Events for Every Interest
When you join the Willow Valley community, you’ll find numerous social and learning opportunities that benefit every area of your life. Music, art, photography, dance, theater, history, cooking, reading—special events, like these, conveniently offered close to home, give members of the Willow Valley Communities the ticket to broaden their horizons and expand their possibilities. Here are a few events our residents enjoy:
Unitarian Universalism: Deeds, Not Creeds: Walking Together in Faith
Wednesday, March 21, 10:00 a.m.
From its origins in the American colonies in the seventeenth century, the faith tradition of Unitarian Universalism is based on covenant, no creed: that is, on agreements for how we walk and work together, not on common belief statements. “Deeds, Not Creeds” describes this religion which today draws on many theological sources and embraces commitment to social justice as a critical component of UU identity. In addition to the UU covenant, learn about Unitarians, Universalists, and UUs in American history whose commitment to radical justice and freedom has been in the forefront of important social change. Reverend Barbara Coeyman, the Developmental Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster will present this educational discussion in the Cultural Center Education Room.
Surviving WWII in Nazi Germany
Thursday, April 12, 1:30 p.m.
Abandoned as a toddler in Nazi Germany, American-born Eleanor Isaacson survived bombings, starvation, Russian occupation, and a stint as a child smuggler – all before reaching her teens. Escaping just as the Iron Curtain slammed shut, Eleanor soon discovered that “the land of the free” held as much pain and rejection as the life she’d escaped. Deafness and solitude would become the catalyst leading to glorious womanhood, the love of her life, and the beauty of dance. In the process, she would discover that the ‘invisible friend’ whose presence alone had kept a lost child sane had other names – heavenly Father, loving God, Prince of Peace.
Envisioning a Better World: The Art of Violet Oakley
Monday, April 23, 12:00 p.m.; 2:00 p.m.
An illustrated lecture on Violet Oakley (1874-1961), muralist, stained glass designer, portraitist, and advocate for world peace. Famous for her murals in the Pennsylvania State Capitol, Oakley was the first American woman to receive a government commission for a civic building. Her murals in the Governor’s Reception Room, Senate Chamber, and the Supreme Court embodied her visionary ideals of universal history.
Willow Valley goes “On the Road” for an educational enrichment series at Elizabethtown College by offering life-long learning opportunities in the collegiate environment. Events begin at noon at Elizabethtown College’s Susquehanna Room with lunch followed by the lecture.
Rastrelli Cello Quartet – From Brahms till Beatles
Tuesday, April 24, 7:00 p.m.
A singularly unique ensemble, the Rastrelli Cello Quartet has been thrilling audiences with their renderings of non-traditional programming since 2002. Kira Kraftzoff –
founder and artistic director, Kirill Timofeev, Misha Degtjareff and Sergio Drabkin formed the ensemble with a mission to perform music “between the genres,” and their widely varied programs comfortably mix works by Bach, Saint-Saens and Tchaikovsky with that of George Gershwin, Dave Brubeck and Leroy Anderson. The name of the Quartet is taken from the eighteenth-century architect Bartholomew Rastrelli, who designed the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, the home city of three of the four Quartet members. The Rastrelli have performed in many of Europe’s great concert halls, in the USA, and in Russia, and in many distinguished summer music festivals.
Thursday, May 10, 12:30 p.m.
Kelly’s Run natural area is a loop trail near the Susquehanna River in Holtwood, PA. The trail is rocky and steep in some places but it is a beautiful hike with view of small but picturesque waterfalls.
Glenn Blue Art Gallery
May 4 – June 15
Glenn E. Blue grew up in a family of artists in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. His parents were art teachers, so he learned art at a very early age. By his teenage years Glenn was selling paintings professionally. Glenn was in the US Navy from 1984 to 1988, and then entered the Pennsylvania State Police. For many years he was assigned to the Violent Felony Fugitive Task Force in Philadelphia. Glenn served his last few years as a supervisor in Criminal Investigations. Glenn was a Trooper who worked the Amish school shooting and was commissioned to paint a memorial of the school for the police and victims of the Amish community.
Over the years his paintings have been in top watercolor exhibitions, such as: the American Watercolor Society International Juried Exhibition of 2014, the National Art for the Parks Top 100, Paint the Parks, the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Watercolor Society’s Annual Juried Exhibitions. Glenn was awarded the PWS Sylvan Grouse Guild Award. He often has paintings on display in the Chadds Ford Gallery.
Glenn paints loose glowing impressionistic yet representational watercolors on his many plein air painting trips as well in his studio.