United Presbyterian Home
Wanda Jones has been busy entertaining recent visitors. In July she welcomed her niece, Angie Lauderbaugh, and her children, Abby, Grace and Bo from Bemidji, Minn., for a visit. In mid-August niece Sherry Lee of Delworth, Minn., came along with her husband, Tony, and daughters Auna and Miah. Last week a third niece, Marlene Jones Wright, and daughter Tammy from Danville, stopped by. Wanda says that they were all welcomed visitors.
A large crowd attended the Friday night fish fry in the Main Dining Room on Aug. 22. Many residents and their guests enjoyed the buffet style fish dinner.
Phyllis Hardy is pleased to announce the arrival of her great-grandson, Maxwell Blake Hardy. Max was born on Aug. 24, 2014, and is the son of Adrianne Hardy and Blake Shannon.
The Cottagers Potluck was held Monday night at the Campus Center. The serving committee included Mary Atwood, Thelma Wagner, Emory and Phyllis VanGerpen and Tom and Charlane Tanner. They chose a school-days theme for the evening. Wagner placed information on the bulletin board about past schools in the Washington area. Everyone enjoyed the wonderful evening with delicious home-cooked food, socializing, reminiscing and sharing a few jokes. In keeping with the theme they sang "School Days" and "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning." A slate of officers was presented by the nominating committee. The present officers will serve another year. They are president, Betty Beenblossom; vice president, Darwin Widmer; and secretary/treasurer, Betty Colby. The standing committees will remain the same.
Nine people attended the book club meeting and discussed "The Mapping of Love and Desire" by Jacqueline Winspear. Esther Bordwell led the discussion. She listed the characters in the mystery and asked each person to choose one or more characters to talk about. The next meeting will be Sept. 24, in the second-floor lounge in Stewart Hall. The group will be discussing "Abide with Me," a novel by Elizabeth Strout. It is the story of a young minister in the 1950s in a small New England town.
The Presbyterian Church women’s group of Cotter met for lunch in the Main Dining Room on Wednesday and stayed for a campus tour afterward. Diana Rich escorted the group through the different departments and buildings at the United Presbyterian Home and offered some history behind the 1907 building.
Classics Et Cetera for Aug. 28 included the overture to “Leave It to Me” by Cole Porter; 3rd Movement of Quintet for Clarinet & String Quartet by Carl Maria von Weber; Toccata & Fugue in D Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach; Waltz from “Masquerade Suite” by Aram Khachaturian; “The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi” performed by Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians; 4th Movement of Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”) by Ludwig van Beethoven; a march by Francis Johnson.
One of the most popular composers of the Soviet period of Russian history, Aram Khachaturian (1893-1978), the composer of the popular “Sabre Dance,” managed to combine the folk music of his native Armenia with the more formal Russian musical tradition. He got a late start in his musical training, so his first major works did not appear until his early 40s. In 1947, he, along with other Soviet composers, got into trouble for not adhering to the Communist musical line, but with Stalin’s death in 1953 he achieved greater freedom.