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Table of Contents Glimmers of Autumn ..................... page 2 Health & Wellness........................... page 4 Aquatics ......................................... page 8 Fitness ............................................. page 10 Games ............................................ page 16 Clubs ............................................... page 20 Classes & Lectures ......................... page 22 Gallery Shows ................................. page 31 Spiritual Services ............................ page 32 Performing Arts ............................. page 34 Broadway Series ........................... page 36 Concert Series ............................... page 39 Other Performances ..................... page 43

Enjoying the colors of fall at Shannondell

Š 2013 Shannondell, Inc.

A publication of Shannondell at Valley Forge

Glimmers of Autumn Are Here


s the dog days of summer fade and glimmers of Autumn appear, it’s only fitting that we’ve highlighted a quote from Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods on the back cover. The arrival of the hit musical in the Shannondell Performing Arts Theater in November is reason enough. But also, the call of fall seems to always draw us back outside, if not into the woods, to pay homage to the season that many residents call their favorite. If venturing into the woods of nearby Valley Forge National Park on a crisp fall day isn’t your “thing,” no worries. As a Shannondell resident, your choices, as always, are many. From lectures on ancient Egypt, the Eisenhower presidency and the life and work of Norman Rockwell to more active outings like Tennis, Bocce or Zumba, Ballet or Acting class, you can choose to do something new virtually every day at Shannondell. So, use the changing of the seasons as an excuse to shake up your days in the months ahead. Motivation abounds within this inspiring community that we call Shannondell.


Shannondell Outdoor Bocce Courts


Health & Wellness

Health & Wellness

The doctor of the future will give no medicines, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the causes and prevention of disease. – Thomas Edison

Wellness nurses offer preventive screening, counseling and education to help you maintain good health. To schedule an appointment, please call: Lynn (ext. 5206), Crisa (ext. 5140), Mary Jo (ext. 6433) or Michele (ext. 6429)

Massage Massage encourages circulation and decreases joint stiffness/ inflammation. To schedule an appointment with a certified therapist, call 215.237.6920.

Main Line Health at Shannondell Enjoy comprehensive quality health care at Main Line Health at Shannondell (located in the Ashcroft clubhouse); specializing in the health care needs of aging adults. Call ext. 5241.

Fitness Center Check the Fitness Center bulletin boards for timely fitness, health, & nutritional information. Questions? Call Michelle (ext. 5258) or Stacy (ext. 6417).

Golf The Club at Shannondell boasts an 18-hole golf course, pro shop, locker rooms, pool complex, and full-service restaurant and bar. For tee times, call 610.382.9320. 4


Aquatics & Fitness Classes

The first time I see a jogger smiling, I’ll consider it. – Comedian Joan Rivers

Michelle checks on progress 6

Ask about our fun and motivating incentive programs that complement classes and individual fitness programs.


Water Walking

Monday, 9:00 a.m.

Tuesday, 9 a.m.

Thursday, 9 a.m.

This non-impact strengthening and stretching program helps to develop “core” body stabilization, enhance strength, correct posture, and relieve stress. Taking traditional mat pilates into water is exhilarating.

Gentle, yet challenging movements make this a good choice for a wide variety of fitness abilities. Come and enjoy cardio, strengthening, balance and joint range of motion benefits.

Gentle movements make this a good choice for a wide variety of fitness abilities. Come and enjoy cardio, strengthening, balance and joint range of motion benefits.

Circuit Challenge Monday, 9:45 a.m. Not sure where to start? This class may be a good “jumping off” point. Taking you around the pool “circuit” style, this program offers many cardio and strengthening benefits.

Aqua-Fit Tuesday, 8 a.m. This high-energy aerobic workout to upbeat music gets the heart pumping. Did you know that every gallon of water you move weighs 8.3 lbs.? 8

Water Walking


Aqua Zumba Tuesday, 9:45 a.m. Day & time subject to change Take Zumba dance into water. Move your body to this Latin-inspired workout and feel completely exhilarated while enjoying the benefits of exercising in the pool.

Aqua-fit in 30! Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. 30 minutes of high energy cardiovascular exercise that will move your entire body, burn calories, and strengthen your muscles.

Hydro-Pilates Wednesday, 9 a.m. This non-impact strengthening and stretching program helps to develop “core” body stabilization, enhance strength, correct posture, and relieve stress. Taking traditional mat pilates into water is exhilarating.

Aqua-fit in 30! Friday, 8:30 a.m. 30 minutes of high energy cardiovascular exercise that will move your entire body, burn calories, and strengthen your muscles.

Hydro-Pilates Friday, 9:00 a.m. Non-impact strengthening and stretching to develop “core” body stabilization, strength, better posture, and stress relief. Taking traditional mat pilates into water is exhilarating.

Aqua-Fit Thursday, 8 a.m. This high-energy aerobic workout to upbeat music gets the heart pumping. Did you know that every gallon of water you move weighs 8.3 lbs.? 9

Fitness Classes Meditation Outside The Box 1st & 3rd Monday, 10 a.m. (Ashcroft Meditation Room)

In 30 minutes, strengthen, tone and improve upper and lower body endurance. Standing/seated dumbbell exercises end with a stretch.

Functional Core

Classic Yoga

Floor/mat work focusing on posture, core and abdominal strength for the aging spine.

Yoga uses seated, standing and floor postures to stretch and strengthen the entire body. Chair postures may be substituted.

Monday, 10:30 a.m. (Ashcroft Bistro Cart Room)

Men’s Max Muscle Monday, 10:30 a.m. (Ashcroft)

Monday, 11 a.m. (Bradford) Seated and standing exercises combined with stretching tone hips, thighs and legs (focusing on muscles from the waist down).

