Events

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From our Bistro Concert series to guest lecturers from the region’s top colleges, you’ll find engaging events and activities happening all the time at one of the top retirement communities in Virginia. Sample the region’s art and culture, showcased at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. Join our residents for lifelong learning and thrilling performances at Shenandoah University. From First Night Fun on New Year’s Eve to the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, Winchester always has exciting things to see and do!


Art Classes with Gale Bowman-Harlow

 Oct. – Dec., 2019 – Open to the public/Fee $$
Vitality Center Art Studio
Take an art class with SVWC’s own artist/instructor, Gale Bowman-Harlow. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned artist, Gale is an excellent teacher in a multitude of mediums. Meet new people and let those creative juices flow! For more information or to sign up, please call Laura Hager at 540-535-1531 or Ext. #531 or via e-mail at lhager@svwc.org Check out the schedule here.  Current Art-Class Schedule


Triumph From the Turret

November 8 – January 5, 2020
Lawrence Gallery and Wappacomo Gallery
This exhibit will feature artwork from our studio arts program led by Art Expert, Gale Bowman-Harlow. The name of the exhibit comes from the turret in our Art Studio, which is adorned with stained glass by resident, Wil Pieper. Gale works with residents in all levels of care, and the results are inspiring. Approximately 60 individuals with varying skills are thrilled to showcase their creativity. Many pieces will be available for purchase.


Thursday Night Resident Program

Thursday, November 21, 2019, 7:30 p.m. – Open to residents and future residents/FREE
The Abbey
“Birding in Virginia” will be presented by Judy and Charles Hagan. This couple has traveled far distances as serious birders and will present a program which covers the citizen science, some of the local habitats, and species diversity.


Lunch & Learn Event

Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 10:30 a.m. – Open to the public/FREE/By reservation
The Abbey
Join us for an in-depth overview about the benefits of choosing a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), and learn why Lifecare gives the ultimate peace of mind for you and your loved ones. Hear firsthand from residents, over lunch, about how they made their decision. Stay after to enjoy a tour of the campus, including a sampling of accommodations. NOTE: Kindly alert us in advance, of any dietary restrictions you might have. RSVP On-line


Thursday Night Resident Program

Thursday, December 5, 2019, 7:30 p.m. – Open to residents and future residents/FREE
The Abbey
“From Disaster to Redemption:George Washington and the Making of Winchester” presented by Dr. Carl J. Ekberg, retired history professor from Illinois State University.


Thursday Night Resident Program

Thursday, December 12, 2019, 7:30 p.m. – Open to residents and future residents/FREE
The Abbey
The Sherando High School Choir will delight us once again with a concert of favorite seasonal selections. This superb high school choir is directed by Dr. Steve Jennings, and is recognized as one of the finest high school choirs in Virginia.


Bistro Concert

Friday, December 13, 2019, 7:30 p.m. – Open to the public/$10
The Bistro
Thomas Pandolfi, acclaimed pianist, returns once again. His technique is amazing to witness as he makes it look so effortless. See details on the Bistro Concert page.  https://www.svwc.org/bistroconcerts/

See the schedule of Fireside Recitals for 2020 at the bottom of the Bistro Concert page.
https://www.svwc.org/bistroconcerts/


Thursday Night Resident Program

Thursday, December 19, 2019, 7:30 p.m. – Open to residents and future residents/FREE
The Abbey
Our Community Holiday Party. Let us gather together in holiday attire to share the spirit of the season with caroling, stories, and our annual tie (men) and sweater (women) contests! The Westbury Choristers will sing; a fun activity is planned; and we’ll all enjoy some festive goodies together.


January Series

January 8 – 28, 2020, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. – Open to the public/FREE/
The Abbey
The award-winning January Series of Calvin University is one of the leading lecture and cultural arts series in the country. As they celebrate their 33rd year, we celebrate our third year as one of 60 remote sites in the country. We are so fortunate to be able to share a free liberal arts education to all for 15 weekdays in January.  SVWC is the only site in Virginia, so bring your lunch and join us for an informative, inspiring lecture. Click this link to view the speakers for 2020.

https://calvin.edu/january-series/2020-speakers/


Thursday Night Resident Program

Thursday, January 9, 2020 – 7:30 p.m. – Open to residents and future residents/FREE
The Abbey
“Early Winchester History”
Part I—1700’s. Presented by Becky Ebert and Tom McCubbin of the Handley Library.


