array of Projects On November 7, 2017 the new Commons Center opened with great fanfare – boasting an iconic grand porte-cochère entrance built with both form and function in mind by allowing residents and guests to avoid the challenges of bad weather. Just through the doors, a new lobby, reception area and security

office were established to welcome everyone on their way to locations throughout the building. In the heart of building, the most highly anticipated new components of the Commons found special homes. The new state-of-the-art Performance Hall created expanded seating for programs and events from 85 to 285 – and brought about the addition of a new Yamaha C-7 grand piano, thanks to the support of generous residents and the BTV Foundation. Installation of professional grade lighting and remote-controlled cameras made it possible to broadcast live programming directly to residents via the BTV in-house cable channel. A woodland-themed living room was completed just outside of the Performance Hall, filled with ample cozy seating, a large fireplace and installation of colorful prints by area artist George Dombek. Just beyond the popular gathering spot, the Commons expanded to include the casual dining Bistro for breakfast and lunch, built to overlook the newly landscaped South Courtyard and outdoor patio. Beyond these new options, residents were excited to also gain a larger General Store, a new Transportation Desk, new meeting spaces, and a Low Vision Library Room with audio books and assistive technologies for reading. With increased available space in the original building, the evergrowing campus fitness and wellness program was able to utilize the old Convocation Room as a center for group classes. While the Commons Center expansion and renovation provided an enormous change to the overall face of Butterfield, there was also a full array of additional capital projects completed around the same time. Renovations in the Health Care Center

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New Main Entrance in 2017

were unveiled the summer of 2016, including a bright new centrally-located living area designed with socializing in mind, an updated dining room and an upgraded HCC therapy room. In 2016, all apartment wing hallways received a fresh look with new flooring, wall colors and cheerful apartment doors. Intimate gathering enclaves on each hall were updated and beautiful art by photographer Edward C. Robison was added.

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UAMS at BTV Clinic

For Generations to Come Enhancing Butterfield’s solid commitment to provide a range of health-related benefits on campus, 2017 brought the exciting addition of an onsite University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) clinic.

BTV Sensory Garden

UAMS at BTV offers geriatric-focused primary care for independent living residents (now also available to Carriage Club members). Also in 2017, the BTV Sensory Garden was created in the courtyard of the Health Care Center, supported by generous and talented residents committed to seeing that their neighbors with decreased mobility and other unique needs could enjoy a beautiful natural environment specifically suited to them. Construction hasn’t stopped with the primary buildings, however. Four new Village Home duplexes were built in the past five years, bringing eight new residences to the neighborhood. And finally, in the last half of 2020 and early 2021, a new 120-space parking lot was built on the east side of campus next to Old Missouri Road. “At Butterfield, we readily embrace, plan for and invest in the positive evolution of our campus to keep our living environment top-notch,” CEO Quintin Trammell said. “Today’s retirees are more healthy, active, curious and engaged than ever before – and we have made it our commitment to create the most dynamic senior community in Northwest Arkansas, now and for generations to come.”


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Foundation Donations

The Butterfield Trail Village Foundation is grateful for the gifts received between November 18, 2020 and January 14, 2021 from the following donors: Beautification Fund Tim and Judy Schatzman in memory of Elly Osborn Donations/Memorials Anonymous Anonymous for the BTV staff Morriss & Ann Henry June Colwell Dick & Ann Booth Bernie & Jeanie Daniels Richard & Ardith Wharry Curtis & Jane Shipley Roy Clinton in memory of Jim Modisette Rick & Lynette Cartwright in memory of Bobbie Nell Templeton Steven & Ashley Blair in memory of Bobbie Nell Templeton Ray & Penny Culver in memory of Bobbie Nell Templeton, Conrad Waligorski and Jim Modisette Phoebe Goodwin in memory of Bobbie Nell Templeton Bryn & Tracy Bagwell in memory of Bobbie Nell Templeton Jerry & Riki Stamps in memory of Jim Modisette Winnie MacDonald in memory of Jim Modisette Shirley Chewning in memory of Ray Eitelman and Mary Ogden Lisa Higgins in memory of Jimmy Cypert Diane Modisette in memory of Jimmy Cypert Health Care/Special Care Fund Marie Breuer Corinne Power in memory of Bobbie Nell Templeton Chuck & Donna Horne in memory of Bobbie Nell Templeton and Jim Modisette Jerry & Kay Brewer in memory of Jimmy Cypert and Jim Modisette Library Fund Wilma Samuel in memory of Jimmy Cypert Moving Made Easy Gaye Cypert The Family of Jane Hughes The Family of Frieda Manweiler