Chair Fitness Monday, 1:30 p.m. (Ashcroft) Energetic stretching & strength exercises with chair aerobics mixed in for a total body workout.

Mind & Balance Monday, 1:30 p.m. (Bradford) Learn techniques to improve balance during daily activities. Coordination exercises help to reinforce muscle memory. Also, learn fun ways to challenge your brain fitness.

Tuesday, 10 a.m. (Bradford living room) A great “stress reducer,” Tai Chi focuses the mind first and teaches the body to follow by shifting balance points combined with deep breathing. Proven to improve physical balance.

Sun Salutation Outdoor Yoga Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. (Ashcroft Patio) Come outside to stretch, breathe fresh air and salute the sun. Seated warm-up and yoga positions to start off your day. (Weather permitting)

Tuesday, 11 a.m. (Ashcroft or Bradford Living Room Check monthly schedule for location) !


Sun Salutation Outdoor Yoga Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. (Ashcroft Patio) Head outside to stretch, breathe fresh air and salute the sun. Seated warm-up and yoga positions to start off your day. (Weather permitting)

Guided Relaxation Monday, 2:05 p.m. (Ashcroft Meditation Room) Using seated relaxation and breathing methods, students learn to de-stress and will leave refreshed, relaxed, and feeling at peace. For all fitness levels.

Stretch & Strength Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. (Bradford)

Latin-inspired, cardio-fitness that will get you smiling and moving to the beat in no time. In the process, you’ll burn a few calories.

Mind & Balance Tuesday, 1:30 p.m. (Ashcroft) Challenge your physical balance with a variety of exercises along with coordination movements to reinforce muscle memory. The Brain Games are fun too!


For men only, focusing on strength training for a total body workout using a variety of equipment. We want to “pump” you up!

Lower Body Toning


Tai Chi

Monday, 10 a.m. (Ashcroft)

This non-sectarian approach emphasizes tools for well-being, stress relief and growth. Monday, 10 a.m. (Bradford)


Strength in 30!

A varied program (to music) that isolates muscle groups leading to better posture and muscle strength while sitting or standing. Starts and finishes with stretching. 11

Fitness Classes Classic Yoga Wednesday, 10:45 a.m. (Ashcroft) Seated, standing and floor postures to stretch and strengthen the body.

Functional Core Wednesday, 10 a.m.(Bradford)


Wednesday, 11 a.m. (Bradford)

Thursday, 9 a.m. (Bradford)

Techniques to improve balance during daily activities. Coordination exercises help to reinforce muscle memory.

Seated, standing and floor postures to stretch and strengthen the body. Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. (Bradford)

Wednesday, 11 a.m. (Bradford living room)

For men only, this class focuses on strength training for a total body workout using a variety of equipment. We want to “pump” you up!


Set to music, this fun class offers both a cardio and muscle-toning workout. Isolates hips, thighs, shoulders, arms, and abdominals.

Seated Yoga

Thursday, 9:50 a.m. (30 minutes) (Bradford)

Thursday, 11 a.m. (Ashcroft) Learn Yoga technique, positions, and breathing while seated in a chair. Every ”body” is welcome. (no floor work)

A Latin-inspired, cardio-fitness class that will get you smiling, moving to the beat, and burning calories in no time.

Tai Chi

Chair Fitness - Light

Thursday, 10 a.m. (Ashcroft living room)

Strength in 30! Wednesday, 11 a.m. (Ashcroft) 10:30 a.m. (Bradford) Strengthen, tone and improve upper/lower body strength and endurance in 30 minutes. Standing/seated dumbbell exercises end with a stretch.

Thursday, 11 a.m. (Bradford)

Men’s Max Muscle

Seated Tai Chi

Improve physical and mental health from your chair/wheelchair, and help gain strength, stamina and mobility. Come and find a happier new you.

Belly Dance (beginners welcome)

Zumba: In The Chair! Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. (Ashcroft) A seated Zumba class that gets the toes tapping (to music), the heart rate up and the blood pumping. Bring your smile and energy!

A great “stress reducer,” Tai Chi focuses the mind first and teaches the body to follow by shifting balance points combined with deep breathing. This class teaches a special technique using a Tai Chi fan.

Stretch & Strength Thursday, 10:30 a.m. (Bradford) A varied program (to music) that isolates muscle groups leading to better posture and muscle strength while sitting or standing. Starts and ends with stretching.

Thursday, 1:30 p.m. (Ashcroft Fitness Center) Explore gentle range of motion movements and light strength exercise that will benefit your daily living.


Floor/mat work focusing on posture, core and abdominal strength for the aging spine.

Classic Yoga

Body Balance

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Fitness Classes

Chair Fitness

Men’s Max Muscle

Friday, 9:15 a.m. (Ashcroft)

Friday, 11 a.m. (Bradford)

Energetic stretching & strength exercises with chair aerobics mixed in for a total body workout.

For men only, this class focuses on strength training for a total body workout using a variety of equipment. We want to “pump” you up!

Strength in 30! Friday, 10 a.m. (Bradford) Friday, 11 a.m. (Ashcroft)

Seated Tai Chi

Strengthen, tone and improve upper and lower body muscle strength in 30 minutes. Standing/ seated dumbbell exercises end with a stretch.

Improve physical and mental health from your chair/wheelchair, and help gain strength, stamina and mobility. Come and find a happier new you.

Functional Core

Are you curious to know the distance of your favorite indoor or outdoor walk at Shannondell? Stop by the Fitness Center and let a staff member help you plan your walks, including different routes and distances.


