United Presbyterian Home
This seems to be a week on many themes at the United Presbyterian Home as dictated by the calendar. A Mardi Gras Buffet was held on Fat Tuesday in the Main Dining Room complete with a Cajun menu that could be found in any Louisiana celebration. They had Jambalaya, shrimp, rice, beans and King’s Cake on the menu with multicolored beads for decoration and server Jake Loomis in his Court Jester hat. Fat Tuesday is the last day of the Carnival season in the South that ends just as Lent begins.
The Lenten season began on Wednesday when Rev. Kitch Shatzer held an Ash Wednesday Service in the Main Dining Room to the theme of A Thousand years of Ashes. This was a simple service of prayer, Scripture and meditation along with the imposition of ashes. It was estimated that about 50 people attended from all parts of the campus. Rev. Kitch has Lenten devotional booklets to give away and plans to guide residents through Lent and Easter.
Residents in the Health Center have been busy this week preparing for Valentine’s Day. They made chocolate Oreo truffles one day and had manicures and hand massages the next so as to look attractive for the dance on Thursday afternoon.
The Classics Et Cetera program was moved to Friday this week so that everyone could attend the Valentine’s Day dance on Thursday. The Classics Et Cetera music will include the overture to “Les arts florissants” by Marc-Antoine Charpentier; “The Evening Prayer” from “Hansel & Gretel” by Engelbert Humperdinck; “Bless This House” by May Brahe; “Rakoczy March” (piano arrangement by Vladimir Horowitz); “Selling Hogs” by The Great Bluegrass Herons; Selections from “The Sleeping Beauty” by Tchaikovsky; 1st Movement of the Clarinet Sonata by Camille Saint-Saëns; “Commando,” a march by Samuel Barber
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) had an extraordinarily long and successful career as a composer of nearly all musical genres and as a musician. He was also an enthusiastic historian, as well as a student of Latin, Roman art and architecture, astronomy, and he had an incurable wanderlust, visiting North and South America and even Sri Lanka, before spending his last years in Algiers. He was not always admired, however. Sir Thomas Beecham, the great conductor, once said “Saint-Saëns was the greatest second-rate composer who ever lived.”