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Inspirations Inspiring things to do, learn and share

may – AUGUST 2013

Table of Contents You’re Getting Warm .................... page 2 Health & Wellness........................... page 4 Aquatics ......................................... page 8 Fitness ............................................. page 10 Games, Clubs & Classes .............. page 16 Games ............................................ page 16 Clubs ............................................... page 20 Classes & Lectures ......................... page 22 Gallery Shows ................................. page 27 Spiritual Services ............................ page 28 Performing Arts ............................. page 30 Broadway Series ........................... page 32 Concert Series ............................... page 34 Other Performances ..................... page 38

#18 approach: The Club at Shannondell Š 2013 Shannondell, Inc.

A publication of Shannondell at Valley Forge

The Shannondell Gardens

The most inspiring season? You’re getting warm.


ay at Shannondell – many say it’s the best month of the year. Buds and blossoms. Song birds. Gardens. Cookouts. Dog walks. Horse shows. Phillies baseball. Outdoor bocce. Tennis. Golf. And that’s in addition to the incredible variety of the activities, events, classes, games, clubs, lectures, concerts, musicals and more that you enjoy right outside your door as a Shannondell resident. In The Shannondell Per forming Arts Theater, Jeffrey Coon kicks off our popular Broadway series in May. In June, the Charles Salinger Trio returns followed by our own Shannondell Tappers. July brings The King of Prussia Players production of The Wizard of Oz and Chloé Moore closes out our Concert series in August. Searching for something a bit more cerebral? Great Courses returns with two great lecture series – History of the United States and History of European Art. Other classes include Secrets from the Sands of Ancient Egypt and The Mythical Western. Just one more great season of inspiring things to do, learn and share with friends at Shannondell. Enjoy!



Health & Wellness W

ith summer almost here, it’s time for a reminder about the importance of hydration. A loss of hydration is one of the biggest factors impacting how older adults look and feel. And know that you may not feel thirsty or tired as your body begins responding to dehydration. Even when you replace lost body fluids with water, dehydration can still occur. So, remember – drink water before you are thirsty, and if you are sweating profusely, exercise less intensively. Sports drinks like Powerade/Gatorade may help, but the potassium content of these drinks may be too high for some. If you’re unsure how much water you should be drinking during warmer weather, give Shannondell wellness nurses Lynn, Crisa or Mary Jo a call. 4

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.

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), or Mary Jo (ext. 6433)

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.

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

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


Aquatics & Fitness Classes

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


hile walking on the treadmill, have you ever thought, “I wonder how many calories I’m burning?” According to exercise physiologists Michelle and Stacy, it’s a common question at the Fitness & Aquatics Center. To help provide insight, we’ve put together the below guide. Just know that these are general guidelines. Weight, age and physical condition all impact your individual burn rate.

Calorie burn estimates are based on a 175 lb. person over 45 minutes:

Activity Sitting, playing with pet Playing cards Slow pace walk Playing ping pong Tai Chi Yoga Swimming Gardening Moderate pace walk Ballet Aerobics 6

Calories 99 102 181 236 236 236 256 283 290 299 354

The Shannondell Aquatics Center 7

Aquatics Classes

Hydro-Pilates Aqua-Fit Tuesday, 8 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.

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.


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.?

Water Walking 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.

Water Walking

Wednesday, 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 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.


Aqua-fit in 30!

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.?

Friday, 8:30 a.m.

Aqua Zumba – coming soon!

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

Hydro-Pilates 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.

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. 9

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

Meditation Outside The Box 1st & 3rd Monday, 10 a.m. (Ashcroft Meditation Room) This non-sectarian approach emphasizes tools for well-being, stress relief and growth.

Classic Yoga Monday, 10 a.m. (Bradford)


Strength in 30! 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.


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

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

Stretch & Strength

Tuesday, 10 a.m. (Bradford living room)

Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. (Bradford)

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.

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.

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!

Tuesday, 11 a.m. (Bradford Living Room) A Latin-inspired, cardio-fitness class that will get you smiling and moving to the beat in no time. In the process, you’ll burn a few calories.

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.

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.


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

Mind & Balance

Tai Chi

Functional Core Tuesday, 10 a.m.(Ashcroft) Floor/mat work focusing on posture, core and abdominal strength exercises for the aging spine. 11

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

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

Men’s Max Muscle

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.

Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. (Bradford)

Thursday, 11 a.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!

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.

