Sing the song, dance the dance


The performing arts provide pure pleasure to people and are gaining attention in the research into the brain and mind functions associated with Alzheimer's and related disorders.


     At the Fields, our interests are two-fold. At the scientific level, we use music and performance arts to stimulate our guests brains and minds and their physical well-being. Singing is a remarkably complex brain activity, as detailed on the music web page. All music lights up parts of the brain that have been darkened by dementia.


     We have a new resident at Bellamy whose behavior was too much for another facility to manage. She now often joins the front office staff in impromptu dance routines. Elvis is her favorite, 50's rhythms her forte. Her cognitive impairment is profound so she can't sing the songs anymore but, oh my, can she dance the dance.


     Our other interest is in philanthropic support of the performing arts.

     We're underwriting the Seacoast Charter School music performances for the first time this year.

Among other beneficiaries, Prescott Park Festival, Portsmouth Symphony and it's children's development program, Amare Cantare, Seacoast Wind Ensemble Children's program, South Berwick Community Chorus and Saturday Nights In Market Square, through Pro Portsmouth, among others.

     In honor of my father, Jim and mother, Josephine, we also underwrite the Writer's Almanac on NPR and this year, the summer music program at Trinity Church in York Harbor.


     My parents were patrons of the performing and fine arts. Our home had music at meals, the massive, unabridged Webster s dictionary to aid the crossword puzzlers and a wonderful Mason and Hamlin grand piano. Jim and Josephine's mothers were accomplished pianists.


     The mission of the Fields might be thought of as an invitation to sing the song and dance the dance.






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