United Presbyterian Home
Week of the Young Child concluded last Friday with the children singing to the Health Center residents accompanied by Sara Bartlett on the piano. Sara provided printout sheets for the residents so they could sing along. The children added hand gestures and motions to their routine.
Chris Lee, daughter of John and Corinne Duvall, spent five days with them doing some spring housecleaning. On Saturday evening they enjoyed supper with the Brian Wilson family before attending the musical "Cinderella" at Mid Prairie High School. It was special because their granddaughter, Claire Wilson, was Cinderella. Many of the little girls attending came dressed as princesses. The orchestra and cast make it an enjoyable evening for all.
UP with Day Care children and residents observed Earth Day Monday by making a banner with their handprints and the slogan "The Earth is Worth Protecting." They also made butterflies from coffee filters. This is a good lesson for people of all ages. On Tuesday, the children attended exercise class with residents in the Health Center as they used a parachute to move about. Sophia Kleese helped residents construct May baskets on Wednesday during her break from school. Sophia and Elizabeth Tschantz have also been busy preparing decorations to be used for the senior prom to be held on Thursday, May 23.
The cottagers' monthly potluck was held on Monday evening in the Campus Center. It was a bit unusual, as it was short on meat and vegetable dishes, but there were plenty of desserts. There were 15 pies plus three other desserts, which were all delicious.
Dessert with Dee was scheduled for Tuesday morning in the Main Dining Room as part of the Dietary Department weekly mini-activities. Dee was busy cooking that morning, so Ellen Anderson-Kieffer filled in for her, treating residents in attendance to zucchini cupcakes while discussing the health benefits of zucchini. Zucchini will be abundant in the gardens before long.
Classics Et Cetera for April 25 included the Overture to “Coriolan” by Beethoven; 1st Movement of Woodwind Quintet, Op. 56, No. 1 by Franz Danzi; “Ein Traum” (“A Dream”) by Edvard Grieg; “Funiculì-Funiculà” by Luigi Denza (Sergio Franchi, tenor); “Capriccio espagnol” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov; “True Blue,” march by Karl L. King.
“Funiculì-Funiculà” was written in 1880 by Luigi Denza (1846-1922) to commemorate the opening of the funicular cable car on Italy’s Mount Vesuvius, that was destroyed by an eruption in 1944. It is a love song sung to a beautiful maiden while they were riding in the car. English words to that same melody, “Some think the world was made for fun and frolic,” became popular in England and America, but no funicular cable car is involved.