Monday mornings are always tough, but this past Monday was especially challenging as the Community Room, which had been home to the Auxiliary's dazzling Festival of Trees for two weeks, was desolate. Transformed into a magical holiday wonderland by creative and talented Auxiliary elves, the Community Room had sparkled with glittering lights, dozens of spectacular trees decorated and donated by community members, larger-than-life nutcrackers, and hundreds of captivated guests beguiled by the exquisitely rendered replica of Barnett's Store, a favorite Lakeville shop of yore. Please click here for photos of the mesmerizing exhibits and fabulous gala, replete with sensational food, fresh delicacies, and a crackling holiday spirit.
Noble's holiday preparations continue with tree trimming, cookie decorating, holiday concerts, festive parties and parades. We are also busy assembling exciting events for the new year which you may read about in this newsletter.
If you haven't, please be sure to visit Noble's 50th-anniversary art exhibit closing on December 18; judging by the brisk sales, it is a true crowd-pleaser and thefinal anniversary event of our 50th year. We have so enjoyed celebrating this significant milestone with you and we thank you for being a part of this wonderful community! As we launch our next half-century, we are grateful to residents, families, community members and friends who have built and fortified Noble over the last 50 years. We hope you will please join them today with a 50th-anniversary gift that will touch lives for another 50 years. Thank you!
New Year's Resolution? Be a Hero in 2023!
What better way to welcome 2023 than to give the gift of life? You can bring hope and a future to those in need; every blood donation can save up to 3 lives!
Appointments between 1:00 and 6:00 pm can be made here for the January 10 drive. As our thanks to you, donors may take home freshly baked cookies and a $5.00 Country Store gift coupon. Will you please help us reach our goal of collecting 24 pints and saving up to 72 lives? Thank you!
“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” — William James
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Please join Dr. Lisanne Norman, The Hotchkiss School's Co-Director of Diversity and Inclusion, on January 21 at 11 am for a conversation about diversity and inclusion initiatives in education and beyond. Dr. Norman is a graduate of Hotchkiss, Brown University and Harvard where she earned her PH.D. For over twenty years she has worked in corporate America, academia, and the tech industry with roles at Dell, Visa, and currently, Gusto Inc.
While DEI is not a new concept, intentionally instituting DEI programs and initiatives throughout businesses and educational settings is fairly recent. Dr. Norman will provide some historical context to the creation of Hotchkiss' DEI program and discuss the importance of incorporating diversity, equity and inclusion and examine the larger positive impact of DEI on our communities and society at large.
The 'New' Retirement
As Americans live longer, recommendations for enjoying a secure, healthy, and satisfying retirement have shifted dramatically. Faced with the prospect of living longer, healthier lives older adults are redefining retirement by seeking new freedoms, purpose, and challenges.
In partnership with Age Wave, Edward Jones recently embarked on a landmark study, The Four Pillars of the New Retirement. They introduced a new, comprehensive framework to help people live well to and through retirement by considering both the challenges and opportunities within four massively important, interconnected pillars: health, family, purpose, and finances. Learn more about how to enhance your retirement years on January 20 at noon; a free lunch at 11:30 am will precede the program. Registration is necessary.
1. Don't let the bleak gray days of January get you down! Make plans to attend the Housatonic Camera Club's new exhibit and opening reception on January 20, 5-7 pm. The area's finest photographers will transport you to some of the world's most beautiful and sublime settings.
2. The holiday season can be a whirlwind of parties, special events, culinary temptations and ...exhaustion. Fortify yourself at ourfree weekly balance and fall prevention class on Wednesdays from 10:30-11:30 am in the Community Room. You'll exercise every part of your body and feel revitalized for the busy days ahead. Please register here.