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THE OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF BUTTERFIELD TRAIL VILLAGE
Gary & Adella Gray Out & About
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Contents 4 From the CEO
6 Feature Profile Gary & Adella Gray
9 Newcomer Q&A Paula Furlough
9 Anniversaries & New Neighbors
10 Employee Spotlight Julia McCleister
11 Village Spotlight Tech Doesn’t Have to be a Four-Letter Word for Seniors
12 Village Snapshots
14 Living Spaces The Village Home of Gary & Adella Gray
16 Out & About It’s Baseball Season!
17 Walton Arts Center A Circus of Entertainment This Spring
18 Featured Village Events
19 Fitness & Wellness Circuit-Based Resistance Training
20 Introducing New Board Members
21 Foundation Listings
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Quintin Trammell CEO MARKETING Kelly Syer Director of Marketing Leann Pacheco Sales Counselor Dave Marks Elise Lorene Move-In Administrative Coordinator Assistant PROGRAMS Riki Stamps Director of Programs & Events Michael Burks Asst. Director of Programs & Events RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION 2022 Council Members Ellis Melton, President Jerry Rose, Vice President Frances Sego, Secretary Roy Penney, Past President Everett Solomon, Judy Higginbottom, Georgia Thompson, Roy Clinton, Vernon Collins, Nancy Mays, Geri Bender, Doug Prichard BOARD OF DIRECTORS Jacqui Brandli, President Robert (Bob) Kelly, Vice President David Williams, Treasurer Dr. Kim Chapman, Secretary Mark McNair, Dr. Michael Hollomon, Beth Vaughan-Wrobel, Lance Brewer, Bill Mitchell, Chuck Nickle, Wulf Polonius, Will Clark
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From the CEO I think it’s safe to say we’re all ready for the coming of spring and the renewal that brings to both our surroundings and our spirits. In the words of author Leo Tolstoy, “Spring is the time of plans and projects.” Butterfield wouldn’t be the vibrant place it is without a commitment to ongoing evolution and improvements, and this spring will be no different. We hope to be able to safely turn our attention back to making a variety of cosmetic updates to our Special Care Center – an undertaking we’ve been looking forward to until Covid came and completely disrupted our timeline. On the topic of spring and the refreshing vitality it brings, this issue’s cover story and resident profile highlights a couple who really needs no introduction, Gary and Adella Gray. The Grays are widely known and appreciated for their boundless energy and community engagement, and their liveliness and enthusiasm is felt daily on the Butterfield campus. We introduce vivacious BTV newcomer Paula Furlough, who has relocated to Fayetteville from Little Rock. We are also pleased to tell you about four outstanding individuals who have agreed to serve on the Butterfield board of directors – Dennis Brewer, Michael Holloman, Charles “Chuck” Nickle and Beth Vaughan-Wrobel. And, you will enjoy learning about Butterfield’s sous chef, Julia McCleister, a very important behind-the-scenes contributor to the campus culinary team. With minor league and college baseball season gearing up in Northwest Arkansas and the Walton Arts Center bringing in excellent live performances in the coming weeks, we’re glad to share details about several enjoyable arts and entertainment options in our region. Regarding activities right on our own campus, we tell you about a very popular class at Butterfield that focuses every bit as much on friendship as it does on fitness. I wish you well as we celebrate longer daylight and the greening of our beautiful Ozark surroundings!
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Gary & Adella Gray Finding Love Miles From Home A
della and Gary Gray crossed the Atlantic Ocean in December 2021 to celebrate 60 years of marriage. It was fitting, considering they met one another in the early 1960s when living hundreds of miles from their home states. They went to London in particular so Adella and other choir members from their Fayetteville church could join members of three Houston area choirs as they performed in St. Paul’s Cathedral and other centuries-old cathedrals in Winchester and Salisbury. Gary enjoyed sightseeing with some nonsinger friends who came along. Music has always been a part of Adella’s life. She sings soprano in the Central United Methodist Church choir. She directed a Methodist church choir when she and Gary lived in Louisville, Kentucky, and later directed one at the Second Baptist Church in Monticello. Before their sons were in school, she also taught private voice and piano lessons in their home. The Grays have shared a lifetime of travel, exploring other geographies, foods, cultures and meeting new people. They met the summer after she finished college when he was in the Navy, stationed in Maryland. She’d applied to be a summer missionary 6 BUTTERFIELD LIFE
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through the Southern Baptist Home Mission Board and was placed in Maryland. Her home church just happened to be the church Gary attended. With the pastor’s blessing, they had their first date the Sunday that they met. When she left 10 weeks later, they were engaged. She started her job teaching music in Fort Knox, Kentucky, and they married a few months later on Dec. 26, 1961.
