Resident Profile: Tony and Frances Parson

Tony and Frances Parson moved to The Village this past August from North Carolina. The couple has roots in Franklin; it’s where Frances grew up and went to school and where their son and his family lives now.

Since the move, they’ve been feeling at home in their two bedroom Villa, where their family comes to visit regularly. “There’s plenty of space. We all sit down together at the dining table,” said Frances. The Parsons recently got to experience another benefit of Village life during the recent snowstorm. “The morning after the snow fell,” Tony said, “the driveways, walkways and roads were all cleared.”

Maintenance-free living isn’t the only benefit that drew the Parson’s to The Village. In the past few years, Tony and Frances dealt with the death of their parents and their remaining estates. They decided the stress of sorting through all of the possessions was not something they wanted to put their own children through.

The Parsons were overwhelmed at the thought of beginning to downsize, but in the end it was worth it — and much easier than they thought it would be. “A lot of the things we were holding on to were things we didn’t need. We hadn’t used them in five years. Our kids didn’t want them. That made it easy,” said Tony.

He expressed that downsizing is a good thing for everyone to do: “It doesn’t matter whether you’re 55, 65, 75, the problem is the same.” Tony believes that senior living is a good choice for everyone. “It feels like quite the opposite of anything like a nursing home. It’s just an easier way to live.”

The Parsons extend their gratitude to the welcoming Franklin community. “It’s without a doubt the friendliest and most open place we’ve ever lived, and we’ve been all over.”

Learn more about the stress-free, independent lifestyle of The Village.

The Guide to Planning a Move: GETTING STARTED

Everyone sees moving as a hassle, but with the right mindset and planning, you can let go of the stress and start enjoying the future. Moving to a retirement community means simplifying your life, and simple means less “stuff.” Follow these tips for effective and stress-free downsizing.

  1. Set Realistic Goals.

Don’t try to go through your entire house in a day. No one has that kind of energy or the focus. Setting a goal of two or three hours on one project or space will be much more efficient, and you’ll feel motivated to do more the next day instead of being burned out.

  1. Complete Each Task.

You don’t want to burn out, but you also don’t want to leave things for the next day that won’t actually get done until much later. As you’re downsizing you will probably find things you want to donate or give to family members — do it now. Don’t leave it for later. Take bags and boxes to be recycled, and put items for family and friends in your car and make arrangements for dropping them off. Don’t let your hard work go to waste!

  1. Make a “Love” List.

Getting rid of any possessions can be hard for some. Start out by writing a list of things you love and absolutely can’t part with. If you come across something later that didn’t make the list, it may be a sign that it’s not as important to you. This will help when deciding what stays and what goes.

Live a Life in Motion at The Village

When you look at a photo of The Village, you may notice our beautifully decorated interior, smiling residents and scenic views — but outside the frame is the motion and activity of life at The Village.

It begins in the morning when many residents rise and shine to enjoy a cup of coffee with friends over a delicious breakfast. Everyone enjoys the balance and variety of things to do, whether going out to the nearby shops or heading to the wellness center for an exercise class. Residents can also take part in trips, workshops and more that are planned by staff and residents alike. Recently, residents took an excursion to the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center in Virginia Beach.

Staying active is a natural part of everyday life at The Village. In Franklin and near The Village are ponds and rivers for fishing, swimming, kayaking and tubing.

Our fitness coaches provide exercises that are tailored to preferred activity levels. For a fun and social way to stay active, residents can take an exercise class and try something new, like yoga! Our comprehensive program extends all the way to the kitchen where delicious, heart-healthy meals are served daily.

To learn more about wellness at The Village, give us a call at ​757-273-7969.

Our RISE Series Lets Your Wellness Shine.

The Village’s new year-long event, RISE, focuses on a fresh-food, fresh-air and fresh-start approach to wellness. This series was inspired by the lifestyle residents already enjoy at our community but provides a focused approach to reaching the full potential of every day. Wellness is more than just health and fitness. It’s exploring passions, enjoying nature and discovering the spirit we all share.

Our upcoming RISE events will focus on the seven dimensions of wellness: passion, emotion, mind, body, spirit, nature and connection. Join us for this series to discover your full wellness potential.

March 28 – RISE Above the Clutter Gain a fresh perspective on decluttering and organizing your home.

April 13 – RISE to Your Potential Hear from Mark Richard, an award-winning author and former Franklin resident, on how he pursued his passion to achieve his dream.

Our Dining Duo: Dail Gray and Betty Johnson

In recent years, The Village at Woods Edge has become the main culinary hub of Franklin, Virginia. With many spaces for socializing, multiple dining rooms, and even two kitchens — residents and guests have come to know and love us as the area’s most popular spot for entertaining.

What they may not know are the people who are behind so many fun events and delicious meals — Dail Gray, Director of Dining Services, and Executive Chef Betty Johnson. Dail and Betty work in tandem to oversee multiple events per day, whether it’s a luncheon, presentation, or even a wedding. Delicious food prepared by Betty and her team graces the plates of guests, and if you’re lucky, you can enjoy one of her famous cakes from a tasty birthday slice to a decadent three-tiered vision.

Dail believes he and Betty are driven by the same goal, to create the best experience possible for their guests. Come see (and taste!) The Village for yourself by hosting your next event in our beautiful community.

