Register by Friday for The Heart of the Pines Golf Tournament!

The cost is $60 per player, with 4-person teams. The fee includes a cart and lunch. And lots prizes will be given out during lunch following the tournament!

All proceeds will go to the American Heart Association.

To register, contact Laurie Cates at 866-3400 or email lcates@dirigopines.com. Register by May 3!

Interested in sponsoring? Sponsor a hole for just $75! Contact Laurie. All proceeds will go to the American Heart Association.

Join Us for the Heart of the Pines Golf Tournament!

Join us for senior living at its finest! Dirigo Pines is pleased to host The Heart of the Pines Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 18 at Hidden Meadows Golf Course in Old Town.

Tee time is at 8 a.m. The cost is $60 per player, with 4-person teams. The fee includes a cart and lunch. And lots prizes will be given out during lunch following the tournament!

All proceeds will go to the American Heart Association.

To register, contact Laurie Cates at 866-3400 or email lcates@dirigopines.com. Register by May 3!

Interested in sponsoring? Sponsor a hole for just $75! Contact Laurie. All proceeds will go to the American Heart Association.

Lunch and Learn Series from Rudman Winchell

Join Rudman Winchell on Friday, March 15 for another Lunch & Lunch event. This time they’re focusing on Understanding Workplace Accommodations. Anne-Marie Storey will discuss religious and disability accommodations and provide employers with guidance on how to handle such requests, including how to determine whether a request is reasonable and whether alternatives exist, how to properly respond to such a request, and the importance of remaining consistent in workplace policies.

This presentation will take place Friday, March 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Machias Savings Bank Community Room at 581 Wilson St. in Brewer.

And stay tuned for our next featured presentation with Rudman Winchell coming up on Tuesday, April 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. We’ll be hosting an Advanced Health Care Directive Workshop right here at Dirigo Pines.

You can reserve your spot today by calling Dawn Spinney at 992-2302 or emailing dspinney@rudmanwinchell.com.

Get Outside this Winter!

Retirement living means more time for activities like skiing and snowshoeing! Dirigo Pines nature trails are great to explore on snowshoes in the winter, and nearby you’ll find lots of trails perfect for a winter hike or cross-country ski outing.

The Penobscot Valley Ski Club offers a great list of nordic trails on its website (click here). PVSC grooms several trail systems that are free and open to the public. Trails around Orono include the Caribou Bog Ski Trail, trails behind the Orono schools, and University of Maine trails (click here for a UMaine trail map).

Just down the road in Bangor, try out the open trails groomed around the Bangor Municipal Golf Course, or head to Hampden’s middle school and try out the Reeds Brook trails.

Ever been snow shoeing? It’s another great and super fun way to enjoy the snow! Hirundo Wildlife Refuge in nearby Alton (about 10 minutes from Orono) offers some amazing snow shoeing opportunities, as well as the University of Maine. 

What’s your favorite winter activity? Share it below!

Field Trip: Emera Astronomy Center Outing

One of the best parts of living at Dirigo Pines is our proximity to the University of Maine and all their great shows and offerings. Have you checked out the Emera Astronomy Center yet? Our residents recently took a trip to experience “Expedition Reef.” This full-dome planetarium show provides an up-close look at a part of our planet many people have never experienced, exploring the secrets of the “rainforests of the sea” and embarking on an oceanic safari to the world’s most vibrant and endangered marine ecosystems – coral reefs.

The Emera Astronomy Center is open to the public and very affordable. Tickets for planetarium programs are $6 for adults, $5 for UMaine students, veterans and seniors, and $4 for children under 12. Tickets may be purchased online, by phone at 207.581.1341, or at the ticket box office prior to the show. The Expedition Reef show is going on through Jan. 25.

Learn more at astro.umaine.edu/publicevents.

 

 

Happy Winter!

Happy First Day of Winter! Make a resolution to get to know Maine better! Dirigo Pines is situated right in the heart of Maine, conveniently distanced from southern, northern, western and coastal attractions.

Winter in Maine brings its own flurry of fun with plenty of local skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, skating and more. The Maine Ski Association offers a long list of mountains for alpine skiers for all levels as well as Nordic ski areas at skimaine.com. The nearby University of Maine offers cross-county ski trails as well – click here for more information.

Did you know Maine offers 3,500 miles of groomed interconnected trails for snowmobilers? Millinocket’s New England Outdoor Center offers rentals for newbies to try out the popular Maine winter pastime. Check out the Maine Snowmobile Association’s website for trail conditions, maps, and much more.

What’s your favorite Maine winter activity? Share it in the comments below!

