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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 20, 2014

United Presbyterian Home

Aug 30, 2013

Cottage residents shared their monthly potluck meal together on Monday evening in the air-conditioned Campus Center. Cottage Association officers for 2014 were elected and committee members were formed. New officers will be president, Betty Beenblossom; vice president, Darwin Widmer; and secretary/treasurer, Betty Colby. Monthly potluck dinners for those residing in UPH cottages will again be on the fourth Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Campus Center.

Rachel Pollock and Marjorie Fullerton shared their quilts with 10 members at the Book Club meeting. Rachel’s quilt featured a cathedral window pattern. She used scraps of fabric from clothes she had sewn for her children, resulting in a colorful quilt and a story behind every block. It took her 27 years to complete the quilt, which was all hand-stitched. She put a block or two in her purse so that she could work on them as she waited at doctors’ offices, games and meetings. Whereas Rachel made one quilt, Marjorie made many and gave them away. Marjorie brought to the Book Club one quilt she kept, a beautiful pink and white quilt that cleverly folded into itself to make a pillow. The quilt sharing occurred because the book for the month was Marie Bostwick’s A Thread of Truth. The novel centered round a quilting group that befriended a victim of domestic violence.

Residents in the Health Center recently joined in a competitive game of bean bag toss. Dick Quayle took the prize for first-place honors with Mildred Statler coming in at a close second place. Up with Day Care children also joined them for an afternoon of fun and games.

Up with Kids Day Care is now selling T-shirts as a fundraiser with the proceeds to be used for the purchase of new playground equipment. Colorful T-shirts in yellow, red or gray and printed with hot air balloons on the front or back of each shirt will be sold in adult and children’s sizes. The slogan on each T-shirt reads U.P. with Kids Day Care and may be ordered through the day care or office at the United Presbyterian Home. The day care benefits UPH employees and the children have been very involved with residents and activities at the United Presbyterian Home. It has also been a source of employment for many high school and college students through the years.

Volunteers are a vital part of any community and the United Presbyterian Home has many resident volunteers who help out on a daily basis. Community volunteers are also appreciated and encouraged to share their time and talents with us. Technology-savvy students can offer a valuable service when they share their knowledge of cell phones and computers with residents. Many volunteers consider their time as part of a paying-it-forward debt and all volunteers report that the time spent with friends is a reward worth seeking.

Classics Et Cetera for Aug. 29 included an Overture to “Ottone” by George Frideric Handel; “The Bridal Chorus” from “Lohengrin” by Richard Wagner; “Heroic Polonaise” by Frédéric Chopin; “Twinkling Stars Are Laughing, Love” by John P. Ordway, performed by 1st Brigade Band & soloist; 1st Movement of Piano Concerto in A Minor by Robert Schumann; “Tango in D Minor” by Isaac Albéniz; “Salute to Sterling March” by J. J. Richards.

The Spanish composer Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909) was a child prodigy at age 4, and had run away from home twice by age 12, supporting himself by concert tours. His first music was salon music for piano, but by age 30 he was taking composition seriously. His fame rests on his piano pieces based on the styles, rhythms and harmonies of Spanish folk music. He was eventually stricken with Bright’s disease and was a near invalid for several years before his death at age 48.

 

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