Board Spotlight

Meet Your Village Board of Directors BTV Board Welcomes Three New Members Butterfield is pleased to welcome three new members to the BTV Board of Directors, a diverse group of area professionals working on behalf of and alongside Village residents and staff. Will Clark, a Fayetteville attorney, Wulf Polonius, an international relief volunteer and BTV resident, and Bill Mitchell, an area arts management professional, joined the BTV Board of Directors in January. Each with unique leadership, Will Clark professional and life experiences, the three are part of the 12-person, volunteer BTV board serving in 2021. Clark, who is a partner at Davis, Butt, Taylor & Clark, PLC, previously served on the BTV Foundation Board in 2020. Prior to that he was a member of Butterfield’s Strategic Development Committee in 2019. Clark has been in private practice since 2010 and handles a variety of primarily civil matters, including commercial litigation, insurance defense, creditor rights and real estate law. He said his work as an attorney will help guide his service on the BTV board – as he contributes to the good work already being done. “I hope to only further strengthen the wellestablished foundation already put in place by the BTV Board of Directors,” Clark said. “I intend to listen to residents, staff and administration, implementing positive growth and change in ways that continue to cultivate the best BTV possible.” Wulf Polonius, the resident representative on the board, brings years of experience leading companies and volunteer organizations. He and his wife Ingrid moved to the Village in 2017 after retiring in Northwest Arkansas to be near their daughter. The couple are lifelong volunteer philanthropists who’ve served the underprivileged around the world.

Wulf Polonius

Bill Mitchell

Wulf Polonius had a career in the pharmaceutical industry in Germany, held directorships at corporations in San Paulo, Brazil, and Berkley, Calif., and was the senior vice president of technical operations at Boehringer Ingelheim corporation in Ridgefield, Conn., from 1977 to 1995. Since retirement, he served as board president for the nonprofit group ABC (A Better Chance) helping inner-city school children, and as treasurer for the humanitarian organization Quest for Peace. “Besides being responsible for a workforce of 400 people at the company in Ridgefield, I also served with Quest for Peace, which supported thousands of schoolchildren with a daily meal in Nicaragua,” Polonius said. “These activities, along with my professional work, really opened my mind to the needs of others.” Bill Mitchell is the former president and CEO of Walton Arts Center – and was the first person chosen for the role when the arts center opened in 1987. In 1997, he joined the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences in Charleston, W.V., as president and CEO before returning to Northwest Arkansas in 2000. Mitchell has extensive experience in fundraising and arts management consultant and has worked on a number of high profile endeavors in the region, including the Scott Family Amazeum, Fayetteville Public Library, Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter, Horses for Healing and others. BUTTERFIELD LIFE

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Chi Walking at BTV: First Steps to a Healthier You Butterfield is offering a new fitness program that combines the powerful principles of Tai Chi – already a widely popular fitness class at BTV – with one of the most underrated forms of exercise: walking. Fitness & Wellness Director Jennifer Neill will introduce Chi walking, a low impact form of walking, to residents through a number of fitness and wellness opportunities in 2021.

Chi walking helps improve posture, increase mobility and build cardio and aerobic conditioning. It can alleviate and even heal hip pain, joint inflammation and foot aliments, such as plantar fasciitis. Neill, who is earning her ChiWalking Instructor Certification, has applied the techniques to her own fitness regime with great success. Because it’s low impact and holistic, Chi walking is great way to manage weight, rehab an injury, or improve overall quality of life. “I have improvement within my own running as I have been able to change my focus and experience the mind/body connection, allowing me to run with more ease, less pain, and lots of joy,” Neill said. “I want the residents to experience this, too, while walking.”

Chi walking applies key points of Tai Chi to walking, creating balance in the body with a focus BTV Group Hike on an aligned spine. Chi walking activates the Neill will incorporate Chi walking into the core muscles of the torso, making it gentler on the BTV group hiking program when it’s active again in lower body than regular walking, and helps prevent spring and fall. She and her team will host a series of pain, fatigue and injury. It’s a fundamental, yet guided Chi walking classes for residents, each with a transformative, approach to improved health and specific focus: a cardio walk to strengthen the heart, wellness in everyday life. a hilly walk to build upper body and leg strength, a loosening walk to relax the body, and others. “In Chi walking, your focus is on creating good posture,” Neill explained. “When your posture is She’s earning the ChiWalking Instructor Certification good, you allow your core muscles to do their job, through a training program at chirunning.com. Her while your legs and arms stay relaxed. Secondly, training was made possible in part by a donation align your mind. Focus on sensing what is going made in memory of BTV resident Polly Lancaster. on in your body, then direct your body to make For more information, contact jneill@btvillage.org. necessary positive changes specific to your own individual needs.”

Chi Walking Steps: • Get Aligned. Straighten your posture physically and orient your intentions mentally. • Engage Your Body’s Core. Begin walking with core strength, rather than leg strength. • Create Balance. As you walk, balance your body from back-to-front, side-to-side and upper body to lower body. A state of physical balance supports a state of emotional balance. • Integrate Mind & Body. Tap into the mind/body connection. Direct your body to move forward with a consistent, joyful practice of walking and healthier movement. 22 BUTTERFIELD LIFE


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