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Table of Contents Wonderful Winter................... page 3 Health & Wellness.................. page 4 Aquatics................................. page 6 Fitness...................................... page 10 Games.................................... page 16 Clubs....................................... page 20 Classes & Lectures................. page 24 Gallery Shows......................... page 31 Spiritual Services.................... page 32 Performing Arts...................... page 34 Broadway Series.................... page 36 Concert Series........................ page 40 Other Performances............. page 44

A publication of Shannondell at Valley Forge

Š 2014 Shannondell, Inc.

Geese at sunset over the Pennsylvania landscape


The Shannondell Tappers in formation

It’s going to be a wonderful winter at Shannondell


y the time this issue of Inspirations lands in your hands the days will be getting l-o-n-g-e-r – good to remember for everyone who dreads the cold gray days to come. Not that Shannondell residents let mother nature spoil their inspiring good times. With climate-controlled walkways connecting every residence to all activities and amenities, including: lectures, concerts, classes, meals, happy hours, gallery openings, doctors’ appointments, and fitness and aquatics classes, there’s no reason to brave the elements. Particularly when you enjoy the abundance of options to fill your upcoming winter and early spring days. Take performances in the Shannondell Performing Arts Theater, for instance. Broadway returns with vocalists Adrianne Hick and Andrew Foote joined by Jeffrey Uhlig in January. David Kim, Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra returns for an encore performance in February. And both the King of Prussia Players and Methacton Community Theater return in March and April with hit musicals The Mikado and Godspell. And that’s just one Shannondell venue! The following 50-plus pages hit the highlights. Peruse at your convenience. But whatever you do – participate! You’ll feel better and enjoy the company of good friends and neighbors along the way.


Health & Wellness

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).

Health & Wellness 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 Marie (ext. 6429)

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

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.




Letting the water soothe and invigorate

Aqua Blast Monday, 8:30 a.m.

Hydro-Pilates Monday, 9:00 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.

I always wanted to be Peter Pan, the boy who never grows up. I can’t fly, but swimming is the next best thing. It’s harmony and balance. The water is my sky. – Clayton Jones, U.S. Master Swimmer

This 30-minute class will start your week off with a blast. Work at your own pace as you use a variety of equipment, body positions and limb movements designed to challenge your balance, strength, and coordination.




Aqua-fit in 30!

Tuesday, 8 a.m.

Wednesday, 8:30 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.?

30 minutes of high energy cardiovascular exercise that will move your entire body, burn calories, and strengthen your muscles.

Water Walking

Wednesday, 9 a.m.

Tuesday, 9 a.m. 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.

Hydro-Pilates 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 Zumba Check monthly fitness schedule for days & times Take Zumba dance into water. Move your body to this Latininspired workout and feel completely exhilarated while enjoying the benefits of exercising in the pool. 8


Aqua-fit in 30!

Thursday, 8 a.m.

Friday, 8:30 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.?

30 minutes of high energy cardiovascular exercise that will move your entire body, burn calories, and strengthen your muscles.

Water Walking


Thursday, 9 a.m.

Friday, 9:00 a.m.

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.

Non-impact strengthening and stretching to develop “core� body stabilization, strength, better posture, and stress relief. Taking traditional mat pilates into water is exhilarating.




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

Getting pumped up to start the day

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

Functional Core

Chair Fitness

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

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

This non-sectarian approach emphasizes tools for well-being, stress relief and growth.

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

Classic Yoga

Men’s Max Muscle

Mind & Balance

Monday, 10:30 a.m. (Ashcroft)

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

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

Strength in 30!

Lower Body Toning

Guided Relaxation

Monday, 10 a.m. (Ashcroft) In 30 minutes, strengthen, tone and improve upper and lower body endurance. Standing/seated dumbbell exercises end with a stretch.

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


Monday, 10 a.m. (Bradford)

Monday, 1:30 p.m. (Bradford) Coordination exercises help to reinforce muscle memory, improving balance during daily activities. Plus, learn fun ways to challenge your brain fitness. 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. 11

Good Morning Yoga Tuesday, 9 a.m. (Ashcroft)



Time to wake up and stretch! An easy, 30-minute yoga stretch for the whole body followed by 5 minutes of relaxation. Class takes place in a chair.

