Fantastic, Imaginative and Fun costumes on Halloween Day at Summerhill!

Our residents were impressed with the costumes and politeness of over 40 children coming from the Rindge Recreation Dept. 

Kids went trick-or-treating door to door and ended the day with a wonderful parade for all to see. Family members and staff brought in their precious children who were just as happy to collect sweets from jack-o-lanterns our residents had! 

Thank you to all the Resident and Staff joined in on the fun! Happy Halloween!





Let us help you get ready for the holidays

Call to order a pie made by our family for your family.

Pies available during our baking days.

924 - 6238


November 10th, Saturday at 2 PM

Monadnock Room

Please join us to hear acclaimed classical guitarist, concerto soloist and chamber musician John Muratore.

John has been the featured soloist at the Academie Festival des Arcs (France), St. Petersburg (Russia) Chamber Concerts, the Atelier International Concert Series in Paris and AIMS (American Institute for Musical Studies) in Graz, Austria.

The Boston Globe has described him as “a fleet-fingered and musicianly performer” and has characterized his playing as…“unleashing so many different varieties of tone and color in quick succession…a kind of aural iridescence.”

He has performed with numerous ensembles while on the faculties of Dartmouth College and Boston University and is guitar program coordinator at the All Newton Music School.

Free Admission

Limited Seating, please RSVP ~ Call 924-6238


Nicole Francoeur from the Alzheimer's Association and Owen Houghton, a longtime Alzheimer's advocate, joined our amazing pie crust maker and resident, Jean for a day of fresh fruit pie baking.

With the Walk to End Alzheimer's in Keene taking place on Sept. 15th, our residents have been very busy baking delicious pies!

For over 5 years, they have enjoyed picking fruit in season, preparing and baking to gladly support the Alzheimer's Association.

Family members, staff and neighbors from the community will wait for pies hot out of the oven. They are pleased to support such a worthy cause.

Can You believe that it's already August?

At Summerhill, our residents make the most of each sun shining day!

In going here and there for fun during these hot and humid days, we're happy to freshen up snacking on watermelon! Between entertaining and interesting activities and trips, many of our days are on the GO - GO - GO!

Keeping us hydrated and cool runs at the top of the priority list in making it a GREAT day!

A highlight of summer is having lobster!

This year, the evening started with fun visiting the seaside parrot photo booth by the deep blue ocean view.

The staff even joined in on the fun; dressing up and taking part in lobster shenanigans.

All to the delight of our residents, who love that we go all-out for this scrumptious seafood dinner.

Over 50 lobsters are served with sweet corn and clams. The fun evening is finished off with delicious blueberry pies that the residents made themselves.

Before the night is done, the residents are exclaiming they can't wait for next year's lobster feast!


The residents of Summerhill love getting out in the fresh air and having a back yard cook out!

There’s nothing like a special barbecue dinner every week to keep the summer hopping when shared with good friends. Aylmer prepares a feast that is server table side while our residents savor an al fresco evening.

Cheers to good times!


A perfect day at Hampton Beach!

Our residents look forward to going on this scenic ride up the NH coast to see the impressive sand sculptures. This year we met and talked with the winner, AbramWaterman from P.E.I. After which, we stopped for a lobster lunch and ended the day with delicious ice cream!

It’s quite magical to smell and hear the sounds of the ocean and recall happy beach times with family and friends.


Residents and daughters enjoyed a wonderful tea party in the Monadnock room on May 11th.

Over 45 guests came, most of them wearing favorite hats while visiting with family and friends and enjoying a true English tea to celebrate. 


The residents of our Memory Care wing had a delightful time at our Teddy Bear Picnic.

Everyone sat down to a china cup English tea while wearing sun hats under colorful umbrella’s.

Chocolate covered strawberries were nibbled on as many reminisced about teddy bears in their lives.


The Summerhill resident's donned their "Red Sox" shirts and hats to show their enthusiastic loyalty in being a SOX fan!

Our chefs put on a skit of "Who's on 1st base" while hot dogs with all the fixings, peanuts and popcorn or Cracker Jacks were served to celebrate the opening season.

They all feel it's going to be a GREAT season. Go RED SOXS, GO!!


Place your bets the race is on! Residents picked their favorite horses and cheered them on! Several won prizes but fun was had by all to attended!


Storytelling at Summerhill

It has become a tradition at Summerhill, that the night before the Christmas party, the residents are invited to a pajama party and storytelling event. This year, the Story of “A Christmas Carol” was told.

It wasn’t just read out of the book, it was acted out as well, in full costume. We had a visit from Jacob Marley (Brandon) himself, and of course the ghost from Christmas Past (Joanne), the ghost of Christmas Present (Caitlyn) and the ghost from Christmas yet to come, (Bob). We even had a visit from Tiny Tim (Caitlyn’s brother) and of course Ebenezer Scrooge.

It was a fun filled evening complete with toasting Hot toddies and warm chocolate chip cookies. Can’t hardly wait till next year.


December 2, 2017

The Summerhill 2017 Christmas party depicted the wonderful era of the Christmas Carol. As guest arrived they were greeted by charming Christmas Carolers; students from Mountain Shadows wearing traditional Dickens style bonnets. As the partygoers promenaded through the party they were swept away by an ice sculpture of Ebenezer Scrooge himself. Their good fortune was a delightful presentation of gobs and gobs of succulent perfectly cooked shrimp accompanied by a horse radish laden cocktail sauce.

The guests then strolled on to the cocktail bar which included a popular Dickens era creamy spiced Christmas rum libation. As they listened to Christmas Carols and munched on tiny hors d’oeuvres, they met friend with friend and family in good cheer, while reminiscing of days gone by. And like magic, a roasted turkey was sliced into slivers with stuffing and cranberry sauce and made into delicious Panini sandwiches which tasted just like Thanksgiving. We can’t forget the wonderful house made crab cakes resting a top of a warm asiago cheese and roasted vegetable polenta.

The night would see dancing and storytelling and lively music as they counted down the Twelve Days of Christmas. The piece de resistance was the Waffle Sundae Wild Cherry Jubilee. The night was made complete with all the Toys for Tots gifts so generously left under the Christmas tree for less fortunate children in town.

