United Presbyterian Home
Resident volunteers are very important to the operation of the United Presbyterian Home and last week one very important volunteer was overlooked. Merrill Mason braved the cold temperatures to help Kathy Knutson and Larry Bartlett string Christmas lights and hang decorations outside. Everyone enjoys the holiday lights in the long dark hours of the winter evenings and appreciates their help in brightening up the campus.
Thelma Wagner is the happy, new great-grandparent of twin boys born Dec. 1, 2013, to granddaughter, Anne Chipman and husband Adam of Harlan. Anne is the daughter of Karen and Jim Macdonald. Baby Luke James weighed 5 pounds, 7.9 ounces and measured 19½ inches long. Baby Isaac Rick weighed 6 pounds, 6.4 ounces and measured 21¼ inches long. Paternal grandparents are Rick and Cheryl Chipman and great-grandparents are Alice and Everett Lamer and Dorothy Chipman. They also reside in the Harlan area.
The annual United Presbyterian Home Art Exhibit is now in the Patsy Wilson Gallery at the downtown library. Viewers will see landscapes, portraits, animals, barns, religious subjects, chip carving and abstract compositions. These are done in ink, colored pencil, chalk, charcoal, water colors, acrylics and wood. There are 41 pieces from 12 artists including Connie Bauer, Betty Beenblossom, Joy Bennett, Marlene Blick, Jackie Bower, Ramona Byerly, Carolyn Dixon, Sarah Hanna, Esther Hess, Ella May Ruppert, Marion Turnipseed and Jane Vetter. Sadly, this will be the first exhibit without the work of Harold Gamon. The show will run through December.
In addition to the library art exhibit there is a print of a famous nativity scene posted on the art room door. The Adoration of the Shepherds was painted by El Greco during 1594-1612 in Spain. This is a very emotional nativity that shows the artist's piety — the elongated figures and heavenly light which are typical of his style. The actual painting is very large, measuring 9'10' by 5'11" and hangs over his tomb. It was done in what is called the Mannerist period which was after the Renaissance and before the Baroque. As you walk past the art room, take a moment to share El Greco's passion.
The Rev. Kitch has set up an Advent prayer station in the Campbell Room. A new station is added each Monday during the four weeks of Advent. Residents are welcome to stop in for a time of prayer and reflection as it fits in to their schedule.
Lisa Clark would like to thank everyone who attended the Tuesday night fundraiser last week. Up with Kids Day Care is raising money for new playground equipment.
Santa knew exactly when the Up with Day Care children were having their Christmas party and arrived with presents for everyone. He told the children that he knew who had been naughty and who had been good this year as he has elves in the day care and he checks in with Lisa Clark once a month. After opening presents and a group picture, the children enjoyed cookies and punch in the Campus Center and Santa made his way to the Health Center to check in with residents there.
Jim Bennett has been busy conducting his model train display near the Stewart Hall entrance. Jim has spent countless hours setting up the display to be bigger and better than in the past. Jim has added a ramp and tunnel to this year’s village and he hosted the official beginning run around the tracks last Friday to a lobby full of kids big and small. Jim will have regular hours on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. or by appointment. Come often, as the village has something new daily.
The tap dancing duo of Rosemary Harris and Julia Humphreys, known as Second-Hand Toes, returned to the United Presbyterian Home this week to preform another tap dance routine for Health Center residents. The women had about as many costume changes as songs to dance to. They dressed as trees, elves and reindeer while performing to favorite holiday music.
Kerr Hall residents met for a Christmas luncheon in the main dining room on Tuesday. Corinne Duvall and Bob Huber hosted the event with 16 residents attending. Corinne Duvall gave the blessing and everyone enjoyed lunch together without venturing out in the frigid temperatures.
Residents enjoyed the music of Ned Francis during the Christmas dance held in the main dining room on Wednesday. Someone should have counted the number of red sweaters in the room, as many residents were dressed in festive holiday attire. Ned played a variety of holiday tunes along with a mix of favorite dance songs. Residents and staff enjoyed a little Christmas cheer and refreshments as they shared an afternoon of dancing and socializing.
Carolers from the West Chester United Methodist Women including UPH cottage residents, Pat Dusenbery and Jeaniene Dusenbery, visited residents in the Health Center on Wednesday to bring a little Christmas cheer along with a few Christmas Carols.
The monthly Campus Breakfast was held on Thursday morning. Following breakfast the Washington High School Show Choir, under the direction of Mike Jewell, presented a holiday concert for those attending. They sang traditional carols of the season and were surprised when Santa showed up to sing with them. They finished by inviting residents to join them in a sing-a-long of familiar Christmas Carols.
Classics Et Cetera for Dec. 12 included an overture to “The Return of Ulysses to His Homeland” by Claudio Monteverdi; 3 Dances from “The Nutcracker” by Tchaikovsky (played by Brassissimo Vienna brass quartet); “Ballet of the Snowflakes” by Jacques Offenbach; “Frosty the Snowman (played by the Guy Lombardo Orchestra; Concerto in G Minor (with a Pastoral Care of the Blessed Nativity) by Giuseppe Torelli; “Scene de Ballet” by Charles-Auguste de Bériot; “Ding Dong Merrily on High” (performed by Julie Andrews with choir & orchestra).
“The Nutcracker,” a ballet by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), is today the most loved and the most performed Romantic Era ballet. Tchaikovsky composed three ballets—“The Nutcracker,” “Swan Lake “ and “Sleeping Beauty”—and all three are among the top 10 most performed full-length ballets in the world today. No other composer has more than one ballet on that list. Tchaikovsky thought they were all failures.