Noble Horizons Blog

James Madison

Noble Horizons is honored to share a recent presentation by former Stanford University professor, Kim Maxwell, Ph.D., inventor of the modern dial-up modem and founder of the company that was awarded the worldwide standard for DSL. On August 4, Maxwell explained how rural areas like the northwest corner of Connecticut can secure a vibrant future by bringing fast, universal connectivity. Invoking the words of James Madison, "In a free society the people must have a say in the laws that govern them," Maxwell linked the erosion of people’s role in government to the lack of universal internet connectivity as the internet is the primary means of communication in the 21st century.

Michael Brown - Musician

The incomparable Michael Brown performed a free outdoor concert pondside on an exquisite early August summer evening for close to 100 adoring fans! Guests gathered with picnics to enjoy the astonishingly talented musician known for his soaring vocals, dazzling piano artistry and captivating stage presence.

Railroad Days

Noble Horizons proudly participated in the 55th annual Canaan Railroad Days, a two-week celebration and festival of spectacular events, activities, competitions, music, carnival rides and so much more!  

Valerie Lenis & Charlotte Clulow

Valerie Lenis and Charlotte Clulow, two young scholars, are determined to make a difference in the world around them and Noble Horizons has reaped the benefits.

Noble Horizons has produced its first video, featuring residents giving their unique perspectives on life at Noble and celebrating the beauty of the campus. The video is the work of noted photographer/videographer Jonathan Doster of Sharon, who spent many hours here over the summer.

In this webstory, Jonathan writes about the experience of working closely with the residents and the creative process.

It was a standing room only crowd who gathered in Noble’s Life Long Learning Center on November 3 for an information-packed lecture on the aftermath of World War I presented by Hamish Lutris, associate professor of history at Capital Community College in Hartford.

 

There are no more charming visitors to the Festival of Trees than the littlest ones, who are, in turn, charmed by the lights and the glitter and the colors and the presence of none other than Mrs. Claus. Wide-eyed, they move from one display to the next in a state of wonderment that is sure to last through the holiday season. Continue to view a gallery of pictures.

With these stirring words, Zenas Crane announced that his paper mill was open for business in 1801. And well over 200 years later, Crane is still making paper on its original site in Dalton, Massachusetts.

Bringing comfort, care and healing to every member of the Noble Horizons community is what we do every single day. To underscore this commitment, Noble Horizons has introduced Concierge Care which will ensure that a guest’s care and experience exceed their expectations.

It’s all water down the drain, right? It is, indeed, water going down, but with a stew of pharmaceuticals and other substances. Just because we can’t see it any longer doesn’t mean it isn’t making its way into ground and surface water, negatively impacting water quality and aquatic life and fueling the rise in antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Who knew? And all you did was pull the plug.

Behind the lights and glitter and good cheer that are the hallmarks of the Noble Horizons Auxiliary’s annual Festival of Trees, is a tremendous amount of plain hard work.

No one knows that better than Meredith Dittmar, festival co-chair for the third year in a row. “Planning begins in May,” she said, and by this time of year the pace really ramps up.

Do you remember the coffee houses of the 1960s where artists, folk musicians, poets and political activists gathered? The coffee house movement never went away and thrives today in small venues across the country. On October 6, a coffee house, Twelve Moons, landed at Noble Horizons.

In celebration of the autumnal equinox, Noble Horizons ended the summer with a free outdoor evening concert featuring the Bash Bish Bluegrass Band from Ancram, NY. Picnic suppers were laid out on tables set up across the lawn and down to the ponds below. As night fell and the air turned chilly, the toe-tapping rhythms kept everyone happily in place.

What makes a carnival great? It’s all about the senses, the action and the willful abandon. The annual Family Carnival held at Noble on September 15 had it all: the sounds of clapping for a game winner, the sight of colorful costumes and prizes, the smell of hot dogs and popcorn, the taste of cotton candy, and the touch of children and grandchildren Noble residents love so much.

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The rich sounds of an organ played by highly accomplished musicians swelled from Noble’s St. Luke’s Chapel on the afternoon of August 29 in a celebratory inaugural concert on the new organ, a Johannus Opus 270, purchased by the Noble Horizons Auxiliary.

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Thanks to Lime Rock Park, a parade of 120 vintage racing and street cars circled through Noble’s parking lot on August 30th to an enthusiastic reception by residents gathered to greet them.

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“Eat a rainbow of foods,” advised Sue Mastrangelo, speaking at Noble on July 26. A registered dietician board certified in gerontological nutrition, Mastrangelo consults with Noble’s dining staff on a regular basis but seldom has the opportunity to talk directly with the public about all she knows about good nutrition as we age.

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New York Times reporter John Leland visited Noble on July 14 to share what he’d learned from spending a year among six New Yorkers ages 85 and up.

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The balmy evening of July 12 was ideal for a pondside musicale, featuring popular performers Michael Berkeley on electric keyboard accompanying songstress Maria Hickey.

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Nursing supervisor Owen Barron, RN, arrives at work just before 11 p.m., ready to shepherd residents in Noble’s medical levels through the night. 

Night time at Noble has its own special rhythm, very different from the activity and sociability of the day.