Next year promises to be even bigger and better than the last.

~Aylmer H Given III


The Residents worked very hard this year Making and Selling over 350 Apple Pies this year!

We Raised over 3,200.00!

Thank You to Residents, Family, Friends & Staff for all your support!

Hampton Beach Sand Castles logoHampton Beach Here We Come! June 2017

On a sunny early morning, some of our Assisted Living and Meadows residents settled into the Summerhill bus and headed for the blue green ocean waters of Hampton Beach. Many of us reminisced about taking our children to the ocean and were flooded with our own delightful childhood memories of beachside excursions. Jean Kundert shared the highlights of our journey and our intrepid Chef Aylmer drove the bus for all to enjoy a fun filled day at Hampton Beach to view the magnificent Sand Sculptures and boy, they did not disappoint!

We were greeted by a noble sandcastle complete with four towers, a smiling sun and many more. These were created on a grand scale and so detailed you would have sworn they were done in clay, not fragile sand. The smell of the salt sea air, feel of the sand and sounds of the seagulls was just heavenly while the sea breeze kept us comfortably cool.

After spending some time at the beach, admiring the sculptures, a walk along the boardwalk, Jean and Aylmer treated us to a scrumptious seafood lunch at Browns. It is a quintessential coastal seafood favorite restaurant we love to stop at! After lunch, we all boarded the bus once again for a picturesque ride along the coast road, looking at all the grand estates and trying to select which one we’d live in, if we won the lottery. The views were breathtaking, and we were all a little disappointed when Aylmer had to turn the bus for home.

We all agreed, we could not have asked for a better day to go to Hampton. A salty breeze kept us cool, a bright sun warmed our hearts but best of all, the day was shared with good friends!

One resident exclaimed, she’d take a trip to Hampton any time of the year. It was a fantastic change to go from the wonderful mountains and wood lands of the Peterborough to the salt marshes and ocean side of Hampton. We do hope you’ll join us next time – it’s well worth it!


June 21, 2016

The bus was filled with our Assisted Living and Memory Care residents for a fun filled day along Hampton Beach to see the wondrous, amazing and creative sand castles created from artists from all over New England and beyond. After much fun and laughter, we drove up the coast to see all the lovely homes and then headed to Brown s Seabrook Lobster Pound for a delicious lunch. Ice cream was a must for desert before heading back home.

Many of the residents shared special memories of when they were at the beach, time with their families there, taking in the smells of a summer day on the water and of course, people watching! Some of our resident s families were surprised and thrilled we make this an annual trip. We can t wait to go next year.

Christmas 161203 1Twas The Night Before Christmas” was the theme of our Christmas gala this year.

The Christmas Party started with guests being fully transported to Santa’s Village, entering the holiday garland elevator with a greeting of “Twas the Night Before Christmas”. This set the tone for a fairy-tale memory making evening.

The sun-room captivated many with spectacular ice sculptures of Rudolph and his sleigh offering jumbo shrimp cocktail and stone crab claws. All of Summerhill was a Christmas display designed to bring out the kid in all of us. Oh what joy!!

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse at the Grandfather clock cheese extravaganza. Then the stockings were hung by the chimney with care in our living room where tasty gourmet grilled panini sandwiches were served.

A twinkling was heard not on the roof but in our dining room with the party tradition of dancing and singing - The Twelve Days of Christmas being an all-time favorite!
To finish off the night the Country Kitchen was transformed into an endless dessert and chocolate waffle bar, not a single person went away hungry and a good time was had by all!

Thank you to the families who brought in presents for the local community toy drives.

You can view a selection of photos below.

December 4, 2016

It all started on Friday night with a reading of the very popular Clement C. Moore poem, “Twas The Night Before Christmas”. A special guest and early appearance of Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with a few elves from the North Pole made for a memorable evening. Mulled cider and cocoa was served as residents sat before the fireplace listening to this enchanting tale. Santa was so full of cheer that several ladies were delighted to sit on his lap and share wishes for the new year. Even though some of the residents expressed having been “Naughty”, Mrs. Claus found them all on the “Nice” list.

It was wonderful to hear of various Christmas and holiday family or personal traditions that several residents spoke of from their childhood and later years. Many commented on enjoying such a fun night and having the occasion to get to know each other ever more.


May 16, 2016

Our spring outing to Vermont Country Store located in Rockingham, VT is a lovely scenic ride traveling alongside the Connecticut River. Eight of our Assisted Living and Memory Care residents went on this annual jaunt with great anticipation for the treats from this old fashioned purveyor of practical and hard-to-find products. Beyond browsing through the home goods and clothing section, our residents love to taste the samples of cheese, dips and jellies before selecting their goodies to take home.

August 8, 2016

Twelve Assisted Living and Meadows residents shared in our annual trip to the Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens. This amazing Lepidoptera source in Western, MA features 4,000 exotic and domestic butterflies in a tropical environment within 8,000 within this conservatory. After our fun outing, we enjoyed a picnic lunch outside followed with ice cream to celebrate this event.

Our resident started baking for the Alzheimer's Association fundraiser in June using fresh strawberries and rhubarb making delicious pies. Many of these were sold to the family of our residents, visitors and staff even before they came out of the oven!

Soon the residents went blueberry picking and tasty blueberry pies were made while the orders kept coming in for more pies. Before you know it, we had apple donations from many to keep the Summerhill Bakers busy working together in pealing, cutting and mixing the filling for tasty fall apple pies. Jean and one of our residents managed to keep up making the best homemade crusts – as many customers exclaimed!

180 pies were baked so far this year. We continue making apple and pumpkin pies until just before Thanksgiving. So, if you want a delicious pie for the holidays let us know. Many thanks to all who support the Alzheimer’s Association!


Anyone who has felt a connection with a pet and experienced that unconditional love and acceptance, knows the value of a pet’s companionship. These qualities make animals ideal therapeutic visitors for our residents.


