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Birthday party hosted for Harvey Holden

Jun 08, 2018

It was standing room only at Harvey Holden’s birthday celebration Friday morning. Guests waited in line for a chance to wish the honoree a happy 101st birthday. It was a joyous occasion with much laughter and comaraderie coming from the party.

Richard Anderson and Jane Fehr celebrated birthdays this week with friends and neighbors in the Town Center. They each brought treats to share on their special day with guests.

A Memorial Service was observed in the Health Center on Friday conducted by American Legion members and UPH veteran residents. Lonny Milligan served as Master of Ceremonies for the event paying tribute to the men and women who have served our country so honorably. Marion Turnipseed read the list of UPH resident veterans including veterans of our community who died this past year. Mike Orris concluded the ceremony with the iconic Taps.

Aladdin’s Lamp worked it magic Wednesday evening by transforming the Moore Family Dining Room into a magical place somewhere in the Middle Eastern Desert complete with colorful water fountains and purple skies. An Arabian Prince and several Princesses served refreshments while youthful gypsies danced to the music of The Ken Paulsen Band. Many residents posed for pictures under the Arabian night sky.

Carol Ray’s niece, Rosalie, and her friend Kate arrived from New York City last week for a short visit. With the annual Summer Classic in progress they were able to enjoy the antique tractor parade, the first band concert of the season, the enormous farm equipment on display on the Square and the library’s “reading mob” in Central Park. They also made the obligatory trip to Prairie Lights in Iowa City, followed by supper at Dairy Mart. Both are finishing Ph.D.’s at Columbia University in New York and will be off to write and do more research this summer. Rosalie is studying Urban Planning with a focus on public transit. Kate is working in Comparative Literature, specializing in poetry. They thought it might be nice to end up in Iowa City one day.

Mildred Houseal was honored to attend the wedding of her oldest great grandson Kody Curtis to Rebecca Owen at Lake Darling State Park Saturday, June 2, 2018. It was a beautiful day for an outdoor wedding. Kody is Mildred’s first great grandchild to get married and the son of Dawn Meyer. Earlier in the week Mildred enjoyed a visit from her nephew and his wife, Dean and Florie Myer. Dean and Florie live in California and brought with them an avocado fresh from their own tree.

Thelma Wagner and her son Kenneth Wagner participated in a birthday celebration Sunday, June 3, 2018, at Thelma’s home to celebrate Thelma’s 98th birthday and Ken’s 75th birthday. Children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren traveled from Muscatine and Harlan, Iowa as well as Chicago, Illinois and Colorado. Lawn games, cards, kickball and various other activities were held outdoors following lunch at the Pizza Ranch. In the afternoon cupcakes were served and “Happy Birthday” was sung to both honorees. Thelma was 98 years old on April 21, 2018 and Kenneth will be 75 on October 2, 2018.

A special “Encore Presents Jazz” luncheon was held Wednesday afternoon. Ellen Anderson-Keifer and Cory Evans presented a highly praised southern, New Orleans-style menu consisting of barbecue pork, creamed spinach and shoo-fly pie.

Andrew Zuehlke provided a visual and audible presentation of two of the greats of Jazz, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald and highlighted songs like “What a Wonderful World”, “Hello Dolly”, “When the Saints Go Marching In”, “April in Paris”, “A Tiskit A Tasket”, “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If You Ain’t Got that Swing)” and “Heaven”. Everyone enjoyed the delicious meal and the memorable music.

Classics Et Cetera for June 7, 2018 included the Overture to “Deceit Outwitted” by Franz Joseph Haydn; Nos. 6 & 7 from Orchestral Suite No. 2 by Johann Sebastian Bach; Organ setting for “Holy God, We Praise Thy Name” by Flor Peeters; Selections from “Rigoletto” from “Verdi without Words;” 3rd & 4th Movements from Symphony No. 5 by Ludwig van Beethoven; “Men of Ohio,” a march by Henry Fillmore.

Henry Fillmore (1881-1956) was the most flamboyant bandmaster in America.

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, he learned piano, flute, guitar and violin as a boy, but he became fascinated with the slide trombone, an instrument his father, a publisher of religious music, considered too evil for any righteous person to play.

However, his mother got him a second-hand trombone that she hoped, somewhat vainly, would keep him out of trouble.

Writing under a total of eight pseudonyms so as not to flood the market with his name (which might lessen sales), he composed over 250 pieces, mostly marches, in his 50-year career, and he orchestrated hundreds more.

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