The Lodge at Shelburne Bay

Craftsbury Chamber Players Perform at The Lodge at Shelburne Bay on July 11, 2013 at 4 p.m.

Craftsbury Chamber Player members Mary and Frances Rowell will present a pre-season “teaser” at The Lodge at Shelburne Bay on July 11, 2013 at 4 p.m..  The program will include music for violin and cello from the mid 16th to the mid 20th century.  Composers featured are Reinhold Gliere, Orlando di Lasso, Jean Sibelius, J.S Bach, Christopher Rouse, and Maurice Ravel.   Wine and cheese reception to follow, open to the public.

mrowellphotoMary Rowell, Violin.   Critically acclaimed as one of today’s most important and exciting performers, innovative violinist Mary Rowell defies classification. Known for her work with the Grammy Award® winning Tango Project, the indie band The Silos and pop icon Joe Jackson, she has carved an indelible place in contemporary classical music by co-founding the post-classical quartet ETHEL. Mary has performed, recorded and premiered countless scores of today’s composers. She has appeared as soloist with the National Symphony, Houston Symphony, New York Chamber Orchestra, and Warsaw Philharmonic, among others and stunned the dance world with her brilliant solo electric violin performances of Richard Einhorn’s Maxwell’s Demon. Mary is an ensemble member of the Tribeca New Music Festival specializing in “Avante-Pop” and, with composer/performer Eve Beglarian, is half of the experimental Americana duo BRIM. A graduate of the Juilliard School, she is on the faculty of Middlebury College and concertmaster of both the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra and the Broadway hit show Newsies.

Frances RowellFrances Rowell, Cello.  Frances Rowell received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Juilliard School. A member of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra since 1995, she also participates annually in the OK Mozart Festival in Bartlesville, Oklahoma as a member of Amici NY. She is on the adjunct faculty of New Jersey City State University, Montclair State University, and is on the roster of Young Audiences of New Jersey in a string quartet program. She has also served Young Audiences as a teaching artist working with young soloists from the radio program From the Top in presentations in public schools. An inventor as well as a cellist, she received a United States Patent for a portable endpin resonating platform for the cello and has designed a stool for students which helps address posture issues. Fran is President Emeritus of the New Jersey Chapter of the American String Teachers Association.


The Craftsbury Chamber Players are a pool of artists who perform both masterworks and lesser known gems from the vast chamber music literature in ever-changing ensemble configurations. In the summer they host a Chamber Music Festival, providing world-class renditions of classical, romantic, 20th century and contemporary period chamber music. In their 48th season, CCP’s Chamber Music Festival is the longest continually running chamber music festival in the country. Voted “Best Chamber Music of New England” by Yankee Magazine, the Festival runs the last three weeks of July and the first three weeks of August. Chamber Music Concerts are Wednesday evenings at the University of Vermont Recital Hall, Redstone Campus, Burlington, and Thursday evenings at the Hardwick Town House, For more information see us on Facebook or

Lodges Designer Brett Beldock Injects an Extra Dose of Style…

Brett BeldockThe designer responsible for the interiors of The Lodges will be a featured designer at the third edition of the Art & Antiques Fair.  Art enthusiasts, antiques collectors and taste-makers can all look forward to feasting their winter-weary orbs on a vibrant room-setting that features the Spring Show NYC Collection. Orchestrated  by Brett Beldock, and in tribute to the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), the Spring Show NYC opening-night beneficiary, the special installation incorporates numerous works of art and decorative objects with animal-motifs that the renowned designer gathered from the participating dealers. A donation of $25 will be made to the ASPCA® for any item purchased from Ms. Beldock’s installation.

 “I am very excited to collaborate with the Spring Show NYC dealers in order to raise additional funds for the ASPCA,” says Ms. Beldock.  Her room  blends modern and traditional objects. Among them are gilt-gesso armchairs, circa 1790, from Clinton Howell, and a pair of Regency satin-wood spoon chairs from Hyde Park Antiques. Among the others contributing to the eclectic decor are Milord Antiques, Lillian Nassau, Yew Tree Antiques, Phoenix Ancient Art, Leo Kaplan, L’Antiquaire & The Connoisseur, Alexander’s Antiques, Linda Bernell Gallery, Jeffrey Tillou Antiques, Bernard Goldberg, and Jeff Bridgman American Antiques.

 To infuse her signature contemporary look into the room, Ms. Beldock will also use wallpapers she designed: One features crocodiles and the other wood grain. Both motifs are over etched silver. “The introduction of these wallpapers and a few pieces of contemporary furniture of my own design for Profiles really make the glorious antiques sing,” says Beldock.

 Over the years, Brett Beldock has also whipped up memorable rooms for the Kips Bay Decorator Showcase, Design on a Dime for Housing Works, and Holiday House for Cancer Research, as well as several other decorator showcases.

 An adjunct professor of design at NYU, a one-time fashion designer, and a color forecaster for products developed by Samsung of Korea, Beldock and her company, Brett Design Inc. have won notable coverage in The New York Times, New York Post, House Beautiful, Interior Design, Forbes, Elle Décor, New York, and Hamptons and Connecticut Cottages & Gardens, as well as in many other shelter books and publications.

