United Presbyterian Home
Life is somewhat back to normal for most folks at the United Presbyterian Home following the holidays and recent frigid temperatures. Most people agree that is a good thing.
Pat Dusenbery shared birthday treats with friends and neighbors in the Town Center on Friday following exercise class.
Mildred Statler was joined by her family for a birthday dinner on Sunday, a day earlier than planned due to the cold weather. Mildred and Margaret Skinner then shared birthday cupcakes with friends for lunch on Monday in celebration of their shared birthdays.
Thelma Wagner and United Presbyterian Church Circle 3 members led residents in a hymn sing on Tuesday. Thelma was assisted by her son, Ken Wagner, and John Thorne. The two men led in singing hymns with Julia Gamon accompanying them on the piano. Thelma shared poems, stories and a history of the familiar hymns they sang.
Washington High School Principal Erik Buchholz accompanied foreign exchange students Sultan Kahn of Pakistan, Salome Kapanadze of Georgia, and Altyn Shaikhova of Kazakhstan to the UPH Campus Council meeting on Wednesday morning. The students dressed in their county’s holiday attire and spoke of holiday traditions in their homes and of their cultures.
Carol Ray also spoke at the Campus Council meeting, thanking everyone who took the time and braved the cold temperatures to view the UPH Art Exhibit at the Washington Public Library. She also extended an invitation to residents with an interest in art to join the art class at the United Presbyterian Home. Carol states that no talent is required to join the class that meets on Monday and Friday mornings in the basement.
Amy Kleese and Stefanie Tschantz report that the recent Holiday Fitness Challenge has come to an end. Residents and staff were encouraged to set goals for exercise and healthy eating during the six weeks including Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Participants weighed in each Monday and their names were placed in a drawing if they maintained or lost weight during the week. Becca Enfield was the winner of a gift certificate to a local spa for her fitness efforts. Amy and Stefanie will post a new fitness challenge in a few weeks.
Martha Chalupa was gracious enough to play the piano on Wednesday in the Health Center for everyone’s listening enjoyment. We thank her for her time and talent shared.
The Classics Et Cetera for Jan. 9 included the overture to “Oberon” by Carl Maria von Weber; “Fur Elise” by Beethoven; 2nd and 3rd movements of Terzetto for violin, cello and guitar by Niccolo Paganini; “The Rain in Spain” from “My Fair Lady” by Lerner and Loewe; selections by Johannes Brahms; “The Old Circus Band” by Fred Jewell.
Niccolo Paganini (1782-1840) was probably the greatest violinist in history up to his own time. His ability to play like no other violinist before him, and his angular and dark appearance, led to many rumors and legends as to the origin of his prowess. It was said that, while he was in prison for killing his mistress the devil granted him total mastery of the violin, in exchange, of course, for his soul (ala Faust). Paganini, knowing it would bring more crowds to his concerts, did his bit to encourage such rumors.