WILMINGTON, MA — The following events are FREE and OPEN TO ALL (regardless of age) at Windsor Place of Wilmington (92 West Street) this May:
Steps in Time Dance program with Michael Windward
Tuesday, May 1, 2:30 pm, Activity Room
Michael Winward, an independent dance artist, will be coming by for another afternoon of ballroom dancing. With influences in American-style ballroom, ballet and contemporary dance practices, his work places a strong focus on building connections. Connection to one’s body, one’s self, one’s audience; connection between dance partners, connection within and across communities. In 2016, Michael founded Steps in Time, a program that brings ballroom dance workshops to senior communities. Ballroom dancing provides incredible benefits to older adults. It encourages good posture and it provides low-impact, cardiovascular exercise. All are welcome, whether you’d like to participate or just spectacle.
Music Program: Lori and Richard Ruggerio, vocals
Saturday, May 5, 2:30 pm, Activity Room
All residents are welcome to come to a performance by husband and wife vocalists, Lori and Richard Ruggerio. The couple brings so much energy and talent to their concerts. They seem to be a big favorite among residents, so don’t miss this engaging program!
Habitat Program with Barbara Bates
Thursday, May 10, 11:00 am, Activity Room
Mass Audubon Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary is 90 acres of conservation land located in Belmont. The sanctuary offers a variety of environmental education programs for people of all ages. Educator Barbara Bates will be here to present her talk: Wonders of Plants: Fleeting Flowers and What Plants Sense. Spring blooms are often beautiful – and sometimes fleeting. Look quickly before they’re gone! Join Barbara as she explores the world of spring ephemerals native to New England and the senses plants use every day to prosper in a competitive world. With the book What a Plant Knows by Daniel Chamovitz as a reference, find out some surprising things about how a plant “sees” and “smells”!
Music Program: Jack Craig, piano and vocals
Thursday, May 17, 11:00 am, Activity Room
Sing! The Greatest Songs are programs that contain some of the most popular songs of the 20th century. Each program contains around thirty songs to sing, and Jack provides anecdotal information that recalls the best years of American song-writing. All of the songs in this program were written from 1920 –1924.
Art Matters Lecture with Regina Sullivan, Topic: Surrealism
Friday, May 18, 1:30 pm, Activity Room
What is real? What is a dream, a nightmare, a fantasy? Many artists make visual what many can only imagine. The Surrealists’ view of the world was sometimes dark, curious and even frightening, exploring the subconscious and the irrational. But also they reveal curiosity, much humor and the poetic hint of possibility. Touch your inner eye and brave the world of the Surrealists, if you dare.
Gary Hylander Lecture, Topic: My Lai Massacre
Friday, May 25, 11:00 am, Activity Room
The nature of search-and-destroy missions exacerbated the violence of the Vietnam War. Told to go into an area and clear it completely of any Vietnamese, platoon leaders quickly lost any distinction between the Viet Cong and the general Vietnamese population. American policy had transformed all Vietnamese into the enemy. The ultimate consequences of such an attitude came in the village of My Lai. That day, more than 350 Vietnamese villagers were murdered. The only serviceman to be charged with this massacre was platoon leader Lt. William Calley.
(NOTE: The above information is from Windsor Place of Wilmington.)