Body Balance

Tai Chi

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

Seated Tai Chi Wednesday, 11 a.m. (Bradford living room) 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)

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

Zumba: In The Chair!

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.

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!

Guided Relaxation Wednesday, 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.

Classic Yoga Thursday, 9 a.m. (Bradford) Seated, standing and floor postures to stretch and strengthen the body.

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.

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

Seated Yoga Thursday, 11 a.m. (Ashcroft) 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 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 exercises.

Strength in 30!

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Fitness Classes Strength in 30!

Seated Tai Chi

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

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

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

Functional Core Friday, 10:30 a.m. (Bradford)


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

Men’s Max Muscle Friday, 11 a.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! 14

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

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

Walking Routes 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. Residents enjoy fresh air with their morning yoga


Games, Clubs & Classes rom billiards, bridge and cryptology to gardening, photography and table tennis, you’ll find something for virtually every ability, interest and skill level, including yours. And the best part – all of these activities provide a great opportunity to get out, meet your neighbors and make new friends. In fact, for many, it’s this social aspect that’s the biggest draw – and the most fun. NEW upcoming courses and lectures: • AARP 55 Alive • Secrets From The Sands of Ancient Egypt • The Vietnam War & Hippie Movement They’re all right outside your front door at Shannondell.


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

Table Tennis

Party Bridge

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

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

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

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

Pinochle Monday (1st/3rd), 1:00 p.m. (Ashcroft card room) A classic “trick-taking” game with bidding, melds and tricks. A little “poker” face doesn’t hurt either.

Tennis Time (All levels) Summer Contract Time Tuesday & Thursday (Kinetix Sports Club) Join this weekly co-ed doubles group. Summer hours do vary. See Activities for updates and times.

A North American game related to Canasta. Best played by four people in partnerships.



Hand and Foot Card Game

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

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

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


Games at Shannondell Billiards: Women’s League Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. (Ashcroft)

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!


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

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

Billiards: Co-Ed League Wednesday, 1 p.m. (Clubhouses alternate monthly. See calendar for location.)

Rummikub Wednesday, 2 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.

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

Wii Bowling Leagues Seasonal Contact Activities for dates & times.

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

Pinochle Friday, 1 p.m. (Ashcroft card room)

Rummikub Friday, 2 p.m. (Bradford club room)


The clatter of billiard balls and laughter is a common sound in both clubhouses.

Duplicate Bridge

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

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

Bocce Leagues Seasonal Contact Activities for dates & times. 18


Clubs at Shannondell 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.

Family History Writing Group Monday (3rd), 2:30 p.m. (Ashcroft arts & crafts room) Everyone, including you, has a story to tell. Learn how to put it in writing with ease, and how to make it interesting.


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. It’ll grab you.

Needlework Club

Non-Fiction Book Club

Book Discussion Group

Woodworking (all levels)

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

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

This group does so much for our area communities, including making pillows for heart and cancer patients and teddy bears for kids involved in car accidents.

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.

The Shannondell Singers

Model Railroad Club

Woodcarving Club

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.

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

Garden Club

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

Monday, 3 p.m. (Performing Arts Theater)

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

Brian Horoho directs this co-ed chorus that rehearses weekly and performs semi-annually in the Performing Arts 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!

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

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.

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.

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

(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.


Classes & Lectures

Wednesdays: July 17 – August 21, 2 p.m.

Summer Great Courses Presentations

(Bradford Movie Theater)

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.

(Ashcroft Movie Theater)

The History of the United States, Lectures 17–32 Wednesdays: April 10 – May 29, 2 p.m.

Fridays: : July 20 – August 24, 10 a.m.

History of European Art, Lectures 12–24

(Bradford Movie Theater)

Wednesdays: June 5 – July 10, 2 p.m.

(Ashcroft Movie Theater)

Fridays: June 7 – July 12, 10 a.m.

Professors Gallagher (UVA), Allitt (Emory), and Guelzo (Gettysburg College) begin with Adams and Liberty and end with the Age of Reform. As Americans struggle to reconcile the impact of the Industrial Revolution with their allegiance to a republican system, it is Andrew Jackson and Henry Clay who convince us that the American experiment would never succeed. At least, not until the country builds itself up as an industrial competitor to Europe.

Professor William Kloss, an independent art historian and lecturer for the Smithsonian Institution’s seminar and travel program, begins with Early Renaissance Architecture in Florence and ends with Riemenschneider and Grunewald. Also included are Northern Renaissance Altarpieces, Sandro Botticelli, and High Renaissance Painting in France.