Friday, 10:30 a.m. (Bradford) Floor/mat work focusing on posture, core and abdominal strength exercise for the aging body.


Friday, 11 a.m. (Ashcroft living room)

Walking Routes

The Zumba class gets things moving


Games at Shannondell Party Bridge

Prearranged Matches: Monday, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Open Play: 12 - 1 p.m. (Bradford Gallery)

Monday, 1:00 p.m. (Bradford card room)

Sporting cushioned flooring, table tennis at Shannondell is always competitive and fun!

Monday (1st/3rd), 1:00 p.m. (Ashcroft card room)

Mon., 12:30 p.m. (Bradford club rm) Mon., 1:00 p.m. (Ashcroft card rm) Mahjong is played by four players and involves a set of 152 tiles based on Chinese characters and symbols.


A classic “trick-taking” game with bidding, melds and tricks. A little “poker” face doesn’t hurt either.

Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Kinetix Sports Club) Join this weekly co-ed doubles group. Fall hours do vary. See Activities for updates and changes.

Hand and Foot Card Game Tuesday, 1:00 p.m. (Bradford club room) A North American game related to Canasta. Best played by four people in partnerships.


Table Tennis



Tennis Time (All levels) Fall/Winter Schedule

Mexican Train Dominoes Tuesday, 1:00 p.m. (Bradford club room)

Party Bridge Tuesday, 12:15 p.m. (Ashcroft card room)

Duplicate Bridge Tuesday, 12:30 p.m. (Bradford card room)

A double twelve set of dominoes is used. Best for four or more players.

Chess (All levels) Tuesday, 1:30 p.m. (Ashcroft living room) You’ll enjoy the company and learn a few new moves.


Games at Shannondell

Duplicate Bridge


Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. (Ashcroft card room)

Wednesday, 7 p.m. (Ashcroft club room)

Billiards: Co-Ed League


Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. (Ashcroft) The clatter of billiard balls and laughter is a common sound in both clubhouses.

Table Tennis Wednesday, 11 a.m. - 12 Prearranged Matches 12 - 1 p.m. Open Play(Bradford Gallery) Sporting cushioned flooring similar to Olympic venues, table tennis is always competitive and fun at Shannondell! 18

Rummikub Wednesday, 2 p.m. (Bradford club room) Another “tile” game (akin to Scrabble), Rummikub combines elements of Rummy, Chess, Dominoes, and Mahjong.

Friday, 2 p.m. (Ashcroft living room)

Bocce Leagues Seasonal Contact Activities for dates & times.

No matter how you “hold’em,” you’ll have a blast testing your skills and trying your luck with these residents.

Wii Bowling Leagues Billiards: Beginner Women


Thursday, 10 a.m. (Ashcroft club room)

Friday, 1 p.m. (Ashcroft card rm)


Friday, 2 p.m. (Bradford club rm)

Thursday, 1 p.m. (Bradford club room) One of the “rummy” family of games, Canasta is played by four (2 partner teams) with two standard decks of cards.


Billiards: Women’s League

Wednesday, 1 p.m. (Clubhouses alternate monthly. See calendar for location.)


Seasonal Contact Activities for dates & times.

Rummikub Table Tennis Friday, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Prearranged Matches 12 - 1 p.m. Open Play (Bradford Gallery)

Billiards: Men’s League Thursday, 7:30 p.m. (Ashcroft) Thursday, 7:15 p.m. (Bradford) 19

Clubs at Shannondell Current Events Discussion Group

Cryptology Club

Monday, 10 a.m. (Ashcroft card room) Thursday, 10:30 a.m. (Bradford card rm.)

Monday (2nd & 4th), 1:30 p.m. (Ashcroft card room)

Resident-moderated, this Club meets weekly to discuss various topics.

Family History Writing Group

If you enjoyed the Nicolas Cage movie “National Treasure,” you’ll enjoy this study of hidden information via encryption.

Monday (3rd), 2:30 p.m. (Ashcroft arts & crafts room)

The Shannondell Singers

Everyone, including you, has a story to tell. Learn how to put it in writing with ease, and how to make it interesting.

Needlework Club Monday (2nd & 4th), 11 a.m. (Ashcroft arts & crafts studio)

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Book Discussion Group

Thursday (6th), 2:30 p.m. (Ashcroft card room) This resident-led group describes themselves as a “lively bunch of armchair historians” who enjoy a wide variety of non-fiction work.

Friday (4th), 1 p.m. (Ashcroft card room)

Model Railroad Club

Woodcarving Club

Thursday (1st), 2:15 p.m. (Ashcroft Movie Theater)

Monday, 3 p.m. (Performing Arts Theater) Brian Horoho directs this co-ed chorus that rehearses weekly and performs semi-annually in the Performing Arts Theater.

Non-Fiction Book Club

The Actors’ Studio Tuesday, 10 a.m. (Performing Arts Theater) Directed by Corbin Abernathy, this group of talented residents has a blast learning the latest acting techniques, reading scripts, rehearsing and performing.

Focusing on one work of fiction each month, this residentmoderated group offers insightful interpretations in a social and fun setting.

Friday (1st), 11 a.m. (Ashcroft woodcarving studio)

Boasting more than 60 members, the Model Railroad Club is the keeper of the ever-expanding model railroad room with almost 1,000 feet of track!

Join this talented group of wood carvers as they learn to turn ordinary blocks of Tupelo wood into amazing lifelike wildlife sculptures.

Photography Club

Jewish Interest Group

Thursday (4th), 2 p.m. (Ashcroft arts & crafts studio) Open to all skill levels, this group focuses on composition, contrast, lighting, and special effects for better, more interesting photos.