 Ms. Beldock’s specially designed room for Spring Show NYC Collection will be on public view from May 2 to May 5 at the Park Avenue Armory, Park Avenue and 67th Street.  Spring Show NYC Collection


The Spring Show NYC spotlights the very best in English, Continental and American furniture, paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, glass and decorative arts; Asian works of art; folk art; 20th-century decorative arts; aesthetic movement and Arts & Crafts furniture; prints, photographs, maps, posters and wallpaper; antiquities and ancient objects; silver and metalwork; nautical art and objects; jewelry; garden ornaments; books, manuscripts and autographs; Chinese export porcelain and decorative arts; Native American and tribal art; carpets and rugs; tapestries; textiles and needlework; and clocks.

The Lodge at Shelburne Bay and Burlington City Arts Partnership

DSCN0806 smallThe Lodge at Shelburne Bay Senior Living and Burlington City Arts entered a partnership two years ago that has been extremely beneficial to both organizations.  Every six months, BCA provides the Gallery at the Lodge with a new installment of local artists providing beauty and inspiration to the residents of Shelburne Bay, while at the same time supporting the important work that Burlington City Arts and local artists provide our community.  The residents of Shelburne Bay proudly display their works in the gallery as well.

Art can be a powerful tool for older adults.  For many residents at The Lodge, art is a lifelong passion and career, for others a hobby that they now have time to pursue and enjoy.  Either way, the art programs and the gallery at Shelburne Bay contribute substantially to the overall quality of life of our community.  The partnership between Burlington City Arts and The Lodge at Shelburne Bay is a unique collaboration that has provided many benefits for both organizations.  The next installation will feature oil landscapes by Joan Hoffmann ( and abstract acrylic landscapes by Lorraine Manley (

Burlington City Arts and The Lodge see procurement of artwork as much more than simply “decorating” a building. Artwork unifies physical spaces and creates a sense of emotion and place. The team of curators at BCA has extensive experience in siting artwork, art handling and installing all types of artwork in a variety of settings.  The leasing program is available to clients who have publicly available space with room to exhibit. In addition to The Lodge at Shelbure Bay, current clients include The Maltex Building in Burlington, The National Life Building in Montpelier, the Burlington International Airport, Fletcher Allen Heathcare, Paul Frank & Collins, The Marriott, Downs Rachlin Martin, the Metropolitan Gallery in Burlington’s City Hall and many more. Artwork may be chosen either by the client or by our curatorial staff who then professionally install work on a rotating basis to ensure a continuously stimulating and appealing environment. For more information about BCA’s Art Sales and Leasing Program, visit  The Lodge at Shelburne Bay invites the public to view this latest exhibit.

Information about the featured artists:

Joan Hoffmann  Hoffmann.San Juan Mountains

Bio:  I’m a native Californian and in the early 1960′s, I began backpacking and outdoor painting. I have been an advocate and activist for wilderness. I through-hiked five hundred miles of the Colorado Trail in 1999 for my fiftieth birthday. In 2000, I walked across California from Pt Reyes to Squaw Valley-the Discovery Trail, painting habitats. I rafted and painted two hundred forty miles on the Colorado River, Grand Canyon, 2006, 2009. I lecture on History of American Landscape Painting, National Parks and Public Lands. I celebrated with an art show in Steamboat Springs, CO, “Forty years Painting Routt County.” I teach Painting Classes and Mentor Experienced Painters in reaching their goals and career choices; AVA in Lebanon, NH, Pt Reyes Seashore Field Institute in CA and Plein Air Painting in the Red Desert, Wyoming Wilderness Assoc., Studio South Royalton, Vermont.


Manley.Autumn SentinelsLorraine Manley

Bio:  Lorraine has been fascinated with art since she was a young girl in St Albans, VT, when she devoted every spare moment to exploring forms of creative expression. The natural beauty of Lorraine’s native Vermont has been the greatest influence in her art. She especially enjoys painting the landscapes near her home in colors vivid, lush, and intense. With intuitive and energetic use of a palette knife and brush, Lorraine looks for those spontaneous “accidents” of oils and acrylics to capture nature’s seasons in textural paintings both impressionistic and exciting.




Shelburne’s Bullrock Corporation bullish on helping others

In addition to local independent retailers, other area businesses also make significant charitable contributions to the community. For example, Gregg and Beth Beldock of the Bullrock Corporation, parent company of The Lodge at Shelburne Bay, allocated nearly $100,000 in donations last year. The couple is extremely committed to giving back, and two years ago, the corporation created a full-time position to oversee corporate giving and outreach.  To read more, click here.

How Do You Envision Your Retirement Years?

