United Presbyterian Home
United Presbyterian Home (UPH) residents and staff joined in The Longest Day event as they exercised to raise money for the awareness of Alzheimer’s and support those families afflicted by the disease. People around the world joined in activities to support this cause. While the Alzheimer’s Association’s, Longest Day event took place on the longest day of the year, June 21, 2014, UPH participants exercised to keep the NuStep machines running continually one day earlier on Friday, June 20, 2014. Seven NuStep machines were grouped together in the large exercise area to make for a communal event. From 7 a.m. through 7 p.m. the machines were buzzing with activity. Many Washington residents joined the team to help the cause. Residents Pat Jenkins, Melva Mineart, Dorothy White, and Phyllis Ladehoff organized the event with the aid of fitness instructors, Amy Kleese and Stefanie Tschantz. The support was overwhelming, raising just shy of $5,000 with the number still growing.
Brad and Pat Goff celebrated their 50th anniversary with an open house on Saturday afternoon in the MDR with family and friends. It was the first time in many years that Pat’s family had been together. Brad and Pat were married at the First Baptist Church in Washington, on June 21, 1964, by the Rev. Richard Peterson. Pat remembers that it was extremely hot that Saturday and the church was not air conditioned.
Cottage residents held their monthly potluck supper on Monday evening celebrating Dairy Month. Inflatable cow balloons served as table decorations with all things dairy included. Betty Beenblossom shared a couple of dairy jokes and the group sang songs with dairy lyrics and appropriate tunes: Old McDonald Had a Farm and Mary, Mary Had a Cow. Hosts for the evening were John and Gerry Sproule, Richard and Del Henningfield, Linda Boston, David Draheim and Melva Mineart.
Nine people attended the Book Club. They discussed "The Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies" by Susan Wettig Albert. The novel was set in a small town in Alabama in 1930. Book Club members talked about Prohibition, the Depression, and the different ways of communicating back then. The book highlighted family deceits, which exist in all time periods. The garden club ladies were fortunate that they formed a strong support system.
Becca Enfield celebrated her birthday this week with dinner on Wednesday evening joined by friends and co-workers. On Thursday she was surprised to find that her co-workers had posted large pictures of her along with birthday sentiments in various places along her daily travels. There was even a surprise appearance by Adam Levine (aka Trevor Tschantz) with a birthday song especially for Becca.
Classics Et Cetera for June 26, 2014, included the overture to “Hippolyte et Aricie” by Jean-Philippe Rameau; 2nd & 3rd Movements of Violin Sonata in D Major by Franz Schubert; “O Sole mio” by Eduardo Di Capua, sung by Sergio Franchi; “The Dying Poet” by Louis Moreau Gottschalk; “Take the ‘A’ Train” by Duke Ellington; 2nd & 3rd Movements of French Horn Concerto No. 4 by Mozart; “Sarasota,” a march by Karl King.
The French composer Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764) was an almost exact contemporary of the German Bach and Handel. As a church organist, composer, and writer of treatises on harmony, at age 50 he suddenly decided to write an opera, which changed everything, and he spent the rest of his 81 years composing them. His style differed from what people were used to from Jean-Baptiste Lully before him, but he slowly rose to prominence, being feted by King Louis XV and enjoying great popularity.