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. View a very small sampling of some of the resident events happening soon:
November 1: Natural Gifts Workshop
Join the Lancaster Conservancy to create gifts for every occasion using nature’s bounty. This workshop will explore of a variety of ways to use natural materials to create ornaments, seed balls, and more. During the session you will learn where to collect materials and the techniques to turn them into beautiful décor. Activities may include making seed balls for bird food, design and create nature journals, make natural ornaments using bark, moss, and dried flowers, and decorate bird houses.
November 8: Chef’s Table Wine Dinner | Wines of France
Join us for a five-course tasting menu as we travel through the world highlighting regional flavors and complimentary wine pairings. Enjoy a sparkling reception before each tasting.
November 12: Great Decisions: Diplomacy
At Great Decisions, we meet to discuss and debate current world issues. These discussions are supported by materials prepared by the Foreign Policy Association. A background book may be ordered from the Association’s website. A DVD concerning the topic will also be shown at each meeting. The coordinators invite all to attend and expand their understanding of important issues that impact our world.
November 15: Holiday Bazaar
Join us for the 2019 Holiday Bazaar and Artisan Showcase. Beautiful handmade gifts, unique treasures, and tasty treats make this annual event a special way to start your holiday shopping. This year’s vendor list has grown to over 50 artisan vendors and includes several first-time appearances.
November 20: Live Performance: Loren and Mark
Loren and Mark continue to wow audiences around the globe with their world-class guitar show. New Zealand native Mark Mazengarb and Loren Barrigar (New York) share a unique musical chemistry, and are the perfect match in both virtuosity and sensitive musicality. Their diverse repertoire draws on many musical influences including Americana, Jazz, Classical, Bluegrass, Gypsy Jazz and more.
December 2: Don’t Blink! You Might Miss Something Great
Whether listening to American Idol or our favorite Beethoven symphony, we anticipate that climactic moment when the singer reaches the highest note, or the orchestra plays the loudest chord. But what about those fleeting gems that may go by unnoticed? This presentation will focus on musical moments that can heighten our enjoyment of music, if we don’t blink and miss them.
December 5: Life Legacies: Part Peasant/Part Prince
During his time as a young boy in Gomaringen, Germany, Manor Resident Fred Rilling learned the difference between his maternal and paternal grandparents very early on. His lineage consisted of upper class aristocrats and lower class shoemakers and farmers. Through lots of research and visits to Germany as an adult, Fred learned about family lines and discoveries he never knew before. During his presentation, he’ll share what makes him part peasant, part prince.
December 9: Update on Food Allergies
There has been a tremendous advancement in the understanding of the causes, prevention, and management of food allergies. Some are accepted, some are controversial, and some are still under study. By attending this session, you will have an understanding of the factors that contribute to the development of food allergies, the challenges in diagnosing food allergies, and the key points in the prevention, evaluation, natural history, and treatment of food allergies.
December 17: Webcast: The Nutcracker
Tchaikovsky’s fantastical masterpiece presented with Vainonen’s choreography, the version most popular in Russia. The Etoile dancers Alina Somova and Vladimir Shklyarov light up the stage, accompanied by the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra led by the legendary maestro Valery Gergiev.
December 19: Decking the Halls at Biltmore
The family name of Vanderbilt has always meant a great deal of money in United States history, beginning with Cornelius Vanderbilt who established the New York Central Rail Road. However, it was his grandson, George Washington Vanderbilt II who financed the building of the Biltmore Mansion in Asheville, North Carolina. The home was designed by Richard Morris Hunt and is America’s largest home featuring 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms and 65 fireplaces. Learn more about the Vanderbilt family, the historic mansion, and the special stories and decorations during the holiday season.