Tai Chi 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. Zumba Gold Tuesday, 11 a.m. (Ashcroft or Bradford living room Check monthly schedule for location) 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. 12

Stretch & Strength / Tuesday, 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 finishes with stretching.

Mind & Balance / Tuesday, 1:30 p.m. (Ashcroft) Challenge your physical balance with a variety of exercises and coordination movements. The brain games are fun too!

Classic Yoga

Seated Tai Chi

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

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

Functional Core Wednesday, 10 a.m.(Bradford) Floor/mat work focusing on posture, core and abdominal strength for the aging spine.

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.

Body Balance Wednesday, 11 a.m. (Bradford) Techniques to improve balance during daily activities. Coordination exercises help to reinforce muscle memory. 12

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

Men’s Max Muscle Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. (Bradford) 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!

Keep an eye out for exciting new fitness class ideas and happenings.

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! 13

Classic Yoga

Tai Chi

Thursday, 9 a.m. (Bradford)

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

Seated, standing and floor postures to stretch and strengthen the body.

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.

Thursday, 11 a.m. (Bradford)

Stretch & Strength

Thursday, 11 a.m. (Ashcroft)

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


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

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.

Belly Dance (beginners welcome) Set to music, this fun class offers both a cardio and muscle-toning workout. Isolates hips, thighs, shoulders, arms, and abdominals.

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

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



Seated Tai Chi

Friday, 9:30 a.m. (Bradford)

Friday, 11 a.m. (Ashcroft 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!

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

Strength in 30!

Walking Routes

Friday, 10 a.m. (Bradford) Friday, 11 a.m. (Ashcroft)

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.

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


Men’s Max Muscle

Functional Core Friday, 10:30 a.m. (Bradford) Floor/mat work focusing on posture, core and abdominal strength exercise for the aging body. 15



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

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

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

Mahjong 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.

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


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

Nature Club A-Z Monday (2nd), 2:00 p.m. (Bradford Movie Theater) This group explores the natural world full of mystery, excitement and aweinspiring sights in entertaining and educational ways.

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

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. Winter hours do vary. See Activities for updates and changes.

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

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.


Tennis Time (All levels) Winter Schedule

Mexican Train Dominoes Tuesday, 1:00 p.m. (Bradford club 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. 17

Billiards: Women’s League

Billiards: Co-Ed League

Ashcroft Poker Group

Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. (Ashcroft)

Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. (Clubhouses alternate monthly. See calendar for location.)

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


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!

Duplicate Bridge Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. (Ashcroft card room) 18

Rummikub Wednesday, 2:00 p.m. (Bradford club room) Another “tile” game (akin to Scrabble), Rummikub combines elements of Rummy, Chess, Dominoes, and Mahjong.

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

Bradford Poker Group Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. (Puzzle Room: Ist floor by card room)

Table Tennis


Friday, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Prearranged Matches 12 - 1:00 p.m. Open Play (Bradford Gallery)

Beginner Women Thursday, 10:00 a.m. (Ashcroft club room)

Krazy Cards

Beginners Mahjong

Thursdays, 1/30, 2/20. & 3/20 1:00 p.m. (Ashcroft card rm) Join residents for a fun and social game, similar to bridge, but with no bidding.


Canasta Thursday, 1:00 p.m. (Bradford club room)

Friday, 2:00 p.m. (Ashcroft living room)

One of the “rummy” family of games, Canasta is played by four (2 partner teams) with two standard decks of cards.

Bocce Leagues

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


Friday, 1:00 p.m. (Ashcroft club room) This resident led group is for new players or players ready to play!

Seasonal Contact Activities for dates & times.

Pinochle Friday, 1:00 p.m. (Ashcroft card rm)

Rummikub Friday, 2:00 p.m. (Bradford club rm)

Wii Bowling Leagues Seasonal Contact Activities for dates & times.


CLUBS AT SHANNONDELL 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.

Current Events Discussion Group Monday, 10 a.m. (Ashcroft card room) Thursday, 10:30 a.m. (Bradford card rm.) Resident-moderated, this Club meets weekly to discuss various topics.

Ashcroft Book Discussion Group 4th Friday, 1 p.m. (Ashcroft card room) Focusing on one work of fiction each month, this resident-moderated group offers insightful interpretations in a social and fun setting.