The Gift of Experience

Tired of trinkets? Not sure what to give this holiday season? How about the gift of experience? Dirigo Pines is conveniently close to the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor offering nationally touring shows, as well as the recently revitalized Collins Center in Orono, and the newly updated Penobscot Theatre in downtown Bangor. There are shows and entertainment aplenty – tickets can make a great holiday gift. Here are few upcoming shows:

  • Elf the Musical: Take the grandkids to see this silly and beloved holiday-movie-turned-musical on the stage at Penobscot Theatre in Bangor. Give tickets as an early gift and get everyone in the mood for holiday fun. Throughout December. Learn more here.
  • Cirque Dreams Holidaze: Watch this festive take on the holidays with amazing acts and costumes, coming December 13 to the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Click here to learn more and find tickets.
  • The Nutcracker: What’s more Christmas than watching Clara and company on stage at the Collins Center for the Arts in Orono? Take the family and arrive early to pick up your own nutcracker at the gift shop. Holiday shopping done. Coming December 15 and 16 – click here for details and tickets.
  • Honky Tonk Laundry: Starting January 31 through the end of February at the Penobscot Theatre, watch two country angels turn a humble laundromat into a boot-scootin’ honky-tonk in a new musical featuring hits made famous by Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, The Dixie Chicks, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn and more. Click here for details and tickets.

7 Reasons We’re Thankful to Live at Dirigo Pines

Dirigo Pines’ residents are more than willing to share about why they feel thankful to live here. From the beautiful grounds to the healthcare services you need and the friendliest staff around, here are just a few of the reasons to give thanks for living at Dirigo Pines…

  1. The People: Meeting new people is part of the joy of living in a retirement community like Dirigo Pines. Our residents are from all over the world with incredibly colorful stories to share. Artists, musicians, college professors, outdoor enthusists, world travelers – you never know who you might meet.
  2. Pet Friendly: Some of our residents are a little furrier than others. Did you know Dirigo Pines is pet friendly? Dirigo is home to many animals at the Inn and in our cottages. And for those without pets but a soft spot for furry friends, we enjoy regular visits from a variety of therapy animals.
  3. Delicious Dining: One of the best places to meet a new friend is at dinner — and that’s where Dirigo really excels. Chef Lew Stubbs and his incredible team in the kitchen make mouth-watering meals that leave residents (and visitors) raving. Using locally sourced produce and seafood is important to the team, and ensures high quality, fresh and delicious meals. And for extra convenience, we offer an All Day Dining Program, a unique concept designed to provide residents freedom of choice with options like breakfast for dinner or lunch at 2 p.m. rather than noon. 
  4. Our Campus: From a network of trails to stocked fishing ponds to stunning gardens and plenty of space and raised beds to claim as your own, our campus is a truly beautiful place. Residents often spot deer, birds, and even the occasional moose take a tour. Enjoy a walk on our beautiful nature trails or grab a bench down by one of the stocked fishing ponds and watch the wonder of nature in every season.
  5. Practice Your Short Game: One particularly unique feature of our campus is our very own Piney Knoll Putting Green outside the Dirigo Pines Inn. The 40×15 foot artificial turf putting green was installed in 2015, and it’s been a popular attraction ever since — and a great way to dust off your short game, have some fun and meet new friends.
  6. Fun, Fun, Fun. Dirigo Pines’ residents know how to have a good time. From concerts and play productions put on by the staff and residents, to fun traditions like watching Dirigo Dug come out of his tent each Groundhog Day to predict the beginning of spring, there’s no shortage of entertainment at Dirigo Pines. The Dirigo Pines activity staff plans regular exercise programs, guest speakers, groups for all interests, musical entertainment, outings to local shows and attractions (like those at nearby UMaine’s Collins Center), movies and more.

What are you thankful for this season? Share it in the comments below!

November Business After Hours

Join us for our November Business After Hours with host Dirigo Pines Retirement Community in Orono! November 15 at Dirigo Pines from 5-7 p.m.

Bring a wrapped gift for a child to be entered in a special prize drawing! All gifts will be donated to Toys for Tots!

RSVP for an extra chance to win a prize, but please remember, you have to be present to win! For tickets, click here.

Business After Hours is a popular Chamber event that allows for networking between business professionals. The after-hours is held at a different Chamber member location each month, which enables the Chamber to secure visibility for a number of different members. The time-frame of 5-7 p.m. permits attendees to enjoy appetizers and drinks after work, and also enter to win fantastic raffle prizes donated by area businesses.

Click here for more information!

Holiday Shopping Spree

Ready? Set? The holidays are coming! Come enjoy a Holiday Shopping Spree event at Dirigo Pines! Join us tomorrow, Thursday, November 8 at 2 p.m. in the Kenduskeag Gathering Place in the Dirigo Pines Inn at 9 Alumni Drive in Orono.

Shop local vendors including:

  • Specialty Sweets
  • Valentine Footwear
  • Willie Wags
  • The Not So Empty Nest
  • The Yankee Chef
  • Quality Jewelers
  • Damon’s Beverage and Redemption
  • The Bangor Daily News

Mark your calendar and click here for more details!