On and Off Campus
Activities on Campus and in the Greater Brunswick Area
Our staff and residents plan an active calendar of events. The program might feature a concert, lecture, art show, or class (from floral design to mastering the iPad); followed by a wine and cheese social, bocce tournament, or gathering of the bridge, scrabble, or reading group. We encourage new residents to share their unique talents and knowledge to broaden the diversity of our offerings. We also plan frequent outings—to museums, theatrical productions, and sporting
events—within minutes of the community and as far away as Boston.
The choice is ever-changing and reflects common interests.
Bowdoin College offers the opportunity to audit classes and attend lectures, concerts, and gallery conversations. There are two, highly acclaimed museums on campus, the Bowdoin Museum of Art and the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum. Volunteer opportunities abound at these and other local museums, schools, and service agencies.
There are activities, and there’s activity. Whether you participate in a tai chi or yoga class, or join neighbors to hike, bike, or snowshoe, there’s always something to do or try. You might choose to join Maine Pines Racquet and Fitness Club, the Brunswick Golf Club, or the Running Start fitness program at Bowdoin College, which offers access to their pool. And in our own backyard, the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust offers miles of trails to walk, run, and ski.
The League of American Bicyclists ranks Maine third among the states for bicycle friendliness. Brunswick, however, is the only Maine town to earn the League’s “Bicycle-Friendly Community” designation.
“There’s so much going on in Brunswick,” says Thornton Oaks’ resident Sally Hoople. “One of my favorite bicycle rides is over to the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. It’s so close by I can visit as often as I like.”
Residents Jim and Deanna Baxter enjoy the town bike path, which follows the Androscoggin River. Their dog, Bailey, rides on the back of Jim’s bike. The three Baxters also enjoy kayaking. “We keep the kayaks on top of the car and the bikes on the back,” says Deanna. “It’s a lot easier that way to get up and go.”