Community Amenities

A Vibrant and Active Community

Choosing Birch Hill means choosing an active community developed by residents for residents. In addition to the wide variety of activities and outings organized by our staff, our active seniors engage in many on-campus activities and community amenities they plan and organize themselves.

I'm active on the Board of Trustees

and with our Civic Committee. We bring in political candidates for various state and federal offices and let them speak and answer questions from the residents. We also work to get as many residents as possible to vote by helping them to register and by providing transportation on voting day.

A Community Created by Residents for Residents

Our residents co-create community with the staff and leadership at Birch Hill. They always have a say in what’s going on through the Resident Council, the resident representatives on the Board of Trustees, and our staff and leadership’s open-door policy.

Resident Council  

The Resident Council’s role is to understand the concerns and represent the interests of the residents to the leadership of Birch Hill. Residents selected for the Council are voted on by their peers.

Resident-Run Activities and Amenities

Most of our residents remark that they’ve become more active socially and physically since moving to Birch Hill. Some of our resident-run activities include:

  • Woodworking Shop A full complement of wood-working tools, both hand and power tools, are available for residents who wish to design and build.
  • Gardening Opportunities Everyone at Birch Hill reaps the benefits of having avid gardeners in our community. From the container gardens on our porch and patio to raised garden beds for growing herbs, produce and flowers, there are many options for those with a green thumb.
  • Resident Art Gallery On a rotating basis, the artwork and/or craft of a Birch Hill resident is featured in one of our second-floor hallways. Stop by and admire the talents of our community!
  • Country Store Organized, stocked, and staffed by residents, the Country Store carries convenience items and necessities like milk, butter and eggs, basic canned goods, stationery, candy, gum, and even a few homemade gift items.
  • Terrace Treasures Organized and staffed by residents, this second-hand store allows gently-used pre-owned items to find a new home.
  • Milltowne Tavern Pull up a stool and they’ll pour you a pint — or a glass of wine — or any drink you prefer. Milltowne’s bartenders are Birch Hill residents, and for a small charge, you can enjoy happy hour with other residents over your favorite drink. Open Tuesday and Friday evenings before dinner.
  • Library Our beautifully stocked library is run, organized and staffed on a volunteer basis by our residents.
  • ELF Committee (Exploration, Learning, and Fun) Residents who work together to bring on-site monthly concerts, lectures, and other engaging and entertaining events to the Birch Hill community. Their goal is to present a wide variety of subjects meant to capture the imagination of residents and stimulate thinking and conversation.

Other Clubs, Classes, and Committees

Birch Hill is a neighborhood full of gifted and talented senior adults! Many of our residents enjoy sharing their previous work, talents, and interests with others. From informal clubs to community-wide classes, it’s easy to be involved and active in the Birch Hill Community.

  • Painting and Art Classes
  • History Lectures
  • French Club
  • Music Room
  • Square Dancing
  • Bridge, Poker, and Indoor Golf Groups