United Presbyterian Home
Diane Gallagher and Millie Youngquist shared information concerning Washington’s 175th Anniversary celebration to be held next June with residents in the Main Dining Room last week. Many activities are planned for the event which promises to have something of interest for everyone.
The Seth and Debbie Music Duo entertained residents in the Health Center with a variety of music set to the guitar. Seth and Debbie come from Keosauqua. They played Gospel, Old Country and ‘40s and ‘50s music. Residents were well entertained.
Cottagers held their monthly potluck meal on Monday evening, Nov. 25. Darwin and Dorothy Widmer were hosts for the evening and they also provided the entertainment with a Bible quiz contest. Contest winner Emory VanGerpen was the recipient of a fake lottery ticket and a Butterfinger candy bar. Bob and Donna Koehler were recognized for celebrating their wedding anniversary during the month of November.
John and Corinne Duvall were pleased to have Ron and Chris Lee of Bella Vista, Ark., along with Jason and Rachel Johnson and children of Highlands Ranch, Colo., as houseguests for the week. They joined the rest of the family for Thanksgiving Eve and Day meals at the home of Brian and Nancy Wilson. Those attending included Jessica Wilson of Fargo, N.D.; Ashley Wilson of St. Louis, Mo.; Caleb and Britt Wilson of Iowa City; Colton Wilson of Iowa City; and Claire Wilson.
The food services staff has been extremely busy this past month and it will be a busy December as well. On Thanksgiving Day they served many residents and their families a delicious buffet of traditional holiday foods that left everyone with bellies full and ready for an afternoon nap.
Eight members of the Book Club met to discuss “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd. Their next meeting will be on Wednesday, Dec. 18. Everyone may choose their own book to report on. Volunteer librarian Esther Fickel has a shelf of Christmas books in the home’s library to help people make a selection. In January the group plans to read the fourth book in the Maises Dobbs mystery series.
Several residents celebrated birthdays in the Town Center recently. Linda Boston, Phyllis VanGerpen and Gene Driscoll all provided treats to share with friends and neighbors.
Activities director Carol Enfield took residents on an Over-the-River-and -Through-the Woods venture last week to end up at the Larry and Kathy Cuddeback tree farm. They sipped warm cider while they picked just the right Christmas tree for the Health Center.
The official lighting of the Parlor fireplace was celebrated on Monday, Dec. 2. Elizabeth Tschantz made caramel corn for residents to enjoy while sitting around the fire. Jeanette Miksch read a story to those in attendance and Stew Bell shared an inspirational story of winter hard times. It was also Carol Enfield’s birthday so everyone joined in singing Happy Birthday to her and wishing her a good day.
Residents were treated to a potluck meal on Wednesday, courtesy of the United Presbyterian Home Staff. Staff members provided salads, side dishes and desserts for residents to enjoy a buffet of home cooked foods.
The decorating committee of residents and board members worked their decorating magic, and transformed the Parlor, lobbies and outside grounds to look holiday-festive. They added a new tree and decorations in the Parlor to keep with the 1940s style. Thanks to Sandy Dunlap, Jean Robertson, JoAnn Torpey and Kathy Knutson for their creativity and hours of work. Holiday lights outside are a major project at times with tangled wires and lights that don’t light up. Thanks to Larry Bartlett and Kathy Knutson for the headaches they endured in order to light up the UPH campus.
During the month of December, the Rev. Kitch will host an Advent Bible Study based on the hymn “O Little Town of Bethlehem” on Monday afternoons in the Campbell Room.
The Classics Et Cetera for Dec. 5, included a Prelude to Act III of “Lohengrin” by Richard Wagner (arr, for pipe organ); Medley from “The Student Beggar” by Karl Millöcker; “Already the Evening Bells Are Ringing” by Konradin Kruetzer; “Blue Skirt Waltz” by Frankie Yankovic; “From Bohemia’s Meadows & Forests” by Bedřich Smetana; “Do You Hear What I Hear” by Gloria Shayne Baker (arr. for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir); “March of the Toys” by Victor Herbert.
One of the great composers of romantic operetta around the turn of the 20th century, Victor Herbert (1859-1924) and his librettists wanted to cash in on the extraordinary success of the 1903 musical “The Wizard of Oz” (not the 1939 film). The result was “Babes in Toyland” which opened in Chicago only five months later. It wove together various characters from Mother Goose nursery rhymes into a musical extravaganza with a Christmas theme, featuring the numbers “Toyland” and “March of the Toys,” among others. It ran for 192 performances plus many successful tours and revivals.