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April 2019 Community Newsletter

Bethlehem Central High School will present “Titanic – the Musical with four performances from April 4-7.  Tickets can be purchased on March 30, 11 am – 2 pm in the Auditorium lobby and an hour before each performance.

Weekly Activities @ 1 pm: Monday – Scrabble, Tuesday – Rummikub, Wednesday – Mahjongg, Thursday – Rummy.  We have Billiards at 7 pm on Tuesday.  Food Florist comes at 1 pm the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. Monthly:  Toastmasters @ 6pm 2nd & 4th Wednesday.

Also, the clubhouse is Reserved on April 5 and 6th for private events.

Activities you MUST RSVP to!

Friday, April 5 at Bethlehem Public Library – 1-3pm:  Jim Ketcham as Mark Twain  Refreshments served.

Sunday, April 7 at BCHS at 2 pm – Titanic the Musical.

Monday, April 8 at 11 am – BOOK CLUB – “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”.

Wednesday, April 10 at 11am – We celebrate ASPCA Day by having an Animal Food Drive for local animals in need. A MOVIE follows at 4 pm “Secondhand Lions”.

Thursday, April 11 at 3pm – OUR SECOND ANNUAL PIE CONTEST !  + Cash for Brunch ($10) due TODAY

Friday, April 12 at noon – Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Tomato Soup at the Clubhouse.

Saturday, April 13 at 10am – Brunch w/Neighbors at Gracie’s Kitchen in Voorheesville.

Monday, April 15 at 7pm – We celebrate “Take a Wild Guess Day” with Trivia games in the clubhouse. Cash Deposit $10 for Lunch w/Neighbors is due today.

Wednesday, April 17 at 4pm – Join us for Guided Meditation at the clubhouse.

Thursday, April 18 at   12pm – Lunch w/Neighbors at the Asian Tea House Bistro.

Friday, April 26 at 1pm – Birthday Cake and You Be the Judge w/ Bob.

Sunday, April 28 at 1 pm – Genealogy with Lynne.

Remember to keep your eye out for updates during the month!

Connie Holden

Activities Coordinator

6 Parker Mathusa Place

Delmar, NY 12054

Office: (518) 689-0162

Home: (518) 439-0164

Fax:    (518) 439-8803

March 2019 Community Newsletter

Greetings to everyone!  Just remember – Spring begins on March 20.  We have numerous special activities as well as our regular clubs and programs posted in our calendars each month.

Regular Activities: Mondays at 1 pm – Scrabble; Tuesdays at 1 pm – Games; 7 pm – Billiards; Wednesdays at 1 pm – Mah Jongg; Thursdays at 1 pm – Rummy


March 4:    9am – 11am in our Fitness Center, Steve will be offering assistance to anyone who would like a tutorial on our equipment or advice on maximizing their workout.

March 5:  5 pm  Mardi Gras Masked Celebration!  Light refreshments.  Come celebrate Fat Tuesday with friends and hear about a new suggestion.

March 7:   3 pm  Ice Cream Social

March 8:    8:30 am  Men’s Breakfast at Johnny B’s Diner

1 pm  Movie of your Choice in Media Room

March 11:  5 pm  Conor Bryant discuss options in Asset Management

March 13:   4 pm  Guided Meditation with Dayle!  All are encouraged to attend

March 15:  4 pm  Irish Step Dancers

March 16:   10 am Brunch w/Neighbors at Jake Moon’s Cafe

March 20:   10 am  Referral Breakfast

3 pm  Spring Concert with Leslie Barkman

March 22:    10 am we will leave for the Capital District Garden Show @ HVCC

March 25:     11 am  a presentation on “Keeping the Keys”  with AAA

March 29:     1 pm  we celebrate March birthdays!  Let’s see a great turn-out everyone.

Enjoy your month: remember to RSVP for activities and keep your eyes out for additions!

January 2019 Community Newsletter

Scheduled Clubhouse Events – Private Events are Sunday, January 6th all day, Saturday January 12th evening, and Thursday, January 24th all day and evening.  Toastmasters will be meeting the evenings of January 9th and January 23rd.