Finding Purpose They both were raised in farming families and each had one older brother. Her family was in the Richmond area of central Kentucky, and his was in White County in central Arkansas. Gary apprenticed with his dad, who was a carpenter, and also did construction in high school. “My dad was either building someone else’s house or remodeling ours,” he said. After graduating from Searcy High School, Gary attended Arkansas State University and Harding University for one year each, and he drove a tractor in the summers for the pea harvest in DeKalb, Illinois. Enlisting with the Navy in 1958, he served four years in Bainbridge, Maryland.
Adella’s family moved to Lexington when she was 7 because her dad’s health prevented him from farming. A tobacco farmer, her dad had smoked since age 7, which caused him to develop asthma and emphysema. Her paternal grandparents moved with them from the farm to Lexington. She was close to her grandmother, and her grandfather often walked her the two blocks to school. She got very involved in music in junior high and high school. Though a female cousin and an uncle had gone to college, her parents assumed only her brother would go. But, her junior year of high school, Adella decided that she wanted to continue her education, and she chose Georgetown College, a small private liberal arts school. She had a music scholarship and majored in music education. Once she and Gary married, he returned to college and earned a sociology degree from the University of Louisville. Gary spent a year at the Kent School of Social Work, and then they moved back to his hometown of Searcy. He later got his master’s degree in social work from Arizona State University. In Arkansas, Gary worked with children and families at the Department of Human Services and then went to work for Arkansas Baptist Family and Childcare, which operated a children’s home in Monticello. He helped make a plan for the children to leave the home rather than remain institutionalized for years. When Adella was directing the junior choir at First Baptist Church in Monticello, she invited a Black teenage trumpet player to perform in a cantata. The trumpeter brought his family to the Sunday afternoon rehearsal at the church on the town’s main street. After practice, a deacon pulled her aside and noted that there had never been a Black person inside the church. “And I said, ‘Well there has been now.’ Can you imagine walking by that building all these years and never getting to go in?” When she got home,
she asked Gary to escort that family inside and sit with them for the evening service. Gary also integrated the children’s home in the early 1970s, first bringing in a young Black girl and, later, a junior high boy.
Serving Others In 1973, the couple moved to Fayetteville, where Gary opened the regional office for Arkansas Baptist Family and Childcare, which he directed for 13 years. He found the work rewarding, though there were many tough cases, including a family of five siblings who had to be separated into four different homes. After that, he went into private practice as a marriage and family therapist. While at Arkansas Baptist, he also taught social work as an adjunct professor at the U of A for a few years. In Fayetteville, Adella stayed home with their two sons until the younger one started school. She was interim music director at Leverett Elementary School for a semester and then decided to pursue her master’s degree in counseling at the University of Arkansas. While studying higher education counseling, she worked in the campus resource center and designed a program for students on academic probation, which included study skills, counseling and tutoring. After she graduated in 1976, she spent the next five years as the first academic coordinator for the U of A athletics department. Adella took 13 more hours to secure a public school counseling degree. She started in Prairie Grove schools for three years and then spent 17 more in Springdale schools. Just after the 1998 Jonesboro school shooting, she helped start the WatchDOGS program at George Elementary, working with a parent who wanted to create a way for fathers to become more active in the school. “I really enjoyed helping families any way I could. A lot more than just counseling the child, I would try to work closely with the parents,” she said. They both served on various boards in the community, including Northwest Arkansas Rape Crisis and Peace at Home Family Shelter. BUTTERFIELD LIFE
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Family Matters They had their first son, Kent, after Gary finished his undergraduate degree and waited four years to have their second, Joel. Adella’s parents lived in Arizona later on due to her father’s health issues, so the whole family visited at Christmas, and she and the boys went out during the summers. Both sons got their degrees from the University of Arkansas, attending back-to-back. The family had always enjoyed traveling, so, not surprisingly, both sons left Arkansas to start their lives. Kent first landed an accountant job in New York and then later moved to the San Francisco area, where he pursues business opportunities. Joel married Kathy Stills, from Prairie Grove. After finishing their graduate work in Wyoming, they returned to Fayetteville; he’s a licensed professional counselor, and she teaches kindergarten in Prairie Grove.
