Orchard Cove's rich, diverse range of activities and programs reflect the many interests of our residents. Our programs are designed to enrich our residents' lives as well as provide opportunities for them to stay involved in civic activities and make important contributions to the community at large.

See our calendar of events.

Read the latest issue of our newsletter, The Gazebo.

Lifelong learning

Hundreds of educational programs are held throughout the year, many taught by local professors and noted experts in their fields (some are our own residents!). Programs might include:

  • Lectures on topics ranging from "Social Awareness" with NPR reporter Robin Young to "Inside the Mind of a Director" with Boston theater director Scott Edmiston
  • Musical concerts from pop to classical and everything in between
  • Art classes
  • Intergenerational activities through partnerships with local schools and synagogues
  • Spirituality (includes Friday evening services, pastoral counseling on matters of the heart, text study, and supportive counseling for families)
  • Computer, dance and jewelry-making classes


Orchard Cove residents are a passionate, community-minded group who place importance on giving back and contributing their talents to help better society. In fact, more than half of our residents regularly volunteer their time for a variety of causes both inside and outside the Orchard Cove community. Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Orchard Cove Resident Association (or one of the many other activity committees on campus).
  • Scholarship Committee: Planning and hosting fundraising events for scholarships that help Orchard Cove employees further their education
  • Project Linus: Making quilts and knitted goods that are distributed to Boston-area hospitals for infants and children.
  • Volunteering at Orchard Cove: Visiting with friends in our higher levels of care and share their skills, talents, and compassion
  • Resident escort: Accompanying neighbors who need assistance.

Clubs and events

We offer many active clubs and events in which residents can enjoy their favorite hobbies and discover new passions, including:

  • Book and gardening clubs
  • Short story, theater and poetry groups
  • Orchard Cove singers
  • Current events discussion group
  • Duplicate bridge
  • Writing for The Gazebo, Orchard Cove's quarterly community newsletter
  • Film studies, including movies shown on campus several times a week
  • Cultural events at museums, theatres, and the symphony