Harnessing creativity and expressing emotion through art can be one of the most therapeutic tools humans have. When you can use that skill to positively impact others in a way that resonates with them, that makes it even more worthwhile. The residents of Woodland Pond recently celebrated creativity and expression through their annual Kaleidoscope of the Arts show on Oct. 18. This event was open to the public, and original crafts, books, photographs, needlework, woodwork, ceramics, paintings and more created by more than 20 residents were on display and for sale. This event also featured a bake sale and gift basket raffle, which benefited the Woodland Pond Foundation, which serves residents at the Woodland Pond community. The Foundation works to raise funds to purchase items for projects that contribute to the quality of life at Woodland Pond, like a kiln or dance floor. Additionally, each vendor at the art show made a donation to participate in the event.
Interestingly enough, not all of the participating residents have been lifelong artists or crafters. Woodland Pond offers many opportunities for its residents to get involved and learn new skills from one another or offer educational activities for residents to hone their skills at the community.
“I’ve crocheted since I was a child with my mother and sisters, but didn’t pick up quilting until I retired and became intrigued by the unique patterns in quilts,” said resident Ann Hanover. “I was excited to showcase my crocheted afghans, scarves and hats in the art show. I really enjoy making them as handmade gifts for others to give.”
Hanover was one of the very first residents at Woodland Pond when it initially welcomed its first residents five years ago and has seen the community blossom over the years. She made the move from Washington back to her home state of New York and enjoys the many activities and opportunities she has to learn new skills, travel and build relationships with her fellow residents. Her apartment at Woodland Pond was even featured in “Better Homes and Gardens,” in a piece on downsizing after retirement.
While the residents enjoy preparing their works of art every year, the staff appreciates seeing the residents use their unique talents to inspire and help others. Some even look forward to this time to purchase one-of-a-kind gifts for family and friends.
“Both our staff and residents look forward to this show every year and enjoy hearing about the projects each person is working on” said Michelle Gramoglia, executive director of Woodland Pond. “The Kaleidoscope of the Arts event has such passion and heart behind it, and we’re fortunate to have residents willing to use their artistry to give back to this community.”
Woodland Pond delights in catering to the unique talents each of its residents have or are interested in learning. They continually offer activities like music performances, yoga, gardening, wood working and other programs. Later this month, the community will host a 5 year anniversary party with entertainment provided by Frankie Keene.
ABOUT WOODLAND POND
Woodland Pond at New Paltz is located in New Paltz, New York, and is a not-for-profit, upscale, continuing care retirement community (CCRC), tailored exclusively for those 62 and over. Nestled beneath the shoulder of the breathtaking Shawangunk Ridge, the community opened in 2009 and is the only CCRC in the Mid-Hudson Valley area. Woodland Pond offers an 83-acre campus that includes a professionally-staffed Health Center and a Community Center with an art studio, fitness center, heated indoor swimming pool, salon, market basket, billiard room, library, woodworking shop, game room, computer lab and more.
As a true CCRC, Woodland Pond at New Paltz offers independent living with a choice of a private residence (24 cottages and 177 apartments), services, and amenities. Many of the apartment styles and all of the cottages are now either fully reserved and/or occupied. Under Woodland Pond’s Life Care program, residents are provided privileged admission to the assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing center. Life Care functions similar to a long-term care policy wrapped in a healthy and fulfilling resort lifestyle – so that residents can enjoy this chapter of their lives in an inspiring and supportive environment free from worrying about future escalating long-term care expenses.
Woodland Pond caters to a diverse group of accomplished individuals with a variety of interests and a zest for life. The community is operated by HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, an integrated health care system committed to providing quality and compassionate medical care for patients, their families and the Hudson Valley community. For more details, please visit: http://wpatnp.org.