United Presbyterian Home
Recent guests at the home of Dorothy White included her son and his wife, the Rev. Bruce and Pam White of Tuscon, Ariz. While in Iowa, Bruce and Pam attended the Bettendorf High School graduation of their granddaughter, Jordan Raso.
Several residents have been seen planting gardens in the garden plots provided them on the south side of campus. They have all of the usual garden vegetables including tomato plants, onions, beans, radishes, and lettuce in individual gardens with a few sunflowers mixed in. Volunteer residents were busy last week planting sweet corn in a communal plot as they do each year to share with all residents. The dietary staff prepares the corn to serve at meals in season. Tom Tanner, Brad Goff, Jim Reid, Richard Henningfield, Larry Bartlett, and Carol Ray are some of the volunteer green thumbers.
Health Center residents enjoyed a hymn sing on Tuesday provided by UP Church Circle 4 members Jane Cuddeback, Janice Twinam and Julia Gamon. Julia played the piano as Jane and Janice led the residents in song.
The United Presbyterian Home was well represented in the sidewalk chalk painting contest in conjunction with Washington’s 175th anniversary on Wednesday morning. Young Up with Day Care artists Titan Ross, Quintyn Garibay, Braedon Tappan and Tyrese Wright created a hearts-and-flowers theme with UP UP and Away printed on it. It was a delight to see the big, bold, colorful flowers. Diana Rich, Elizabeth Tschantz and Betty Beenblossom created their own reflecting version of the UP Home logo with the circling message of Living the Dream at the UP Home. This talented trio won first place.
Classics Et Cetera for June 5, 2014, included the overture to “The Apothecary” by Joseph Haydn; “Ashokan Faiewell” by Jay Ungar; “Una furtiva Lagrima” from “L’Elixir d’amore” by Gaetano Donizetti; “None but the Lonely Heart” by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky; 2 versions of “Amazing Grace”; 3rd Movement of Symphony No. 1 (“Spring”) by Robert Schumann; 1st Movement of “Palladio” by Karl Jenkins; “Spirit of Independence,” march by Abe Holzmann.
Jay Ungar (born 1946) grew up in New York City and found himself in Greenwich Village during the 1960s. He is best known for a little piece, “Ashokan Farewell,” he wrote in 1982 as a lament or a farewell waltz at the close of the annual Fiddle and Dance Camp at Ashokan Reservoir near New Paltz in upstate New York. Later, the piece was “discovered” by Ken Burns, the producer of the hugely popular 1990 PBS miniseries “The Civil War.” Burns made it the title theme of the entire series and it became very popular on its own.