Bradford Book Discussion Group 1st Thursday, 2:30 p.m. (Bradford library) 20

Cryptology Club Monday (2nd & 4th), 1:30 p.m. (Ashcroft card room) If you enjoyed the Nicolas Cage movie “National Treasure,” you’ll enjoy this study of hidden information via encryption.

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

Jewish Interest Group (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.

Model Railroad Club Thursday (1st), 2:15 p.m. (Ashcroft Movie Theater) 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. 21

Non-Fiction Book Club 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.

Needlework Club Monday (2nd & 4th), 11 a.m. (Ashcroft arts & crafts studio) This group does so much for our communities, including making pillows for heart and cancer patients and teddy bears for kids in car accidents.


The Shannondell Singers Monday, 3 p.m. (Performing Arts Theater) Brian Horoho directs this co-ed chorus that rehearses weekly and performs semiannually in the Performing Arts Theater. 22

Woodcarving Club Friday (1st), 11 a.m. (Ashcroft woodcarving studio) Join this talented group of wood carvers as they learn to turn ordinary blocks of Tupelo wood into amazing lifelike wildlife sculptures.

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.


CLASSES & LECTURES Belly Dancing (Beginners welcome) Thursday, 11 a.m. (Bradford) Set to music, this class offers both a cardio & muscle-toning workout.


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

Senior Ballet Wednesday, 11 a.m. & Friday, 1 p.m. (Performing Arts Theater) Susan Cade and Tatyana Featherman keep everyone on their toes (figuratively speaking).

Line Dancing (Beginner & Intermediate) Saturday, 1 p.m. (Ashcroft living room) Learn popular line dances in this resident-led class.

Computer Classes By Lee & 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)

Open Lab: Wednesday, 1 – 3 p.m. (Bradford computer lab) Friday, 1 – 3 p.m. (Ashcroft computer lab) Classes include Beginner and Intermediate PCs, Email, Internet Shopping, eReaders and iPads, File Management, Word and more. 25

Secrets From The Sands of Ancient Egypt By Dr. Stephen Phillips, Ed.D.


A Thousand Miles Down the Nile: A brief history and chronology of ancient Egypt Friday, January 3, 2 p.m. (Bradford Movie Theater) The banks of the Nile River are home to hundreds of archaeological sites exhibiting the 5000-year civilization of the Egyptian people. Travel on a 1000-mile journey down the Nile, from Abu Simbel to Alexandria, including the Pyramids, the famed Valley of the Kings, and more.

Egypt Before Pyramids: The rise of Egyptian civilization in the pre-dynastic period Friday, February 7, 2 p.m. (Ashcroft Movie Theater) A vibrant culture developed along the Nile River long before the first pyramid was ever built. We’ll examine this Predynastic Period, including the rise of ancient Egyptian kingship, through art, artifacts and tomb remains.


Principles of Ancient Egyptian Art Friday, March 7, 2 p.m. (Bradford Movie Theater) An introduction to the highly recognizable, and often times confusing, world of ancient Egyptian art. In our modern world, art is often expressed as “art for art’s sake.” Ancient Egyptian art existed for practical purposes – worship, daily use, or to serve for eternity. In fact, the majority of ancient Egyptian art was never meant to be seen. Tombs, inaccessible after burial, have provided us with our greatest art source.

Through Time and Across Continents Friday, April 4, 2 p.m. (Ashcroft Movie Theater) Explore mummies – the world of preserved human remains – through time and across continents. There exists an amazing diversity of preserved human remains; some created deliberately, some naturally. Enhanced by high quality images, we examine the journey from this life to the afterlife by letting these past lives speak for themselves.

Winter Great Courses Presentations

The History of The United States, Lectures 49-64

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

This 4th session of a 6-part series begins with Industrialization and ends with the 1920’s. Professors Gary Gallagher (UVA), Patrick Allitt (Emory), and Allen Guelzo (Gettysburg College) are awardwinning experts on America’s dramatic past.

