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Halcyon House

Aug 24, 2018

Halcyon House would like to thank the Reformed Presbyterian Church for the weekly Church Service, which was held in the Epworth Chapel.

The residents thoroughly enjoyed the sermon and singing.

Virginia Tschantz went to Golden, Colorado for a week with son Kendell and Heather Lucas. They stayed with Virginia’s brother Phil and his wife Lois Meyers. They toured the Molly Brown house, took a train ride to the top of the mountains in Leadville and had lunch in Brown Palace in Denver. Virginia made sure to bring home some Colorado peaches to bake some delicious pies.

Halcyon House residents and greater community members raised enough supplies and cash donations to fill 50-plus backpacks for students in the Washington Community School District.

Additional supplies such as hand sanitizer, disinfect wipes, Kleenex, gift cards were also donated to the schools. Halcyon House would like to thank everyone who contributed to the Beemblossom Backpack Campaign, Veta Thode, Jean Knowles for their support and Sadie and Jocelyn Carter for helping with purchasing and filling the backpacks.

Not once, but twice a week Richard Colby is generous enough with his time to organize and implement this “Classics” music program for Halcyon House residents. This past week Richard shared a piano concerto 21 in C Major, K. 467 (1785): 1st Movement by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The residents also enjoyed music from Leo Delibes “Prelude to Sylvia” and William Lockwood Huff (1875-1942): “The Squealer,” march.

Halcyon House residents loved “Tastes of the Iowa State Fair,” Friday, August 17. Halcyon residents enjoyed Funnel Cakes with powdered sugar and cherries; this treat started off a flavorful happy hour .

Next was homemade lemonade shake ups just like the fair serves and what would a state fair party be without corn dogs? This activity brought a lot of smiles and memories of all the delicious food that the state fair has to offer.

The Iowa State Fair Theme continued during the weekly trivia program in Wedgewood at Halcyon House. Residents started out with a word search puzzle trying to find words like livestock and grandstand to name a few.

The new foods for the fair this year were discussed and a surprise for everyone was the corn dog did not make the number one favorite in a straw poll of 3,200 fair attendees.

The pork chop on a stick was number one, second place was the corn dog with cookies in a cup being in the number three spot. The favorite new food presented at the fair was the Apple Egg Roll and some of the other new foods offered this year were the “All Iowa Belly Up Burger” and “Pork belly on a Stick.”  To top off this State Fair program everyone enjoyed an ice cream sundae topped off with M & M’s.

The first Iowa State Fair was held in Fairfield in 1854, with a budget of $323 and the Iowa State Fair moved permanently within the Des Moines city limits in 1878.

A lot has changed throughout the years at the Iowa state Fair but the one thing that remains the same is the dedication and pride that Iowans have for their State Fair .

Happy Birthday wishes this week go out to Maxine Davisson, John Kennedy, and Robert Lenninger.

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