Celebrate Mom with Fun, Local Events

It’s time to celebrate Mom — now, what to do? Go beyond flowers and trinkets, and plan a mini adventure. All around Dirigo Pines there are fun events, perfect for spending some quality time with Mom and showing your appreciation for all she does. Here are just a few of the fun things going on around Mother’s Day:

  • Color Bangor 5K: Get the whole family moving and sign up for the Color Bangor 5K, a fundraiser for the American Folk Festival, taking place the Saturday before Mother’s Day. Walk, run or skip through multiple color stations throughout Bangor, where volunteers cover participants in colored corn-starch powder. It’s fun, it’s messy and mom will love it. Click here for more info and to register.
  • Mother’s Day at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens: Take Mother’s Day flowers to the next level and treat mom to garden after garden at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay (a little over 2 hours if you take scenic Route 1 — click here for directions). Enjoy the early tulip display and other spring ephemerals with mom this Mother’s Day. All moms receive free admission to the gardens on Sunday, May 12. Visit www.mainegardens.org for more information.
  • Catch a Show: Penobscot Theatre in Bangor has a great line-up of shows for Mom! Catch the last performance of Fun Home on May 12, or pick up tickets now for a June or July show of Mamma Mia. Click here for tickets and details: penobscottheatre.org.
  • All Roads Music Festival: Does mom love music? The weekend after Mother’s Day, May 17 and 18, is the perfect time to visit nearby Belfast (only about an hour away — click here for driving directions) and enjoy some of Maine’s favorite indie musicians. The lineup this year includes Rustic Overtones, The Mallett Brothers, Spose, Paranoid Social Club, Kenya Hall and more! Tickets start at $20. Visit allroadsmusicfest.org to get yours and surprise mom.
  • Wingfest Maine 2019: How about tickets to Wingfest Maine for some excellent sampling, judging and just plain fun. Restaurants around the area offer up their tastiest wings for participants to taste test. Coming May 30 to the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Visit www.wingfestmaine.com for more info and tickets.

Have your own great idea for Mother’s Day fun? Share it with us!

May the Cinco de Derby Be With You

If you’re looking for a reason to celebrate and have fun with friends, this weekend’s got you covered! From Star Wars fans to Mexican food to horse races, we’re combining this Saturday and Sunday’s festivities into one big “May the Cinco de Derby” weekend.

Saturday, May 4 (aka May the Fourth) is Star Wars Day: Use the force and celebrate Luke, Leia, Han, Chewy and the gang on this “punny” day. “May the Fourth Be With You” started as a clever play on words and is now a full fledged holiday. We recommend gathering friends from galaxies both near and far, far away for a movie night — or even an all day marathon! Click here for the recipe for a yummy Avocado Pesto Dip to serve to guests. And click here for more fun ways to celebrate — and May the Fourth be with you!

Saturday, May 4 marks the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby: Louisville, Kentucky hosts one of the biggest horse races of the year at 6:50 p.m. Did you know the Kentucky Derby is only open to 3-year-old Thoroughbreds? Who will be victorious this year: Omaha Beach? Improbable? Game Winner? (Don’t you just love horse names?) Some must-haves for the perfect derby party include a big, fun hat (make it a contest for the most creative!) and the perfect Mint Julep (get the recipe here). Have guests wage friendly bets (winner gets to host the next party?) and enjoy the race!

Sunday, May 5 is Cinco de Mayo: Cinco de Mayo celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. While it’s actually not that big of a deal in Mexico, here in the U.S., it’s turned into a reason to enjoy Mexico food dishes and fiesta! So invite your amigos over for some tasty treats and a margarita! Check out this recipe for Sweet Potato Nachos for a twist on a classic.

Or go for a trifecta and combine all 3 festivities into one big May the Cinco de Derby celebration with Mint Juleps, nachos, horse races and a movie night!

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.

Happy Easter!

From family to bunnies to baskets — Easter is one of those special holidays with deep meaning for many. At Dirigo Pines, we recognize that religion is an important piece of the lives of many in our community, and that’s why we offer regular bible study groups, hymn singing, Catholic communion, and transportation to local churches for Sunday services.

Our monthly newsletter details times and meeting places for religious services. Click here for more details about this month’s opportunities. 

Come see for yourself what retirement at Dirigo Pines looks like. Call 1-866-344-3400 or email info@dirigopines.com for more information or to schedule a visit.