The Foundations of Western Civilization Lectures 37-48 Wednesdays: Jan. 15 – Feb. 12, 2 p.m. (Bradford Movie Theater) Fridays: Jan. 17 – Feb. 14, 2 p.m. (Ashcroft Movie Theater)

Wednesdays: Feb. 19 – April 9, 2 p.m. (Bradford Movie Theater) Fridays: Feb. 21 – April 11, 10 a.m. (Ashcroft Movie Theater)

History of European Art, Lectures 37-48 Wednesdays: April 16 – May 21, 2 p.m. (Bradford Movie Theater) Fridays: April 18 – May 23, 10 a.m. (Ashcroft Movie Theater) This last session of a 4-part series begins with Louis XIV and Versailles and ends with Art Between Two Wars — Kandinsky to Picasso. Professor William Kloss is an art historian and lecturer for the Smithsonian Institution’s travel program.

This last part of a 4-part series begins with Medieval Political Traditions and ends with the question, “What challenges remain?” Professor Thomas Noble is Professor of History at Notre Dame and coauthor of Western Civilization: The Continuing Experiment. He brings a keen eye to the complexities of the past. 27 25

1001 Alluring Musical Nights By Karl Middleman Mondays: January 6, 13 & 20, 2:00 p.m. (Ashcroft Movie Theater)


Scheherazade, Aida and Rudolph Valentino are just a few of the stops on Maestro Karl Middleman’s wide-ranging musical tour of the Orient. Just like the Tales of the Arabian Nights, suspense, surprise and shimmering beauty await you around every corner through visual and audio highlights. You’ll discover that many Orientalist masterpieces form the foundations of today’s most beloved repertoire.


Whales: Meet the Great Ones By Dan Knaub Tuesday, January 28, 2:00 p.m. (Ashcroft Movie Theater) We’ll meet many species of baleen whales and the toothed whales. This session includes underwater footage of three species set to beautiful music.

The Underground Railroad By Harry W. Kendall

Easy Ways to Start Saving Your Personal History By Joanne McHugh

Friday, January 17, 2:00 p.m. (Bradford Movie Theater)

Thursday, Jan. 30, 2:00 p.m. (Ashcroft Movie Theater)

Author Harry Kendall discusses the historical, psychological, and philosophical dynamics of The Underground Railroad in demanding America honor the principles set forth in the U.S. Constitution. Using context from his novel, Truth Crushed to Earth, a true story of a fugitive slave rebellion in Pennsylvania, Harry opens our eyes to events leading up to the Civil War.

Not everyone wants to be a genealogist or sit down to write a family history. But the stories that live within you will be gone unless you do something to preserve them. Join Joanne, and you’ll learn simple ways to collect your family’s stories and save them for your children and grandchildren. Your descendants will thank you!

ARTalk: Medieval Masterpieces By Anarie Terezo Osher Lifelong Learning Institute What Were They Thinking? Mistakes, Blunders & Stupid Decisions That Changed History By Michael Simeone Tuesdays: February 4 – March 4, 2:00 p.m. (Ashcroft Movie Theater) We like to think that history moves along a relatively straight path progressing to the present. The historical record, though, challenges this view by revealing a path frequently interrupted with errors of judgment and/or unbelievable stupidity. We’ll look at a few of the most notorious blunders with the benefit of hindsight. ($40 for residents)

Tuesday, February 11, 2:00 p.m. (Bradford Movie Theater) Medieval manuscripts have it all: saturated color, decoration, gilding, complexity, drama, intimacy, battles, bedrooms, narrative and humor, all in a single 4”x4.” We’ll delve into decorated initials and manuscript pages on the big screen including a page from the Gutenberg Bible, Morgan Picture Bible and Ann’s collection.

Our Founding Fathers By Dr. Greg Ferro Monday, February 17, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (break: noon – 1 p.m.) (Ashcroft Movie Theater) Your house is only as strong as your foundation. And these presidents – George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe and Andrew Jackson – laid the foundation for one of the greatest countries ever to exist. We’ll discuss each president’s individual contributions to this strong foundation covering the late 1700s to the mid-1800s. 29


The Power of Myth: Interviews with Joseph Campbell

Dictators Threaten World Peace & The U.S. in World War II (1931-1945) By Dr. Greg Ferro

Tuesdays: March 11 – April 15, 2:00 p.m. (Ashcroft Movie Theater) Thursdays: March 13 – April 17, 11:00 a.m. (Bradford Movie Theater)

Thursday, April 10, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (lunch on your own 12-1) (Ashcroft Movie Theater)

In 1988, PBS aired a beloved 6-part series of interviews with mythologist and storyteller Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers. Together, they explored the powerful influence of enduring myths on the choices we make and the ways we live. Relive these timeless sessions and find yourself questioning, rethinking and learning all over again.