Fridays: April 12 – May 31, 10 a.m.


The World Was Never the Same: Events that Changed History, Lectures 25-36

Join noted professor Rufus Fears, a master storyteller and celebrated professor, as he covers events including Louis Pasteur curing a child, two brothers taking flight, The Stock Market Crash, Franklin Roosevelt becoming President and the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

(Bradford Movie Theater) (Ashcroft Movie Theater)

Secrets From the Sands of Ancient Egypt By Dr. Stephen Phillips, Ed.D, Fridays: May 3, July 12, 2 p.m. (Bradford Theater) June 7, August 9, 2 p.m. (Ashcroft Theater) Using his own travels and archaeological excavations in Egypt, Dr. Phillips introduces you to the scientific methods and techniques of these excavations through digital images of human bones, some as old as the pyramids themselves. You’ll also learn how the development of radiological technology, from the advent of x-rays to the use of CT-scanning, has changed how and what we’ve learned about ancient Egyptian life. Stephen ends this fascinating course by taking you to the ruins of the ancient city of Petra, named one of the “New Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.”

Upcoming: Foundations of Western Civilization Begins August 28 (Bradford) & August 30 (Ashcroft) Details to come in the next edition of Inspirations. 23

Classes & Lectures

The Devil Returns: More Art of the Violin By Maestro Karl Middleman Mondays: June 3, 10 & 17, 2 p.m. (Ashcroft Movie Theater)

AARP 55 Alive ($12 AARP members, $14 non-members) Refresher Course: (Ashcroft Movie Theater) Thursday, May 16, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. This 4-hr. refresher is for those who have taken the class and have a current certificate close to expiration. The certificate is good for 3 years.

Full Course: (Bradford Movie Theater) Thurs. & Fri., May 23 & 24, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. This 8-hour course is for those who have never taken the 55 Alive class or who have taken the class but their certificate has expired.


Discover dark secrets of the violin – why it’s been associated with supernatural forces and has even been referred to as the “Devil’s own instrument.” Focusing on fiddler titans including Perlman and Bell, Maestro Middleman uses audio and video samples to bring the instrument and it’s devilish sound to life.

Woodrow Wilson’s Secret Illnesses & Effect On World History By Dr. Allan Schwartz Tuesday, June 11, 2 p.m. (Ashcroft Movie Theater) Until recently, most of the U.S. presidents’ illnesses, while in office, were unknown to the public. Now, this information sheds new light on administrations. For example, did Wilson’s strokes affect the Treaty of Versailles and League of Nations? Dr. Schwartz will answer these and other questions.

Military Flags of Early American Forces By Michael Jesberger Tuesday, June 25, 2 p.m. (Ashcroft Movie Theater) Historical re-enactor Michael Jesberger discusses the military flags flown by our early American fighting forces including stories of the brave men who carried these flags into Battle. Using flags, prints and other intriguing military items, Michael’s knowledge comes to life as he conveys the who, what, when and where of these historical treasures.

Verdi’s Otello: Jealousy, Mayhem and Madness By Maestro Karl Middleman Thursdays: July 11, 18, 25, 2 p.m. (Bradford Movie Theater)

Great & Mighty Things: Outsider Art Friday, June 21, 2 p.m. (Bradford Movie Theater) One of the finest private collections of American outsider (self-taught) art in private hands comes to life in this museum led digital presentation featuring over 200 works by 27 self taught artists including William Edmondson, Howard Finster, Elijah Pierce, Martin Pamirez and Bill Taylor.

Maestro Middleman returns in July to take on Verdi’s Otello. Modeled after Shakespeare, Otello makes the ultimate statement on jealousy and villainy. It also contains much of Verdi’s most beautiful music. The sumptuous film by Franco Zeffirelli is one of the greatest opera films ever made and serves as the cornerstone for this series of classes.

Interpreting History Through Cinema: The Mythical Western By Jerry Millevoi Friday, July 19, 2 p.m. (Bradford Movie Theater) A potent source of legend since the days of gunslingers and dance hall girls, The American West seems to be the perfect backdrop for a screenplay. In fact, the film industry has been enamored with the early days of this frontier. Join Jerry as he discusses scenes from movie classics such as Stagecoach, The Magnificent Seven, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and more.