The first measure would have extended to bars the ban on smoking in restaurants that passed a few years earlier. The civil rights protection ordinance was intended to protect LGBTQ+ individuals who felt they were being treated unfairly or had even been discriminated against. After 10 hours of public discussion and debate lasting until 4 a.m., the measure passed 6-2 in April 2014. “It was a very eye-opening experience for me, to see that people felt like individuals ought to be treated the way they were expecting these folks to be treated,” Adella said. “They thought it was perfectly all right. It was very much of a wakeup call for me that people even felt that way.” She also ran for the state Legislature in 2012 and made a good showing against the incumbent with many enthusiastic supporters.
The Grays have five grandchildren, who call them Granddella and Grandgary. When their first grandson was born, the couple took him on adventures in a small RV they called the Jakemobile. They later took their twin 8-year-old grandsons on a cruise.
Through the years, the Grays have taken several cruises, including a few in the Caribbean and others exploring Alaska, the Greek islands, and the Danube River. They took a bus tour of Ireland and have a time share they’ve used in Canada.
From 2007-18, Adella represented Ward 1 on the Fayetteville City Council. She’s most proud of two ordinances she carried: anti-smoking and civil rights.
Since moving to Butterfield Trail Village in 2019, they started going on trips planned by the BTV activities director. The pandemic halted those for a while, but they’re hoping they can soon travel again. Adella brought two of her 25 rose bushes from their former home, and she enjoys container gardening on the back patio. Gary grows green beans that Adella loves in a community garden plot. She frequently swims at the BTV pool, and Gary gets in his workouts on the treadmill and weight machines. They keep up with world events watching 60 Minutes, Meet the Press and Dateline. They enjoy taking the BTV shuttle to performances at the Walton Arts Center and TheatreSquared. They spend time with friends and regularly play Mexican Train dominoes with three other couples. And one of the most rewarding aspects of living at BTV is continuing to meet people — from all backgrounds, cultures and experiences — without even leaving home.
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Village Newcomer Q+A
When did you move to Butterfield? I came to Butterfield in November 2021. Where are you from? I have lived the last 50 years in Arkansas, most of which was in Monticello and then later in Little Rock for a few years. I was born in Illinois and grew up outside of NYC, in Nyack on the Hudson. I graduated from Cedar Crest College in Pennsylvania and earned a graduate degree from University of Oregon.
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What did you do before and after retirement? I taught English, drama and communication skills on the junior high, high school and college levels. Most of my career was spent as a part-time teacher at University of Arkansas at Monticello, University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Catholic High School for Boys. I also taught online courses for the Southeast Arkansas Educational Cooperative. Post-retirement, I loved serving as an active docent art guide at the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts, formerly the Arkansas Arts Center.
New Neighbors Recent Village Move-Ins Sandy Brooks Perry & Shirley Franklin Betty Harrison
Do you have children and grandchildren? My son and his family are what brought me to NWA; I have two grandsons, ages seven and ten. I look forward to having lots of exciting adventures with them now and in the years to come. I am anxious to have a little garden plot this spring, part of a much hoped for grandmother-grandson adventure – right here at Butterfield! Why did you choose Butterfield? Having heard many good things about BTV, I really wanted to come here, and all that I heard was true. Butterfield is a very special place with a wonderful staff and wonderful residents. I feel so blessed to be here.
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Julia McCleister How a Gamble to Move from Vegas to Arkansas Paid Over the Odds Julia McCleister, Butterfield’s sous-chef de cuisine, is typically found working hard behind the scenes in the big, busy commercial kitchen that supports roughly 400 campus residents each day. But if you ever have the pleasure of visiting with her away from all the equipment and ballet of high-volume food preparation, you will be immediately impressed by the commitment and passion she has for what she does. McCleister has been part of the BTV culinary team since September 2020, coming on board about a year after relocating to Northwest Arkansas from Nevada. She grew up in Las Vegas and lived in the city for 40 years, building a career that allowed her to progress through the food service ranks in the cities’ large casino dining facilities. Like many in the foodservice industry, McCleister’s first job was bussing tables while going to school. It wasn’t long before a chef at the Riviera Julia McCleister Hotel & Casino noticed her determination and offered her the chance to move up into a food prep role. That introduction to the inner workings of a commercial kitchen was the beginnings of what would turn into a 25-year career with five major Las Vegas hotels. As efforts were underway to open the New York-New York Hotel & Casino, Chef Paul Savoy recruited McCleister to join his new kitchen team as a junior sous-chef – leading to 20 years of working together. Eventually McCleister decided she wanted to branch out and gain the experience of working with a new team, which took her to Wynn Las Vegas for eight years and then SAHARA Las Vegas for a few more years.