The Rindge Recreation Department bus of young children dressed in fabulous and creative costumes joined other Halloween attired family members of our residents and staff. They went door-to-door trick or treating and greeting everyone with smiles.

The kids (and even some adults) then paraded around the building to show off their marvelous costumes! Afterwards we had punch and cookies. Thank you to all that came and shared in the fun!


Once again, our resident Veterans joined other Veterans from the community for a special gathering to honor their service to our country. Our eight residents look forward to meeting fellow Veterans to talk about how they served. A very special lunch was served to show Summerhill’s appreciation for each of these Veterans. We look forward to doing this again next year. Please consider joining us.

This year’s gathering was extra special with the gift of a quilt for each Veteran that was presented by Quilts of Valor® Foundation. This now nationally organization was started by a Blue Star mother, Catherine in Delaware. She was inspired after her son was deployed to Iraq. Initially these quilts were given as healing quilts to returning service men and women touched by war.

As of 2015 the Quilts of Valor® Foundation has awarded over 124,000 quilts. Today groups sew quilts together at quilt shops, churches and community rooms and homes. They are aptly lifetime gifts stitched with love, prayers
and healing thoughts.

Many thanks to two local ladies, Jan Hicks and Mary Schneckenburger for bringing these beautiful quilts to these Veterans. You may learn more about Quilts of Valor® Foundation by contacting them on their website

Peter Smith, graciously spoke about and displayed his family antique hand tools from the 1800 – 1930’s. The residents enjoyed testing their knowledge of tools in playing a game of "Guess the Tool". Many learned even more about how the they were used, i.e. carving beams. It was a great educational experience for us all! Thank you Peter for your time and sharing these fascinating tools.

August 11, 2016

Our Assisted Living residents very much look forward to our summer Lobster Bake which is a fine evening of indulging in steamers, lobster, corn on the cob along and potato salad. The tables were set with sand, mini beach balls and boats to mark the occasion. Jarvis played the guitar while Bob played his drums and residents sang songs before the group sat down to enjoy this feast.

On January 20, 2016 Summerhill welcomed the advisory Board of Monadnock at Home for their annual meeting. In all, it was attended by about twenty members. They joined together in the Pub at 12:30 for social time and then sat down to a luncheon After all had enjoyed their meal, they moved to the Monadnock Room for their meeting. It sounds like it was a very successful afternoon and Summerhill looks forward to welcoming them back.
We also wish to thank them for the generous gift they gave to Summerhill’s activity department. Very kind and much appreciated.

August 3, 2016

Our residents reached out to the dedicated Police, Fire & Rescue Departments of Peterborough with gifts of homemade pies to express heartfelt THANKS for all they do for our community!

We Raise over 3,000.00 The Residents Made & Sold over 65 Apple Pies, Baking Breads, Cookies, and Jams.

Thank You to Residents, Family, Friends & Staff for all your support!

Our annual Christmas celebration was filled with Christmas cheer as residents laughed, danced, and ate the night away. Both the Assisted Living and Meadows residents, alongside family and friends were all given the chance to experience the magic of Christmas. This year’s theme was "The Polar Express," based from the beloved children's book and movie. Director of Culinary Services, Alymer Given and the kitchen staff delighted our taste buds that evening with exceptional and delicious food cleverly presented. Once again, he amazed us with crafting three Polar Express ice sculptures that did not disappoint. We marveled at the jingle bell, Santa Claus and train that directed us to the shining "BELIEVE" written in lights. Talented Customer Relations memory maker, Jean Kundert was behind the camera throughout the night capturing candid moments and treasured pictures! This year’s photo booth was a hoot with special guest "conductor Tom Hanks" by our sides! The "HOT HOT chocolate" room was every chocolate lovers dream come true. Listening to the "12 days of Christmas," sung by our beloved residents, staff and family was a treat for all. The residents were able to gift their families with the 1,200+ cookies they worked hard with Jean to make. Add this all together, plus the open bar and the night was one for the books. We want to thank the generous families who contributed toys in support of Toys for Tots. Our elf stayed busy collecting the many that were brought in! Thank you also to everyone who worked hard to ensure our beloved residents and guests would enjoy the night. It was certainly a magnificent success!

Once again Summerhill honors our Veterans and Service Men and Women with a "Thank You" luncheon.

A memorable afternoon with our residents sharing times with other veterans from the Community.

Josh Brescia Special Olympics WinnerJosh with Aylmer and Rita Dowd

Congratulations to our own Josh Brescia for his performance at this years Special Olympics. Josh took home a gold and a bronze medal in his events. We couldn't be prouder of him.

Three cheers for Josh from all his friends at Summerhill.

aylmerCongratulations to Aylmer Given, Director of Culinary Services (aka Top Dog Chef of Summerhill!!!!) for being The Biggest Loser. Aylmer lost the most weight in our three month contest. He looks and feels great with a 21 pound weight loss. It should also be noted that Aylmer turned all in winnings back to be donated to Alzheimer's Association. So very generous. Thank you Aylmer!!!!

Also, a round of applause for all the staff that participated in the contest. Everyone lost weight in varying amounts. Keep up the good work.

Think Spring!!!!!!

Margret and many others have been knitting gifts of hats for newborns and comfort dolls.
These cuddly dolls have been sent to Aides orphans in sub-Saharan Africa, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Ethiopia, Nicaragua, Uganda and Jamaica.

Close to 1,000 dolls have been delivered by local doctors traveling on mission trips.
These small gestures bring great comfort and joy to many children and offer a soothing effect while at medical clinics.

Summerhill is looking for volunteers to work in our Pub. No experience needed. We will train. It's a lively fun place where folks meet in the evening from 4 - 5 for a cocktail or soft drink. Most evenings there is entertainment. A fun and rewarding job for outgoing individuals who enjoy being around the same! Call Mary Pat or Deb. Thank you.

Summerhill Assisted Living held a Volunteer Appreciation lunch on November 19th, 2015. Below is a list of the volunteers honored at this lunch.

