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Halcyon House News

Jul 21, 2017

The Washington Municipal Band gave a special performance on the Kerr Hall lawn Thursday evening prior to their concert in Central Park. UPH residents Wayne Brock and Martha Chalupa are members of the band which presented a western theme concert while residents listened from their lawn chairs. Volunteers Cathy Kleese, Becca Enfield, Pat Jenkins, Dorothy White, Jim Bennett and Larry Bartlett helped set up the concert area and transported residents to the concert. Bill Stewart graciously offered his lawn so concert goers could sit in the shade to enjoy the music. Chloe Glosser, granddaughter of Betty Beenblossom served popcorn.

Residents in the Health Center have become accustomed to the piano music of Pearl Arnold and enjoy that she treats them to concerts on a regular basis.

Gene and Judy Driscoll entertained their grandchildren, Maggie age 7, and Tucker, age 10, for four days last week. They are the children of Darcy and Andy Morter of Middlebury, Vermont. The kids were vacationing in Wisconsin with family when Gene and Judy got the idea to meet them at the end of their stay and bring the kids to Washington while the parents traveled back home. They spent quality time together which included visits to the home of Mike, Michelle, Macy and Mitchell Driscoll near Washington. Gene accompanied the kids on their flight home.

On Friday morning residents in the Town Center were treated to doughnuts at coffee time compliments of the Raymond Swailes family in a kind gesture of gratitude.

Forty-five family members and friends gathered in the Campus Center Sunday to wish Hazel Johnson a happy birthday. They enjoyed a potluck meal with homemade ice cream in the afternoon which is a Johnson family tradition.

Sue Kretzschmar treated friends and neighbors to donuts Monday morning as they helped her to celebrate her birthday on 7-17-17. She commented that it was her lucky 7s day.

Birch Holden’s daughters, Linda Holden of Yankton, South Dakota, and Donna Holden of Rolla, Missouri, were here for a short visit overnight visit and quality time with Dad.

Betty Beenblossom and Lucy Landon entered art work in the Arts and Photography Open Class Exhibit at the Washington County Fair this week. Their works included watercolor and acrylic paintings and water pencil drawings. They each took home participation ribbons and Betty earned a Reserve Champion ribbon for her Window Reflection painting.

Young people from the Summer Day Care Program attended kid’s day at the Washington County Fair accompanied by Becca Enfield. They toured the animal barns, looked over the 4-H exhibits, painted their faces and explored activities of the day. The majority of the kids report that seeing the animals up close was their favorite part.

Carol Enfield escorted residents to the fair Wednesday afternoon. A little mud did not stop retired farm folk from enjoying time at the fair. It was a hot afternoon just right to watch 4-H members wash the animals and get wet in the process.

Classics Et Cetera for July 20, included the overture to “Joan of Arc” by Giuseppe Verdi; 2nd Movement of Serenade for Strings by Sir Edward Elgar; “Where Sheep May Safely Graze” by Johann Sebastian Bach; “Listen to the Mockingbird” performed by Jack Daniel’s Original Silver Cornet Band; 3rd Movement of Symphony No. 9 (“Great”) by Franz Schubert; “The Dauntless Battalion” by John Philip Sousa, performed by the Sousa Band.

Considered the greatest composer of Italian opera ever, Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) became something of a philanthropist in his later years and built a small hospital near his estate and also a retirement or rest home specifically for the care of retired and impoverished musicians. Casa di Riposo per Musicisti was the subject of a 20-minute segment on TV’s 60 Minutes program with Morley Safer several years ago.

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