Heart to Hearth: Dining with William Penn By Susan Plaisted Monday, March 24, 2:00 p.m. (Ashcroft Movie Theater) Explore the foodways of the famous English Quaker William Penn (the founder and first Governor of Pennsylvania), with visuals of his favorite beverages and seasonal bill of fares. This slide series brings the audience to the Bake and Brew of Pennsbury Manor to show the preparation techniques and finished products. 30

Enjoy a panoramic view of the political, military and economic history of the United States during the1940’s. We’ll cover the rise of World War II (and women in the workforce), the Atomic Bomb, the initial chill of the Cold War, and the atrocities committed by Adolf Hitler and the Nazis that characterized this pivotal decade.

ARTalk: Strike a Pose! By Anarie Terezo Thursday, April 10, 7:30 p.m. (Ashcroft Movie Theater) Using portraits of intriguing people including the Roman Emperor, Kaisers, Kings, Mistresses and Madonnas, we’ll explore figure paintings and portraits (and reveal the difference between the two). Includes works by Whistler, Picasso, Sargent, Warhol, David, Rembrandt & Erte, among other greats.

ART AT SHANNONDELL Painting Workshop Wednesday, 1 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. (Ashcroft arts & crafts studio) Led by Maria Orr, this unstructured class for all skill levels teaches oil, watercolor and/or acrylic techniques.

Pottery & Sculpture Workshop Wednesday, 10 a.m. (Ashcroft arts & crafts studio) Maria Orr leads this unstructured class is for all clay sculpting skill levels.

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

Gallery Shows Winter January 17 - February 13 Gallery Preview 3 p.m. Artist Talk (Ashcroft Theater) 3:30 p.m. Reception 4 – 6 p.m. Shannondell residents reflect on the winter season and express their feelings using multiple mediums including oils, watercolors, acrylics, clay, wood, metal, paper and photography.

Future Openings Check with activities or drop by the Art Gallery for information on two more exciting shows coming this spring. Opening dates are February 28 and April 25.




– Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, French philosopher and Jesuit priest

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.

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.



I’ve heard it said that people come into our lives for a reason. Bringing something we must learn. And we are led to those who help us most to grow if we let them, and we help them in return.

– Stephen Schwartz, American musical theater lyricist and composer. Works include Godspell, Pippin and Wicked, among many other hit musicals.


Jeffrey Uhlig, Artistic Director & Pianist Broadway & Concert Series Jeffrey Uhlig performs regularly with many outstanding singers and instrumentalists including members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, The New York Philharmonic and The Metropolitan Opera. 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.



The Best of Broadway

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Adrianne Hick, Andrew Foote & Jeffrey Uhlig (piano) January 3, 7:30 p.m. Kick off the New Year with a sampling of the greatest songs from decades of Broadway musicals. Adrianne Hick A classically trained singer, comfortable in the worlds of opera, jazz, and musical theatre, Adrianne Hick burst onto the New York cabaret scene with a sold-out run of her original one woman show Wives and Lovers at Manhattan’s Reprise Room. This led to roles in Les Miserables and Dancing With time, among other musical productions.

Andrew Foote Talent and versatility have taken Andrew around the world as a professional entertainer. From leading roles in some of Broadway’s biggest hits – Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, Titanic, and Miss Saigon, to acclaimed cabaret performances, appearances at the Grand Ole Opry and a starring role in My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, Mr. Foote’s unique brand of showmanship has entertained thousands.

Listen To My Heart

Marian Murphy Powell & Jeffrey Uhlig (piano) February 21, 7:30 p.m. It’s an evening of songs from the heart by Berlin, Rodgers and including hits from Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera.

Marian Murphy Powell An accomplished singer and theatrical artist who brings solid footing in classical music to her work on stage, Marian is a veteran of national tours and major regional theatre. Past roles include ”Cosette” in Les Misérables, “Christine” in Phantom of the Opera, “Mother” in Bright Lights, Big City, and “Marian” in The Music Man, among others. Marian also excels as a teacher including the faculty at the New England Music Camp, adjunct voice teacher at The Hill School and a vocal coach with her own studio in Collegeville.