  1. Margot Graham has been reading to Summerhill residents for 25 years.
  2. Christine Falcone comes once each month with Msgr. Gerry Belanger from Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Peterborough and plays piano during mass.
    Neil Falcone is Chris’s husband, also from Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Peterborough. He is a Eucharistic Minister, assists with monthly mass at Summerhill, and helps deliver communion to residents who are unable to come to mass.
  3. Rev. Jamie Hamilton is Rector at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Peterborough, and provides pastoral care to several Summerhill residents as well as Episcopal worship at Summerhill once each month.
  4. Rita Klug volunteers in the Meadows.
  5. Cathy LaRoche is Barbara LaRoche’s daughter and runs the weekly Wednesday evening Assisted Living knitting group.
  6. Jane Meneghini is a Eucharistic Minister from Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Peterborough. She assists with monthly mass and Summerhill’s weekly Rosary prayer group.
  7. Mico Moran calls BINGO in the Meadows, and in the past helped distribute mail. (Jacob came as Mico’s aide.)
  8. Pastor Lourey Savick is the minister at the Peterborough United Methodist Church and provides pastoral care to several Summerhill residents.
  9. Ruth Wright plays scrabble with residents in Assisted Living.

Summerhill Assisted Living celebrates Children and the Arts Day with local home schooled students to create this beautiful dragon that was displayed in the window of Hobb's Jewelers.

london tea thumb 1On Thursday, November 20, 2014 Summerhill hosted New Hampshire Public Television's Brit's Wit's. Our Monadnock Room was transformed into a theater and the entrance became a "London Tea Room". Brit's Wit's has it's own followers through NHPTV and many of our residents joined in for the afternoon. They previewed a soon to be shown Brittish comedy, sipped tea and port and were treated to Aylmer's goodies. NHPTV expressed delight over the welcome that Summerhill rolled out. Everyone is welcome back anytime.

June McDonald with some of her devoted family membersJune McDonald
with some of her devoted family members
Congratulations to our June MacDonald!!! She received The Boston Cane in recognition of being the oldest citizen of Rindge.

June is 99 years young and certainly does not look it. June has lived here at Summerhill for a little over three years. She is shown here with some of her devoted family. Again, congrats June!!!!

Kentucky Derby Churchill DownsOn May 3rd, Summerhill got into the spirit of the Kentucky Derby by holding their own celebration. Mint Juleps and appetizers were provided for all the residents who attended. Residents were encouraged to wear a special "HAT" of their choosing and creation to celebrate the Derby.

Many original hats were worn with great pride and our bouquet of Roses was presented to Ruth Graeff, for "Best Hat" of the day. (The wreath of Pansies she wore came right off her front door. Hysterical !!) A fun time was had by all!

Hawaiian LuauSave the Date for our BIG BBQ EVENTS

Hawaiian Luau

On July 16, starting at 12:00 noon, Summerhill is hosting our Hawaiian Luau Theme BBQ for all residents and their families.

Come dressed for the occasion!

Beach-BBQBeach Barbeque

And on July 23 @ 12:00 noon, a Beach Themed BBQ for our Meadows Residents and their Families.

(Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and a variety of salads and accompaniments will be served.) We hope you can join us !

Summerhill Found to be 100% Deficiency Free in recent State of New Hampshire surveySummerhill is very proud to share the results of our most recent State of New Hampshire survey ( August, 2014).

We were found to be 100% deficiency free.

We are so proud of the entire staff of Summerhill. It is their success story because it is they who provide extraordinary care to our wonderful residents. Take a well deserved bow folks!!!!!

grilling-imageWe are so pleased to announce that on every Wednesday @ 5pm - Beginning May 8th until September 11th Summerhill will be having a BBQ for residents under the tent. (Hamburgers/Hot Dogs/Salads/Fruits/Desserts)

Summer Menu

Also, our Executive Chef, Aylmer Given has selected his Summer Menu for our residents and guests. Paring fresh fruits and vegetables with lighter dishes for dining.

Summerhill Community has been baking, canning and fundraising in all kinds of ways to raise money for Alzheimer's. We have already reached our goal and we still have a couple of weeks to go.

On September 20th we will head to Keene to walk for Alzheimer's awareness. We hope to see old friends and meet new ones. Thanks to all who have supported our efforts. A special thanks to Jean Kundert, Jean Palmer and Kay Kereazis. Their baking, canning, pickle and jam making as well as Kay presiding over her "Lemonade Stand" helped push our fundraising efforts over the top.

August 2014 Memory CafeOn Thursday, September 4th, Summerhill hosted our monthly Memory Cafe her in our pub from 2:00 - 3:00 in the afternoon. Our presenter for this month was Tiffany Calcutt (pictured). Tiffany spoke extensively about the benefit of certain foods to promote good health and possibly slow down memory loss. It was standing room only. Our best turnout yet! Twenty three folks from the community in addition to our wonderful residents and staff. Aylmer put out a buffet of heart and brain healthy treats including salmon, colorful fruits and vegetables with a lovely yogurt dip. Attendees sipped iced tea, lemonade seltzer and sherry. The questions were thoughtful and the answers informative.

Unbridled-ChocolatesOur residents recently took a day trip to the Belgian Chocolatier. Only 15 Minutes from Peterborough, Unbridled Chocolates is a small "boutique" chocolate shop located near Keene, NH in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire.

More than a chocolate store, Unbridled Chocolates is a place to hold parties, a place where you can order dessert, and taste tempting treats.( samples are encouraged) Their pride in business comes from combining unique flavors with fine Belgian chocolate. Our residents enjoyed the tour and the specialties of the shoppe thanks to Alan Crofut, Owner and Chef.

Easter at Summerhill Assisted Living in Peterborough, NHThe Summerhill Assisted Living Annual Easter Bunny Visit and Egg hunt was held on Saturday March 30th at 10:00am.

Residents of Summerhill, their Grandchildren and great Grandchildren participated in the egg hunt.

Summerhill staff also brought their children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews to help celebrate and participate in the hunt as well.

Thank you to our Activities Director Jean Kundert, staff, and employees of Summerhill, for graciously giving of their time to making it another fun filled day !