The Vietnam War and the Hippie Movement By Dr. Greg Ferro Tuesday, July 16, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (lunch break 12 to 1) (Ashcroft Movie Theater) Another interactive class by Dr. Ferro, this class focuses on the Vietnam War, the 2nd longest in U.S. History. But more importantly, a conflict spawning a counterculture movement based on peace, love and individual freedom that permeated all facets of Americana: fashion, music and entertainment, literature, speech, vices and more. 25

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

Tap Dancing (Beginner) 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).


Shannondell Art Gallery Shows

Safe E-mail Practices Seminar By Lee and Erich Berg Tuesday, May 14, 10 a.m. (Bradford Movie Theater) Tuesday, May 21, 10 a.m. (Ashcroft Movie Theater) Using email today can have undesired consequences. Learn how to: spot and report fake emails (phishing, spoofing), spot and avoid having your email hacked including what to do if this occurs.

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

Computer Classes By Lee and Erich Berg

iPad Basics Seminar (All models) By Lee and Erich Berg Tuesday, June 11, 10 a.m. (Bradford Movie Theater)

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)

Beginners will learn the “basics” of the iPad including: how and when to turn the iPad on and off, connecting to the Internet, navigating to websites and using e-mail.

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

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

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

Ceramic Sculpture by Renzo Faggioli April 26 through May 30 Mr. Faggioli, ceramist-in-residence at Moravian College and Baum School of Art instructor, works primarily with raku firing.

Art Ability Opening June 14 (through July 18) 3 p.m. Preview/3:30 p.m. Talk/4 p.m. Reception (Ashcroft Movie Theater) Featuring works from Bryn Mawr Rehabs Art Ability show – an juried exhibition & sale of art and fine crafts by artists with disabilities.

Beaches - A Resident Show Opening August 2 (through Sept. 5)/ 3 p.m. Preview & Reception Featuring Shannondell poets, writers and visual artists, this show promises to be a collaboration of word and imagery as residents share their personal response to the draw of the water.


Spiritual Services O

pportunities to cultivate your spiritual self abound at Shannondell. From Ecumenical Communion and Protestant Vespers to Mass and Shabbat, you’ll find welcoming groups and services led by clergy, theologians and teachers throughout the year.

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 W

hat makes up an outstanding season of entertainment? A little music, a little song, a little dance, a little comedy, and just maybe a little girl in ruby slippers and her dog Toto? You’ll find all of the above in this season’s performances at the Shannondell Performing Arts Theater. Methacton Community Theater kicks off the season in May with The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (or is it “B-e-a?”). Dominic Inferrera returns in June to join Jeffrey Uhlig on piano for an evening of songs by Porter and Gershwin. July brings the classic Wizard of Oz production by King of Prussia Players and August promises the return of talented Soprano Chloé Moore. Be sure to check out all of the great performances planned over the summer months in your state-of-the-art resident theater. Each show is a great opportunity to get together with friends for an afternoon or evening of inspiration and libation. Cheers!


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 Leading The Way

Jeffrey Coon & Jeffrey Uhlig (piano) May 6, 7:30 p.m. The leading man of Philadelphia’s theater scene returns with a Broadway repertoire. 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.


Porter, Gershwin & More

Dominic Inferrera & Jeffrey Uhlig (piano) June 28, 7:30 p.m. It’s a night of our favorite songs from the masters: Porter, Gershwin, Rodgers and Loewe.

Dominic Inferrera Baritone Dominic Inferrera is gaining attention for his vocal range including opera, oratorio, musical theater, pop, jazz, and contemporary. Playing various roles in regional opera, 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.


Concert Series

Violin Masterpieces A Trumpet Extravaganza Scott Marino (Trumpet) & Jeffrey Uhlig (piano) May 17, 7:30 p.m. Playing not one, but four different trumpets, Scott will cover three centuries of music. Scott Marino Beginning his professional career at the age of 18 with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Scott Marino rose to assistant principal with the Orchestra. Scott has also performed with the New Jersey Symphony, Concerto Soloist of Philadelphia and New York National Opera Orchestra, among others. Mr. Marino is a graduate of the Curtis Institute and has taught in the Governor’s School, Glassboro State College, and the Hebrew Art School. He currently teaches privately in his Philadelphia studio.


Luigi Mazzocchi (Violin) & Jeffrey Uhlig (Piano) June 14, 7:30 p.m. Join us for an evening of virtuosic masterpieces for the violin. Luigi Mazzocchi Luigi Mazzocchi – Concertmaster for the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra and Associate Concertmaster for the Delaware Symphony Orchestra – studied violin with José F. del Castillo in his native country of Venezuela. Since 1996, Mr. Mazzocchi has been living in the United States where he studied violin with Liliana Ciulei at Rowan University. He has won many solo competitions including the “Del Castillo” Latin American and 2000 Temple University (PA) competitions. Mr. Mazzocchi currently resides in Philadelphia where he serves on the faculty of the Wilmington Music School.