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When Covid-19 hit in 2020, the impact on Las Vegas and the casino industry was devastating. With two months of complete shut-downs came waves of layoffs, and McCleister was left unemployed. She and husband Glenn soon decided the time was right to sell their home and move to Northwest Arkansas, where he grew up. Now comfortably settled in NWA since July 2020, Glenn and Julia are enjoying the process of becoming reacquainted with the region that has changed enormously since their visits two decades earlier. They love the surrounding outdoor beauty for biking and camping (they’ve moved on from their tent camping days of youth and now prefer the comfort of a well-appointed RV.) The couple have been married 25 years and have two spoiled shih tzus, Mollie and Max. When asked what motivates her, McCleister says she loves learning new things about food and preparation. She gains inspiration from beautiful food photography, and is a frequent Food Network viewer to gather ideas and techniques. Her favorite cuisine to prepare is Italian, because of the ease of creating something that not only tastes great, but offers flexibility with a range of spices, flavors and heat levels. Julia McCleister bubbles over with enthusiasm when talking about her job at Butterfield, explaining that the role and environment is so different – and refreshing – from the hotel and casino kitchens she came from. “I love my bosses. Working here is being part of a family,” she said. “I’m no longer just a number in a huge organization. Here, people care for each other, are understanding about offering flexibility, and I always feel supported by my team. It’s a great place to work.”
Tech Doesn’t Have to be a Four-Letter Word for Seniors
There’s a persistent and undeserved stereotype about those who have orbited the sun 70 or 80 times that they are not interested in using digital technology. While true that many seniors have not yet used a lot of new technologies, when fueling personal interests or solving specific needs, older generations are getting on board with tech solutions now more than ever. For some, a special interest or hobby becomes the perfect impetus for learning to use a technology device, or even an entire system of devices. Longtime BTV resident Marie Breuer has taken the job of organizing old and current family photos, correspondence Marie Breuer and paper artifacts to an amazing level. Learning to use a digital scanner and a graphic layout program on her desktop computer, Marie has captured and meticulously labeled countless images. She then prints the materials to design beautifully detailed, individual notebooks about the lives of each member of her entire extended family. By learning to use the equipment she has, Marie has built a remarkable volume of work she can enjoy now and pass on to future generations of her family. Others, like Butterfield resident Liz Brantley, like to use evolving technology for personal enjoyment and well-being. Liz is an avid listener of all kinds of music, finding energy, happiness and inspiration from a large array of recordings of her favorite pieces. At the suggestion of her son, who knows how important music is in her life, Liz began experimenting with
online digital music platforms to access all kinds of things. She tried several options, landing on the service Spotify. While there is a free version of Spotify, Liz has chosen to upgrade to the paid option – and now if you see her around the BTV campus or out on one of her long daily walks, you’ll spot her comfortable headphones that cordlessly stream her favorite music from her Smartphone to her ears. She says there’s nothing better than great music to lift spirits and quicken your step, and learning to create, save and listen to her own curated playlists means there’s never a bad song. According to 2021 research by AARP, seniors using technology to connect with others has increased significantly since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. An impressive 45% of people aged 50 and older now use video chats by phone or computer, and one in three do so weekly. Telehealth visits with doctors and nurses have become much more mainstream for older patients, and many people order prescriptions or make appointments using their digital devices. When it comes to one of the most commonly used ways to directly connect with other people for fun — Facebook — a current study by Statista shows seniors are the smallest user age group. Yet, 46% of those aged 65 plus use the platform to engage with family and friends. At Butterfield, a growing number of residents have found Facebook to be an uplifting way to stay in touch with loved ones, particularly when travel and gatherings have proven problematic over the past two years. Resident Ann Marie Ziegler is a regular user of Facebook and says it has been a great option for her to reconnect with long-ago friends, see what is happening in the community and keep up with family. She believes if more retirees would try using it and learn the basics, they would gain a lot of enjoyment from the experience. BUTTERFIELD LIFE
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Chinese Lunar New Year Luncheon / Welcome to Our Chinese Table
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Logan Springs Preserve Hike
Jubilant Sykes Performance
Celebratory drinks after completion of Razorback Greenway hike series
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The Village Home of Gary & Adella Gray Adella and Gary moved to Butterfield in 2019, choosing a centrally located village home just steps from all the activities and amenities the village has to offer. Whether it’s the warm and welcoming open living and dining spaces, or how the residents have beautifully displayed family heirlooms and collected mementos from their travels abroad, this three-bedroom village home conjures the essence of refined yet carefree living. The 1,600-square-foot home includes two full baths, a two-car garage, a resident-added enclosed sunroom, and back patio.
