United Presbyterian Home
Ronald McDonald made a guest appearance at the United Presbyterian Home on Friday, April 11, as Up with Kids Day Care wrapped up the weeklong celebration of children and their caregivers. The very familiar character was a standout in his red and yellow flamboyant attire and over-sized floppy shoes as he addressed the children and residents with his message of "character counts." He was well received by the young and young at heart. Ronald tours the country spreading his message of character along with information of Ronald McDonald Houses which offer families of hospitalized children a nearby place to stay while tending to their loved. Ronald McDonald Houses operate on donations and volunteer assistance.
Dorothy Soucek and her daughter, Suzanne Riley of Provo, Utah, celebrated their shared birthdays together last week. Suzanne and her husband, Rich, spent the week in Washington to incorporate the dual birthdays and family time. They enjoyed a family dinner in the UPH Main Dining Room on Sunday and visited the Amana Colonies on Tuesday as this has been a favorite place for family to eat and shop when they get together. Suzanne was able to spend time with her daughter, Karen and friend Mark of Columbus, Ohio, along with Jean Gloyer and family of Washington; her brother, Stan Soucek of Washington, and niece Lindsay Mayer and husband Josh. Dorothy also shared cupcakes with friends and neighbors in the Town Center on Tuesday morning. Prior to her birthday, Dorothy was visited by her friend Karen McGuire who stayed over to be able to visit Suzanne the following day.
Ruth Zehr was accompanied by family members to the dance recital of her great-granddaughter, Halle Heisdorffer, on Sunday in Thornburg. Halle is a preschool dance student of Miss Jens Dance School and the daughter of Chris and Jillian Heisdorffer. Ruth reports that she has 11 great-grandchildren and enjoys each of them.
Dave Henderson spent the week prior to Easter in Tennessee fishing and visiting with friends. Dave intended to fish for bass but the weather and water temperatures were cold and he ended up catching some nice crappie. Dave reports that his friends fed him well and he enjoyed his trip and saw some different scenery along the drive.
Up With Day Care children hopped over to the Health Center on Friday morning, April 18, for an Easter egg hunt and party. They eagerly hunted eggs in the activity room, dining room, and hallway before singing "Here Comes Peter Cottontail," at which time the Easter bunny arrived. They enjoyed treats and games with the Easter bunny before returning to the day care.
The Rev. Kitch hosted a Good Friday Service in the Health Center for a crowd of residents. It was a modified Tenebrae service that included several readings of Scripture and prayers as well as a poem directly related to the darkening of the candles symbolizing Christ’s approaching death. Julia Gamon played the piano and several other residents took reading parts including Bob Logan, Pat Jenkins, Esther Bordwell, Jean Wells, Pat Goff, and Richard Henningfield.
Easter guests in the home of Connie Bauer included her son and his friend, a grandson and friend, and her great-granddaughter.
David Draheim and Linda Boston entertained Dave’s daughter and family over the Easter weekend.
Steve and Kathy Vetter of Washington were guests of his mother, Jane Vetter, at the Easter brunch held in the Main Dining Room on Sunday.
Connie Bauer and Linda Boston took their sister-in-law, Phyllis Crile, out for lunch on Monday, April 21, to celebrate her belated birthday.
Eight members of the Book Club held their monthly meeting and discussed the nonfiction book "Traveling Mercies" by Anne Lamott. Each person chose a particular section of Lamott’s journey toward faith to react to. The group will follow that procedure again as they read the next month’s selection, "Home Front" by Kristin Hannah.
After hearing about some of the handmade items that Marjorie Fullerton has made over the years, several residents and staff made their way to her apartment to take a look. Marjorie had in her possession some of the needle work, crocheted items, knitted sweaters and quilts that she had made for her daughters in the past. One of the items that Marjorie is proud of is a doily which she crocheted with her daughter’s last name and which is now displayed in a handmade wooden frame crafted by Charlie Thompson. Her quilts are art on cloth. She has a unique needlepoint quilt with blocks showcasing buildings in Columbus Junction. Another quilt is crocheted in baby blue background with crocheted snowflakes over the top. And the piece that catches everyone’s eye is the wedding dress which she made for her daughter, Jocelyn, to be married in. Marjorie remembers that Jocelyn drew a picture of the wedding dress she wanted and Marjorie made it from the picture. The dress has lace ruffles, a satin bustle, pearl buttons, and eyelet buttonholes with a lace bodice. It is a labor of love. Marjorie says that she often crafted items to be given as gifts and gave them to many family members and friends.
Classics Et Cetera for April 17, included the overture to “La belle Hélène” by Jacques Offenbach; “The Palms” by Jean-Baptiste Fauré; “Dream a Little Dream with Me” by the Ozzie Nelson Orchestra; “In Deepest Grief” from the “St. Matthew Passion” by Johann Sebastian Bach; 1st Movement of Piano Concerto No. 23 by Mozart; The Easter Chorus from “Cavalleria rusticana” by Pietro Mascagni.
Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945) was an aspiring but penniless young composer in 1888 when he entered a competition for one-act operas in Milan for composers who had not yet had an opera performed on stage. With only two months’ notice, he entered his new opera, “Cavaliera rusticana.” One of 73 entries, it premiered at a half-filled theater. The audience response was amazing and deafening. It won first prize and quickly joined the repertoire of opera houses worldwide, where it remains yet today. Mascagni was no longer penniless.
Classics Et Cetera for April 24, included the overture to “Raymond” by Ambroise Thomas; a parody on Thomas’ “Raymond Overture” by the Guckenheimer Sour Kraut Band; “The Dance of the Goblins” by Antonio Bazzini; Theme from Prelude No. 2 by George Gershwin; 2nd Movement of Piano Concerto No. 23 by Mozart; 3 scenes from “Pineapple Poll,” music by Sir Arthur Sullivan, arranged by Sir Charles Mackerras; “The Crusader” by John Philip Sousa.
In 1926, George Gershwin (1898-1937) published his “Three Preludes,” a set of three piano preludes that are fine examples of 20th century American classical music as influenced by jazz. He originally planned to write 24 preludes, but he reduced them to seven in manuscript form, then reduced them further to five in public performances. Two of the remaining five were rearranged for violin and piano and published as “Short Story,” leaving only three to publish as originally intended.