Special afternoon performance! Songs of the Broadway Babes

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Krissy Fraelich & Jeffrey Uhlig (piano) March 23, 3 p.m. Greatest hits both brassy and mellow. Krissy Fraelich Soprano Kristine (Krissy) Fraelich has been performing for more than 25 years including, most recently, Arden Theater’s Sunday in the Park with George and Next to Normal. Making her Broadway debut in Frank Wildhorn’s The Civil War, Ms. Fraelich followed by playing the Narrator in the first tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Kristine is a member of the Broadway Gospel Choir and has performed with Linda Eder at Carnegie Hall.

The Romance of Broadway Elisa Matthews, Dominic Inferrera & Jeffrey Uhlig (piano) April 4, 7:30 p.m. The romance of Broadway is felt in these classic songs from classic shows.

Elisa Mathews Soprano Elisa Matthews is attracting attention in musical theatre and opera for her stunning voice and compelling stage presence. Recently, Ms. Mathews played Magnolia in Show Boat at Media Theatre. Other roles include Johanna in a Barrymore-winning production of Sweeney Todd with Arden Theatre Company, Belle in A Christmas Carol with People’s Light & Theatre, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady and Nancy in Oliver! with Media Theatre.

Dominic Inferrera Baritone Dominic Inferrera is gaining attention for his vocal range including opera, oratorio, musical theater, pop, jazz, and contemporary. Mr. Infererra won critical acclaim in the role of “The Son” in Six Characters in Search of an Author with Opera Festival of New Jersey, where The New York Times proclaimed him a “standout.” Current projects include the role of “Tomàs Cabral” in Encompass Opera’s development of The Theory of Everything. 39

Tokito - Oka - Uhlig Trio Kazuo Tokito (flute & piccolo), Hirono Oka (violin) & Jeffrey Uhlig, (piano) January 7, 7:30 p.m.


Two members of the Philadelphia Orchestra join artistic director and pianist Jeffrey Uhlig for a special evening of trio compositions.



Kazuo Tokito

Hirono Oka

Mr. Tokito was, previously, assistant first flute/piccolo with the Vancouver Symphony and principal flute in the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Chamber Music Orchestra of Vancouver. He holds a B.A. in flute performance from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Music degree in flute performance from Indiana University School of Music. Currently Mr. Tokito is on the extended flute faculty at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance.

Making her debut at the age of eleven with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, violinist Hirono Oka won numerous competitions before continuing her studies in the U.S. Today, as a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra, Ms. Oka has performed with worldrenowned artists and has appeared as a soloist with many leading Orchestras and Ensembles.

Special Concertmaster Appearance! David Kim (violin) & Jeffrey Uhlig (piano) February 4, 7:30 p.m. The renowned Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra returns to the Shannondell stage with a program including works by Beethoven, Sarasate and Gershwin. David Kim Violinist David Kim received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School. In 1986, he was the only American violinist to win a prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. In 1999, Mr. Kim was named Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra. In 2008, Mr. Kim was awarded the C. Hartman Kuhn Award, given annually to “the member who has shown ability and enterprise of such character as to enhance the standards and the reputation of The Philadelphia Orchestra.” Mr. Kim is also a soloist with orchestras around the world. 41

A Night At the Opera Marilyn Moore (soprano), Reginald Pindel (baritone) & Jeffrey Uhlig, (piano) February 7, 7:30 p.m.


A special program including favorite arias and duets from Mozart, Verdi and Gershwin


Marilyn Moore

Reginald Pindel

Soprano Marilyn Moore is one of today’s versatile interpreters in opera, oratorio and concert repertory. Recent engagements include The New York City Opera, The Philadelphia Opera Company and Opera Ebony. A graduate of Westminster Choir College with advanced studies at Temple University and The Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, Ms. Moore is on the voice faculty at The Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C.

Baritone Reginald Pindell has presented a diverse repertoire in opera and concertworks. He made his New York debut as soloist in a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Robert Shaw conducting. Reginald has also performed with Chicago Symphony and Pops, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and Detroit and Indianapolis Symphonies. He is currently on the faculty at the Settlement Music School and The University of the Arts/Philadelphia.