Regular activities:

              Mondays @ 1 pm – Scrabble

Tuesdays @ 1 pm – Games; 7 pm – Billiards

Wednesdays @ 1 pm – Mah Jongg

Thursdays @ 1 pm – Rummy; 4 pm – Chair Yoga

Fridays @ 7 – 9 – Poker

Food Florist – will be here January 8th and January 22nd   @ 1 pm.   You can pre-order your items at

(518) 545-0623.  Pies can be ordered either baked or frozen.

Lunch With Neighbors – at Normanside Country Club – Friday, January 11th at 11:30 am

Book Club – Monday, January 14th @ 11 am

Clubhouse Library Hours – Tuesday, January 15th at 3 pm and on Saturday, January 26th @ 11 am – noon

Guided Meditation with Dayle – Wednesday, January 16th @ 3:30 pm

Movie Matinee – Friday, January 18th at 1 pm – “Some Like It Hot” will be shown – Rated as one of the best 25 comedies ever.  Released in 1959 starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon.  Come and laugh away the gray, cold weather with your neighbors.

Pine Hollow Arboretum Winter Gala – Thursday, January 24th at 5:30 pm – The Spinney at Van Dyke will be hosting a Winter Gala celebrating the legacy of Dr. John Abbuhl.  Proceeds from the event will g towards funding the Arboretum’s environmental education program providing children in underserved areas connect with nature, helping to establish a new Visitor Center and trail and pond maintenance in order to continue to offer 365 days open free to the public.  If you are interested in attending this event, please send an e-mail to

Birthday Celebration – Friday, January 25th at 1 pm – cake will be served as always!

December 2018 Community Newsletter

Club House – Private Events are Saturday, December 15 all day, Thursday, December 20th evening, and Monday, December 24 evening. The Toastmasters will be meeting on the evenings of December 5th and December 19th.

Regular activities:
Mondays @ 1 pm – Scrabble
Tuesdays @ 1 pm – Games; 7 pm – billiards
Wednesdays @ 1 pm – Mah Jongg
Thursdays @ 1 pm – Rummy
Fridays @ 7 – 9 – Poker

Happy Hanukkah – Sunday, December 2nd

Trim the Tree Monday, December 3rd @ 10:30 am. Bring your tree trimming skills and a brown bag lunch to sit and enjoy the fireplace and the beautifully decorated tree.

Food Florist will be here December 4th and December 18th. You can pre-order your items at 518 5450623. If you want pies for Christmas, please pre-order either frozen for your baking or already baked.

Spinney at Van Dyke Holiday Celebration – Saturday December 8th @ 5 pm. We have a wonderful turn out of 44 residents signed up. Those residents who did not sign up are more than welcome to join in for the music and singing after the dinner at 6:30 pm.
Book Club – Monday, December 10th @ 11 am.

Library – Tuesday, December 11th @ 4 pm and Saturday, December 29th @ 11 am.

Flower Petaler Flower Camp – Friday, December 21st @ 1 pm. Create a Holiday Floral Arrangement for your home. Jean will provide everything but the box to carry your arrangement home. Space is limited to 15. $10 donation. Please register with Lynne by December 18th

Birthday Celebration – Friday, December 28th @ 1 pm

The Office will be closed Monday, December 24th, Tuesday, December 25th and on Tuesday, January 1st. If you have an emergency, please call 518 689-0162 and press Option 2. The Spinney Group Management wishes all our residents a Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, and a Happy New Year.

November 2018 Community Newsletter

As you know, Connie Holden, our Activities Coordinator, will be undergoing open heart surgery on November 6th. Please keep her in your thoughts for a successful procedure and speedy recovery.
Also on the 6th – Election Day – vote at the Bethlehem Library on Delaware Avenue.
Club House – private party events are Saturday, November 3rd, Saturday, November 17th and Thursday, November 22nd.

