Washington Evening Journal

Neighbors Growing Together | Apr 18, 2014

United Presbyterian Home

Dec 18, 2013

WACO middle school students volunteered at the United Presbyterian Home on Friday as part of their Friday Enrichment Program. They painted, vacuumed, played with children, made gingerbread houses with residents, and worked in the main office. Students will return on Friday, Jan. 10, to aid residents with their technical devices, such as cell phones, computers and tablets.

Robert Martin reports that he has been watching a fox from his window. The fox seems to have a den between Robert’s house and the maintenance shop.

Jim Bennett was featured on the front page of the Washington Evening Journal this week with a picture and article about his model train display. Jim is gracious to share his hobby with residents and visitors of the United Presbyterian Home.

Brownie Troop 5412 visited with residents in the Health Center on Monday evening and sang Christmas Carols as they made their way from room to room. Afterwards, the Brownies held their meeting in the Activity Room and made crafts there.

Just Us Girls gave a half-hour performance in the Main Dining Room on Monday evening. Residents and guests were well entertained as the women’s group mixed up traditional Christmas songs with fresh versions of new and fun songs that included audience participation. They sang Santa Baby to a row of select men in the audience including, Jim Cuddeback, Dave Henderson, Darwin Widmer and Bob Huber. The laughter was contagious.

The sounds of the season were heard coming from the Parlor on Wednesday as residents gathered around the fireplace to sing Christmas Carols and enjoy sweet treats of cookies and wassail. Mary Atwood played the piano and led the group in song. She had selected traditional Christmas songs and also a Hawaiian Christmas Carol for variety.

Eight members of the book club reported on Christmas stories they had read at the December meeting. Rachel Pollock shared an interesting and often funny account of her Christmas experiences in Egypt with her missionary husband, Jim. The next meeting will be Wednesday, Jan. 29. Members will be reading the fifth book in the Maisie Dobbs mystery series by Jacqueline Winspear.

Classics Et Cetera for Dec. 19 included Nos, 1 & 2 from “Gloria in D Major” by Antonio Vivaldi; “The Christmas Roses” waltz by Emil Waldteufel; “The Twelve Days of Christmas;” “Nos. 11 & 12 from “Messiah” by George Frideric Handel; “3 German Dances” by Mozart; “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

In his own day, German-born George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) was best known for his 42 Italian-style operas and a few orchestral pieces. He had lived three years in Florence, Italy, the birthplace of opera, returning to Germany to take charge of the musical life in Hanover, only to abandon his post for a trip to England, where he lived for the rest of his life. A few years later the Elector of Hanover, whom Handel had deserted, was crowned King George I of England. Handel must have winced a bit, but the new king had evidently forgiven him for his breach of loyalty. Under the king’s favor, Handel completed 31 oratorios, including “Messiah.”

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