The Lodge at Otter Creek

The Lodge at Otter Creek 5th Anniversary Celebration

On Thursday, June 20, 2013 The Lodge at Otter Creek residents, staff, family and friends celebrated five years of community at The Lodge. With festive music by The Dixie Six Jazz band and amazing food by Executive Chef, George Schreck the evening was a wonderful way to ring in summer.

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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.

Doug Anderson of The Opera Company of Middlebury Puts On Quite A Show…..

If not already enthralled by the offerings of the Town Hall Theater and the Opera Company of Middlebury, The Lodge residents are now more excited than ever about the upcoming production opening on May 31st.  Artistic Director, Doug Anderson delighted the Lodge residents with a glimpse into Tchaikovsky’s glorious masterpiece Eugene Onegin, followed by a celebration of OCM’s tenth year anniversary.  With his exuberant personality and obvious passion for the works he directs, Doug had residents singing, clapping and reminiscing about past opera highlights.  This next opera will sure to be a full house, with many Lodge residents in attendance.

Opera Company of Middlebury Eugene Onegin.

Opera Company of Middlebury Eugene Onegin.

World War II vet recalls front-row seat at V-J day

MIDDLEBURY — It’s a picturesque day in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in 2007 and a young couple and their two children are among the scores of people fanning across the deck of the USS Missouri, admiring the iconic battleship that hosted the surrender ceremony for Japanese forces, effectively ending World War II.

The family pauses at a bulkhead to gaze upon a posted photograph of the surrender ceremony that occurred on Sept. 2, 1945, also known as V-J Day. An older man notes their interest, walks up, and asks, “You want to see my picture?” then points to a face in the crowded black-and-white photo that includes such military giants as Gen. Douglas MacArthur and U.S. Navy Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz.

“There I am,” the man says.

He is Capt. Sherman F. Drake, USNR (Ret.). Drake served aboard the Missouri for almost three years during a very eventful Naval career highlighted by a first-hand glimpse of the ceremonial end to the bloodiest conflict in world history.  Click Here to read more.

Highways and Byways

By Jim McWilliam | Executive Director

Gotham, a.k.a. New York City, is famous for many things: the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Little Italy and China Town. Yet it was the avenues and streets that I became attracted to during my time there. There is Fifth Avenue with the upscale stores of Saks and Barneys, Times Square where darkness never comes, and just around the corner on 42nd Street, the beginning of the Great White Way where theater after theater draws people to the world of comedy, music or drama. Madison Square Garden, the “World’s Most Famous Arena” is on 7th Avenue between 31st and 33rd Street. Yet of all the hundreds of streets and avenues in Manhattan, I am told that there is not one street named Main Street.

Boston has Storrow Drive, Beacon and Commonwealth Avenues; Chicago has Lake Shore Drive, D.C. has Pennsylvania Avenue with all the other 49 states represented as well. San Francisco boasts perhaps the world’s most crooked street, Lombard Street. And let us not forget our own quaint town with Exchange Street and Court Street.

I’ve traveled a lot in my professional career and I’ve always taken special note of the highways and byways I have traversed, and I have come away with some interesting observations. Streets can be grouped into certain categories. Some for professions such as Baker, Mechanic, and Taylor; others for flora and fauna: Maple, Oak, Spruce, Daisy and Clover; or even religious references with Church and Temple. In Brooklyn, where I last worked, there were 26 consecutive streets, the first named A Street and the last – you guessed it – Z Street. I’m not so sure I would want my return address to be X Street. And how can anyone get lost with streets named North, South, East and West, or my favorite, Compass Street.

A road I recently traveled past and have yet not taken, visa vie Robert Frost, is right next door in the Town of Hinesburg, White Tail Deer Run. Now that’s a nifty name. Speaking of nifty, how about our own neighborhood, where the owner named the streets for his wife and children: Elizabeth Court, Sydney Way, Amory Lane and Geordies Path. I like that. It adds a real family touch.

Happy Motoring

The first car I ever purchased was a 1959 Ford, black and brown. The black was furnished by the Ford Motor Company, the brown, a.k.a. rust, by Mother Nature. It could have been any color and I would have been hard pressed to pass on the sticker price of $50.00. That’s right 50 dollars. The dealer had to get it off the lot quickly, for the car had no reverse. I bought the “Black Widow” in June of ’66 and drove it until the last day in October of the same year. As you can well imagine, I was very deliberate in selecting my parking spaces. Only two times did I find myself in a predicament that required assistance. There is something to be said about your first car, especially when it was only meant to go forward.

