United Presbyterian Home
On Wednesday afternoon, Health Center residents boarded the van for a trip to the Larry and Kathy Cuddeback farm in search of a live Christmas tree. Larry gave a brief history of the tree farm and explained how their operation has evolved from small plantings to the larger trees they have today and how the recent alternating years of wet and drought conditions have affected the trees. Visitors enjoyed seeing the trees, chopped wood and the natural crafts offered along with the natural, woodsy smell that goes with each. The family dog and cat entered the bus to greet their visitors. Each person received a candy cane and a sprig of greenery to take home with them. After purchasing a tree and wreath, they were able to enjoy the pine scent all the way back to town.
After returning from the Cuddeback farm, residents celebrated November birthdays with a party in the Health Center. Residents with November birthdays include Ruth Lowe, Max White, Eleanor Timmins, Dale Fritz, Bessie Robins, Anna Gonzalez and Glenn Ladehoff.
Jane Vetter was a guest of Steve and Kathy Vetter at the Mi Pueblo Real Mexican Restaurant for a non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner on Wednesday evening. Jane enjoys spending time with her family on any given day.
A large crowd of hungry people attended Thanksgiving dinner at the United Presbyterian Home on Thursday. Many residents hosted family and friends to a delicious buffet of traditional holiday foods. Everyone left full and happy.
The Cottagers’ monthly potluck was held last Monday with 52 residents attending. New cottagers Sara and Larry Bartlett and Ann and Norman Thomas were there for the first time. There was plenty of good food for everyone. There are a lot of great cooks in this group! Larry Bartlett promises to be back next month for more chocolate pie.
The Book Club met on Wednesday, Nov. 26, to discuss Jacqueline Winspear’s, "Pardonable Lies." This is a mystery set in England in the 1930s. It is the third in the Maisie Dobbs series. During December people will be reading a Christmas book of their choice and will meet on Jan. 2.
"We Lucky Few" is a collection of personal stories of WW II as told by the remaining veterans of southeast Iowa who served their country during that time. The book is compiled by the father-daughter team of Larry Cuddeback and Cheyenne Cuddeback Miller who searched out stories of courage and sacrifice and spent many hours interviewing veterans in order to create this tribute to them and to all who served their country. Twenty United Presbyterian Home resident veterans are featured in "We Lucky Few." An autograph session with featured residents will take place at the United Presbyterian Home on Friday, Dec. 7, at 10:15 a.m., for book holders to have their books signed. Larry Cuddeback will be present with books for sale. These books are very popular and are selling fast.
Twenty-four members of the John and Corinne Duvall family spent Thanksgiving at the Brian and Nancy Wilson farm home. The day was spent eating, watching football and playing games. The main entertainment were seven great-grandchildren with six of them under the age of 5 years. Those attending were Chris and Ron Lee of Arizona; Jason and Rachel Johnson of Colorado with children Cole and Abby; Brian and Nancy Wilson and their children, Colton and Claire; Nicholas and Leslie Duvall with children Isabelle and Quincy of West Chester; Bob Duvall and Caleb and Britt Wilson and children Mason and Paxton of Iowa City; Jessica Wilson of Fargo, N.D.; Keely Kuhlemeir of Clear Lake; Kelsey Fuhr of Kalona; and John and Corinne Duvall of Washington. Ron and Chris Lee of Fountain Hills, Ariz., and Jason and Rachel Johnson and children, Cole and Abby of Highlands Ranch, Colo., were weeklong guests of John and Corinne.
The recent Classics Et Cetera included an Overture to “Light Cavalry” by Franz von Suppé (arr. for concert band); “The Mysterious Barracades” & “The Harlequin” by François Couperin; “Enjoy Life,” waltz by Johann Strauss II; “Your State’s Name Here” by Lou & Peter Berryman; 3rd Movement of Piano Concerto No. 1 by Beethoven; “Waltz Collage” for six cellos; “Officer of the Day,” march by R.B. Hall
François Couperin (1668-1733), a great French composer, organist and harpsichordist, was known as “Couperin the Great” to distinguish him from the other two sons of Charles Couperin and their families, which produced many prominent musicians, François being the best-known. He had a fine career as church organist and eventually became music master for the Dauphin and others of the royal family.