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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 31, 2014

United Presbyterian Home

Jul 18, 2014

The Washington Municipal Band performed under the gazebo on the United Presbyterian lawn Thursday evening. UPH residents Wayne Brock and Martha Chalupa are members of the band which presented a Fourth of July western-theme concert while residents listened from their lawn chairs.

A 13-day vacation at Lake Loch Lomond in Bella Vista, Ark., highlighted the summer of Corinne Duvall and her family. Brian, Nancy and Ashley Wilson and Colton and Claire Wilson spent four days there and Corinne stayed on for a visit and to boat with two great-grandchildren from the Denver area. Cole and Abby Johnson were staying with grandparents Chris and Ron Lee for three weeks. Ron and Chris Lee moved to a new home on a lake in November and so it was a first visit for all the family. The fireworks were special on the Fourth of July. Fishing was so-so. Corinne can attest to the two big ones that got away.

Pat Jenkins returned home Saturday from a really fun weeklong trip to Colorado with her son, Randy. They were joined in Colorado by her son, Russ from Warner Robins, Ga.; two nephews, Todd and Adina Swift and family of Denver, Colo.; and Tim and Janet Swift of St. George, Utah. Also joining them were grandson Travis and Dara Jenkins; Brady, Calli and Sherry Stipp from Corpus Christi, Texas. They spent three days with grandson Jason and Alesia Jenkins at Trinidad, Colo. in the straw bale house they built on 40 acres on the top of a mountain. Their house is powered by solar and wind and they grow most of their own food in five gardens. They have two dogs, a dozen chickens, one turkey, two baby goats and three milking goats. The goat milk is used to make wonderful cheese which is sold at the Co-op in Trinidad, and it also makes fantastic homemade ice cream!

The group excluding Pat went to Taos, N. M., for white water rafting. On Monday they visited the Bishop’s Castle and the Royal Gorge. They saw the Manitou Cliff Swellings, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, rode the Georgetown Loop Railroad and toured an old silver mine. Thursday the group (again, not Pat) went zip lining and took a mile hike up a mountain to see the Hanging Lake. Friday evening they attended a Colorado Rockies baseball game.

Up with Day Care kids and a group of residents took a trip to the Washington County Fair on Wednesday morning. Children enjoyed the ponies and train rides and watched the magic show. They were fascinated by the snake, crocodile and the farm animals in the show barns. Residents enjoyed meeting Fancy, the friendly cat belonging to Lilly Clark. Fancy boarded the bus to be petted by residents and get all the attention possible. The children enjoyed a picnic sack lunch back at their playground following the morning at the fair.

The July birthday party was held in the Health Center on Wednesday afternoon. Those celebrating July birthdays included Viva Ayers, Virginia Finke, Wanda Fritz, Freda Jeffries, Kerm Jenkins, Hazel Johnson and Dick Quayle. Some enjoyed outdoor wheelchair rides followed by root beer floats.

Classics Et Cetera for July 17, 2014, included a prelude to Act I of “Lohengrin” by Richard Wagner; 3rd Movement of the String Quartet in F Major (“American”) by Antonin Dvořák; 1st Movement of Serenade No. 10 (“Gran Partita”) by Mozart; “Dizzy Fingers” by Zez Confrey; “Sunset” & “Cloudburst” from “Grand Canyon Suite” by Ferde Grofé; “Robinson’s Grand Entree” by Karl L. King.

Music critics differ regarding the influence of America on the music of Antonin Dvořák (1841-1904) from his three years (1892-1895) in the United States as director of the National Conservatory in New York. He had no such question, however. He wrote: “As for my new Symphony, the F Minor String Quartet and the Quintet composed here in Spillville … I should never have written these works ‘just so’ if I hadn’t seen America.” and “As to my opinion, I think the influence of this country ... is to be seen and that all works written in America differ very much from my earlier works as much in color as in character.”

 

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