United Presbyterian Home
The Iowa State Fair can award ribbons on a lot of pies this time of year, but the purple ribbon winner for best-tasting, best-looking pie goes to Marcella Greiner. Marcella made two fresh peach pies this week. The first one was snatched up by her grandson, Josh. She shared the second one with those lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time. Delicious! Her made-from-scratch crust with the golden sugar top puts Pillsbury to shame.
Volunteer sweet corn growers have been generous recently to share the harvest from the United Presbyterian Home garden. Tom Tanner, Brad Goff, Jim Reid, Wilma Snakenberg and friends have been busy picking the corn and delivering it to residents and staff hungry for the golden kernels. They also picked enough corn to share with the kitchen for the dinner menu. Many busy hands helped shuck the corn and prepare it for consumption. Thank you.
Tom and Charlane Tanner returned from Clarksville, Tenn., following a very busy family time in Clarksville and Nashville. Charlane and daughter Sally Tranberg attended a bridal shower for Leha Hamilton, the fiancee of Timothy Tranberg at the Puffy Muffin Restaurant in Nashville. While in Clarksville, Tom and Charlane also helped celebrate their great-grandson, Wyatt’s, third birthday. They were also with their grandson, Tommy, when his wife, Brittnye, had an emergency caesarean and Kathryn Ann was born on the same date as her brother, Wyatt’s birthday. Charlane and Sally attended church and Sunday school in Nashville with Timothy and Leha at the Brentwood Baptist Church which has a communicate membership of 7,000. Tom and Charlane returned home following an overnight stay in St. Louis.
Classics Et Cetera for Aug. 15 included an Overture to “Tantalusqualen” by Franz von Suppé; “Wehmuth” & “Gondelfahrer” for male choir by Franz Schubert; 3rd Movement of Octet in E-flat by Felix Mendelssohn; “Valse Triste” by Jean Sibelius; “Bugler’s Holiday” by Leroy Anderson; 3rd Movement of Symphony No. 5 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Hungarian Dance No. 16 for piano, 4-hands by Johannes Brahms; “Battle of the Winds,” a march by C. E. Duble.
Nearly every country has had at least one major composer who developed his people’s native dances and music into a style that was distinctly nationalistic. For Norway it was Grieg, for the Czechs it was Dvořák, etc. And for Finland it was Jean Sibelius (1865-1957). His “Finlandia” became the theme of the Finnish Resistance against the Soviet Union just before and during World War II. It and his other Finnish-based music made him famous and a national hero.