Pack Monadnock

This Summer we have taken two trips up the winding service road to the top of Pack Monadnock. From the peak you can view Mt. Monadnock, Mt. Washington and even Boston on a clear day!

A trip to Humdingers in Marlborough provided a challenging afternoon of mini golf. The delicious ice cream we enjoyed after was a reward for our efforts on the greens.

Summerhill Assisted Living Vermont Country Store OutingThe photo to the right Is from a recent outing for our Residents in Summerhill's Assisted Living facility to the Vermont Country Store. Our residents were accompanied by our Activities Director, Jean Kundert.

As you can see from the photo a fun time was had by all!

We visited Executive Director Mary Pat Jackson's lovely gardens and pastures at the peak of iris season. The iris were in full bloom and all the horses loved the carrots and attention. Even Elba, Mary Pat's beloved Mastiff got in on the action. We were even lucky enough to make a few new friends as we enjoyed the sights. This was one of the first trips in our new bus!

Mount Monadnock hike 2014On a picture perfect day, several of our residents climbed Mount Monadnock. They could not have chosen a more classic hiking day. A cool breeze, no bugs and big smiles. All came home a little tired but very satisfied. Great job guys!!!! Mount Washington next???

Summerhill Assisted Living Sleigh Ride in Jaffery, NHA sleigh ride was enjoyed by Summerhill residents on what turned out to be a perfect Winter day.

With a winter chill and snow flurries in the air, the Silver Ranch Stables on RT 124 in Jaffrey, NH, provided an expert driver and vintage sleigh. With 2 beautiful Belgian horses in the lead, our residents were treated to an hour long, snow covered ride, along many of the Monadnock regions country roads and trails.

Enjoy the photos below

Ponys visit Summerhill Assisted Living in Peterborough NHOn June 6th Summerhill had some very adorable four legged friends visit with us. Cover Girl (complete with hat and sneakers!!!) and Ginger graced us with their presence. And, presence they had! They roamed the halls and living areas of Summerhill greeting all our residents, families and staff. They nibbled carrots, shared kisses and even a little pony ride or two. We all hope they will be regular visitors. They call home a therapeutic riding facility in Hopkinton N.H. Cover Girl and Ginger's owner, Pauline has offered our residents the opportunity to get back in the saddle and ride once again. Our Activities department is in the process of putting this together for our residents who would like to pursue this.

I am thinking some more very special photos will be following these. Stay tuned!

Summerhill is so proud to be able to offer our Memory Cafe. On the first Thursday of each month we are opening up our beautiful newly renovated pub to folks from the Summerhill community as well as anyone in the Monadnock area who would like to join us. We will occasionally have a guest speaker who will bring insight into the area of dementia.

Occasionally, we will have music of some type. However what we will always have is plenty of compassion, understanding, support and friendship. Our chef, Aylmer Given is collaborating with our Executive Director, Mary Pat Jackson to not only welcome all from Summerhill but from the community to come relax and enjoy refreshments. All are welcome including folks giving care to loved ones with dementia and the people they care for. There is no charge and reservations are not required but can be helpful.

Please consider spending part of your afternoon with us and letting us pamper you.

Scenic Ride in new coach busAt long last our beautiful coach bus has arrived. And we're off................ on this particular day it was a scenic ride with a trip to Kimball's for an ice cream. We have been on the road each day since it's arrival. Both floors of our memory care as well as our assisted living residents take turns on outings. Thanks so much to our remarkable Activities staff for all the fun outings they plan.

On November 8th, Veterens Lunchour honored veterans were treated to one of Aylmer's spectacular lunches.

Thanksgiving Show 1The Well School treated our residents to a Thanksgiving performance.

IMG 1499Scarecrows, scarecrows, scarecrows everywhere!!!!! We can't even have a scenic ride or wander our gardens without being spooked!!!! Oh well, Halloween is special all around and that certainly includes Summerhill. Stay tuned for our trick or treaters.

Notice how we at Summerhill paid homage to our beloved chef Aylmer Given. Could anyone ask for more than this -  to be so beautifully displayed???

Pumkin FestivalOn October 18th and 19th we were once again carving pumpkins for the annual Keene Pumpkin Festival. We rolled up our sleeves and got to work creating many wonderful Jack'o lantern contributions. And thanks to Summerhill, Keene broke the world record for lit Jack'o lanterns. Well, maybe a slight exaggeration but ours certainly helped. Thank you folks. They came out wonderful

IMG 1400On October 13th we attended the annual Art Tour for Peterborough and surrounding towns. We are constantly reminded of all the talent within the Monadnock Region. We saw spinners, painters, glass blowers, blacksmiths and so many more. Artists of all kinds open their homes, barns, studios etc. to share their particular passion. It was a special day and enjoyed by all who attended.

Summerhill AL Visit to Silver Oak Alpaca FarmEarly in October we were invited to Silver Oak Alpaca Farm in Ashby, Massachusetts to visit with the most adorable alpacas. We saw large and small and all were just wonderful. Thank you so much Pam and family. One of our resident's daughter and her husband own this beautiful farm so Francis was able to brag to fellow residents about all the wonders of his daughter's farm. Enjoy the photos!!!!

group apple pickingOn September 22, we headed to the beautiful Red Apple Farm in Phillipston, Massachusetts for a day of apple picking. It has been owned and operated for four generations by The Rose Family. Residents came back with bags and bags of apples. The apple pies coming out of The Country Kitchen were spectacular. Thank you so much ladies.

IMG 9932On September 21st, staff and residents as well as family and friends headed to Keene, N.H. for the annual Alzheimer's Walk. It was a gorgeous fall day just meant for a vigorous walk or stroll depending on ability. All that attended were so glad that they had. Summerhill had been fundraising for a year prior to the walk. Residents baked and sold their goodies as well as canned items from our gardens. We all worked as a community to raise funds and the results were extraordinary. Our Activities Director has already begun to "rally the troops (elves)" for next year. Way to go Jean, Mark, Annmarie and Barbara as well as our dedicated residents. You know who you are!!!!