A ’62 Chevrolet was my “next ride.” I bought it from a friend at college by the name of Skip. If there is a lesson here, don’t ever buy a car from a salesperson or friend with a nickname. This car, which I named “The Green Hornet”, was the most challenging vehicle I have ever owned. Each time you shut the driver’s side door the window would fall down. It made no difference how softly you tried – down it went. And then you had to grab the glass and start turning the window knob slowly, ever so slowly, or else it would get stuck half way up and you had to start all over again.

I’m not done yet! The “Hornet” was standard shift and each time you shifted from second to third you had to slow down because the “slippery” transmission could land you in third gear or possible reverse instead. This made for some exciting rides! Now you can appreciate why I named that car the Green Hornet. She had a sting all of her own!

At the conclusion of my senior year in college and preparing for my first teaching position, I was given the good fortune to be hired by the Jericho School Board to teach and coach in their district. I signed my first teaching contract on a Tuesday. Two days later I bought my first new car, a Chevrolet Camero, Royal Plum in color, with one powerful engine. Too powerful in fact, for six months later I had four tickets for traveling a little two fast on Vermont roads.

Over the years I have owned three Jeeps, four Volkswagens, an Oldsmobile, a Saab and a BMW. To this day my most favorite is still… What do you think??

Jim McWilliam, Executive Director

Retirees find home in Middlebury, Vermont

MIDDLEBURY — This place is justly known as a college town, but two big developments suggest another moniker: retirement mecca.  That might be pushing it. True, the town’s over-65 set is up 12 percent during the past decade, compared with 4 percent for the overall population.  And true, the Lodge at Otter Creek, built several years ago, offers 140 units for retirees and is marketing itself to Middlebury College’s aging alumni…click here to read more.

“Main Streets and Back Roads” visits Middlebury, VT

During the first week of February a producer and cameraperson from the “Chronicle” show visited Addison County. “Chronicle” is produced by the Boston ABC affiliate, and its long-running “Main Streets and Back Roads” series looks at life in rural, and sometimes urban, New England.
The show aired February 16th and below are links to its four segments. It’ll take you approximately 25 minutes to view all the segments.  
SEGMENT ONE features UVM Morgan Horse Farm; Peter Langrock, lawyer and farmer
SEGMENT TWO features Middlebury College, Quidditch Tournament, Rikert XC Ski Center, Middlebury College Snow Bowl, Stone Leaf Teahouse, Town Hall Theater
SEGMENT THREE features painter Kathleen Kolb, Bristol, Lincoln, author Chris Bohjalian.
SEGMENT FOUR features Lincoln’s Tree House B&B

Knitting for Kids

The Lodge at Otter Creek is knitting for kids in need…

On Wednesday, January 19, 2011 Resident Betsy Hodgson and Staff Member Marion Desabrais of The Lodge at Otter Creek Senior Living Community in Middlebury, VT visited the Addison County Parent/Child Center with bags full of sweaters, hats and mittens, all lovingly knit by residents and staff members over the past few weeks.  This was just one of many donations being made in the community by the “Knitting for Kids” Club.  Betsy Hodgson, along with other Lodge staff, residents and Addison County community members are on a mission to keep as many kids warm as possible this winter.  Many have been inspired by Betsy and have joined the cause, with a large group coming together every other Wednesday at The Lodge at Otter Creek from 1-3 p.m. to  knit beautifully patterned and colored sweaters for children in need.  This group is open to the public, for more information please contact The Lodge at 802-388-1220.

The mission of the Addison County Parent/Child Center is to provide support and education to families and assure that our community is one in which all young children get off to a right start, with the opportunity to grow up healthy, happy, and productive.  This is one of many worthy organizations serving families and children that the “Knitting for Kids” Club will share their works with.

Shown from left to right in picture above:  Betsy Hodgson (Resident at The Lodge at Otter Creek), Mavis Stansbery and her Daughter Kylee (participant in the ACPCC program), Marion Desabrais (Staff Member at The Lodge at Otter Creek), Sue Bloomer (Co-Director of the ACPCC).

How Do You Envision Your Retirement Years?

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 Otter Creek, 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.