Fiber Arts Demonstration

How many of you know that Kendal has a vibrant and very productive Fiber Arts Group and program?

To educate residents on the subject and, perhaps, sign up some new weavers and rug hookers, the Group would like to invite you to a Tapestry Weaving demonstration by our own Barbara Bettigole.

This event will take place in the Crafts Room on the C-Level

Mark your calendars for Friday, Dec. 14, 2-4 pm.

Transportation Information


Ed Hanin, Chair of Kendal’s Resident Transportation Advisory Committee, announced that a new version of the Resident Transportation Information document is available now on the Residents Website by clicking on: You can also find it in the wall rack in the wall rack in the Activities Alcove after Dec. 10.

It contains important scheduling information about transportation for doctor’s appointments, local shopping and other outings.

Questions? Speak to Ed directly.

Christmas Carol Sing-Along

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Now that you’ve had time to get your vocal chords in shape it’s time to show fellow residents how good you are.

On Friday, Dec 14 at 5:00 pm in the Residents Lounge, Deb Wood will lead a Christmas Carol Sing-Along. Word sheets will be available.

As it happens, Friday is also wine and cheese night in the Lounge so you’ll be able to sip and chew while exhibiting your vocal ability. Join in and be part of the fun.

New Trip Scheduled

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The Trips Committee continues to outdo themselves. This time they arranged for a trip to “The Frick”

On Wednesday, January 9 an excursion is planned to The Frick Collection, New York to explore The Charterhouse of Bruges, an exhibition of two Netherlandish masterpieces commissioned in the 1440s by the Carthusian monk Jan Vos for the monastery and reunited for the second time in their history: Jan Van Eyck’s Virgin and Child, owned by the Frick; and Petrus Christus’ Virgin and Child. Other special exhibitions feature Luigi Valadier: Splendor in Eighteenth Century Rome, more than 60 works by the renowned silversmith, and French Faience Masterpieces.

Given the limited transportation space available, it is recommended that sign-up be accomplished ASAP. As usual, it takes place in the Trips Book located in the Activities Alcove.

A Potpourri of Poets


In his third seminar, retired English teacher and poetry lover Jerry Tanklow will discuss poets representative of the epoch in which they wrote: Shakespeare, Donne, Marvel, Wordsworth, Keats, Shelley, Dickinson, MacKay, and Oliver.

Sessions will be held on four Tuesdays: January 8, 15, 22 and 29, from 1:30-3:00 pm in the Residents Association Office.

Class is limited to 15, so sign-up ASAP is suggested. Sign-up will be in the white notebook in the Activities Alcove (opposite the Computer Room).


Upcoming Concerts


Never let it be said that Kendal residents are not entertained sufficiently. As it turns out, the resident community will be able to sample great music in the next two weeks.

On Monday, December 10 at 7:30 pm Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin return to Kendal. This married pair of composer/ lyricist/book writers are the brains and heart behind musical hits like “Mean Girls,” “Heathers,” “Legally Blonde,” “Bat Boy,” and “Cam Jansen”.

Nell and Larry have each won the Jonathan Larson Award and the Ed Kieban Award for music and lyrics. They have been nominated for Tony and Drama Desk Awards, and won London's Olivier Award for Best Musical for writing Legally Blonde. Her Mean Girls has been a smash hit on Broadway at the same time that his Heathers has been a smash hit on London's West End.

At 3 pm on Sun. Dec. 16 we will welcome once again, husband and wife contemporary folk music stars Pete and Maura Kennedy. Now in their 22nd year as recording artists, the Kennedys have traversed the highways and byways of the US and the UK as a pop/folk duo. Their original music is uplifting, encouraging, and empowering with an always positive message. Original folk songs as well as fun holiday songs are included.

Could you ask for anything more? Both concerts will be held in the Gathering Room

New Course on "These Truths"


Kendal will offer a new course in January. It will be based on Jill Lepore’s new book, These Truths.

It is an old-fashioned textbook but one livelier than we remember them to be. The course will reach from the 16th century to our Civil War, but with prime attention to the founding of the republic. There will be a lot to cover in 4 meetings, but with Kendal’s own former Pulitzer Prize winner Bill McFeely leading it, it should be fascinating

 The course will be offered on four Fridays, January 4, 11, 18, 25 at 10:30 in the Residents Office.

It will be limited to 15 members who are expected to read the book in advance. A Sign-up sheet will be available in the Activities Alcove Thursday, December 6.

Hint: Sign up ASAP. Bill’s courses fill up very quickly.

Library Books For Sale

The Library Committee wants to remind residents that they have an ongoing sale of great books available at the bargain price of $1.00 each

They further remind us not to overlook the sale shelves in the Library this holiday season! New titles have recently been added.

In addition the Library Committee has added a few new Large Print books to the permanent collection (not for sale). You should check the New To Us shelves for recent acquisitions published this year.

The Kendal Library is one of the great “pluses” we as Kendal residents have at our disposal.


Lecture: "Westchester County: A History"

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On Monday, December 3, Kendal will be fortunate to have Field Horne, author of Westchester County: A History, as a guest lecturer

Lively and unexpected tales from Westchester County’s past will be the topic of his talk on his book which has been published by the Westchester County Historical Society.

 The 257-page book, with over 225 illustrations, 110 in full color, is the first truly comprehensive history of the county in a series of publications dating back to 1848.

If you want to know more about the history of the county in which we all live, you’ll show up at the Gathering Room at 7:30 pm on Monday to hear Field Horne.