Kimballs 2013On August 9th we made our way back over to Jaffrey. It's a tough job but someone has to do it!!! Look at all those unhappy faces!!! Once again we indulged. Lobster rolls, fries, onion rings, burgers etc. And to think we had to finish it off with ice cream. We love those trips and are already looking forward to their reopening in the spring.

The Peterborough Players and Summerhill StaffOn September 4, 2013 some of our Meadows residents had a visit with some of The Peterborough Players staff. They were treated to a performance and photo op!!!!!!

Annual Summerhill Lobster Bake - 2013On August 6, 2013 Summerhill had our annual lobster bake. It was a picture perfect summer day. Warm temperatures, no humidity and a cool breeze. Ideal weather to sit back and feast, which is exactly what we did.

Aylmer and his staff put out an amazing spread including lobster, steamers, corn on the cob, potato salad, lemonade and ice cold beer. It doesn't get any better!!! When we all thought we could not eat another bite, out came the homemade blueberry pies. Our residents went blueberry picking the week before and then were kind enough to spend a morning baking pies. Thank goodness Aylmer purchased extra lobsters because today lobster rolls are on the menu followed by a trip to Kimball's for ice cream. We love summer here at Summerhill!!!!

Ruth, Jean, Andy, Shirley, Marge, & Sheri went blueberry picking Ruth, Jean, Andy, Shirley, Marge, & Sheri went blueberry picking yesterday in between the rain showers we picked 12 pounds of blueberries .Tomorrow we will make 6 blueberry pies.


On Thursday, June 20th Summerhill welcomed The Peterborough Chamber of Commerce for their after hours gathering. What a great group! Approximately sixty members arrived around 5:30 and the fun started. They enjoyed cocktails and Aylmer's amazing appetizers (see pictures). They all had such complimentary things to say about our beautiful facility. We would love to have them back anytime.

Hawaiian Luau at Summerhill Assisted Living in Peterborough NHSummerhill was transformed on July 16th . We became an Hawaiian island in costume and with a delicious feast that only Aylmer and Jean could pull off. Assisted Living residents and their families dined on sweet and sour pork, shrimp fried rice, a variety of vegetables, ambrosia, native fruits and the absolute favorite – vanilla ice cream with fried pineapple and fresh caramel sauce. Yum!!!!!

Summerhill Assisted Living heads to Hampton Beach for a day in the sunOn Tuesday, July 25th a group from Summerhill headed to the beach for lobsters and a chance to view the amazing sand sculptures. What a day we had!!! Temperatures soared as did spirits as we dove into a feast of seafood delights. With tummies full and smiling faces we headed up the beach to see the sculptures (and oh boy, the sights that only Hampton Beach has to offer!!!). The sand sculptures were beyond words as you will see from our pictures. Residents were such good sports ignoring the heat and humidity to enjoy these creations.

We all agreed it was a great day and eagerly look forward to returning next year.

Annmarie - Our New Activities Coordinator at Summerhill Assisted LivingOur New Activities Coordinator

Annmarie has recently joined Summerhill in our Activities Department. She is a graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic University, with a degree in Cross Cultural Studies.

Annmarie loves sports, especially running, reading, crafts, and has a special place in her heart for all animals. She is a welcome addition to our Summerhill family and residents and co-workers alike will benefit from her approach and personality.

Beth & Warren from Dublin NH are participants in the "Pet Partners" Program and visit our Summerhill residents on a regular basisBeth & Warren from Dublin NH are participants in the "Pet Partners" Program and visit our Summerhill residents on a regular basis. Along with their 3 Golden Retrievers, Sofie (9 yrs old), Willow(6 yrs old), and Alice(3 yrs old), the owners and dogs Touch the lives of our residents, while Improving their Health.

Thank you from all of the Summerhill residents and Staff for enriching our lives with your kindness and visits.

kristin and family thumbKristen, Mia & Baby Weston, (not pictured) , are our latest Volunteers at Summerhill.

The family is from New Ipswich and Kristen recently called our facility and asked if she and her children could come to visit and hopefully brighten our residents day.

And that they have. Eyes widen and smiles come upon the faces of our residents on our Assisted Living and Memory Units when they arrive.

Thank You Kristen and Family for Brightening our Day !!

We are all deeply saddened that one of our dear residents, Helen Brazil, passed away on Sunday, November 17th.

Helen was such a gift to all. She shared her jokes, singing, puns, smile, and friendship to all who had the privilege of meeting her. She will be dearly missed.

Attached is a recent poem Helen wrote about Summerhill. Helen loved it here and it shows.

Monadnock Wellness Fair 2012Summerhill participated in the 7th Annual Monadnock Wellness Fair on Saturday Sept. 29, 2012, sponsored by the Monadnock Rotary Club.

We had a great day, and great looking display. So many people contributed to success of this effort and we want to thank them all!

We had an opportunity to speak to so many nice people. It's gratifying to know that Summerhill has such a great reputation in the community. Throughout the day we heard many "Thank You's" from families and friends of former and present residents. It truly warms ones heart to be a part of this amazing family. We even had the opportunity to speak to former employees of Summerhill who remembered the charm and ambiance of the old "Farm House".

A great day was had by all. Thanks again for this amazing opportunity!

Alzheimer's Foundation of America - Excellence in Care Distinction given to Summerhill Assisted Living's Meadows Facility.Summerhill Assisted Living is pleased to announce that it has been given the Alzheimer's Foundation of America Excellence in Care Dementia Program of Distinction.

The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) developed Excellence in Care to partner with care settings in the establishment of a nationwide standard of excellence in care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia.

Excellence in Care offers the opportunity for facilities to ensure that their dementia care settings meet the optimal care needs of their residents/clients. The program, created with the input of industry experts, consists of a comprehensive on-site evaluation and consultation on strategies to achieve the established standards for quality of care and to sustain performance.

A dementia care professional who has undergone comprehensive training—an AFA Excellence in Care Specialist—will partner with the care setting to meet the program’s standards of excellence. Key areas of review include: environment, education, staff-client interaction and programming.