(see calendar for dates) This Social Club invites you to join them for activities related to Jewish life and heritage including speakers, concerts, videos and more.

Woodworking (all levels) Whether you’re an experienced woodworker, or just want to learn, you’ll find plenty of projects and camaraderie in the Shannondell woodworking shops. Projects range from bookcases and benches to pool cue racks and golf course signage. Instruction is also available in “turning” bowls and vessels.

Garden Club Join this busy group of gardeners that keep residents and staff stocked with fresh produce during the season.


Classes & Lectures


Fall Great Courses Presentations

The Foundations of Western Civilization Lectures 25 to 36

Taught by engaging professors from Harvard, Stanford and Princeton, among other leading institutions, these collegelevel courses on DVD are intriguing and entertaining from beginning to end. Sit back, relax and learn something new.

Wednesdays: Aug. 28 – Oct. 2, 2 p.m.

History of European Art Lectures 25 to 36 Wednesdays: December 4 – January 8, 2 p.m. (Bradford Movie Theater)

(Bradford Movie Theater)

Fridays: December 6 – January 10, 10 a.m.

Fridays: Aug. 30 – Oct. 4, 10 a.m.

(Ashcroft Movie Theater)

(Ashcroft Movie Theater) This 3rd part of a 4-part series begins with Late Antiquity – Crisis and Response and ends with Medieval Political Traditions. Professor Thomas F. X. Noble is a noted Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame and brings a keen eye to the complexities of the past. Winner of Notre Dame’s celebrated Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C. Award for Excellence in Teaching, Professor Noble is co-author of the popular textbook Western Civilization: The Continuing Experiment.

The History of The United States Lectures 33 to 48 Wednesdays: October 9 – November 27, 2 p.m. (Bradford Movie Theater)

Fridays: October 11 – November 29, 10 a.m. (Ashcroft Movie Theater) This 3rd of a 6-part series begins with Southern society and the defense of slavery and ends with Reconstruction, including state governments that ran roughshod over what remained of the South. Gary W. Gallagher (UVA), Patrick N. Allitt (Emory), and Allen C. Guelzo (Gettysburg College) are a team of award-winning experts on America’s dramatic past.

This 3rd of a 4-part series begins with Netherlandish Art in the 16th Century and ends with Baroque Painting in Spain. Professor William Kloss is an independent art historian and lecturer for the Smithsonian Institution’s seminar and travel program. He speaks to a wide range of European and American art subjects to such prestigious institutions as the University of Virginia, The Art Institute of Chicago and Sotheby’s Institute.


Secrets From The Sands of Ancient Egypt Fall Classes


By Dr. Stephen Phillips, Ed.D, Everywhere The Glint of Gold: Treasures From The Tomb of King Tutankhamun Friday: September 6, 2 p.m. (Bradford Movie Theater) November 2012 marked the 90th anniversary of one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time, the Tomb of Tutankhamun. Hidden in the famed Valley of the Kings, the tomb had been laid nearly undisturbed for 3000 years until it’s discovery by an English archaeologist, Howard Carter. Crammed with priceless objects, it took Mr. Carter nearly ten years to record, photograph and empty the tomb. This lecture first recounts the extraordinary chain of events leading up to the discovery of the tomb, then reveals images of the breathtaking array of ancient artifacts, including gold, precious stones, sculpted alabaster and beautifully carved wooden objects. Most of the treasures you will see have never been outside of Egypt. 24

Show Me the Mummy! Friday: October 4, 2 p.m. (Ashcroft Movie Theater) An introduction to the history behind ancient Egyptian mortuary practices; how the mummification process developed, how mummies were actually made, and why ancient Egypt’s mummies hold such fascination in popular Western culture. Unpublished images of actual ancient Egyptian mummies, including royalty, some collected as part of Dr. Phillip’s own archaeological excavations in Egypt, are used to illustrate this talk.

Food in Ancient Egypt Friday: November 1, 2 p.m. (Bradford Movie Theater)

It’s a Wrap: Textiles in Ancient Egypt Friday: December 6, 2 p.m. (Ashcroft Movie Theater)

Although the ancient Egyptians did not enjoy the convenience of Burger King, McDonald’s, Roy Rogers or Pizza Hut, they did get hungry. What did the ancient Egyptians eat and drink? What did a typical ancient Egyptian family have for dinner? Did they have beer? Wine? This illustrated lecture introduces the diet of ancient Egypt, what we know and how we know it. Theirs was a diet far more varied than you might think.

The ancient Egyptians were renowned master weavers, even in their own time. Archaeological evidence for ancient Egyptian textile production exists in the form of artifacts, as well as, in tomb paintings and carved reliefs. What did the ancient Egyptians use to make cloth, how did they make it, and how was it used? This fascinating lecture brings ancient Egyptian textiles to life, including images from 3,500 year-old tombs, of royal mummy wrappings (and unwrapping), the world’s oldest dresses, as well as some of the world’s oldest tunics (the t-shirt of ancient times).


Learn French the Fast and Fun Way By Cynthia King Note: These classes are full. To be placed on a list for a future class, see Activities.


Mondays: Sept. 9 – Oct. 28, 10 – 11:30 a.m. (Ashcroft Movie Theater) Wednesdays: Sept. 11 – Oct. 30, 10 – 11:30 a.m. (Bradford Movie Theater)

Learning From White House Failure By Dr. Greg Ferro Tuesday, September 10, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (lunch on your own 12-1) (Ashcroft Movie Theater) As Michael Medved, a presidential scholar stated, “The common elements that link our least successful leaders teach lessons at least as important as the shared traits of the Rushmore Four: broken promises and gloomy temperaments lead to an alienated public.” Perception of presidents is important and those that are successful demonstrate the power of a positive attitude. It is not a coincidence that our successful presidents, Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan did exude a sunny disposition. Of the six presidents we will look at in this course, half were voted out of office after only one term. 26

Learn basic vocabulary and simple grammar allowing you to begin speaking and reading French immediately. Develop comprehension, practice pronunciation, and learn about French culture in a relaxed, supportive (and fun!) atmosphere. For beginners and those who studied French long ago.