The Toastmasters will be meeting on the evenings of November 14th and November 28th.
Regular activities:

Mondays @ 1 pm – Scrabble
Tuesdays @ 1 pm – Games; 7 pm – Billiards
Wednesdays @ 1 pm – Mah Jongg
Thursdays @ 1 pm – Rummy
Fridays @ 7 – 9 – Poker

The Food Florist will be in our parking lot at 1 pm on November 6th and November 20th . You can pre-order your items at 518 545-0623. If you want pies for Thanksgiving please pre-order either frozen for your baking, or already baked.

Men’s Breakfast – November 9th @ 8:45 am

Book Club – November 12th at 11 am

Library hours will be Tuesday, November 13th from 4 – 5 pm, and on Saturday, November 24th from 11 to noon.

Meditation with Dayle Groudine – November 14th @ 3:30 pm

Birthday Celebration – Friday November 30th at 1 pm.

Save The Date

This years’ Holiday Celebration will be Saturday December 8th from 5 to 8 pm. Due to space limitations in the Club House it will be open to past and current residents only. So the proper amount of food and drink can be ordered from the caterer (Romo’s Pizzeria & Restaurant in Glenmont), it is imperative that you sign up in the Club House by November 16th.

Trim The Tree – Monday, December 3rd @ 10:30 am – bring your tree trimming skills and a brown bag lunch to sit and enjoy the fireplace and the beautifully decorated tree.

The Office will be closed November 22nd through the 25th for the Thanksgiving Holiday. We will resume normal hours on Monday November 26th. If you have an emergency – such as no heat, running water, or chirping batteries, please call 518 689-0162 and press Option 2.

We hope you all have a happy Thanksgiving with family and friends.

October 2018 Community Newsletter

The Spinney at Van Dyke October 2018 Newsletter

Friends and Neighbors,

We welcome Fall with some new activities based upon suggestions shared at our Community Meeting in September.  Of course, our calendar has the established weekly activities printed, but we will highlight the new ones here along with special events!

The Food Florist has agreed to continue to visit our Clubhouse through the end of the year!  They will be here at 1 pm until 1:45 the first and third Tuesdays of each month.  New menus will be available in the clubhouse by Oct. 1.

New Activity:  Tuesdays at 7 pm in the Media Room those who enjoy shooting Pool are invited to gather and play some evening games!  All are welcome to attend – have fun and meet new friends!

Oct. 9:  11 am we will be holding an Autumn Craft session.  We have lots of materials to choose from and different ideas for you to try out.  Come and bring your wire cutters if you have them!

Chair Yoga is returning on Thursdays at 4 pm to the Clubhouse!  Our new instructor will keep the cost at $5 per session and please bring your cash with you.  Space is limited, so please SIGN UP in the binder on the table in the clubhouse asap!  Class will begin on Oct. 11.

Oct. 12:  1 pm:  We will be learning all about and beginning our new community service project, Hearts of Love – a simple “craft” that all can help with.  Bring some sharp scissors and a willing spirit to provide for babies in our NICU units in local hospitals.

Oct. 15:  3 pm we will hold a Poetry “Open Mic” time for you to bring and share your favorite poet’s work.  At this time of year, we are naturally drawn to works by Robert Frost and others, so please SIGN UP in the binder, or come and just enjoy others.

Oct. 17:  5pm is the day to gather together for a great POTLUCK DINNER!  Remember, we celebrate Pizza, Chili, Popcorn and Chocolate this month, along with comfort foods for colder weather.  Bring your recipes to share!  SIGN UP IN THE BINDER, PLEASE.

Oct. 20:  10am-2pm  The Spinney will be participating in a Downsizing Open House in the Clubhouse.

Oct. 23:  4 pm  We will enjoy Guided Meditation.  At 6 pm, we will be having a presentation by Conor Bryant, who will be joined by an attorney, to speak about not leaving your heirs crazy!  More info to follow.

Oct. 26:  11 am  A morning of Halloween Crafts.   SIGN UP PLEASE.

Oct. 28:  1 pm  Our own Lynne Collins will lead an afternoon workshop on Ancestry!  Learn how to begin to trace your family’s roots from someone who has traced her lineage back to the Mayflower and beyond.

Oct. 31:  5 pm  Halloween/Birthday Party !  Come dressed as your favorite character – perhaps one from history or your own family history.  A small plates meal will be served, followed by cake.  SIGN UP PLEASE.

