Retaining Economic Value
For many of our residents, it is their hope to leave something to their children. EastView’s Entry Fee structure supports this goal. Our independent living residents have the advantage of preserving assets while enjoying the benefits of living in them. 90% of the Entry Fee paid at the time one occupies an EastView cottage or independent living apartment is refunded to the resident when the resident leaves the home and it is then reoccupied – whether the resident moves to one of EastView’s residential care neighborhoods (where services are provided in exchange for one comprehensive monthly fee on a rental basis), moves away, or passes away.
Ten percent of their original Entry Fee ultimately remains with the community, with ninety percent preserved and refunded to the residents’ asset base. EastView's financing model enables significantly lower monthly fees than senior living communities with comparable services that offer only a rental option.
The Arts at EastView - Sublime Effervescence
“When I see birches bend to left and right
Across the lines of straighter darker trees,
I like to think some boy’s been swinging them…” -Robert Frost
EastView is rich with inspiration. Our resident-launched Art Group organizes and hangs art shows throughout the year featuring special themes, and the talents of our residents and staff. These incredible art pieces adorning our lobby and Terrace Dining Room burst with beauty, welcoming all who enter. Walk down a hallway mid-morning and your ears may be treated to a beautiful Debussy piano sonata sneaking softly from beneath an apartment door, or attend one of our weekly live musical performances, sometimes offered by a staff member.
And we honor artists of the region within our community including treasured poet Robert Frost through a tribute to his poem Birches. Painted by artist Lori Nourse, this stunning mural in GardenSong beckons reminiscence and sparks in-the-moment enjoyment of the graceful birch on each passing. …One could do worse than be a swinger of birches.
Community-Minded…It’s just our way.
At EastView, residents, staff, board members, and family love being involved as a community in making meaningful contributions.
On United Way’s Day of Caring, we’re there in force washing wheelchairs at the nursing home, packaging hundreds of packages of spices for the local food shelf. We created 700 medallions for the Middlebury Maple Run half marathon – a glass maple leaf filled with the treasured maple nectar awarded to each finisher via a green neck ribbon. Last December we chopped vegetables, simmered hearty stock and packed up gallons of savory turkey soup, delivering it to our neighbors and friends via the food shelf.
Our staff and residents contribute to greater community life in the region by volunteering and making a difference at Project Independence, delivering for Meals on Wheels, assisting at local second hand clothing outlets, preparing and serving community lunches and community suppers. They serve on boards at Porter Hospital, Town Hall Theater, Addison County Community Trust, Elderly Services, local churches, local schools… helping hands, resourceful minds at work in community.
A splendid setting for all things great and small.
EastView’s exquisite landscape offers opportunities to see deer grazing in the meadows on a daily basis. We have had an occasional sighting of rabbits, fox, and even a bear passed through during construction. Colorful butterflies and dragonflies are plentiful and we have a resident expert to help us with identification of these. The numerous peaks of this section of the Green Mountain range offer their own daily beauty at sunrise and sunset, and in the changing display of each season.
For most of us, bird watching is a common part of our day. In the long meadows to the south, we enjoy the raptors soaring overhead on the summer breeze. Bluebird boxes across the community landscape welcome those seeking comfortable nesting accommodations (and an occasional swallow, too). Staff protected a nest in the grass near MeadowSweet’s dining room sunporch this spring and we were treated to a Killdeer (medium size plover) and her sometimes comical, but always fascinating, antics in the raising and protecting of her young. In spring and fall, we are on the flyway for geese – some choosing to stop over on our ponds and fields. Around the Inn songbirds are frequent flyers to our feeders, and the call of the Red-Wing Blackbird is a constant friend in our natural area, adjacent to the cottages. Lifetime birders reside here at EastView, providing guidance as we discover new feathered friends.
Middlebury offers excellent walking paths including the Trail Around Middlebury (TAM) which includes over 17 miles of easy to moderate terrain encompassing open fields, trails along the Otter Creek, woods, and a connection to wild flowers, birdsong, and hardwood and coniferous forests without ever leaving Middlebury. A trailhead for the TAM is just ¼ mile from EastView. For a shorter walk, EastView has several walking paths around the community and a path connecting to Libby’s Trail on the Porter Medical Center campus next door.
Active Living - Oh, the Places We Shall Go!
