United Presbyterian Home
The monthly Kerr Hall get-together supper was served in the Main Dining Room on March 12 with 21 residents attending. They were pleased to welcome Helen Dallmeyer back. Rev. Kitch said the blessing. Committee members for the event were Wayne and Nadene Brown, Walt Gowan and Dorothy Miller. They planned the wonderful meal with the aid of dietary director Ellen Keiffer-Anderson.
Dorothy Soucek hosted her bridge club in the Main Dining Room on Thursday afternoon, March 13. Chef Cory Evans surprised the women with a beautifully decorated leprechaun cake which they loved. The cake blended in with the shamrock tablecloths and Irish theme.
Many activities took place at the United Presbyterian Home on St. Patrick’s Day. Bill Dusenbery celebrated his birthday by treating his friends and family to doughnuts in the Town Center. Mike Dusenbery of Nashville, Tenn., and Bill and Nancy Dusenbery of Fairview Heights, Ill., made the trip to be with their father on his special day. They ate lunch together in the Main Dining Room and, in the evening, took Bill out to a local restaurant for another celebration meal.
Plenty of residents saw fit to wear some green on St. Patrick’s Day, some to display their Irish ancestry and others afraid of being pinched. Many of them ate traditional corned beef and cabbage, Irish soda bread and chocolate Guinness cake in the Main Dining Room on Monday. Shamrock shakes were served in the afternoon in the Health Center to the delight of day care kids, residents and staff. The children wore their shamrock headbands while eating ice cream and entertaining the residents.
Screams were heard coming from the Parlor on Tuesday afternoon. With the fireplace recently cleaned out a bird found its way down the chimney for a little adventure. Fortunately the screen door was closed and the bird was trapped for most of the morning. With the help of the maintenance men and office crew strategically placed around the Parlor, the fireplace door was opened along with the front door and the frightened bird quickly found its way outside once again. The bird was unharmed and no doubt frightened from the screams heard as it flew over the heads of those trying to help.
Classics Et Cetera included The overture to “Ruslan & Ludmilla” by Mikhail Glinka; Prélude to “Te Deum” in D Major by Marc-Antoine Charpentier; Larghetto from Violin Sonatina in G Major by Antonin Dvořák; Andante from Woodwind Quintet in C Major; “Without a Song” performed by Jan Peerce, tenor; Movements 8-12 from “The Carnival of the Animals” by Camille Saint-Saëns; “Bombasto,” a march by Orion R. Farrar.
The great Czech composer Antonin Dvořák came to New York in 1892 to be the director of a new music conservatory. The next year he arranged for a summer vacation for his family in the mostly Czech community of Spillville, Iowa. To fulfill a desire to see Minnehaha Falls while in the Midwest he took a side trip to Minneapolis, visited the Falls, writing later, “It is so intensely beautiful that words cannot describe it.” With no paper available he wrote a musical theme in rough form on the starched cuff of his shirt, which later became the slow movement of his Violin Sonatina in G Major, Op. 100.