Curl Up with a Good Painting, Part II By Anarie Terezo Thursday, September 26, 2 p.m. (Bradford Movie Theater) Fans of PBS’ Downton Abbey, British history and culture, and those who just enjoy a juicy novel will enjoy this ARTalk program. Making a connection between literary works and art, we’ll discuss specific books and enjoy “seeing” (in the artworks) the places referenced and the historical figures described. Includes works by Sargent, Payne, Leighton, Burne-Jones, NC Wyeth, and others.

The Life and Work of Norman Rockwell By Phyllis and Dr. Donald Stoltz Monday, September 30, 2 p.m. (Ashcroft Movie Theater) Norman Rockwell is a name that instantly evokes images of the American way of life. His realistic style, as it appeared in millions of printed materials, appeals to virtually everyone. In this presentation, Phyllis and Dr. Don Stoltz discuss his art, his life, his family and the fond remembrances they have of their many meetings with the artist. In 1976, Dr. Stoltz, a renowned Philadelphia physician, author and Rockwell scholar, co-founded with his brother Marshall, the now famous Curtis Center Museum of Norman Rockwell Art, located near Independence Hall in downtown Philadelphia.

Widener University/Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Secrets of the President By Michael Simeone Tuesdays: September 24 – October 22, 2 p.m. (Ashcroft Movie Theater) If you think you know all about our Chief Executives, remember that the 24/7 news cycle is only a few decades old. Before that, the lives of our leaders were cloaked in privacy and myth. We’ll peek into the recesses of Presidential closets to uncover some little known and truly surprising facts about the people whose names we know so well. ($40 for residents)



Ghosts, Legends and Lore of Southeast PA By Charles Adams III Thursday, October 17, 2 p.m. (Bradford Movie Theater) Founding Fathers Unvarnished: Revolutionary Relationships By Donald Applestein Friday, October 11, 2 p.m. (Bradford Movie Theater) Focusing on our four Founding Fathers – George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, young Alexander Hamilton and Benjamin Franklin – this class seeks answers to several questions. What were these gentlemen like before they became famous? What about their childhoods? Who were their families? And, how were their relationships with parents, siblings, and women including their wives? By viewing the Founding Fathers from a different angle, we’ll gain a new and interesting perspective.


Charlie Adams, best known in Berks County as the morning personality on WEEU, he also writes “Travels With Charlie” and other features for the Reading Eagle. He’s also authored 35 books on, among other topics, haunted places. A paranormal researcher and expert, Charlie Adams has been featured on numerous cable TV programs including Haunted America and Ghost Adventures. In this lecture, Charlie will spin ghostly tales about the area of Pennsylvania that we call home.

Dwight D. Eisenhower: The Effects of His Illnesses on History And World Politics By Dr. Allan Schwartz Friday, November 8, 2 p.m. (Ashcroft Movie Theater) Join us and discover how our 34th U.S. President interacted with world leaders and how these interactions were influenced by his secret illnesses including heart attack, surgery and stroke. During his two terms in office, this WWII 6-Star General dealt with the Korean War, the Cold War, the Hungarian Uprising, the Suez Canal crisis and the USSR. This is an engaging talk and the audience is encouraged to ask questions.

Taken! By Anarie Terezo Friday, November 22, 2 p.m. (Ashcroft Movie Theater) Whether taken during World War II or in the decades since, masterworks are continually being stolen from museums & private collections. In this ARTalk program, you’ll enjoy learning how some of the most famous thefts in history were orchestrated and if the works were recovered. You’ll discover that some of the recoveries are not unlike an edge-of-your-seat spy novel. We’ll see works by Monet, Cezanne, Vermeer, Rembrandt and many others.

The Great Depression & The New Deal 1929-1940 By Dr. Greg Ferro Tuesday, December 10, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (lunch on your own 12-1) (Ashcroft Movie Theater) This course will engage participants with a panoramic view of the political, military and economic history of the United States during the tumultuous 1930’s. As emotional and economic depression plague the country, President Franklin Roosevelt seeks to help the American people by implementing the New Deal. Meanwhile Italy, Germany and Russia begin expanding their own types of government – Fascism, Nazism and Communism. The rise of totalitarian thought threatens the peace of democratic nations throughout the world. The rest is history.


Shannondell Art Gallery Shows

Computer Classes By Lee and Erich Berg Monday, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Monday, 1 – 3 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Bradford computer lab) Thursday, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Thursday, 1 – 3 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Ashcroft computer lab)


Classes include Beginner and Intermediate PCs, Email, Internet Shopping, eReaders and iPads, File Management, Word and more.

Resident artist Shirley Daly

Painting Wednesday, 1 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. (Ashcroft arts & crafts studio)

ACX: Artist Cultural Exchange

Friday, 9 a.m. (Performing Arts Theater) Tap your way to better health, balance and coordination while enjoying learning the steps.

September 20 – October 31 Gallery Preview 3 p.m. Artist Talk (Ashcroft Theater) 3:30 p.m. Reception 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. An organization of regional artists, ACX supports the growth of artists and works to increase the visibility of art in the community. Providing a means to share ideas, observe new techniques, and provide information to its members, the organization welcomes artists working in the mediums of painting, ceramics, sculpture, photography and jewelry.

