United Presbyterian Home
The United Presbyterian Home has been busy with activities and guests beginning the week prior to Christmas and since.
Folk singer and storyteller Mike Anderson visited the United Presbyterian Home on Dec. 20 with his Christmas program. He played Christmas music on his handmade musical instruments including one piece called the mountain dulcimer. Mike is also known as Hugo Kringle, Santa’s little brother, so he shared some seasonal stories with his audience and led them in a holiday sing-along.
Girl Scout Troop 9638 donated table decorations to the dining rooms and Town Center. The girls had made paper Christmas trees from magazines.
Lincoln School Sunrise Singers preformed for residents prior to the Christmas holiday. Their music was special as several of the students have grandparents and relatives at the United Presbyterian Home. Harold and Betty Stephens were able to hear their great-grandson, Hunter Paul, perform with the group and Marion Cuddeback was able to see her great-granddaughter, Sydney Cuddeback and get a hug from her.
A holiday party was held in the Health Center on Christmas Eve with residents opening presents and munching on chocolate candy, cookies and punch. The Up with Day Care children helped pass out presents to residents and Mrs. Claus arrived with candy canes to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.
Jim Bennett entertained residents and friends in Stewart Hall on Christmas Eve with his lighted model train display. Jim created a lighted village and the caboose lighted. Smoke bellowed from the engine and sounds of the train whistle were heard. It was all about atmosphere. Up with Day Care children had their pictures taken near the train display in the afternoon.
Friends surprised Esther Hess with a birthday cake in the Town Center for her birthday last week. Elizabeth Terrones celebrated her birthday in the Town Center with friends for her Jan. 1 birthday.
Residents welcomed the company of family and visitors on Christmas Day with many of them enjoying the buffet dinner in the Main Dining Room. Melva Mineart enjoyed the weeklong company of her son, Doug, from Springdale Ark.
Betty Beenblossom traveled to Ankeny to surprise her son, Matt, and his family for a post-holiday celebration.
On Saturday, Dec. 28, Olivia Griffith offered a piano recital in the Health Center. Olivia is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Griffith and the niece of Pat Dusenbery. Olivia is a junior at Hudson High School. She is a very talented young lady and has played the piano and sung for residents at the UPH before.
Residents again gathered on New Year’s Eve afternoon to share treats in silly party hats and horns. New Year’s Day was another delicious buffet in the Main Dining Room.
Mildred Houseal is pleased to announce the arrival of her great-grandson, Jayfe Dean Thorius. Jayfe was born on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, to Jacob and Erin Thorius. He weighed 7 pounds, 12 1/2 ounces and measured 20.5 inches long. Welcome baby Jayfe!
Classics Et Cetera for Dec. 26, 2013, included A “New Year’s Day from Vienna” special program: The overture to “Donna Diana” by Emil Nikolaus von Rezniček; “Spleen” polka mazur by Johann Strauss II; “Vienna Citizens” by Carl Ziehrer; “Pizzicato Polka” by Johann II & Josef Strauss; “Theater Quadrille” by Josef Strauss; “By the Beautiful Blue Danube” by Johann Strauss II; “Radetzky March” by Johann Strauss I.
Classics Et Cetera for Jan. 2, 2014, included an overture to “Orpheus in the Underworld” by Jacques Offenbach; “The Battle Cry of Freedom” by Louis Moreau Gottschalk; “The Laughing Song” from “Die Fledermaus” by Johann Strauss II; selections from”Fiddler on the Roof” by Jerry Bock; “The Carnival” for bassoon and orchestra by James Ord Humes; “Winter Sports Galop” by Guy Earl Holmes.
The popular American pianist and composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1828-1869), born and raised in New Orleans, was nevertheless a strong supporter of the Union in the Civil War. When war broke out in 1861, Gottschalk returned from the Caribbean and made an exhausting concert tour by railroad of Northern cities and towns. He heard a lady speak insultingly of American music at a party and immediately went to the piano to improvise on the stirring Union song. “The Battle Cry of Freedom” by George Friedrich Root, whom he had met in Paris as a student. The result was a hit at the party and soon became a favorite on his tour.