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Norman Thomas has completed the Basic Archery Instructor Course for the “National Archery in the Schools Program” given by the Department of Natural Resources and has been designated a basic archery instructor specialist. Norman will be teaching archery at the middle school and is hoping that the class will compete at the state level. Over 100 parents attended his first informational meeting.
Residents Don and Ethel Dayton, Kathy Knutson, Melva Mineart and Dorothy White recently took part in the H.U.G.S. TOURS group that spent four days in Branson, Mo. They were able to see performances by the Oak Ridge Boys and Pierce Arrow, a Gospel Jubilee show and the Christmas performances of Tony Orlando and Johnny Mathis. They enjoyed a lunch cruise on Lake Taneycomo and a scenic river ride. They were grateful for the planned events as well as time on their own to explore places of intrest.
The Tuesday afternoon movie was a program about bicycles documenting the first two-wheeled invention until the present-day models. Residents ate caramel corn while reminiscing about time spent on their own bicycles.
Wednesday, residents colored turkeys with the day care children and cut out headpieces in preparation of the Thanksgiving holiday.
November birthdays were celebrated in the Health Center on Wednesday afternoon. Children entertained residents singing their version of "Happy Birthday" as well as "Itsy Bitsy Spider," "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" and other favorite songs.
Dietary Director Ellen Anderson-Keifer held her monthly Chat with Ellen on Wednesday to gather resident comments and ideas. Ellen reports that her staff is busy preparing for Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, Nov. 28, and the Friday night fish fry to be held on Friday, Nov. 29, in the Main Dining Room.
Classics Et Cetera for Nov. 21, included the overture to “D’Angiolina” by Antonio Salieri; “Serenata” by Enrico Toselli; Coronation Scene from “Boris Godunov” by Modest Mussorgsky; “Serenade for Strings” by Josef Suk; “The Carnival of Venice” by Herbert L. Clarke; 4th Movement of Symphony No. 101 by Joseph Haydn; 3 Duos from Mendelssohn & Lackner for 2 flutes & piano; “Whip & Spur,” a march by Thomas S. Allen.
At age 28, Joseph Haydn proposed marriage to a piano pupil, but she decided to be a nun. Her father suggested that Haydn take her older sister, Maria Anna, and he did. It was not a happy marriage. She turned out to be a peevish and bigoted woman who gave Haydn neither love nor children. It is said that she used his manuscript scores to line her pastry dishes or curl her hair. Both Haydn and Maris Anna had lovers on the side.