Led by Maria Orr, this unstructured class is for all clay sculpting skill levels.

Line Dancing (Beginner & Intermediate)

Florence Umanoff & Shirley Daly, Sculpture and Paintings

Painting & Clay Workshop

Senior Ballet

Led by Maria Orr, this unstructured class for all skill levels teaches oil, watercolor and/or acrylic techniques.

Pottery & Sculpture Wednesday, 10 a.m. (Ashcroft arts & crafts studio)

Thursday, 1 p.m. (Bradford arts & crafts studio)

Tap Dancing (Beginner)

Saturday, 1 p.m. (Ashcroft living room) Learn popular line dances in this resident-led class. Wednesday, 11 a.m. & Friday, 1 p.m. (Performing Arts Theater) Susan Cade and Tatyana Featherman keep everyone on their toes (figuratively speaking).


November 15 – December 12 Gallery Preview 3 p.m. Artists’ Talk (Ashcroft Theater) 3:30 p.m. Reception 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Revealing their latest work, Florence and Shirley are Shannondell residents who have shown their work professionally in galleries and museums throughout the tri-state area. 31

Spiritual Services

Why is it when we talk to God, we’re said to be praying, but when God talks to us, we’re schizophrenic?

– Actress & Comedian Lily Tomlin

Jewish Interest Group

Back to Basics Bible Study


(see calendar for dates, times, and locations)

Tuesday (4th), 4 p.m. (Ashcroft Card Room) Thursday (3rd), 4 p.m. (Bradford Card Room)

Wednesday, 3 p.m. (Ashcroft movie theater)

This Social Club invites you to join them for activities related to Jewish life and heritage including speakers, concerts and videos.

Pastor Bill Mueller of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church brings the parables of Jesus to life using Biblical and present day images.

Residents of the Catholic faith meet to pray and say Rosary.

Catholic Mass


Tuesday (last), 10 a.m. (Ashcroft movie theater)

Friday (2nd), 7:30 p.m. (Bradford movie theater)

Tuesday (3rd), 7:30 p.m. (Ashcroft movie theater) Vespers, a traditional Protestant service, is led by retired resident clergy.

Mass is led by Father Wild of St. Teresa of Avila Church.


Friday (4th), 7:30 p.m. (Ashcroft movie theater) Services led by resident volunteers.

Bible Study Tuesday, 10:30 to 11:30 am See calendar for dates & topics (Ashcroft card room) Led by Betsy Graf, a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, the topics for this study group vary throughout the year. See Activities calendar for specific topics.



Performing Arts

Musicals are, by nature, theatrical, meaning poetic, meaning having to move the audience’s imagination and create a suspension of disbelief, by which I mean there’s no fourth wall. – Composer Stephen Sondheim


Jeffrey Uhlig, Artistic Director & Pianist Broadway & Concert Series Jeffrey Uhlig has performed with many outstanding singers and instrumentalists including members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, The New York Philharmonic and The Metropolitan Opera. He plays regularly with The Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster David Kim, Principal Cellist, Hai-Ye Ni and Principal Trombonist, Nitzan Haroz. Mr. Uhlig studied piano with William Masselos and Gaby Casadesus and studied art song literature with Dalton Baldwin. He received a Master of Music Degree from West Chester University.


Broadway Series Phantoms and Leading Men

John Anker Bow & Jeffrey Uhlig (piano)

John Smitherman & Jeffrey Uhlig (piano)

October 1, 7:30 p.m.

September 26, 7:30 p.m.

Hear both familiar and unfamiliar character songs sung in the convincing style of a leading man.

Join this renowned tenor for an evening of songs of drama, romance and passion. John Smitherman Mr. Smitherman has performed over 100 different roles on the professional opera and theatre stages including productions The 39 Steps, Boeing-Boeing, West Side Story, Oklahoma, Show Boat, The Pajama Game, Grease and three different versions as The Phantom of the Opera, among others. John recently became the new Producing Artistic Director for The Broadway Theatre of Pitman and continues in the same role for The Laugh Out Loud Theatre Company. He also serves as the Entertainment Director for Places Please Productions. In addition to producing and directing, John has published comedies including Holy Cannoli, Take My Husband…Please, and Philadelphia’s highly acclaimed All Aboard … And Then Some! 36

A Character Singer Sings in Character

John Anker Bow As director of Educational Outreach at Surflight Theatre, John launched the very successful educational touring company Surflight To-Go — now in its 9th season. John has also recently performed with the Nebraska Theatre Caravan, The Boothbay Opera House, The Palace Theatre of New Hampshire and Ocean City Theatre Company. The author and lyricist of several musical plays for young audiences, John also teaches in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, does voice-over work for Little Fox Productions and is an adjudicator for the Papermill Playhouse Rising Star Awards.


Broadway Series

Concerto For Flute and Harp

Concert Series

Edward Schultz (flute), Andre Tarantilés (Harp) & Jeffrey Uhlig (piano)

Our Perennial Leading Man

September 6, 7:30 p.m.

Jeffrey Coon & Jeffrey Uhlig (piano)

Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp is paired with duos for flute and piano and harp and piano.

November 11, 7:30 p.m. A star of the Philadelphia theater scene returns to the Shannondell stage. Jeffrey Coon A 10-time Barrymore nominee for Theatre Excellence, Jeffrey Coon is a Philadelphia-based actor and singer. Mr. Coon has performed in more than 75 professional productions including the Walnut Street Theatre, Arden Theatre Company, Philadelphia Theatre Company, People’s Light & Theatre Company, Prince Music Theatre, Fulton Theatre Company and many others. Mr. Coon has also toured nationally, appearing at prestigious regional houses such as Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre and Houston’s Theatre Under the Stars.