Care settings, such as the Summerhill Assisted Living Meadows Facilities, that successfully reach the standards established by this initiative will earn the status of Alzheimer's Foundation of America Excellence in Care Dementia Program of Distinction.


Thursday, November 1, 2018 Memory Cafe,

From 2:00 to 3:00 pm

Age-Wise Tips for the Holidays Antidotes to Seasonal Depression

Dr. Owen Houghton, a caregiver and husband of a Summerhill resident, shares his views on aging wellness as the holidays approach.

He has written a column called Age-Wise for 20 years in the Sunday Keene Sentinel. Owen shares his positive insights of life and growing old gracefully on such topics as:

Friendships and relationships contribute to healthy aging.

The courage to grow old – hope and happiness.

Finding comfort with ups and downs of aging.

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Becka Lyons, PT, DPT

Thursday, October 4, 2018 Memory Cafe,

From 2:00 to 3:00 pm

Learning To Manage And Move With Chronic Pain
Have you noticed that you are commonly finding yourself saying phrases like: 

"Not today, I am in too much pain." 

"Maybe later, I need to rest a while, my back is sore." 

"How about another time, I am painful today." 

Join us as we navigate through the components of pain, discover techniques to manage pain, and learn to move through life again! 

RSVP is appreciated 

Call 924-6238

Walk-in's welcome.

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Mary Catherine Bateson

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 Memory Cafe, Monadnock Room

From 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Mary Catherine Bateson

"How is Increased Longevity an Evolutionary Step Forward"

Compare the impact of extended late adulthood with the extension of childhood, and embrace the opportunities in living longer.

Mary Catherine is a writer and cultural anthropologist, born in 1939. Currently living at Summerhill, with homes in Hancock, NH and Cambridge, MA. She has been a visiting scholar at the Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College.

She has written many books and articles, lectured across the country and abroad, taught at several prestigious New England colleges and in the Philippines and Iran.

Bateson's most recent book, Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom, discusses the contributions and improvisations of engaged older adults. Written to raise consciousness of the changing life cycle and to encourage older adults to clam a voice for the future, to extend American ideals and values and to protect ecological viability.

Limited Seating, please RSVP: Call 924 - 6238


Ann Finn-Waddell, Resident Care Director

Thursday, August 2, 2018 Memory Cafe

From 2:00 to 3:00 pm

Ann “Annie” Finn-Waddell, LPN, CDP

Nursing since 1998, Annie has specialized in geriatrics and moreover, Dementia and Alzheimer's care since 2009. She’s been involved with Assisted Living and Memory Care professionally and personally for the past 12 years. Annie was appointed to the NH Board of Nursing by Governor Lynch in 2012 and most recently by Governor Sununu.

As an advocate for residents, she believes they deserve the best care, 100% every day, in all areas of their lives, given with respect and integrity, while honoring their dignity. Annie has a high expectations of herself, staff and fosters team care, professionalism and humor.

Annie has two children, a son Robert, 28 who is a Nursing Home Administrator in the Boston area, and a daughter Julia, 26 who is an ICU nurse. They are the reason my heart beats.



"We are so pleased that our brother is happy, safe and well cared for at Summerhill!"

Thursday, June 12th and 14th, 2018 Memory Cafe

The warm, serene yet enjoyable atmosphere
lends itself to having wonderful comradery with other
residents and the staff.

There is a special group of menfolk who have fun adventures together.

It means a lot to truly enjoy this stage of life with people you feel good about being with and share enjoyable times together.




Joan Marcoux,
Communication Access Specialist
NH DHHS Office

Thursday, June 7, 2018 Memory Cafe

From 2:00 to 3:00

Come Learn About New Technology
to Assist those with Hearing Loss and iPad apps for Communication

Joan Marcoux, Hearing, Vision, and Speech specialist promotes communication access for individuals who have hearing, vision, and speech challenges.

She will demonstrates apps that are available on the phone; to read what is being said by others, along with smartphone and tablets that can be used for communication including Assistive Listening Devices.

RSVP is appreciated

Call 924-6238

Walk-in’s welcome

Elizabeth ThomasThursday, May 3rd, 2018 Memory Cafe

From 2:00 to 3:00


Elizabeth "Liz" Marshall Thomas will read from her book about growing old. She finds the aging process interesting enough to be writing this book, tentatively titled ~

Old Age: A New Experience

Liz considers the poem by Dylan Thomas (alas, no relation), "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" with its phrase, "Rage, rage, against the dying of the light" with both interest and skepticism, because all of us elders see the "dying of the light" but "rage" may not be the best reaction. Humor and other reactions are but a great medicine to consider.

She will read a few sections of her book and discuss some of her own aging symptoms, along with how our cultural reacts to such symptoms. 

As Liz says, "Aging isn't for the faint-hearted, so let stand together and make the most of it."

memorycafeThursday, April 5th, 2018 Memory Cafe

From 2:00 to 3:00


Well ~ Science says with a healthy lifestyle, we can!

Summerhill believes in a well rounded approach to resident care. Studies show that the aging process slows down when the emphasis is on the well-being of the entire body.

Our staff focuses on encouraging exercise, cognitive stimulation and a healthy diet on a daily basis.

Come participate in the presentation and demonstration and taste some delicious foods created by Chef Aylmer Given.

An RSVP is appreciated.

SheillaThursday, February 1, 2018 Memory Cafe

From 2:00 to 3:00

"It's not just about living longer, but living better for longer".

Sheilla Parkerson will discuss how exercise and the use of essential oils can enhance our health and wellness as we age gracefully.

Sheilla has a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from UMASS Amherst and has over 20 years of experience as a Fitness Professional. She is the Owner and Manager of QueViva Fitness LLC in Jaffrey and is also a Wellness Advocate for doTERRA Essential Oils.

There will not be a Memory Café in January

We look forward to seeing you in February.


2017 NOV 2 Memory CafeThursday, November 2nd, 2017 Memory Cafe

From 2:00 to 3:00

Polly and Jim Curran will talk about their two years in Iran from June 1958 to June 1960. It was ruled by the last Shah, who was later expelled by a revolution in 1979. All the Iranians they met were friendly and well disposed towards the US.