Vintage photos, antiques and other eclectic finds are lovingly displayed throughout the home. A spacious foyer opens into an airy living room with recessed lighting and vaulted ceiling. A skylight adds to the airy ambiance in the adjacent open dining area.
The couple proudly display their photos with former Presidents Carter and Clinton.
Features like extra-long countertops and a doubledeep corner pantry make kitchen time a breeze.
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Photos by Stephen Ironside
The enclosed sunroom with back patio access offers a perfect space to sit and read a book or to entertain family and friends.
The guest bedroom features a selection of family heirloom furnishings and a wall full of family photos.
The centrally located guest bath is beautifully clad in marble tile, from the flooring to the matching shower surround. The master bedroom features an elegant antique four-poster bed and spacious ensuite bath.
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Out & About
Baseball Season Ramps Up in Northwest Arkansas
Left to right: photos courtesy Northwest Arkansas Naturals, Arkansas Razorbacks
Spring is on its way, and that means it’s time to head out to the ballpark to cheer on your favorite baseball team. The Northwest Arkansas Naturals and the Arkansas Razorbacks baseball team are returning to the diamonds for plenty of action-packed play during the 2022 season. Grab a hot dog, popcorn or Cracker Jacks and enjoy one of America’s favorite traditions.
The Northwest Arkansas Naturals at Arvest Ballpark
Diamond Hogs celebrate at Baum-Walker Stadium
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Arkansas Razorbacks Baseball
The Northwest Arkansas Naturals return to Arvest Ballpark in Springdale for their season opener against the Wichita Wind Surge on Tuesday, April 12, at 7:05 p.m.
The Arkansas Razorbacks baseball team — or the Diamond Hogs — are currently back in action for their 26th season, which began Feb. 18 against Illinois State.
The Naturals, the Double-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, will play nearly 70 home games this season.
The Diamond Hogs’ fully loaded 2022 schedule includes 29 home games during the months of March and April alone at Baum-Walker Stadium at George Cole Field on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville. Annually ranking near the top of attendance leaders, Baum Stadium remains one of college baseball’s crown jewels and is home to a variety of top-tier amenities. So whether you’re relaxing in the stands or socializing in the Hog Pen picnic area, rest assured you’re at one of the finest baseball venues the SEC has to offer. The regular season runs through late-May. For more info, including the full season schedule, visit arkansasrazorbacks.com.
A visit to the state-of-the-art Arvest Ballpark means more than great baseball. Enjoy the Fireworks Spectacular shows that illuminate the stadium skies during Friday evening home games. Or bring the grandkids along to the ballpark and they eat for free on Sundays. Fans 55 and over can join the Silver Sluggers Club (three membership tier options) for premium tickets to select home games, discounted food items and giveaways. Butterfield Trail Village provides free transportation to and from all Silver Slugger home games. For more info, including the full season schedule, visit nwanaturals.com.
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Walton Arts Center
A Circus of Entertainment This Spring Spring is full of fun shows at Walton Arts Center, with a wide variety of performances to choose from. From live music, to dance, trained pets, family programming and even a modern circus act – Walton Arts Center is the place to be this spring.
Voted “Best Family Show in Las Vegas,” Popovich Comedy Pet Theater comes to Walton Arts Center on Thursday, April 28. Tickets start at $10.
Starting with the critically acclaimed contemporary circus company Circa, the company weaves together powerful worldclass acrobatics and dynamic encounters Circa Sacre suffused with dark humor and rich tenderness in the performances of Sacre. In this exceptionally powerful acclaimed production, the stage explodes with bodies locked in a ritual unto death. Circa Sacre appears on Thursday, March 3, with ticket prices starting at $18. Next up, experience a party full of windowrattling grooves and the raucous spirit of Tower of Power. Tower of Power The high-spirited musical powerhouse group that’s been together for half a century is a reminder of the communal joys of the live music experience. Tower of Power goes all out for their action-packed live shows with a core 10-piece band and iconic horn section.
For those looking for a show for the whole family, check out Popovich Comedy Pet Theater. The show is a delight, featuring the unique blend of comedy and juggling skills of Moscow Circus veteran Gregory Popovich and the extraordinary talents of his performing pets. His entourage consists of world-class jugglers, Diamond the Shetland Pony, and more than 30 performing pets including cats and dogs (all rescued from animal shelters!), geese, white doves and parrots.