Thursday Night Resident Program

Thursday, January 16, 2020 – 7:30 p.m. – Open to residents and future residents/FREE
The Abbey
“Early Winchester History” Part 2—1800’s and Civil War.  Presented by Becky Ebert and Tom McCubbin of the Handley Library.


Thursday Night Resident Program

Thursday, January 23, 2020 – 7:30 p.m. – Open to residents and future residents/FREE
The Abbey

“Poland, the Rhine, and Ultimate Frisbee U-24 World Championship”  Presented by George White.


Thursday Night Resident Program

Thursday, January 30, 2020 – 7:30 p.m. – Open to residents and future residents/FREE
The Abbey                                                                                                               “Skating with the Ice Capades”  Resident Pauline Archambault will tell us about her time as a skater with the Ice Capades, the famous traveling show of ice skating performances, recounting her experiences in leaving Canada to join the show, her roles on the ice and the preparation and costumes for them, travels with the show, and much more.  Come and learn about a unique and historic side of the world of show business.


Thursday Night Resident Program

Thursday, February 6, 2020 – 7:30 p.m. – Open to residents and future residents/FREE
The Abbey                                                                                                                     “John Wesley Powell’s Expedition. . .Our Expedition 150 years later.”  Come along as Tim and Karen Adams raft the Green and Colorado Rivers in Utah and Arizona.


Thursday Night Resident Program

Thursday, February 13, 2020 – 7:30 p.m. – Open to residents and future residents/FREE
The Abbey                                                                                                      Maderia, Garden Isle of  Portugal”  Presented by Karen Leeds.  What makes this island unique and special is explained.  A photo journey of Maderia, Portugal as they experienced it during their April 2019 stay there.


Lunch & Learn Event

Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 10:30 a.m. – Open to the public/FREE/By reservation
The Abbey
Join us for an in-depth overview about the benefits of choosing a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), and learn why Lifecare gives the ultimate peace of mind for you and your loved ones. Hear firsthand from residents, over lunch, about how they made their decision. Stay after to enjoy a tour of the campus, including a sampling of accommodations. NOTE: Kindly alert us in advance, of any dietary restrictions you might have. RSVP On-line


Thursday Night Resident Program

Thursday, February 20, 2020 – 7:30 p.m. – Open to residents and future residents/FREE
The Abbey                                                                                                                       “The Blandys of Maderia and Clarke County”  How a wine  producing family in Maderia, Portugal and the benefactor of the Virginia State Arboretum in Clarke County are related is explored by  Karen Leeds.  What makes this family so interesting?


Thursday Night Resident Program

Thursday, February 27, 2020 – 7:30 p.m. – Open to residents and future residents/FREE
The Abbey                                                                                                                      “A Masterpiece of Symphonic Romanticism:   Tchaikovsky’s   Symphony No. 4”  Prior to the showing of a video of a performance  of the symphony conducted by Leonard Bernstein, there will be a brief discussion of the work and the performance.  Presented by Stephen Johnston.


Lunch & Learn Event

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 10:30 a.m. – Open to the public/FREE/By reservation
The Abbey
Join us for an in-depth overview about the benefits of choosing a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), and learn why Lifecare gives the ultimate peace of mind for you and your loved ones. Hear firsthand from residents, over lunch, about how they made their decision. Stay after to enjoy a tour of the campus, including a sampling of accommodations. NOTE: Kindly alert us in advance, of any dietary restrictions you might have. RSVP On-line


Lunch & Learn Event

Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 10:30 a.m. – Open to the public/FREE/By reservation
The Abbey
Join us for an in-depth overview about the benefits of choosing a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), and learn why Lifecare gives the ultimate peace of mind for you and your loved ones. Hear firsthand from residents, over lunch, about how they made their decision. Stay after to enjoy a tour of the campus, including a sampling of accommodations. NOTE: Kindly alert us in advance, of any dietary restrictions you might have. RSVP On-line


Lunch & Learn Event

Tuesday, May 5, 2020, 10:30 a.m. – Open to the public/FREE/By reservation
The Abbey
Join us for an in-depth overview about the benefits of choosing a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), and learn why Lifecare gives the ultimate peace of mind for you and your loved ones. Hear firsthand from residents, over lunch, about how they made their decision. Stay after to enjoy a tour of the campus, including a sampling of accommodations. NOTE: Kindly alert us in advance, of any dietary restrictions you might have. RSVP On-line


