UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS:
August 6 – 10, 2018
The Gen2Gen campaign shines a light on the mutual benefits of intergenerational relationships.
The week of August 6th will be Gen2Gen week at the Thompson with ArtisTree and friends. Join us for music, creative arts projects, a kid-friendly lunch menu throughout the week, horseshoe lessons, games, ice cream social, and more! Children of all ages are invited to participate in various events throughout the week.
We need your participation to help create meaningful Gen2Gen moments that last a lifetime. Join us to dine, create & have some fun together.
There will be no monthly ArtisTree craft workshops at The Thompson in July and August. Monthly craft workshops will resume at The Thompson Center in September. Please see upcoming newsletters for details.
Visit ArtisTree.org for programs and visual arts classes offered this summer in Pomfret.
July 11 at 1:00 pm at The Thompson Center
The Scotland House, located in Quechee, VT, is a community-based day program designed to assist adults with physical and/or cognitive impairments to remain living at home and active in their community as long as possible.
The Scotland House will provide a safe, supportive environment where participants can receive a range of professional health, social and therapeutic services. This program also provides respite, support and education to family members, caregivers and legal representatives.
As the anticipated July opening approaches, The Thompson Center welcomes Gretchen Cole, Executive Director of the Scotland House, at The Thompson on Tuesday July 11, 2018 at 1:00 pm. Gretchen will be providing an update on construction, participant services, life enrichment programming, and the Scotland House mission.
Dinner Program at The Thompson in Conjunction with The Kick-Off of Bookstock
Monday, July 23, 2018
6:00 pm Dinner, followed by 7:00 pm Book Presentation
Cost: $20 for Dinner, Reservations at 457-3277
In her book, “Brain in a Jar: A Daughter’s Journey Through Her Father’s Memory,” Nancy Stearns Bercaw recounts her father’s battle with Alzheimer’s. This unflinchingly honest memoir recounts her life with Dr. Beauregard Lee Bercaw, or “Beau,” who became a neurologist in response to watching his own father deteriorate and die of Alzheimer’s. For many years Beau kept an autopsied brain in a jar on the desk in his office as a constant reminder of the struggle that he waged against the disease first with his patients, and ultimately for himself as he succumbed to its effects. This is also the story of the author’s own struggle to establish her identity and to navigate the treacherous and ever-changing emotional terrain of her relationship with her father, as she literally traveled the world in her quest to make sense of both of their lives.
to Benefit The Thompson Center
Thursday, July 26, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
at The Barnard Inn Barn, 5518 VT Rt 12, Barnard 234-9961
Taste 15 wines for $15
Tickets sold at Barnard Inn & Max’s Tavern and Woodstock Beverage
($15 advance purchase, $20 at the door – checks payable to Barnard Inn)
Proceeds of this event & wine sales will benefit The Thompson Center. The Barnard Inn is hosting 4 of these Charity Wine Tasting Events this summer, to benefit a local charity each month. For more information call Will Dodson at 234-9961
July 27 at 11:00 am
Now a high school English teacher in Phoenix, Arizona, Andrea Avery, author of Sonata: A Memoir of Pain and the Piano, was a promising classical pianist before her diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis at age 12. The progressive and debilitating nature of the disease forced her to renegotiate not only her love of the piano and her dreams of a musical life, but also her very identity and her relationship to her “mutinying” body. Her book depicts a young woman coming of age with lifelong chronic illness and insisting on a creative, artistically fulfilling life. In this session, Andrea will offer a short reading from Sonata followed by an informal Q&A. We hope you can join us!
Low Vision Support Group
Every 3rd Thursday of the Month
10:15 – 11:45 am
July Discussion: Introduction to Braille – How millions read with their hands
The Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired is offering this new support group where participants can share experiences, challenges, and successes of living with a visual impairment at this ongoing monthly meeting. Learn about adaptive aids and strategies that support independence. Led by a Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist from VABVI.
It’s Time for Horseshoes!
The horseshoe pits are open and you can play anytime, but every Monday (weather permitting) at 1:00 pm following lunch. Everyone is welcome
Mah Jongg at The Thompson AND now at NWPL
We have been thrilled by the enthusiastic response to Mah jongg and our group is growing! The Thompson Center and Norman Williams Public library have collaborated to provide even more availability to enjoy the game. We will offer Mah jongg on Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at The Thompson for all players. Mah jongg lessons for beginners and for those who would like a refresher course will take place at NWPL on Fridays at 1:00 pm.
If you are interested in joining, please contact Gail Stickney by emailing email@example.com or call 457-2581.
ADVANCE DIRECTIVE CLINIC
2nd Monday of the Month
Would your loved ones know your wishes about medical care if you were unable to speak for yourself? There is a legal document called an Advance Directive that you can complete to give guidelines about your wishes and appoint someone to represent you if you are not able. We have arranged for a trained and caring volunteer to be at the Thompson Center every 2nd Monday from 1pm – 3pm. These volunteers will take the time to explain both the document and the simple process used to make your wishes known. The most important part of this process is talking to those you love about what matters most to you. You can call 457-3277 to schedule an appointment.
Open Pickle Ball at Woodstock Athletic Club
Fridays, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Cost:$10 per 1.5 hr court time session. Walk-ins welcome and equipment is provided. Ride service available from The Thompson with advance notice.
Tech Tutoring by Norman Williams Public Library
July 10 & 24, 12:45 – 3:45 pm
Please bring your own device
We are happy to continue offering individual IT tutoring at The Thompson Center thanks to Norman Williams Public Library and Meg Brazil. Meg is offering 1:1 assistance for any one of your devices: cell phone, lap top, iPad or tablet – free of charge. Forty-five minute appointments are available and you can book more appointments as you need them. Please call to schedule yours at Thompson 457-3277.
Water Aerobics Class
Woodstock Athletic Club
Fridays, June 8 – August 3
1:30 – 2:15 pm, Cost: $72 for 9 week class
The Thompson Center will provide shuttle service to and from class if needed. Please register in advance by calling 457-3277. Payment is due at time of reservation and must be received prior to the start of class series.
No Meetings over the Summer
Wednesday, September 12 at 1:00 pm
For the first time in the Thompson’s book club history, we’ve chosen a novel that has not yet come out in paperback even though it was published in 2016; that’s a testament to the book’s popularity. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles is about a count placed under house arrest in a hotel, but you won’t feel confined. The historical background, the gentle sense of humor, the genteel and endearing Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov, all will keep you turning the pages until the perfect ending. For so many readers, this is their new favorite book.
Copies are available at your libraries and you can also get a copy through Vermont’s inter-library loan. We hope to see you at 1:00 on Wednesday, June 13th.
A Collaboration Between The Thompson Center and ArtisTree
Instructor: Murray Ngoima
Thompson classes have ended for the summer as of June 1st. Look for details in upcoming newsletters about painting classes resuming in the fall.