Popovich Comedy Pet Theater
That sound is vividly represented by the pulsequickening funk that makes up a Tower of Power concert. The band appears at Walton Arts Center on Sunday, April 10, as a part of the Land O’Lakes Concert Series. Ticket prices start at $29.
If jazz music is more your speed, then you don’t want to miss the upcoming Mingus Big Band one-nightonly performance by the Mingus Big Band. The group regularly tops the lists in critics and reader polls and attracts audiences of music lovers from all over the world. Mingus Big Band celebrates the music of one of the most important figures in twentieth century American music – virtuoso bass player, accomplished pianist, bandleader and composer Charles Also Appearing at Mingus. Today, his Walton Arts Center: 14-piece band provides a home base for many Darrell Scott top performers and Friday, March 4 exciting new players. Clark Gibson Quintet NPR says of the band, Saturday, March 5 “The music is, like Mingus himself, earthy, Hamilton passionate, soulful March 22 – April 3 and intense – and at all times swinging.” TRIVENI The Mingus Big Band Zakir Hussain with Kala performs on Friday, Ramnath and Jayanthi April 29 as part of Kumaresh the 10x10 Arts Series. Tuesday, April 5 Tickets are just $10. Joey Alexander Trio Tickets to these and Thursday, April 7 all other Walton Arts Center shows are Voice Jam Competition available for purchase Saturday, April 9 in-person at the Walton Arts Center CONTRA-TIEMPO Box Office weekdays joyUS justUS from 10 a.m. until 2 Saturday, April 16 p.m., by calling (479) 443-5600 weekdays Glass Half Full from 10 a.m. until 5 Cenicienta: A Bilingual p.m., or by visiting Cinderella Story waltonartscenter.org. Tuesday, April 26
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Featured Village Events Coming in March March 4th | 2pm If This Walk Could Talk: The 150th Anniversary of the University of Arkansas Guest: Filmmaker Larry Foley, UA Journalism Department Performance Hall
Photo by Russell A. Cothren
The University of Arkansas celebrates 150 years of history with several sesquicentennial events. One highlight will be the documentary film If This Walk Could Talk, highlighting the university’s unique history filled with tradition and pride. It features interviews from former students and quotes from literature, special collections, and archival interviews, giving a glimpse into its legacy. The film, directed by Emmy Award-winning department chair of the School of Journalism and Strategic Media, Larry Foley, will be shown in the Butterfield Trail Village Performance Hall with commentary from Foley, a 1976 journalism graduate. March 10th | 3pm The Early Years – A History of Butterfield Trail Village Retirement Community Performance Hall The early years and history of Butterfield Trail Village are as unique, complicated, and inspiring as that of our namesake, John Butterfield, the mid-1800 trailblazer. As we celebrate BTV’s 36th Anniversary on March 10, Director of Programs and Events Riki Stamps will take you down memory lane to honor the original Butterfield Trail Village pioneers, their dreams, struggles and victories that have evolved over four decades.
Coming in April April 7th | 7pm Michael McHale, International Concert Pianist, Live in Concert Performance Hall Belfast-born Michael McHale is one of Ireland’s leading pianists with a busy international career as solo recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. He has performed and recorded with the Hallé Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, London Mozart Players, BBC and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestras, Fort Smith and Jacksonville Symphony Orchestras, Minnesota Orchestra, Moscow Symphony Orchestra and all five of the major Irish orchestras. In addition to appearing at many of the most prestigious festivals such as the BBC Proms, the Tanglewood Festival and the Tokyo Spring Festival – and in venues such as Symphony Hall Boston, Lincoln Center New York, Wigmore Hall London, Berlin Konzerthaus and Suntory Hall Tokyo – McHale’s discography includes over 25 albums. April 7th | 5-7pm Opa! Greek Night Performance Hall Celebrate the sunny flavors of the Mediterranean with delicately prepared Greek cuisine, including moussaka, spanakopita, orzo, olives, feta cheese, and delicious pastries. Along with the food, savor an atmosphere of intriguing Greek bouzouki music and accompanying photos of the islands and their people. Sirtaki and Hasapiko are traditional Greek dances that village residents have practiced for weeks and will perform amidst a lovely white and azure blue-decorated Performance Hall. The Greek culture is so warm and inviting, everyone feels they have a place at the dinner table – we look forward to a memorable Greek Night at Butterfield Trail Village!