How do you envision your retirement years?  We all want to age gracefully and have fun doing it.  Even if retirement is not on your radar just yet, you can bet today’s rapidly growing senior population is giving it some serious thought. The largest generation in our nation’s history started turning 65 in 2006, and each year until 2030 when the youngest of them reaches 65, the market will be flooded with thousands of retirees each day. According to U.S. Census Bureau projections, the 65- to 84-year-old population will grow faster than any other age group over the next two decades, to nearly 71.5 million.  Seniors will be faced with two options, staying in their own home and paying for maintenance and in-home services or choosing a community that provides both services and socialization.  Before you say “I’m not ready for a retirement community,” consider the following:

What is it you are not ready for?

Often, people confuse moving to a retirement community with giving up all the things they hold dear. We think you may find today’s retirement communities to be far different than you might imagine. They are for those that want to maintain their independence, expand their horizons, remain active and make their own decisions. So, residents enjoy life more — not less.

How will I know when I am ready?

Do you worry about home maintenance? Are you tired of shopping and preparing meals? Do you have health concerns? Are you troubled about personal safety and the security of your home? Do you want the option to lock and leave?  Are you longing for activity and companionship? Would you like to explore new interests? If you answered yes to all of these questions, a retirement community is a great choice.  With restaurant style dining, daily outings, housekeeping, 24 hour concierge, topnotch healthcare, pools, fitness centers, walking trails, in-house hair stylists, ongoing activities and so much more, who wouldn’t be ready?

Why should I consider a move if I’m still healthy?

Most people need to make housing adjustments as they grow older and most are glad they decided to move while this important decision was still theirs to make. We spend our whole life planning, so don’t wait until a crisis forces you or your loved ones into a decision you haven’t prepared for.

Will I have to move again if my health fails?

If you find the right community, residents never have to make another move! At The Lodge at Shelburne Bay, we encourage active, healthy, independent living but we also realize that circumstances change. That’s why we provide priority access to a full range of health care options.


Isn’t a retirement community for “old people?”

Senior living communities are service-enhanced residential communities. Enjoy the advantages of an independent lifestyle within a comfortable and burden-free environment while securing your future. You’ll free yourself from the daily concerns of meal planning, home repairs, and maintenance, while filling your time with new friends and a variety of social, cultural and recreational opportunities.  The Lodge at Shelburne Bay is what New England retirement should look like!

Seniors are Blogging

What’s the hot new leisure activity for seniors?  Bingo?  Knitting?  Square dancing?  According to an Associated Press article reported by MSNBC, It’s senior blogs!

What is a “Blog?”:
“Blog” is an abbreviation for “Web log,” which is typically an online journal or newsletter that is intended for the general public to read and is updated frequently. Blogs often include photos and links to other sites.

The authors of blogs are called bloggers. Bloggers typically write about topics that interest them, so their blogs often represent the personality and views of the author. Many bloggers invite readers to comment on what has been posted, which can result in lively online discussions.

Benefits of Senior Blogs:
Bloggers who were interviewed by the AP said that senior blogs offer many benefits for older adults:

  • Senior blogs help older adults keep their minds sharp.
  • Senior blogs keep the authors up on current events.
  • Senior blogs are a great way to meet people around the world.
  • It’s easy to share life experiences, wisdom, and information through senior blogs.
  • In some cases, senior blogs give the authors a bit of fame and recognition for their efforts.

“It brings out the best in me,” Millie Garfield, 80, told the AP. Millie is the author of the senior blog called My Mom’s Blog, created with help from her son. “My life would be dull without it,” she said.

Senior Internet Use is Growing, and So Are Senior Blogs:
Here are some statistics on Internet use among older adults, from the Pew Internet and American Life Project in February 2004:

  • 22 percent of Americans age 65 and older use the Internet. That’s more than 8 million people. In contrast, 58 percent of 50-64 year-olds, 75% of 30-49 year-olds, and 77% of 18-29 year-olds go online.
  • Use of the Internet by adults age 65 and older grew 47 percent between 2000 and 2004.
  • 3 percent of online seniors in the U.S. have created a blog, and 17 percent have read someone else’s blog

Would you like to start your own senior blog? Check out the Top 8 Tips for Beginning Bloggers from Deborah Ng, the Guide to Web Logs, and start your own senior blog.

The Lodge at Shelburne Bay Senior Living New Shores Building…

Shores Construction November 2010

Shores Construction November 2010


View of Lake Champlain from 4th Floor

View of Lake Champlain from 4th Floor

The Lodges Senior Living Communities are providing another opportunity for our Seniors!

Construction is well underway for the new Shelburne Bay Shores building, due to open in the fall of 2011.  The expansion will create 76 brand new studio, 1 bedroom & 2 bedroom  apartments.  The 100,000 square foot state of the art community will also  include;  luxurious common spaces, two dining rooms, a health club, library,  therapy pool and swimming pool.  In addition,  an expansion of the existing health care center with in-house Doctor’s  and our own physical therapy lab!  There will also be a connector to the Lodge at Shelburne Bay Senior Living Community.

The new shores building will provide:

  • 24-hour staffing and emergency call system
  • Registered nurse on staff
  • Medication management
  • Daily personal care
  • Three meals a day
  • Physical therapy, pool & fitness center
  • Full activity and social calendar
  • Scheduled transportation
  • Housekeeping and linen service
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