Thank you all for your suggestions for activities.  Please remember to send them along to me when you want to add something new and please think  about volunteering to do a craft, activity or a class on a topic you feel comfortable with.  Needlepoint, knitting, and crocheting have all been requested.  What about  a morning stitching group?  CPR and Defense training will be explored for the Spring of 2019.

“Advice from a pumpkin: Be well-rounded. Get plenty of sunshine. Give thanks for life’s bounty. Have thick skin. Keep growing. Be outstanding in your field. Think big!” (Author unknown)

🌿Connie Holden

Activities Coordinator

The Spinney at Van Dyke

Office  518-689-0162 Home 518-439-0164

September 2018 Community Newsletter

Hello to all our friends and neighbors,

Summer is winding down and soon the brisk and sunny days of Fall with its bright colors and wonderful fruits will be upon us!  Time to reflect upon the year gone by and prepare for the new one ahead.  Our September calendar is packed with things to do!

FIRST!  I ALWAYS ask you to rsvp for every event we are having – especially if it involves food, supplies or speakers!  This has not changed since I began over a year ago, but many people have stopped replying until the very last minute.  If I do not get a healthy response to an event within the first week it is publicized, I send out a reminder.  If I do not get calls from that, the event is cancelled.  So, from here going forward, I am expecting my email ( to be jumping and my phone (518) 689-0162 x 147 to be jingling!

The Offices of The Spinney Group will be CLOSED on Monday, Sept. 3 in observance of Labor Day.

Our regular weekly activities will continue as always (on calendar) with some new additions:  Bocce at 9:30 am at the Gazebo, Men’s Breakfast the second Friday of the month at 8:45 am and Game Day on Tuesdays at 12 pm. We now have at least one activity to choose from each day!  When we secure a new instructor for chair yoga, a notice will be emailed and posted in the clubhouse.

We are now working together with Bethlehem Senior Services to provide more options for you to enjoy.  They will be dropping off their Newsletter (available online too at for a complete listing of all they offer.  NOTE:  Sept. 4 @ 8 am is the day to register for their bus trips!  If you DO NOT register on this day, you may not get a seat as they sell out FAST!

Sept. 4 & 18:  1 pm  The Food Florist will be at the clubhouse to offer its frozen meals for purchase until 1:45. Menus will be in the clubhouse.

Sept. 7:  1 pm  Flower Camp – “Think Outside The Vase” $10 pp due by 9/4. See Flyers in Clubhouse

Sept. 8:  11 – 1 pm  food tasting from  9 Mile Farms, a local meal delivery service that is used by several of our residents and is very affordable!  Please register by 9/4 to me. You will receive a meal to take home!

Sept. 9:  11 am  By popular request: BRUNCH w/Neighbors at Reel Seafood where the food is fantastic and there are many affordable menu choices.  $10 cash pp reservation to me by 9/6.

Sept. 12:  6:30 pm COMMUNITY MEETING.  I urge all residents to attend this important hour for us to share where we were, are and will be!  News on pending issues will be shared and new options explored.  Your input is vital!  Light refreshments served afterward. This is not a time to bring up management issues.  Please see the Calendar for Management Hours as needed.

Sept. 14:  6 pm  Movie “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” by request!

Sept. 18:  11 am  Four Corners Pharmacy will be here to present an exciting new option for your daily medication management that will greatly assist in medication compliance!  FLU SHOTS WILL BE AVAILABLE!  You must sign up by Sept. 12.  A sign-up sheet will be available at the Community Meeting.

Sept. 19:  4 pm  Guided Meditation with Reiki Master Dayle Groudine.  Come join us in this hour of peace and stress relief.  You will leave with a renewed sense of well-being.

Sept. 28:  12:30pm  Birthday Party for all followed by “You Be The Judge” with Bob Criswell.

Have a Great Month and remember – my door is always open!