Opportunity abounds at EastView to expand your horizons in so many directions – to dabble in a new art medium, to engage in interesting discourse on a range of topics with others experienced by life, to laugh in the comfort of camaraderie with new friends, all while continuing to enjoy lifelong passions and interests, and share them with others.
Imagine this palette: natural beauty, comfortable pace, civic engagement, low crime, healthy living, and each of these hues enhanced by extraordinary cultural and intellectual embellishments. Now add EastView to that canvas with its energy efficient homes, tailored care options, community-minded ethic, proximity to key medical services, diverse entertainment and Middlebury College – and a remarkable group of residents who, upon meeting, will both inspire and put you at ease with their welcoming smile.
Each week, we engage in a diverse array of programs, activities and events, both at EastView and within the region. It’s hard to synthesize all that is offered here, but below is a smattering of options and a sampling of our weekly calendars to offer a glimpse of this wonderful social smorgasbord.
Armchair Travel Concerts Nature Walks Art Openings Current Events Discussion Needle Arts Art Group Fitness Room Opera & Theater Art Studio Flower Arrangement Workshops Readers' Theater Birding Healthy Living Series Residents' Council Bone Builders Landscape Committee Seated Yoga Book Club Lectures Tai Chi Library & WiFi Bridge Group Viva! Chef Cooking Demos Meditation Volunteering Community Gardens Movie Nights & Matinees Walking Group
EastView's onsite salon is open Wednesday from 11:00-5:00.
Many services are available for both men and women, including haircuts, color, perms, wash & set, and styling. Services are available to EastView community members and nonmembers alike.
All Things Middlebury!
Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op is a thriving, member-owned cooperative first established in the 1970’s. In 2004, MNFC doubled its square footage, added a kitchen and deli, and expanded all departments. They feature local & organic, including: produce, cheese, dairy, meats, bulk beer and wine, soap, notecards and so much more. Open 7 days a week, MNFC offers discounts to members, volunteers and seniors
Year-Round (almost) Farmers’ Market – summertime on the lawn and in the parking lot in the Marble Works featuring a wide array of VT agricultural delights, prepared food, crafts & music
A Top-10 in VT week-long festival on the green in the heart of Middlebury with live family-oriented shows at noon, and two evening musical performances. You’ll hear it all here – blues, jazz, Americana, bluegrass, folk, gospel rhythm & blues, world music… and there’s no charge (though donations are greatly appreciated.)
Town Hall Theater - Middlebury’s thriving theater/arts center that is home to four resident companies –Middlebury Community Players, Opera Company of Middlebury, Middlebury Actors Workshop, and Maiden Vermont – plus the Jackson Gallery, ongoing theater, music & dance classes, and an amazing performance calendar all year long. ESI College offers classes to adults 60 and better. Classes are taught by area professionals whose expertise in a subject will both delight and intrigue participants. ESI courses are offered 5 times per year and run the gamut of subject matter, ranging from a two hour seminar to a 6-week program. No tests, no papers, no grades – Just delectable discussion and the joy of piquing one’s curiosity in a host of new ways. Renowned liberal arts institution, Middlebury College, offers area residents exceptional opportunities year round. In addition to engaging and advancing the intellect, other highlights include NCAA sporting events, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and Summer Language Schools. Mahaney Center for the Arts is Middlebury College’s hub for visual and performing arts. It is home to the Middlebury College Museum of Art, a glorious 370-seat recital hall, the black-box style Seeler Studio Theatre, and a dance theatre. The college orchestrates an extraordinary schedule of year-round exhibits and performances. Middlebury College Snow Bowl offers 17 trails on 110 acres. Three chair lifts, state-of-the-art snowmaking, plus an historic lodge with a full service cafeteria, ski/snowboard shop for rentals and tune-ups, and a ski school make this mountain a great ski for families and racers.
Rikert Nordic Center on Middlebury’s Breadloaf campus in the heart of the Green Mountains in nearby Ripton, VT, includes 50 kilometers of groomed cross country ski trails to thrill skiers of all abilities – plus some wonderful snowshoe trails and a connection to Vermont’s Catamount Trail. The fully accessible ski shop manages rentals, lessons and hot soup.
Ralph Myhre Golf Course provides a great day of golf on a beautiful, rolling 18-hole public course, owned and operated by Middlebury College