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:
Many places in Lancaster have or will soon celebrate their 300th birthday during the 21st century. During the 18th century many European immigrants came here to enjoy William Penn’s promises of religious tolerance, freedom from political persecution, and bountiful acres of cheap land. In 1710 a group of Mennonites received a grant for 10,500 acres of rich farmland from Penn’s Commissioners. This group included Martin Mylin, Martin Kendig, Has and Christian Herr, Jacob Muller, and Martin Oberholzer. Known as the Pequea Settlement, its center was near Willow Street. Come follow their footprints as we explore the development of Lancaster County in the 1700s – 300 years ago.
Socrates Cafe: Loyalty
Do you enjoy thinking about and questioning commonly accepted assumptions, even your own? Are you willing to challenge the taken-for-granted authority of any position or representation of fact or truth? If so, join us at Socrates Cafe the second Monday of each month.
October 8’s topic: Is there a cost to loyalty?
“What I value most in my friends in loyalty.” – David Mamet
Art Gallery: Geraldine Cosgrave, Gables Resident
September 11 – October 16
It’s appropriate that Geraldine titles her pastel art display as “Pastel Peregrinations,” which means “Pastel Wanderings.” She was born and raised in Ireland and graduated from Trinity College, Dublin. She immigrated to Canada and then to New Jersey in 1976. Drawing and painting have always been a part of Geraldine’s life, but marriage and a family came first. Art played a minor role – until the family was grown.
As an artist, Geraldine has always searched out the best educational opportunities, both in the U.S. and Canada. She attended classes regularly with teachers of note, namely Christina Debarry and Frank Zucharrelli, and she enrolled in workshops at home and abroad with Elizabeth Mowry. Over time, her knowledge, and her love of the pastel medium grew. Working with it gives Geraldine infinite pleasure, with the chance to develop wonderful shadows and light that she sees in the world around her. It also gives her the opportunity to express her feelings about a special place, object, or person, and to have people also enjoy and appreciate whatever it is that they see in her work. Geraldine has entered juried shows throughout the area, receiving over 20 awards, including two Pastel Scholarships. She is also a signature member of the Pastel Society of America.
The Girl with a Pearl Earring – and Other Treasures from the Mauritshuis
Discover the secrets behind one of the world’s most enigmatic masterpieces. The Girl with a Pearl Earring, by Johannes Vermeer, is one of the most enduring paintings in the history of art. This beautifully filmed documentary seeks answers to the unresolved riddles surrounding this extraordinary piece: Who was this girl? Why and how was she painted? Why is it so revered? Holland’s distinguished Mauritshuis, in The Hague, Netherlands, is home to the painting and is a stunning jewel of a gallery. This film is a gripping detective story and a visual feast.
September 25 – November 1
Looking for better balance? Working on your balance is key to better health, coordination, and posture, a decreased risk of falls, and maintaining your independence. Space is limited. New participants have the first opportunity to enroll.
Life Reflections: Africa Veterinarian
Life Reflections is a monthly series in which the presenters share stories about an unusual event, and exciting vacation, a place they lived or visited, or they talk about a career, favorite hobby, or pastime.
Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Rita Amin never imagined she would one day become only one of six women to graduate from veterinary school in Kenya. Her formal training began with working on wild animals – from large to small, and from dangerous to docile. Once Rita’s studies ended, she earned the prestigious honor of graduating, which at the time was an accomplishment achieved mostly by men. In the following years, Rita spent time in other countries, got married, and eventually moved to the United States. Dr. Amin still shares her love of helping animals today by volunteering locally in Lancaster. Come listen to Dr. Amin’s story.
Corner Sweets Demonstration: Christmas Teddy Cake
Watch our talented food artist, Linda Cwynar, create beautiful and delicious treats inspired by the season.