Concert Series

Songs for Every Taste Chloé Moore (Soprano) & Jeffrey Uhlig (Piano)

Classics to Ragtime

August 2, 7:30 p.m.

Mark O’Kain (Xylophone) & Jeffrey Uhlig (Piano)

From Opera to French Cabaret to Broadway, including songs by Edith Piaf, this evening of song promises something for all musical tastes.

July 12, 7:30 p.m. Join us as Mark and Jeffrey play selections from their first CD Classics to Ragtime including original ragtime compositions. Mark O’Kain Mark O’Kain is Principal Percussionist with The Ocean City Pops Orchestra. Mr. O’Kain is also a frequent percussionist with touring productions of Broadway shows including Edward Scissorhands, My Fair Lady, Les Miserables, and more recently, Mary Poppins. A former member of “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band, today Mr. O’Kain collaborates frequently with Jeffrey Uhlig – recently releasing a CD – Classics to Ragtime.


Chloé Moore Currently a Resident Artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts, Chloé Moore has performed in Arabella, Don Giovanni, the World Premiere of Garwood’s The Scarlet Letter, and Suor Angelica. Recent accolades include the Rosalind Jackson Memorial Award, and Encouragement Awards from both the Gerda Lissner Foundation Vocal Competition and the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Vocal Competition.


Other Performances

Shakuhachi Concert May 8, 7:30 p.m. (Bradford Movie Theater) Dr. Nora Suggs, artistic director of the chamber music ensemble Satori, presents the soothing sounds of the Japanese bamboo flute. This is the same instrument played for centuries by Zen Buddhist monks to seek enlightenment. Note: no shuttle service provided.

The Life & Songs of Cole Porter May 13, 7:30 p.m.

Methacton Community Theater The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee May 3, 4, 10, 11, 7:30 p.m. / May 5 & 12, 2:00 p.m.


Six quirky kids compete in the Bee, run by three equally quirky grown-ups. Conceived by Rebecca Feldman with music/lyrics by William Finn, this musical comedy is unique in that it includes audience participation. The original cast recording was nominated for a Grammy Award and the 2005 production won a Tony for Best Book of a Musical. 38

Girls Night Out, an offshoot of the Norristown Chorale’s Chamber Singers, presents a Cole Porter repertoire including hits Night and Day, I’ve Got You Under My Skin and Too Darn Hot.

The Viking Voices May 14, 7:30 p.m. A newly formed group, these musical standouts from Upper Merion High School are eager to showcase their incredible talents via show tunes and other hits. Don’t miss this talented group’s debut on the Shannondell stage.

Talia Schiff (Cello) & Karen Burgman (Piano)

Audubon Symphony Orchestra

May 16, 7:30 p.m.

This talented group of local musicians, led by Jeff Bradbury, always presents an entertaining and unique show on the Shannondell stage. Join us mid-week for a musical journey that’s sure to entertain.

Join Talia and Karen for an evening of duets for cello and piano from soothing classical to jazzy riffs. Talia was a student of the renowned cellist Leslie Parnas and Karen has performed extensively throughout the U.S., Canada & Europe.

May 22, 7:30 p.m.

Shannondell Singers Norristown Chorale May 20, 7:30 p.m. Presenting “The World of Our Dreams” highlighting Sacred, Classical, Folk Songs, Broadway and Jazz favorites by this popular local choral group. Many worlds of music with one dream – to entertain all.

May 29, 7:30 p.m. We close out our spring season with none other than our own rising stars – the Shannondell Singers. This evening will include classic show tunes, contemporary works and, as always, a few surprises. Come and support your fellow residents.


Other Performances Big Band Idols June 3, 7:30 (Bradford Movie Theater) Join Ken Lelen as he plays Big Band favorites on his vast collection of vintage guitars. Note: no shuttle service provided.


Charles Salinger Trio

June 6, 7:30 p.m.

June 12, 7:30 p.m.

June 20, 7:30 p.m.

From the stage at the Tropicana in Atlantic City, Peter Salzer captures the look, voice and mannerisms of George Burns, one of America’s favorite entertainers from vaudeville, radio, television and films. At times, you might think you’re seeing a ghost, albeit a very funny one.