Jim worked at the US Embassy in Tehran and Polly volunteered in a new orphanage, learned Persian while raising their five children.

2017 OCT 5 MC Erdmann

Thursday, October 5th, 2017 Memory Cafe

From 2:00 to 3:00

Pam Erdmann will discuss what Mindfulness is, its origins and current applications along with some of its benefits.

Pam has taught Mindfulness in correctional systems, hospitals, schools, corporations and the Univ. Massachusetts Clinic.

Currently Pam supervises MBSR teachers at U. Mass, Southern CA Univ. and the University of Wales.

Aug 2017 Adam HamiltonThursday, August 3rd, 2017 Memory Cafe

From 2:00 to 3:00

Adam Hamilton from People’s Bank will speak about recognizing and reducing elder financial fraud. This will include how to guard against identity theft, planning for unexpected change in handling your finances and preparing for financial disasters.

An RSVP would be appreciated. Please call our concierge 924-6238 by May 30th.

Yoga can be good for all of usThursday, June 1st, 2017 Memory Cafe

From 2:00 to 3:00

Yoga can be good for all of us, regardless of body type or level of experience.

Chris, a certified Kripalu yoga instructor, will talk about yoga as mindful movement. She will explain how yoga helps us stay in touch with our self and improves breathing, circulation, joint health, and balance.

Come join us as we stretch, loosen up, maybe even reduce a bit of stress and realize the benefits of feeling alive and healthy.

 An RSVP would be appreciated. Please call our concierge 924-6238 by May 30th.

 Joan Bickford, May 4th 2017 Summerhill Assisted Living Memory CafeThursday, May 4th, 2017 Memory Cafe

From 2:00 to 3:00

Joan Bickford will lead this discussion to share how Life-Sustaining treatment is decided upon between conversations you have with loved ones and your medical providers.

The goal of POLST is to ensure that individuals make choices about the treatments they want and that these choices are honored and followed by medical providers. Learn how a POLST form is different from an Advance Directive or portable DNR form.

Joan Bickford, RN has specializing in hospice care for 13 years and is a hospice care consultant for Compassus Hospice and Palliative Care.


An RSVP would be appreciated. Please call our concierge 924-6238 by May 2nd.

Reverand Barbara Harlow April 6 2017 Summerhill Assisted Living Memory CafeThursday, April 6th, 2017 Memory Cafe

From 2:00 to 3:00

Unlike a legal will that transfers worldly possessions, an ethical will bequeaths values, ideas, and personal reflections to family members and other loved ones. Come learn about these documents that can be characterized as windows into the souls of those who write them, and how they can be cherished by family members for generations.

Rev. Barbara Harlow serves Summerhill as an interfaith chaplain, providing in-house spiritual care, since 2011.


2017 02 23 Susie Hunter Role as a care giverMarch 2nd, 2017 Memory Cafe

From 2:00 to 3:00

Susie Hunter will share her experience of caring for her husband at home once he was diagnosed with dementia. She will also speak about the process of looking ahead to her future. In the last twenty-five years, Susie has re-invented her professional career several times, most recently as an eldercare provider.

Susie and her husband, Bruce were childhood sweethearts who raised two sons. Once the family was settled, she found a professional career in PR. This experience led to opening her own company, which provided special events support to corporations. Her clients included the Tufts Health Plan and the Moscow International Marathon. Since then while Bruce found his interest in renovating historical structures, Susie continued running, gardening and having a landscape design business.


Ben Paquin - Kick Cabin Fever OUT This Season

February 2nd, 2017 Memory Cafe

From 2:00 to 3:00 pm

Ben Paquin will discuss how for many individuals, Cabin Fever is an unwelcome occurrence that happens around the winter months. Such malaise can be the result of getting less sunlight, inactivity, isolation, or even diet. You can experience it at a home alone or within a residential community.

Ben Paquin is partner and Director for the New Hampshire and Maine branch of Seniors Helping Seniors®, a Licensed Personal Care and Healthcare provider. Seniors Helping Seniors provides quality senior care services with a twist... Seniors Helping Seniors offer services for seniors BY seniors.

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January 5th, 2017 Memory Cafe

From 2:00 to 3:00 pm

Nina Pollock RN, MS will discuss the difference between hospice and palliative care and how it has evolved in the last 10 years. She will give input on how this service can truly enhance life for a loved one and their family and friends.

Nina taught nursing at Ursuline College for 20 years. Currently she is a per diem Hospice Home Care RN for Home Healthcare Hospice and Community Services.

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Mary Pat will introduce Pat O’Connell, RN, M. Ed, IBCLC Director of Resident Care at Summerhill.

Pat comes to us with many years of experience both locally at the Monadnock Community Hospital and in the Nashua area. She has implemented new programs and written articles in various medical publications. In addition to strong clinical skills, Pat excels in teaching and mentoring young health care professionals.

Please join us if you or a loved one are looking into choices for the future and have questions about assisted living or memory care.

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September, 2016 Memory Cafe

This discussion is about the correlation between food and how it relates to the joy in our lives. The many ways that we recall special events in our lives and how often times the connection to that memory is in the tradition of foods that we enjoy with our family and friends. This in depth look at how foods trigger memories was the topic of a recent memory café hosted by Aylmer the Director of culinary Services at Summerhill Assisted Living.

As a result of this discussion and the enthusiasm that it created, Summerhill has embarked on a mission to create a cookbook filled with special recipes, and the stories behind them, from the residents that catalog and preserve some of these memorable family traditions, for years to come. We are asking all family to assist their Mom’s and Dad’s in selecting that one recipe that has great value to the family.

To take it a step further, every Thursday evening, throughout the winter months, in an event that we call “Wine & Dine” a recipe will be chosen, and prepared by our chef for the entire Assisted Living community to sample and enjoy. A photo will be taken of the resident holding a plate of the finished food.

So please, let Aylmer or Jean know if you would like to submit a special recipe, along with the story behind it. Hurry, the spaces are filling up fast, and we want to make sure we include your special family tradition.

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