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Fitness & Wellness
Friendship and Fun Make Resistance Training Irresistible The undeniable link between physical wellbeing and camaraderie. The boisterous, fun-loving groups social connection is a key driver of the strategies insist upon a motto, “What’s said in class…stays in Director of Fitness and Wellness Jennifer Neill uses class.” Every session is filled with laughter, a bit of to develop and activate Butterfield’s diverse exercise kidding around and heavy doses of encouragement. program. One class in particular, Resistance Training, meets three mornings a week – Residents like Fran Pearson are and exemplifies how friendship happy to share why they love the and social connection influences class so much. “When I first moved The Impact of 30 participants for maintaining a to Butterfield ten years ago, I was Minutes of Resistance healthy, consistent routine. overweight and out of shape,” she Training Weekly said. “The exercise program at BTV The 30-minute Resistance has made a huge difference with • Increased bone density Training classes are designed weight loss and fitness. Many of and less risk of breaks around use of circuit series the residents in my classes have exercise equipment, found in both become friends, and the various • Improved muscle mass of Butterfield’s two gyms. The classes add structure to my days. that can otherwise result equipment is readily accessible It has made all of the difference in from disuse and inactivity for a range of abilities and helps my life. I have lost weight and I am strengthen all major muscle fit despite my disability.” • Enhanced mobility and groups to provide a full-body boosted strength to workout. Class members spend Ken and Jan Hargis, who recently make daily movement one minute using each piece moved to BTV, love attending easier and even lead to of equipment, followed by one Resistance Training and find a reduced need for canes minute of stretching. Everyone range of benefits for them. Ken or walkers rotates from machine to machine said, “As we are among the newest until each person completes all residents, my wife and I see these • Better body composition of the eleven total stations. Neill classes as a great way to establish from fat loss, decreasing oversees the group, timing each a healthy routine and to meet new risk of chronic illnesses segment and ensuring all are friends. In many ways, the social using good form. benefits are as beneficial for us as the physical.” As effective as circuit training is for revitalizing muscles, reducing fat and building bone density to For information about this class or any of the other combat frailty, what really keeps everyone coming Fitness & Wellness options at Butterfield, contact back week after week is the conversation and Jennifer Neill at firstname.lastname@example.org. BUTTERFIELD LIFE
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Introducing New BTV Board Members
Dr. Michael Holloman
Butterfield’s success as a nonprofit organization is due in no small part to a highly engaged, capable board of directors. Meet four new directors who began their first terms in January 2022. Each brings exceptional professional experience, along with a great deal of familiarity of the Village’s campus, programs and amenities. Lance Brewer, minister of adults for First Baptist Church of Fayetteville since 2013, has served on the BTV Strategic Development Committee and as a Corporate Board Member. His introduction to Butterfield came through ministry. “In spring 2013, I joined a handful of our church men to help move a resident from one apartment to another. She was downsizing as her husband transitioned to the Health Care Center. I learned then about the great continuum of care BTV provides – alongside toptier residential living. I have since had the privilege of making dozens, if not hundreds of visits to BTV, checking in on our church members.” Brewer said, “Every time I visit BTV, I think of the word ‘HOME.’ Butterfield uniquely provides a home for its residents while assuring great health care at their fingertips.” In his free time Lance Brewer enjoys tackling D.I.Y. projects – especially those without deadlines.
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Dr. Michael Holloman, retired as the founding medical director of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Psychiatric Research Institute-Northwest. Prior to that, Holloman served as an associate professor for UAMS and as the medical director of psychiatric services for Fayetteville’s Washington Regional Medical Center. A member of St. Paul’s Episcopal of Fayetteville, Holloman’s initial association with Butterfield occurred 30 years ago. Friend Billy Moore Clark, who happened to be the grandfather of a current BTV board member Will Clark, introduced him to the relatively new campus and its residents. “For me, Butterfield represents an intentional community of really interesting people,” he said. “I know that at any time I could find people there who teach me, delight me, inspire me – or just make me laugh. The place seems like a reward for a life well lived.” Michael Holloman remains active doing things for which he has a passion. He said, “For the past 40 years I have been a runner. I’ve run almost 20 marathons. One of my favorite starting points has been the Mud Creek trailhead located right beside Butterfield Trail Village.” He remains busy “rehabbing” houses, traveling and enjoying another home in Colorado. This spring, assuming the pandemic does not prevent it, Holloman will be found traversing northern Spain for a second time, following the route of the 1,000-year-old pilgrimage Camino de Santiago.