Shannondell’s Three Tenors William Davenport, Dominick Chenes and Mackenzie Whitney & Jeffrey Uhlig, (piano) March 7, 7:30 p.m. Our three tenors return to the spotlight with a sampling of our favorite arias, Italian songs and Broadway tunes.

Dominick Chenes

The Mellow Elegance of the Horn

Dominick Chenes, tenor, won second prize in the Gerda Lissner Foundation competition in March 2013 and a grant award from the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation competition in April. Dominick made his AVA debut as Gustavo in Giuseppe Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera during that same month. Dominick received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Music-Vocal Performance from the University of Nevada.

Jeffrey Lang (French horn) & Jeffrey Uhlig (piano)

William Davenport On the concert stage, Mr. Davenport has performed as tenor soloist in Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria at Peabody, Messiah with the Frederick Chamber Singers, and Mozart’s Coronation Mass with the Montgomery College Symphony Orchestra. Mackenzie Whitney Mackenzie received his Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Northern Iowa. While studying there, Mr. Whitney performed the roles of Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Tamino in The Magic Flute, and Alcino in Prima Donna. He is currently preparing the role of Rodriguez in Massenet’s Don Quixote, which will be performed at AVA in March, 2014.

April 1, 7:30 p.m. The Associate Principal Horn of the Philadelphia Orchestra returns with a program of masterpieces for his instrument. Jeffrey Lang A graduate of the Juilliard School, Jeffrey is the Associate Principal Horn of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Formerly principal horn of the Israel Philharmonic, Mr. Lang has performed as guest principal horn of the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, the New York City Opera Orchestra, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.



Crazy Rhythm, Fancy Feet

Belly Dance Bonanza

January 9, 7:30 p.m.

January 16, 7:30 p.m.

Performing the Samba, Charleston, Cha-Cha and a Fred and Ginger style Foxtrot, Bob Butryn and Eva Brothers tear up the floor in this return engagement that also includes vocals and woodwind serenades. It’s a high-energy start to the New Year.

Belly up to the Performing Arts Theater and join the talented Shannondell Belly Dancers for their 5th performance! Special guests Fatima, Dalia and Kirie join our residents onstage and keep things moving.

Shannondell Actors Studio presents Shakespeare January 8, 7:30 p.m. (Bradford Movie Theater) January 13, 7:30 p.m. (Ashcroft Movie Theater) “With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.” The wit and brilliance of the Bard’s work have endured for centuries and this night promises to take Shakespeare’s writings to a new level … one that will tickle your funny bone. Join us for an entertaining evening by Shannondell’s very talented resident actors. To be there, or not to be there, that is not the question. 44

Al Harrison Dixieland Jazz Band January 29, 7:30 p.m.

Trio International January 22, 7:30 p.m. Featuring Janet Ahlquist (piano), Ovidiu Marinescu (cello) and Sylvia Ahramjian (violin), this evening’s program features Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in D minor along with Irish compositions and even a Piazzolla Tango.

The Al Harrison Dixieland Band returns with old favorites and a few surprises too. Don’t miss out on a concert sure to leave you counting the days ‘til Mardi Gras (see March 4th performance).

Concert for Violin & Piano January 27, 7:30 p.m. It’s an evening of classical compositions for violin and piano with Helenmarie Vassiliou, a standout 17-year old violin student of Hirono Oka. Accompanied by pianist Nozomi Takashima from Temple University Music Preparatory Division, Helenmarie will display why she is a Starling Violin Scholarship recipient.


Cameron Chandler


February 11, 7:30 p.m. A singer with a big baritone voice, Cameron’s repertoire covers musical theater, the Big Band era, classical arias and contemporary standards – jazz, pop & blues. His stirring rendition of “Old Man River” from Showboat is, alone, worthy of your attendance.

Charles Salinger Trio February 13, 7:30 pm Join us for an evening of Dixieland, Jazz, and Swing from the Roaring 20s through the groovin’ 50s. Featuring Charles Salinger (clarinet), Dave Posmontier (keyboards), and Dave Brodie (bass).

The Counterparts A Cappella Group February 24, 7:30 p.m. Directed by Lisa Bennett, this Radnor-based 5-part singing group (sopranos, first and second altos, tenors and basses) will fill the Performing Arts Theater with beautiful harmonies, including jazz and contemporary arrangements.


