top of page

PAAH Winter Programs 2024

Philipstown Aging At Home announces its new season of programs aimed at creating community among seniors. Whether it’s for shared interests like reading or crafting or whether it’s just getting together to talk over concerns, we can all benefit by getting out of our houses and being with friends – old and new. 

PAAH is an all-volunteer organization driven by the shared benefit of neighbors helping neighbors.  We invite you to join us. Email us at, tell us what you're interested in and any questions you might have. Our programs are led both by practiced professionals and by fellow seniors with a passion to share. In all cases, the emphasis is on fun, connection, and a sense of accomplishment. 


Facilitator: Sara Yano
Dates & Times: Mondays at 2pm, beginning February 12, 2024
Location: Desmond Fish Library

An informal group for knitters (not an instruction group). This is time to get together, chat, work, and share knitting ideas and knowledge. People who crochet or do other handwork are welcome.

Sara enjoys knitting and hopes group members will have more experience than she has.


Instructor: Vanessa Maldonado
Dates & Times: Every other Tuesday at 11am, beginning February (date TBA)
Location: Butterfield Library

Learn Spanish from a Native speaker.

Vanessa Maldonado, a Native speaker and former Harlem literacy teacher, now leads adult programs at the Julia L. Butterfield Memorial Library in Cold Spring, bringing her passion for learning to the community.


Leader: Claudio Marzollo
Dates and Times To be announced (weather dependent)
Location: Various

If you’ve abandoned your hiking boots as your knees have gotten weaker, join us for non-challenging hikes. We know where the flat trails are. Register now and we’ll contact you when a hike is scheduled.
Claudio Marzollo has been hiking the local trails since he moved to the area nearly 50 years ago.

Weekly Book Group

Facilitator: Sara Yano
Dates & Times: Thursdays at
 11am, beginning February 15
Location: Butterfield Library

In-depth reading of books chosen by group.

Sara is a veteran of a number of book groups and particularly enjoys the slower, deeper approach of the weekly format.

Memoir Writing: Two Sections

Memoir Writing, Section 1 (CURRENTLY FULL) 
Leader: Carolyn Ricapito
Dates & Times: Mondays, 10:30am, 6-week program started January 8

Location: 25 Butterfield Road, Building B (blue building), Cold Spring

Join us in writing our memories to pass on to our children and grandchildren.

Carolyn Ricapito, a published author of poetry and fiction, leads a weekly memoir-writing workshop for seniors.

Memoir Writing, Section 2
Leader:  Celia Barbour
Dates & Times: Tuesdays from 3 to 4:15pm, 8-week program, beginning February 27
Location: Butterfield Library

Celia Barbour holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Hunter College. She is an award-winning editor and writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Gourmet, O, the Oprah Magazine, and the Highlands Current, as well as numerous other publications. She formerly taught writing at Hunter College.

Senior Support Group: Two Sections

Senior Support Group. Section 1 (CURRENTLY FULL)
Leader: Susan Freeman
Dates & Times: Wednesday, 1:15 to 2:45pm
Location: Butterfield Library

Senior Support Group. Section 2

Leader: Susan Freeman
Dates & Times: Thursdays, 1 to 2:30pm, beginning February 15
Location: Butterfield Library

A group of seniors to meet once a week at Butterfield Library to discuss mutual concerns to do with aging.  We are respectful and supportive about each others’ privacy, and confidentiality is of utmost importance.  We ask that members make a commitment to show up every week on time and to let us know in advance if they cannot join us.
Group Leader Susan Freeman, LCSW, graduated from Hunter College School of Social Work in 1990.  She worked at Mount Sinai Hospital in Neurosurgery and Psychiatry Departments from 1990 to 2012, where she also organized and monitored support groups for seniors in the community. 


More To Our Story

Leader:  Kate Czajkowski
Dates & Times: Start date and time is yet to be decided, but will probably begin in February 2024. 

Join us for the return of our hugely successful story-telling program. Gather in a relaxed and welcoming space to explore and share your own personal stories, memories, feelings, and dreams. Guided by the warm, friendly, and expert prompting of leader, Kate, you will find fun, reflection, and renewed self confidence. Kate will help the group to weave their stories into a simple piece to be shared with others. Whether shy or confident, alone or with a friend, this is for everyone. No experience necessary except of life itself. This will be a weekly program consisting of approximately sixteen 90-minute sessions. 


We invite you to contact us now at if you are interested/would like more information, so that we can be sure to contact you when we have dates and times. 

Kate Czajkowski Actor, Director, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Ancestry Exploration

Leader: Martha Callaway
Dates and times: Individually scheduled
Location: Butterfield Library

Learn how to use the Internet and other sources to figure out where you came from, working one-on-one with an experienced genealogist to discover your family tree. 

Martha Callaway has an MLS from Columbia University and an AD in Computer Science from New York University. She completed the Certificate Program in DNA Analysis from the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. She has conducted a Family Tree Research course at the Butterfield Library and has done genealogy research for many individuals.

Topfield Equestrian Center

PAAH is working with Topfield Equestrian Center so that Seniors can get significant discounts on their activities. If you are interested in riding or being part of a ground crew or volunteering to help, please contact us by email at for further info.

To register for these programs, email us at


PAAH advocates for seniors in Philipstown and
plan fun and interesting new programs. 

The below lists are some partial dreams and ideas.
We need your help, your ideas.

Please email



Social Programs & Volunteering

Informational & Educational Programs



Arts & Culture Programs/Groups

Helping the Homebound & Caregiver Relief

bottom of page