Lunch & Learn Event

Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 10:30 a.m. – Open to the public/FREE/By reservation
The Abbey
Join us for an in-depth overview about the benefits of choosing a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), and learn why Lifecare gives the ultimate peace of mind for you and your loved ones. Hear firsthand from residents, over lunch, about how they made their decision. Stay after to enjoy a tour of the campus, including a sampling of accommodations. NOTE: Kindly alert us in advance, of any dietary restrictions you might have. RSVP On-line


Lunch & Learn Event

Tuesday, June 16, 2020, 10:30 a.m. – Open to the public/FREE/By reservation
The Abbey
Join us for an in-depth overview about the benefits of choosing a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), and learn why Lifecare gives the ultimate peace of mind for you and your loved ones. Hear firsthand from residents, over lunch, about how they made their decision. Stay after to enjoy a tour of the campus, including a sampling of accommodations. NOTE: Kindly alert us in advance, of any dietary restrictions you might have. RSVP On-line


Lunch & Learn Event

Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 10:30 a.m. – Open to the public/FREE/By reservation
The Abbey
Join us for an in-depth overview about the benefits of choosing a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), and learn why Lifecare gives the ultimate peace of mind for you and your loved ones. Hear firsthand from residents, over lunch, about how they made their decision. Stay after to enjoy a tour of the campus, including a sampling of accommodations. NOTE: Kindly alert us in advance, of any dietary restrictions you might have. RSVP On-line


Lunch & Learn Event

Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 10:30 a.m. – Open to the public/FREE/By reservation
The Abbey
Join us for an in-depth overview about the benefits of choosing a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), and learn why Lifecare gives the ultimate peace of mind for you and your loved ones. Hear firsthand from residents, over lunch, about how they made their decision. Stay after to enjoy a tour of the campus, including a sampling of accommodations. NOTE: Kindly alert us in advance, of any dietary restrictions you might have. RSVP On-line


Lunch & Learn Event

Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 10:30 a.m. – Open to the public/FREE/By reservation
The Abbey
Join us for an in-depth overview about the benefits of choosing a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), and learn why Lifecare gives the ultimate peace of mind for you and your loved ones. Hear firsthand from residents, over lunch, about how they made their decision. Stay after to enjoy a tour of the campus, including a sampling of accommodations. NOTE: Kindly alert us in advance, of any dietary restrictions you might have. RSVP On-line


Lunch & Learn Event

Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 10:30 a.m. – Open to the public/FREE/By reservation
The Abbey
Join us for an in-depth overview about the benefits of choosing a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), and learn why Lifecare gives the ultimate peace of mind for you and your loved ones. Hear firsthand from residents, over lunch, about how they made their decision. Stay after to enjoy a tour of the campus, including a sampling of accommodations. NOTE: Kindly alert us in advance, of any dietary restrictions you might have. RSVP On-line


Lunch & Learn Event

Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 10:30 a.m. – Open to the public/FREE/By reservation
The Abbey
Join us for an in-depth overview about the benefits of choosing a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), and learn why Lifecare gives the ultimate peace of mind for you and your loved ones. Hear firsthand from residents, over lunch, about how they made their decision. Stay after to enjoy a tour of the campus, including a sampling of accommodations. NOTE: Kindly alert us in advance, of any dietary restrictions you might have. RSVP On-line


Lunch & Learn Event

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 10:30 a.m. – Open to the public/FREE/By reservation
The Abbey
Join us for an in-depth overview about the benefits of choosing a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), and learn why Lifecare gives the ultimate peace of mind for you and your loved ones. Hear firsthand from residents, over lunch, about how they made their decision. Stay after to enjoy a tour of the campus, including a sampling of accommodations. NOTE: Kindly alert us in advance, of any dietary restrictions you might have. RSVP On-line


Lunch & Learn Event

Tuesday, December 08, 2020, 10:30 a.m. – Open to the public/FREE/By reservation
The Abbey
Join us for an in-depth overview about the benefits of choosing a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), and learn why Lifecare gives the ultimate peace of mind for you and your loved ones. Hear firsthand from residents, over lunch, about how they made their decision. Stay after to enjoy a tour of the campus, including a sampling of accommodations. NOTE: Kindly alert us in advance, of any dietary restrictions you might have. RSVP On-line