United Presbyterian Home
Eight members of the Book Club met on Jan. 2 in the Campbell Room. Each person told about a Christmas book they read over the holidays. The next meeting of the group will be Wednesday morning, Jan. 30. The group will be discussing "Caleb’s Crossing," a novel by Geraldine Brooks. It is based on the true story of a young man who in 1665 became one of the first Native Americans to graduate from Harvard.
Several men joined in the hymn sing this week in the Health Center. Jerry King and Reid Orris led residents in singing hymns accompanied by Julia Gamon on the piano. Janice Twinam gave the devotions and Jane Cuddeback offered the Lord’s Prayer.
Shopping was on the agenda Wednesday as Carol Enfield and Elizabeth Tschantz of the Activities Department took a group of residents to shop for necessities. Since it was a warm and sunny day by January standards, the group took a scenic drive around Lake Trio to view the lake dredging project and visit with a few residents in the area. Thanks to the volunteers who went along as shopping aides, especially Lincoln and Sophia Kleese.
Bernice Logan shared her recipe for Scotcheroos on Wednesday and made a batch for residents and staff to enjoy. Bernice says that the recipe is one that she included in the United Presbyterian Home Cookbook for the 2003 addition and has been a family favorite for years.
Amy Kleese and Stefanie Tschantz of the Wellness and Fitness Center have been busy this week conducting Senior Fitness Tests to residents of the UPH. Every six months residents perform a series of exercises such as sit and squat, arm curls and the back scratch test to check for flexibility, body strength, balance and endurance. The results are then compared to past tests as a form of measurement, and residents are given a printout of their results comparing them to others of the same age bracket and gender. This is where the benefits of routine exercise and activity show up. Amy and Stefanie are pleased with how well the residents have performed and wish to thank those who participated in the testing as well as classes and programs thoughout the year.
The January art show in the U.P. Home Gallery is titled Birds and Blooms. It offers a bright spot in a cold month. Davida Nicholson’s birds are worth the visit.
Marjorie Fullerton remembers shared times around the Fulton Hall fireplace when she first moved to the United Presbyterian Home 18 years ago. Marjorie and couples Tom and Marjorie Overett, Duane and Betty Gipple, Rodney and Lu Slight and Phil and Ruth Hanson were scheduled to move in to the newly built Kerr Hall and had given up their homes before their new residences became available. They were given the opportunity to store their belongings in the basement of the United Presbyterian Home and stay in the upstairs guest rooms which became known to them as the “Crow’s Nest.” Marjorie remembers fondly the evenings when they all gathered around the fireplace and got to know each other. The 1909 Parlor was once again filled with a family who enjoyed nothing more than the entertainment of conversation while seated around the warmth of a glowing fire. Marjorie also remembers playing the piano in the Parlor on Sunday mornings while Lyle Wilcox built a fire and people ventured in and out as part of their morning routine. Marjorie says that a fire in the fireplace brings back many pleasant memories.
The Classics Et Cetera for Jan. 10 included an Overture to “The Two Foscari” by Giuseppe Verdi; 1st Movement of Piano Concerto in G Major by Joseph Haydn; “Dance of the Hours” from “La Gioconda” by Amilcare Ponchielli; “I’ll Be with You in Apple Blossom Time” performed by the Andrews Sisters; selections from “Rodeo Suite” by Aaron Copland; Menuetto from Beethoven’s Septet in E-flat Major arranged for the Budapest Clarinet Quintet; “The Major of St. Lo,” march by Col. Eugene W. Allen.
Possibly the piece of classical music that has been parodied the most over the years is “Dance of the Hours,” from the opera “La Gioconda” by Amilcare Ponchielli (1834-1886). The two best known are probably the ballet by of humanized ostriches, hippos, elephants and alligators in Walt Disney’s 1940 film “Fantasia,” and Allan Sherman’s hilarious “Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh” from 1963. Actually, Ponchielli is arguably the second most important Italian opera composer in the third quarter of the 19th century after (long after) only the great Verdi.