Edward Schultz Edward Schultz has performed as a soloist and an ensemble member in chamber music concerts and orchestral performances in the Philadelphia area for more than three decades. He joined the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia as Principal Flute in 2002. He is also principal flutist for the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, the Philly Pops and the Academy of Vocal Arts Opera Orchestra. Mr. Schultz is a graduate of New England Conservatory.

Andre Tarantilés Formerly Principal Harpist for the Metropolitan Opera Guild, New York City Opera National Company and Opera Orchestra of New York, Mr. Tarantilés is currently Principal Harpist for the Philly Pops, New Jersey State Opera and Connecticut Grand Opera. He performed with Placido Domingo, Marilyn Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, Shirley Jones and Tony Bennett. Andre holds a Master of Music Degree from Indiana University School of Music. 39

Concert Series

Masterworks for Cello and Piano Priscilla Lee (cello) & Jeffrey Uhlig (piano) October 11, 7:30 p.m. Our award-winning cellist will perform Brahms Sonata in E-minor and well known character pieces.

The Amazing Voice of the Bassoon Lori Marino (bassoon) & Jeffrey Uhlig (piano) November 1, 7:30 p.m. The bassoon, a hidden treasure of the orchestra, takes center stage as a solo instrument.

Priscilla Lee Cellist Priscilla Lee, a 2005 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, began studying at age five and made her solo debut in 1998 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She received a Master of Music degree from the Mannes College of Music. She has participated in the festivals of Marlboro, Santa Fe, Seattle, Delaware, St. Denis in Paris, Kingston, Lexington and Taos. Priscilla was also a member of the prestigious Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two for the 2006-2009 seasons. Additionally, Priscilla is a founding member of the piano trio, Trio Cavatina.


Lori Marino Lori Marino, bassoonist, was a featured soloist with the Washington Chamber Symphony, under the direction of Stephen Simon at Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. She has also performed with the National Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, National Gallery Orchestra, Baltimore Opera, Wolftrap Orchestra and Harrisburg Symphony, as well as many local groups. She was a winner of the 1996 and 1997 Baltimore Chamber Music Awards and was the founder of the Chesapeake Chamber Players. Currently Lori teaches at Eastern University and Cairn University. She holds degrees from University of Maryland and Duquesne University where she studied with Leonard Sharrow, Ken Pasmanick and Carlton Jones.


Special Afternoon Performance! A Holiday Celebration Elisa Matthews (soprano), Wes Mason (baritone) & Jeffrey Uhlig (piano) December 15, 3:00 p.m. Join us for an afternoon of Holiday favorites along with Opera, Operetta and Broadway tunes.

Elisa Matthews

Other Performances

Through narrative and song, Maggie Worsdale tells the stories of more than a dozen Jewish composers who wrote familiar jazz and Broadway tunes. Having worked with Bob Hope and George Burns, Maggie is sure to entertain.

A Broad’s Way presents “Broadway Showstoppers”

Wes Mason is recognized for his vocal distinction. This season, he debuts as Escamillo in La tragédie de Carmen with Syracuse Opera following his performance as Süleyman in The Cloth Peddler at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in L.A. In 2014 Wes will make his Opera Philadelphia debut as Masetto in Don Giovanni. Wes was a finalist in the 2012 Opera Index Competition. He holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Michigan and is a graduate of the esteemed Academy of Vocal Arts.

Tom Pontz Project: The Dixie All Stars September 10, 7:30 p.m. This toe-tappin’ 6-piece jazz band brings back the music that made New Orleans what it is today. You’ll hear works by Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton and other jazz greats!

September 16, 7:30 p.m. This show-stopping cabaret features some of the best-known Broadway tunes from Rogers and Hammerstein, Bernstein and others. Don’t miss this return engagement!


Elisa Matthews is attracting attention in the musical theatre and opera worlds for her sweet soprano and compelling stage presence. Recently she played Magnolia in Show Boat, Johanna in Sweeney Todd, Belle in A Christmas Carol, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady and Nancy in Oliver!. Opera roles include Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Nella in Gianni Schicchi, Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly and Annina in La Traviata. Ms. Matthews holds a Master of Music from Pennsylvania State University.

Wes Mason


September 9, 7:30 p.m.

Jewish American Songwriters

The Travis Wetzel Trio September 11, 7:30 p.m. Bringing their eclectic blend of bluegrass, new acoustic, jazz/ swing, Celtic, Cajun and country music, this popular group returns to the Shannondell stage. Travis, the group’s founder, performs regularly on The Grand Ole Opry.


Other Performances

Philly Senior Stage presents “Musicals Tonight!” Glenn Miller Oktoberfest October 3, 7:30 p.m. (Bradford Living Rm)

Shannondell Resident Talent Show

Ja-Ja-Ja and an Oom-Pah too. Glenn returns with his new pocket trumpet and all the great tunes that won him acclaim, recently, on Fox News. Audiences love his “clean” humor and variety of accordions.

September 19, 7:30 p.m.


A slapstick romp through four beloved musicals including Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls, West Side Story and Annie Get Your Gun, stars Susan Contone and Robb Hutter will have you laughing ‘til you cry.

Piano Concert with Jim Correnti October 23, 7:30 p.m.

Tri-County Band Concert September 30, 7:30 p.m.

The Music of Hollywood

What started as ten local musicians in a firehouse has evolved into 61 years of entertainment. Ranging from high school students to retirees, band members feature a broad spectrum of musical styles sure to please.

