United Presbyterian Home
David Draheim and Victor Thompson celebrated birthdays this week and shared treats with friends and neighbors in the Town Center. Although these two men share the same birthday, they were good to offer treats on separate days and spread the celebrations out.
Health Center residents and children from Up with Day Care have been busy preparing for the upcoming holiday. On Monday they collectively carved jack-o'-lanterns out of pumpkins with the adults doing the cutting and the children instructing what each face should look like. The lighted jack-o'-lanterns now have a home outside the Health Center window to shine at night.
Cottagers held their monthly potluck on Monday evening. Dick and Betty Colby, Gene and Judy Driscoll and Larry and Sara Bartlett were hosts for the evening. A round of delicious food was followed by active participation in a group sing-along. Teacher Judy Driscoll asked her neighbors to sing along to "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" without verbalizing any pronouns. It sounded like, "Oh, let__ call___sweetheart___." They also sang along to "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean" and they had to jump up and sit down to different parts of the lyrics. That way they were able to exercise their meal off.
Elizabeth Tschantz prepared caramel corn for the Tuesday afternoon movie which was "The Shaggy Dog" starring Tim Allen. It just seems like fall with caramel corn and a good movie.
On Wednesday the day care children colored pumpkin coloring pages with residents in the Health Center and they listened to scary pumpkin stories together. The children were very eager to share their costume ideas with the residents and promised to return on Halloween dressed in costumes and parade through the halls.
The seven members of the Home’s Book Club laughed a lot as they discussed "The Help" by Kathryn Stodgett. Their next meeting will be Nov. 27. They plan to read "The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd. The novel is set in South Carolina in 1964. Two girls running away from home are befriended by two black sisters who keep bees.
The Classics Et Cetera for Oct. 31 included the prelude & opening chorus of “The Elixir of Love” by Gaetano Donizetti; “Die Blumensprache” & “Nachtviolen” by Franz Schubert; 1st Movement of Symphony No. 101 (“Clock”) by Joseph Haydn; “Danse Macabre” by Camille Saint-Saëns; “There’s No Business Like Show Business by Irving Berlin (played by South Shore Circus Band); 2nd Movement of Flute Concerto In G Major by Mozart; “U.S. Field Artillery,” march by Sousa (vintage recording by the Sousa Band).
Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) was very busy as the music director at Esterháza Palace in Hungary for 24 years, but when Prince Nikolaus Esterhazy died in 1790, Haydn’s services were severely reduced by the new prince, freeing the composer for other work. He accepted an invitation to go to London for two year-and-a-half visits where he and his 12new symphonies and other works were enthusiastically greeted. Many of his best works came from those two periods of his life.