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Success at our Second Annual Fundraiser!

This year’s Neighborhood Block Party was a roaring success! With the unpredictable weather, the outdoor BBQ was adjusted to be an indoor affair at The Village’s Back Porch & Grille — but that didn’t slow down the fun! We had an unprecedented attendance with 180 ticket sales, and several local businesses supporting the benefit as well including: Bronco Federal Credit Union, Manry Rawls Insurance, Justin’s Landscaping, International Paper, and Jones Pharmacy. Guests enjoyed delicious food and fun for a great cause and danced the night away to live music from “The One Way.”

We had some exciting raffles and bidding wars where some guests walked away with items handmade by Village residents. At the end of the night we presented a check of $15,196 to the Alzheimer’s Association, which far exceeded our 2016 fundraising goals! We couldn’t have done it without our neighbors, Village residents, and local businesses. Thanks for your support and we hope to see everyone back next year!

Maintenance Free Living and Special Pricing: Two big opportunities you don’t want to miss.

Right now, residents at The Village are enjoying all that springtime has to offer, while living in maintenance-free comfort. The flower beds are mulched. The annuals are planted in all their colorful glory. The flowering shrubs are trimmed and fed. And all they have to do is drink in the beauty.  

And, as this perfect weather and nature’s bounty arrive, you may be eligible for significant discounts on one of three discounted one-bedroom apartments. The first will be reduced by $40,000 off the regular entrance fee, the second will be reduced by $30,000, and the third will be reduced by $20,000. Schedule your tour soon and see if one of these apartments is right for you.

Please call Texie Marks at 757-517-2791 for details about this limited-time offer.

You’re Invited to a Stronger, Healthier Life! Join us for a “Lunch & Learn” event on June 9.

Get know The Village better — and learn how to add more active years to your life at the same time! This event will feature Rhonda Stewart, former Executive Director of The Village who advises, “Stronger, healthier retirement years stem from maintaining a healthy mind, body, and soul.”

So, please be our guest for this special presentation, a complimentary luncheon in our dining room, and your personal tour of our community.

Thursday, June 9
11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
1401 North High Street, Franklin, Virginia

Space will be limitedCall today to RSVP! 757-517-2791

Over and Above … on the Porch

To hear Franklin residents John and Sandra Duck talk about their favorite restaurant— which they frequent more than once a week — you’d think they were describing an upscale restaurant in a big city. And you’d be wrong. Like many others in Franklin, they’ve joined the Dining Club at The Village Back Porch & Grille, right here in our community.

“The food is so good. The people who run it are extraordinary. They always go over and above, and they know everyone by name,” says Sandra. At lunch with friends, she tends to order one of the salads (who wouldn’t enjoy a Salmon Citrus Salad?), but when it comes to dinner, “I’m a creature of habit. My favorite is the prime rib.”


John is a fan of the jumbo lump crab cakes and other seafood dishes. His well-known weakness is Manager Keith Edwards’ hot fudge cake. “I always ask if they have it today.”

They agree that being a member of the dining club is a great benefit. “When friends come to town, this is where we take them,” says Sandra. “I have lived my whole life in this town and I am delighted The Village Back Porch & Grille has come to Franklin.”

Families Share Assisted Living and Memory Care Stories

How do you know when the time has come for Assisted Living or Memory Care? There are as many answers as there are people facing the question.

Mike Nolte moved to this area and was facing a different challenge. His 60-year-old wife Jewel was undergoing some puzzling changes in personality and behavior. “We looked into every possible explanation, including thyroid disease and depression. We had just moved back to Virginia to what should have been a happy time in our lives.” Then came a diagnosis of dementia.

Up in Northern Virginia, Peggy Dowd, grandmother of Franklin resident Meghan Councill, seemed to be managing well alone in the large house she had lived in with her late husband for many decades. Then, she suffered a fall. Her family also learned that her social life and activities had been reduced to weekly hair appointments and church services.

Each of these families had reached a crossroad.

Mike Nolte initially chose to care for his wife himself. “Taking care of Jewel at home was not a burden. I was proud to do it. She is my best friend, my lover, my spouse. But eventually friends helped me accept the fact that I could no longer do it all myself.” In October, Jewel also became one of the first residents of Asa’s Neighborhood.

Mike told us about a recent visit, after he and Jewel had walked across the campus to enjoy a meal at The Village Back Porch & Grille. “She said to me, ‘You know, I like living here.’ It gave me chills. And it also lifted 100 pounds off my shoulders.”


Just a few months ago, Peggy Dowd came down from Northern Virginia to visit her daughter in Franklin, to tour the Village, and enjoy lunch at that same restaurant. According to granddaughter Meghan, “That day was all it took.” Mrs. Dowd soon moved to an Assisted Living apartment and Meghan reports, “I have witnessed a transformation in her. It is exactly where she wants and needs to be. She has social, mental and physical stimulation. She is busier and has more of a social life than ever. I am so proud of how she has adapted and actually flourished at The Village.”

Texie Marks, Director of Marketing, may have summed it up perfectly for her own and for many other families. “Many times it may not be an easy decision but it’s quite clear that in most instances lives of loved ones and families can be significantly improved by moving into Assisted Living or Asa’s Neighborhood at The Village.”