 

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.

Easy on the Ears: The Many Benefits of Music

There are so many ways to enjoy retirement living, socialize with new friends, and experience something new — and listening to music is one of our very favorite things to do at Dirigo Pines. Each month we line up tons of opportunities for residents to enjoy everything from ragtime piano to strings to celtic folk tunes right here at the Inn.

We have frequent musical guests join us to entertain our residents, including piano players, Irish music experts, country guitars, trombone players, and more. Last month, The Maine Steiners, the University of Maine’s all male a cappella group, stopped by to share their talents. Every week brings new musical entertainment to delight residents, including our regular Wine & Cheese Social with Fireside Strings.

In addition to being a relaxing hobby and making for an evening of fun, did you know music can actually be good for you? Listening to a tune can help reduce stress and anxiety, lift your mood, help you sleep — and if you’re learning a new instrument or practicing a new song, it can even make you smarter!

Come see for yourself what retirement at Dirigo Pines looks like. Call 1-866-344-3400 or email info@dirigopines.com for more information or to schedule a visit.

Lunch and Learn Series from Rudman Winchell – Part 2

Join us Tuesday, April 2 at Dirigo Pines for another Lunch & Lunch event from Rudman Winchell. Attorney Rachel Trafton and Sarah Barr will hold an Advance Health Care Directive Workshop.

Learn what an Advance Health Care Directive is, if you should have one, and what is included. Discover how to protect yourself and your family in case of incapacity.

This is the second of a 4-part series brought to you by Dirigo Pines, Rudman Winchell and Maine Elder Law Firm.

This presentation will take place Tuesday, April 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Dirigo Pines, 9 Alumni Drive in Orono.

Part 3 of the series will be held Sept. 10 regarding Wills & Beneficiary Designations. Part 4 will be held Nov. 12 on Planning with Trusts.

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

Social Butterflies

Making new friends can be a challenge at any age, but it seems to get harder as we get older. At Dirigo Pines, we offer a wide range of opportunities to stay active, meet new people and participate in fun and games. Did you know staying social can directly impact your physical and mental health? Studies show that seniors in retirement communities participate in a wide range of organized activities, which help minimize isolation, improve mobility and more.

At Dirigo Pines it really is easy to stay social — social hours, game clubs, shopping trips, movie nights, religious services, songsters, musical entertainment, books clubs, guest speakers, crafting, paint and sips, exercise groups and opportunities to go out to eat are just a few of the regular offerings.

Click here to see What’s Going On at Dirigo Pines.

We’re always sure to make time for laughter, connection and friendship, and include those ideals in everything we do. We encourage everyone—not just our residents but also our team—to lead healthier, more active lifestyles, helping build a culture that celebrates every moment in our journey together.

Come see for yourself what retirement at Dirigo Pines looks like. Call 1-866-344-3400 or email info@dirigopines.com for more information or to schedule a visit.

Comparing Costs

Ready for retirement living? Wondering if you can afford it? Cost is one of the biggest factors in choosing a new home, particularly in retirement. At Dirigo Pines, we have experience working within all types of budgets. When you compare your actual costs, from your mortgage and utilities to your daily meals and recreational activities, you’ll find many of these expenses that add up quickly are included at Dirigo Pines. Compare for yourself with our easy-to-use Comparison Sheet.

Click here to download the Cost Comparison Sheet.

Our expense comparison takes into account everything from trash removal and pest control to wellness classes and housekeeping. Laundry services, emergency response system, home maintenance and repairs, property taxes, and more are all included at Dirigo Pines.

Come see for yourself what retirement at Dirigo Pines looks like. Call 1-866-344-3400 or email info@dirigopines.com for more information or to schedule a visit.

Have a Question? Check out our new Chat feature!

Have a question about senior living or retirement at Dirigo Pines in Orono? There’s no need to wait for an answer — simple visit our newly revamped website at DirigoPines.com and click the “Chat Now” button that pops up. You’ll be automatically connected with a retirement living representative who can answer your question.

Did you know you can also schedule a visit from our website? Click the Schedule a Visit link (or just click here) and answer a few quick questions, like are you interested in retirement living for yourself or a loved one? Then select a date and time. It’s that easy!

And you can always call us directly at 207-866-3400 or email info@dirigopines.com.