Mardi Gras Brazilian Carnaval March 4, 7:30 p.m. Minas Carnaval returns for a true Mardis Gras celebration including upbeat Latin music, festive costumes, toe-tappin’ music and maybe a few beads. Laissez les bons temps rouler.

Valley Forge Chorus of Sweet Adelines March 10, 7:30 p.m. Under the direction of Joseph Spiecker, Valley Forge Chorus – a 2-time International Champion a cappella women’s chorus – returns with an inspiring mix of patriotic and sacred songs always presented in unique and dramatic ways.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration March 17, 7:30 p.m. Join Charles Zahm (guitar & vocals), Tad Marks (fiddle) and Steve Hobson (percussion) for an evening of genuine Celtic songs and melodies that weave magical moments of Scottish and Irish history for their audience. Don’t miss this performance!

Katie Eagleson March 27, 7:30 p.m. Performing “The Last Time I Saw Paris,” Katie delivers a soulful performance in the style of French diva Edith Piaf. Joined by Lenny Pierro on piano, Madison Rast on bass and Grant MacAvoy on drums, Katie paints a picture of Paris, past and present, one song at a time.

King of Prussia Players present

The Mikado March 14, 15, 20 & 21, 7:30 p.m. March 16 & 22, 2 p.m. A beloved Gilbert and Sullivan opera, The Mikado comically tells the story of a wandering minstrel (who just happens to be the son of the ruler of Japan) and who also falls for a girl who is engaged to her guardian. 1800s British satire – including character names Yum-Yum and Pooh-Bah – never sounded so good. Don’t miss this outstanding production by one of our own community theater groups. ($10 for residents) 47


Shannondell Actors Studio presents Storytelling Our Lives! April 2, 7:30 p.m. (Bradford Movie Theater) April 7, 7:30 p.m. (Ashcroft Movie Theater) We all tell stories – brag, gossip, praise and kvetch. We create shared memories, teach lessons, heal wounds, and make people laugh. Join your resident Shannondell actors for a performance where you’ll find yourself relating to each story.


Ed Wise and His New Orleans Style Jazz Band

22 Park Avenue Big Band

April 3, 7:30 p.m.

April 8, 7:30 p.m.

Ed Wise and his 7-member Jazz Band return with horns, strings, woodwinds and percussion tappin’ out that classic Dixieland sound with a few jazz favorites thrown in for a fun, thoroughly entertaining evening.

This 18-piece big band plays classics from performers like Glenn Miller, Count Basie, and Stan Kenton. You’ll also hear more recent hits from the likes of Chicago and Big Voodoo Daddy.

Ruth Kaye presents We’re Still Here April 22, 7:30 p.m. Ruth celebrates the good things about growing older through popular songs and show tunes combined with personal anecdotes and clever observations. You’ll find yourself nodding, smiling and singing along.

Arcola Middle School String Ensemble April 28, 7:30 p.m. As you listen to these talented children, we challenge you to close your eyes and try not to picture seasoned musicians on stage. We never cease to be amazed by the quality of their performance. Come and support these children in their spring concert.

Festive Brass Quintet April 29, 7:30 p.m. This Shannondell favorite performance closes out our spring season in the Performing Arts Theater, playing your favorite music from operas and Broadway.

Methacton Community Theater presents

Godspell April 25, 26, May 2 & 3, 7:30 p.m. April 27 & May 4, 2:00 p.m. Having recently closed on Broadway in New York, this beloved 70s musical is, once again, winning fans from all generations. Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew, and featuring a sparkling score by Stephen Schwartz, Godspell boasts a string of popular songs, led by the chart-topping single Day By Day and followed by Turn Back, O Man, By My Side and We Beseech Thee, among others. Directed by John Corkum, this production brings the parables of Jesus Christ to life in melodious fashion. ($11 for residents)

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I’m really very sorry for you all, but it’s an unjust world, and virtue is triumphant only in theatrical performances. - W.S. Gilbert, The Mikado

Don’t miss The Mikado, one of the most beloved Gilbert and Sullivan operas, presented by King of Prussia Players beginning March 14th in the Shannondell Performing Arts Theater (see page 47).

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Shannondell Inspirations Winter 2014  
Shannondell Inspirations Winter 2014