United Presbyterian Home News
The Up with Kids Day Care held a bake sale on Friday in the Town Center. Residents and staff provided many delicious baked goods which were gobbled up in a short two hours. Money from the bake sale will help support a day care project later in April. Up with Kids Day Care Director Lisa Clark wishes to thank everyone who donated to the bake sale.
Kerr Hall residents met Tuesday in the Main Dining Room for a baked potato bar lunch. Participants enjoyed the social time as well as the food.
The Washington American Association of University Women invited Music Therapist Elisabeth Tinnes to the main dining room to speak on What is Music Therapy. Elisabeth spoke on the power of music and the impact it can have on people suffering physical, emotional or mental illnesses. Elisabeth has been a music therapist for 11 years working through hospice services and her business, The Joy of Music.
Larry Bartlett chauffeured residents to the University of Iowa Symphony Band concert Tuesday evening at the Washington Community Theater. The 65-member band directed by Dr. Richard Heidel was part of a series sponsored by the Washington Concert Association. Edonna Gamon, Julia Gamon, Lucy Landon, Emory and Phyllis VanGerpen and Ted Stewart enjoyed the concert.
Wednesday morning treats in the Town Center were compliments of Ann Mason as she celebrated her birthday with friends and neighbors.
An early out day from school allowed students to volunteer at the United Presbyterian Home Wednesday afternoon. Students spent time with residents, reading, playing games and listening to stories. They brought with them flowering plants to add to the campus flower gardens. We appreciate their gifts of time and flowers.
The popular monthly buffet breakfast was held Thursday morning. Smells of bacon, sausage, eggs and cinnamon rolls filled the dining room and brought in residents from the entire campus to enjoy the delicious food while in the company of neighbors.
Classics Et Cetera for April 13, included the overture to “The Model” by Franz von Suppé; “Alleluia” from “Exsultate, jubilate” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Melody in F Major by Anton Rubinstein; “Gloria in excelsis deo” from “Gloria” by Antonio Vivaldi; 3 more songs from “The Mikado” by Gilbert & Sullivan; 3rd Movement of Piano Concerto No. 1 by Johannes Brahms; “Hallelujah Chorus” from “Messiah” by George Frideric Handel.
For the first performance of his new oratorio “Messiah” in 1742, George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) recruited 16 men and 16 boys from the two cathedrals in Dublin for the choir. For subsequent productions in London (1750-1754) the choir had only 24 men and boys including the soloists. After Handel’s death, however, “Messiah” choirs grew to massive sizes, but by the early 20th century attempts were made to reduce them. George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Handel’s ardent admirer, even called on Parliament to make it a capital offense to stage a work by Handel with more than 48 singers. It didn’t happen.