🌿Connie Holden, Activities Coordinator

Office  518-689-0162 Home 518-439-0164

August 2018 Newsletter

Hello, Friends and Neighbors,

It is truly hard to believe that we are in the eighth month of 2018 already!  We have had a lot of fun during this year and have some new and exciting things planned for the rest of the year.  I will not list all of the daily activities this month as they are on your calendars, but just highlight some special days and talk about things coming up in the Fall.  If you have ANY questions, please do not hesitate to call me at the office in the mornings or at home in the afternoon.

First, a hearty welcome to all of our many new residents!  We are glad you chose The Spinney as your new home and are sure that you will love it here as we all do.  Please be sure to take advantage of our activity calendar and meet new friends – if you do not find something you are interested in, call me with your suggestions and I will try to make it happen!

On Friday, Aug. 10 @ 8:45am, we will have a Special Event just for our men!  I bet you didn’t know that we have 37 male residents.  Ladies, we need your help to get your man out here for this event!  Men, if you are without a partner, then you need to get out of your house and meet the other men here!  Of course, there will be delicious food, etc…

Lunch with Neighbors will be on Tue., Aug. 14 @ 12:45 pm following Book Club. We will be making our yearly visit to Yanni’s Too.   A $10 cash deposit per person is due by Aug.10 to reserve your place.  Please place in an envelope with your name and put in my lockbox on the wall in the office hallway.  Meet at the Clubhouse to carpool.

Aug. 17 is National Thrift Shop Day !  On this Friday, those bargain hunters among us will caravan to selected shops in our area who may have reduced prices for this special day.  Maps and directions will be provided.  Please RSVP to me by Aug. 15.

There is a Wedding at the Gazebo beginning around 10:30 am and a Reception in the Clubhouse all day on Aug. 18.  If you have animals that you walk, please be considerate and do not use these areas for just this one day out of respect to the family.  Thank you.

As August is officially known as the Peach Month, we will celebrate with a Peach Shortcake Social on Friday Aug. 24 @ 6pm on the Patio at the Clubhouse.  Now, I am calling out for help from bakers in our community to help bake the shortcake biscuits!  Please, please, please sign up for a dozen or two by Aug. 21 – just drop me an email or a call.  I will be eternally grateful to you.

On Saturday, Aug. 25, I will be going on vacation with my dear husband, daughter, her partner and two kids to Ocean City, MD for a much-needed family time!  I will be back at work on Tuesday, Sept. 4.  If anything comes up during that time, please leave me an email or voicemail.

In September we will be having a Community Meeting to discuss plans for the future and goals for our community.  We would like all residents to attend.

There is a Bus Trip and Lake Cruise in September (previously announced) with Browns Tours on 9/22.  We will also have an Autumn Craft Day and Announce a Community Service Project that all can be involved with.

Enjoy your Month and Be Happy Out There!

🌿Connie Holden

Activities Coordinator

The Spinney at Van Dyke

Office 518-689-0162  Home 518-439-0164

July 2018 Newsletter

Welcome Neighbors and a special welcome to our newest residents!  Some of our weekly and monthly events are changing starting this month and we are adding a new club:  10:30 am Walking Club – M, W, F.  Meet in front of the Clubhouse promptly on Monday, July 2.  All Spinney Offices will be CLOSED JULY 4th.


GUIDED MEDITATION: 7/9 @4PM    BOOK CLUB  7/9 @ 11AM     LUNCH w/NEIGHBORS  7/17    MOVIE 7/13          BIRTHDAYS 7/27 @ 12:30 PM


MON. 1PM  Scrabble    WED. 1PM Ma Jongg      THUR. 10:30AM,  1PM

**NEW** M, W, F, 10:30 AM WALKING CLUB                   Evenings on The Green at Bethlehem Public Library WEDNESDAYS @ 7pm weekly SCRABBLE          WED.  1PM MA JONGG             THURS.  10:30AM CHAIR YOGA ($5/CLASS),     1 PM RUMMY



July 10 will be the LAST month for our Empties for Animals campaign. Please bring all your deposit bottles to 2 Brugel Court at 6:30pm for drop off.  Thank you to all who participated in this worthy cause.

Monday, July 9 @ 8:30 am: Tri-City Valley Cats Baseball $10 pp includes lunch.  We have space for 9 people, please call me if you plan to attend even at night or on the weekend!