Charles “Chuck” Nickle
Charles “Chuck” Nickle, professional civil engineer of 45 years, retired as CEO and principal owner of his company. He designed and managed hundreds of municipal public works projects in Arkansas – water and wastewater treatment plants, pipelines, pump stations, airports, streets, bridges, highways and trails. He worked on several Washington Regional Medical Center projects, including the Bradley Urgent Care Facility and the Walker Hospice Facility. A Fayetteville planning commission member for six years, Nickle was also a Governor-appointed member of the Arkansas Water & Wastewater Advisory and Licensing Committee.
Beth Vaughan-Wrobel, a current BTV resident, joins the board with an extensive nursing background – especially in the area of nursing education and administration through UAMS. She started the UAMS outreach nursing education program in 1986 so nurses could earn baccalaureate and master degrees through coursework taught primarily in Northwest Arkansas, requiring much less student travel to Little Rock. She served as Associate Dean of Academic Programs for the College of Nursing in Little Rock, then helped develop the in-home caregiver education program offered through the Schmieding Center for Health & Education and UAMS.
Nickle learned of Butterfield through First Christian Church of Fayetteville, during its initial formation. “At the time, it was hard to imagine the bold plans to develop a church-affiliated retirement community,” he said. He later served communion to church members who lived in the Village, then on the church nominating committee. “Having friends now residing in the community, I appreciate the living options, lifestyle, amenities and many activities Butterfield offers. The opportunity for on-site health care, varied programs and events is second to none.”
When asked how Butterfield is unique, VaughanWrobel said, “What stands out in my mind is the continuum of health care services provided: assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, physical therapy, case management and the UAMS Clinic.” She believes BTV stands alone in Arkansas as a retirement community with an on-site primary care medical clinic with geriatric specialists – and a skilled nursing facility with the same medical staff to support residents throughout their health care journeys. “The residents’ medical and nursing needs may change as they age, but their address doesn’t. This gives Butterfield residents great peace of mind!”
Chuck Nickle enjoys reading, golfing and traveling. He and Pam, his wife of nearly 50 years, have been to France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar, Morocco, Central America, Alaska and many of the Caribbean islands. In Tanzania, they rode in a hot air balloon over the great migration. They have two daughters, Brooke and Lauren, and three granddaughters.
In Beth Vaughan-Wrobel’s free time, she loves to read, birdwatch, walk in the woods or along the seashore. “I enjoy seeing what interesting things will present themselves, such as a rock with fossils or a stone shaped like a heart – or maybe a unique sea shell or a shark’s tooth. Nature can offer some very fascinating adventures!” BUTTERFIELD LIFE
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The BTV Foundation is grateful for the gifts received between Nov. 22, 2021 and Jan. 1, 2022 from the following Donors: Donations/Memorials Silva Yancey John Robinson Richard & Ardith Wharry Tim & Judy Schatzman Chuck & Barbara Culver Dick & Anne Booth Barbara Counce in memory of Art Gust Gaye Cypert in honor of Linda Hayes Char Olson in memory of Heath Lance Patrick & Sandra Greenwood in memory of Ruth Greenwood Marolyn Fields in memory of Jud Hanson Ann Waligorski in memory of Kenneth Steele Julie Olsen in honor of my fellow BTV Foundation Board Members and the BTV staff Library Fund Chuck & Donna Horne in memory of Paul Westberg and Nancy Dodson Gaye Cypert in memory of Carolyn Park Health Care/Special Care/Sensory Garden Fund Anonymous Carol Cobb Georgia Thompson in memory of Heath Lance Kenneth & Beth Vaughan-Wrobel Steele in memory of Paul Westberg and Heath Lance Chuck & Donna Horne in memory of Ruth Greenwood and Jackie Rocha Vernon & Paulette Collins in memory of Kenneth Steele Valerie Harlan in memory of Paul Westberg Linda Pinkerton in memory of Jim Pinkerton Harris & Carol Sonnenberg in memory of Kenneth Steele Alan & Lenora Metz in memory of Kenneth Steele Pete & Ginger Crippen in memory of Kenneth Steele Morriss & Ann Henry in memory of Kenneth Steele Jerry & Kay Brewer in memory of Kenneth Steele Dick & Anne Booth in memory of Kenneth Steele Jane Spellman and Carol Spears in memory of Kenneth Steele Rahul Shah in memory of Carolyn Park Gaye Cypert in memory of Jimmy Cypert and Kenneth Steele Music & Performance Fund Paula Furlough Wulfran & Ingrid Polonius Barbara Brannan in memory of Art Gust Moving Made Easy Bonnie Malbin 22 BUTTERFIELD LIFE
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