Glenmeadow Announces its Spring Getaways Trips
LONGMEADOW—Glenmeadow has developed its spring, summer, and fall Getaways trips, which begin in March and run through mid-October.
“Our Getaways are well-planned and inclusive trips with the service and quality people expect from Glenmeadow,” said Anne Thomas, President and CEO. “Isolation is a problem for older adults in our region, and our trips give them an opportunity to safely travel to an event in the company of peers, and to have a meal and socialize beforehand.”
The following are trips planned through the fall; they include transportation, the performance ticket, and a meal. Registration is ongoing. Sign-up is first-come, first-served. Visit Glenmeadow.org/events or call 413-567-7800 for more information.
PHILADANCO! The Philadelphia Dance Company. A celebration of the company’s 50th anniversary as one of the premiere African-American dance troupes, presenting iconic PHILADANCO works, as well new choreography. Thursday, February 6, dinner at Hadley Farms Meeting House, followed by the performance at the Fine Arts Center (FAC) at the University of Massachusetts (UMass), Amherst. Depart from Glenmeadow at 4:15 p.m. and return about 11 p.m.
Finding Neverland. The story line follows the relationship between playwright J.M. Barrie and the family that inspired Peter Pan. Tuesday, February 25, dinner at Hadley Farms Meeting House, followed by the performance at FAC. Depart from Glenmeadow at 4 p.m. and return about 10:30 p.m.
Cirque Flip Fabrique: Blizzard. Blizzard is the story of friends exploring the wonder of a winter storm. Includes poetry and circus performance. Wednesday, March 18, dinner at Hadley Farms Meeting House, followed by the performance at FAC. Hosted by Glenmeadow residents Seymour Frankel and Joan Rosenbaum. Depart from Glenmeadow at 4:15 p.m. and return about 11 p.m.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. This performance will feature a mixture of new work by Ailey as well as the critically acclaimed Revelations. Tuesday, April 28, dinner at Hadley Farms Meeting House, followed by the show at the FAC. Hosted by Frankel and Rosenbaum. Depart from Glenmeadow at 4:15 p.m. and return about 11 p.m.
South Pacific. The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic. Thursday, June 11, lunch at the Gelston House followed by the performance at Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut. Presented in partnership with the Springfield JCC. Depart from Glenmeadow at 10:15 a.m. and return about 6 p.m.
Anne of Green Gables. The classic novel, now reimagined as a vibrant folk-rock musical for all generations. Wednesday, August 12, lunch at the Gelston House, followed by the performance at Goodspeed Opera House. Presented in partnership with the Springfield JCC. Depart from Glenmeadow at 10:15 a.m. and return about 6 p.m.
Candide. Leonard Bernstein’s madcap musical adventure, Wednesday, October 14, lunch at the Gelston House, followed by the performance at Goodspeed Opera House. Presented in partnership with the Springfield JCC. Depart from Glenmeadow at 10:15 a.m. and return about 6 p.m.
Glenmeadow is a nonprofit life plan community—formerly known as a retirement community—and it has a mission to serve seniors in the Greater Springfield region, whether they live on the Longmeadow campus or in their own homes.
Established in 1884, Glenmeadow is an accredited life plan community; it provides independent and assisted living at its campus at 24 Tabor Crossing in Longmeadow and expanded Glenmeadow at Home services throughout greater Springfield.
To learn more about Glenmeadow and its history and offerings, visit www.glenmeadow.org.
In the 1800s, elderly individuals without family or means were sent to live at what was called “the poor farm.” In 1884, a group of civic leaders raised funds among themselves and other area families and purchased a house on Main Street in Springfield’s south end, establishing The Springfield Home for Aged Women. Quickly outgrowing that house, land was purchased on the corner of Chestnut and Carew streets, where a new home was constructed and opened in 1900. In 1960, the name was changed to Chestnut Knoll, and, in 1992, it began to admit men.
In 1993, the organization purchased a 23-acre parcel in Longmeadow to build a new community that would provide both independent living and assisted living in one building with various common areas. This was a new concept known as a continuing care retirement community. Existing residents from the old Chestnut Knoll property were moved to the new campus in 1997. Shortly after the move, the board voted to change its legal name to Glenmeadow to coincide with the name being used by the developer of the property.
Continuing care retirement communities are now referred to as life plan communities, responding to the needs of the aging population with new opportunities for care, plus creative, educational and personal exploration. Glenmeadow offerings, which include everything from senior living options and handyman services to personal care and travel programs, are provided at its Longmeadow campus and across the region through Glenmeadow at Home. Glenmeadow strives to fulfill its mission of nurturing the whole person in mind, body, and spirit.