October 9, 7:30 p.m. (Ashcroft Movie Theater) Accompanied by David Cullen on guitar, Maria Damore sings a splendid set of Hollywood gems, including Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Sandpiper, Never on Sunday, and many more.

A graduate of The Julliard School and former pastor, Jim Correnti has performed more than 4,000 concerts. As he’s known to end his concerts by taking requests from the audience, be sure to bring a few of your favorites.



Once again, proof that sometimes the best talents reside right here at Shannondell. Joining us on stage in September – resident standouts from the Shannondell Actors Studio, Ballet, Tap, Line Dance, Belly Dance, and Shannondell Chorus. Be sure to come and support your friends and neighbors. You’ll be glad you did!

October 21, 7:30 p.m.

From Beethoven to the Movies October 29, 7:30 p.m. Eliezer Gutman (violin) & Lotus Cheng (piano) weave an entertaining mix of selections from Beethoven and Wieniawski to movie composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold and William Bolcom’s spooky Ragtime. 45

Other Performances

Italian Serenade The Copeland String Quartet November 26, 7:30 p.m.

Juke-Joint Jive The Fabulous Shpielkes Klezmer Group

November 4, 7:30 p.m. (Bradford Movie Theater)


Join Ken Lelen on acoustic guitar for an evening of your favorite radio and jukebox music spinning from 1934 to 1945 – a time period popular with drugstore cowboys, stage door johnnies, zoot-suiters and lindy-hoppers.

Encore: Favorite Classics A Piano Recital with Fran Schwartz November 12, 7:30 p.m. Join Fran, an accomplished pianist, as she features her favorite pieces from concerts performed over the past 20 years. It’s a musical revue of the classics. 46

Just before Thanksgiving, enjoy an evening of beautiful string music including Opera composers Wolf, Puccini and Verde – all of whom are best known for their romantic works.

November 18, 7:30 p.m.

Methacton Community Theater present

Into the Woods November 8, 9, 15 & 16, 7:30 p.m. November 10 & 17, 2:00 p.m. A childless baker and his wife journey into the woods where they encounter Rapunzel, Cinderella, Jack (of Beanstalk fame), Little Red Riding Hood and other classic fairy tale characters. In the process, they all learn the responsibility that comes with getting what you want. ($10 for residents)

Mother and daughter, Elaine Hoffman Watts and Susan Watts, create both new and ancient sounds of Klezmer music (Jewish “folk music” from Eastern Europe). Klezmer has been enjoying a revival since the 1970s.

Ambler Symphony Orchestra November 21, 7:30 p.m. Jack Moore conducts more than fifty local musicians who are always eager to perform on the Shannondell stage. A concert not to be missed! 47

Other Performances

Chester County Youth Orchestra Concert

Forty Niners Chorus

December 4, 7:30 p.m.

Returning to the Shannondell stage, this popular Chester countybased group performs about 20 shows a year for over 6000 people. In addition to holiday classics, you can also expect a few pop, rock, and Broadway surprises.

Under the direction of Dr. Mark Belczyk, these Chester county students in grades 6-12 will astound you with the maturity of their sound featuring both holiday and classical works. Be sure to come and support these talented kids.


Where Are You Christmas? December 3, 7:30 p.m. Highlights include Vivaldi’s Gloria, and classics Silent Night, Winter Wonderland and Mele Kalikimaka. Even though time passes and lives change, if we keep the glory and love of the Christmas story alive, it will always be a special time.


Pennsylvania Symphonic Winds Concert December 5, 7:30 p.m. Under the direction of Phil Evans, these professional and dedicated amateur wind musicians share a passion to create exceptional music. Join us on December 5th and you’ll agree that they, indeed, succeed on the highest level.

December 9, 7:30 p.m.

Shannondell Singers Holiday Concert December 10, 7:30 p.m. It just doesn’t feel like the holidays at Shannondell until The Shannondell Singers fill the Performing Arts Theater with joyful voices sung in perfect harmony. A seasonal highlight, you’ll want to arrive early for the best seats.

Audubon Symphony Orchestra

Bryn Mawr Mainliners

December 11, 7:30 p.m.

Holiday classics sung a capella by this popular barbershop chorus will fill the Performing Arts Theater and also the place in your heart that’s in need of a little holiday cheer. Come and enjoy.

This talented group of local musicians, led by Michael Smith, always presents an entertaining and unique show on the Shannondell stage. Join us mid-week for a musical journey that’s sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

December 16, 7:30 p.m.

Special Morning Concert! Upper Merion High School Choir December 12, 11:00 a.m. These talented students from the Upper Merion High School Choir Program return to Shannondell, ready to sing their hearts out and put everyone in the holiday spirit – before lunch. Note the time and mark your calendar, now, to attend.

A “NEW” New Year’s Eve Celebration! 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Ashcroft Living Room (Music by The Music Men) Bradford Living Room (Music by The Sounds of Swing) Dress as a Gangster, or a silent screen star. Come as a flapper, or come as you are. But whatever you do, join us as we ring in 2014 by going back in time to a Roaring Twenties Speakeasy. This special evening includes music, dancing, food, photo keepsakes and fun. Cheers! (costume not required, but highly encouraged)


The difference between a cow and a bean is a bean can begin an adventure. - Stephen Sondheim, Into the Woods Don’t miss Into the Woods, a fairy tale-themed musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, presented by Methacton Community Theater beginning November 8th in the Shannondell Performing Arts Theater. See page 46.

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Shannondel Inspirations Fall 2013  

Event Guide for Shannondell

Shannondel Inspirations Fall 2013  

Event Guide for Shannondell