From Michael Brown’s arrangement of Opening Night on Broadway to Tea For Two and No, No, Nannette to selections from musicals The Music Man and Les Miserables, New Holland Band will have you tapping your toes and singing to yourself from beginning to end.

Join Charles and his trio for an evening of jazz from the 20s, 30s and 40s including the music of Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw and, always, a sing-a-long or two.

Piano Concert

Minas Brazilian Duo

June 5, 7:30 p.m.

June 17, 7:30 p.m.

Concert pianist Frederick Moyer has played all over the world including Suntory Hall in Tokyo and Windsor Castle. His concerts are known for the delightful commentary as much as the music. Just ask any resident who has heard Frederick play.


New Holland Band

A Tribute to George Burns

The Forty Niners Chorus June 10, 7:30 p.m. When Clark asks Carmen to meet him in the city, friends are sure he’s popping the question. But as Carmen boards the train, she slips, hits her head and amnesia sets in. Now, she must trust her heart and the Forty Niners to unravel who she is and whom she loves in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Train.

Orlando Haddad and Patricia King formed Minas in 1978 to bring Brazilian music to stateside audiences. Since then, the pair has performed around the world. Warm and engaging, this magical Brazilian sound will comfort you.

Shannondell Tappers: Dancin’ 2013! June 24, 7:30 p.m. Our own Shannondell Tappers join the McHenry Dance Centre All-Stars as they present a rollicking rendition of St. Louis Blues March among other selections by McHenry students. Come and support our talented friends and neighbors on the Shannondell stage.

Shannondell Actors Studio June 27, 7:30 p.m. Laughter and jokes among our own resident actors – it must be time for another delightful romp with the Shannondell Players. Only, this show will be unlike any that you’ve seen before including Kurt as Mighty Casey and Josie as … you’ll see. Bring a good sense of humor for a great night of entertainment by fellow residents. 41

Other Performances David Aaron Jazz Quartet July 22, 7:30 p.m. At age 11, Dave Aaron began playing clarinet. Before long, he was performing his own shows with music by Goodman and Shaw. 50 years later, he’s still going strong. Join Dave’s Quartet in July for a night of robust swing-style clarinet.

Al Harrison Dixieland Band July 8, 7:30 p.m. Join Al Harrison and his band mates for an evening of that classic Dixieland sound. Instruments include the trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, clarinet, piano, banjo, upright bass, tuba, and drums.

King of Prussia Players present

The Wizard of Oz July 19, 20, 25 & 26, 7:30 p.m. July 21 & 27, 2:00 p.m.

West Chester Band July 30, 7:30 p.m. An all-volunteer concert band, West Chester’s repertoire includes classics, jazz, marches and contemporary arrangements. You’re sure to hear a few favorites. Come and enjoy!


The Munchkins, yellow brick road, witches, along with Dorothy and Toto (too!) come alive on stage in the magical Land of Oz. You won’t want to miss the characters and music you know by heart. ($10 for residents) 42


Other Performances

Festive Brass Ensemble August 12, 7:30 p.m.

Dave Posmontier Jazz Trio August 6, 7:30 p.m.


Always an anticipated engagement on the Shannondell stage, Dave Posmontier (piano), Carlton King (vocals) & Ed Wise (bass) join us for an evening of Jazz from the 1940s to the 1960s.

This popular quintet of trumpets, french horn, trombone and tuba presents Concert in the Park featuring selections by John Philip Sousa, George M. Cohan among other classics.

Joan Campbell (Mezzo Soprano) and Elise Auerbach (Piano) August 26, 7:30 p.m. Accompanied by Elise at the piano, Joan performs the program With A Song in My Heart including classical songs, operatic arias, and ending with musical selections from contemporary American favorites.

Red Hill Band August 28, 7:30 p.m. You’ll hear John Philip Sousa, but you’ll also enjoy Broadway show tunes and Big Band sounds from this all-volunteer 50-member band of brass, woodwind and percussion musicians. The perfect way to close out our summer season on the Shannondell stage.

Two on Tap: A Tribute To Song & Dance August 19, 7:30 p.m. Melissa Giattino and Ron De Stefano, two Broadway musical veterans, weave songs and fancy footwork together in this fast-paced performance of classics by Gershwin, Mercer, Berlin and others.



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Shannondell Event Guide  
Shannondell Event Guide  

Guide to all that is happening this month at Shannondell.