Wednesday, July 4 @ 1 pm  potluck at the Clubhouse!  The Spinney is providing Hot Dogs and all the fixings, beverages and tableware.  Please bring serving spoons for your items.  Volunteers to help clean up would be appreciated.

Sunday, July 8 @ 1pm Cindy Morrison will be hosting a Party Lite Show in the Clubhouse.  All are welcome to attend but please RSVP directly to Cindy by 7/6. Call her at 518-621-7674, feel free to leave a message.  It should be a fun time for all!

Friday, July 13 @ 6:30 pm will be Movie Night.  I have tentatively scheduled a comedy from 2000 “Saving Grace” but am open to suggestions.  REMINDER:  NO FOOD is allowed in the media room, just water and nothing is to be placed on the pool table!  I spent quite a bit of time cleaning food crumbs off the floor and sofa after our last movie and I did not appreciate it.

Tuesday, July 17 @ 12 pm Lunch with Neighbors  Cost is $12 and your paid reservation with your name on it should be placed in my lockbox by Wed., July 11 @ noon to participate – no exceptions.  We are doing something very different this month – experiencing a dining adventure with a four-star chef!  You will not be disappointed.

Friday, July 20 @ 6:30pm is Karaoke Night!  Come one, come all, full of voice or small-join us as we rock n roll, hillbilly, jazz, gospel, rap or sing the old ballads and have an evening full of fun!  We will have a full selection of music to choose from – BYOB and snacks to share.

Looking Ahead:

We will be starting a new community service project:  Hearts of Love-everyone can help!

Road trip to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA.

Your new ideas can be featured here!

June 2018 Newsletter


Mon./Tues. 9-4 pm Dede Stewart, 1pm Mon. Scrabble

Wed. 1pm Mah Jongg, Guided Meditation 4pm monthly

Thurs. 1pm Rummy, 3:30 pm Chair Yoga

Welcome to June Neighbors and Friends!  Summer is here this month and we celebrate Flag Day, Father’s Day, the Summer Solstice and many graduations and weddings all month long.  We hope you don’t get so busy to come to the many activities we have planned for you.

New offerings we have for you beginning this month:  In our Media Room we now have the addition of a Billiards Table for your enjoyment.  We ask that you remember this is a space used by others and keep the doors closed when enjoying a movie or playing pool during business hours.  Please be mindful of the equipment and report any damage or malfunction to the front desk promptly.  We are also offering a new service for you:  Dede Stewart, a hairdresser for 30 years, is now offering in home Salon Services at our site on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9-4pm.  You will find her brochures in the clubhouse for pricing.  She is an Independent Contractor, not employed by The Spinney Group, and services, prices and satisfaction are between Ms. Stewart and the client.

June  1:   9 am  Huevos Rancheros Breakfast at the Clubhouse!  Come join us as we greet June with a spicy, eggy start!

June  8:  6:30pm  Ice Cream Social sponsored by Eric Woods Agency of Delmar.  Let’s hope we can use the patio.🍨

June  9:  7am Set up YARD SALE 8am-12pm!  Volunteers needed to move and set up tables, please call me asap!

June 11: 11am Book Club: this month we will be sharing about the books we are enjoying reading and choosing the next read.

June 12:  6pm Library Hours until 7 and from 6-6:30pm Bottles for Animals Drop Off at 2 Brugel Ct. Front of garage

June 13:  4pm Guided Meditation and 7pm, our benefit ” My Father Was A Storyteller”-more info to come

June 19: 12pm Lunch With Neighbors at Swifty’s in Delmar. $10 cash deposit due June 15 to attend

June 20: 11am  Amanda Weller from St. Peter’s will be speaking about Volunteer opportunities for Senior’s enrichment

June 22:  6pm Movie Night with refreshments, movie TBD

June 23:  5 o’clock Somewhere  BYOB we will supply the refreshments!

June 29: 12:30pm Birthday Celebration followed by “You Be The Judge”

Connie Holden, Activities Coordinator  office: 689-0162  home: 439-0164

Please Do Not Forget To Respond To All Events Timely! The Spinney At Van Dyke

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