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Fairfield Ledger   Mt. Pleasant News
Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 22, 2018

Independence Day picnic held for residents

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Jul 06, 2018

Kids attending Vacation Bible School at the Immanuel Lutheran Church across the street visited campus last week spreading great joy as they wondered the halls singing Bible verses.

Many residents opened doors to get a view of the young people with mighty voices.

A pre-Independence Day picnic was held Monday on the lawn south of Kerr Hall. Wayne Brock and his Fourth of July Band played from the Kerr Hall balcony as residents enjoyed a picnic fare of pork burgers, baked beans, potato salad and apple pie bites under the shade of trees and large tent.

It was near perfect weather for a July picnic.

Magician, Toby Klauenberg performed his magic for residents prior to the meal and later educated day care kids on dinosaurs while making animal balloons for each of them.

Mary Escher and Donna Moeller visited Brownlee Health Center Monday afternoon to entertain residents with accordion music.

Mary and Donna, also known as the Friese Sisters, grew up playing the accordion from an early age. The audience loved the good old tunes and tapped their toes to the rhythm.

After the musical program everyone enjoyed root beer floats.

Summer day care youngsters have been on the move again. They visited a dairy farm near Wayland where they saw cows close enough to hand milk and be able to taste the same corn and sugar that the cows eat.

They learned about the farm to table aspect of food when they drank chocolate milk produced by the same cows on the farm and snacked on farm-fresh ice cream.

The kids also visited Kinnick Stadium and the Iowa Hawkeye Football facilities where they were given Hawkeye Fan VIP name tags and a locker in the visitor’s pink locker room for the day.

As prospective future Hawkeyes the kids were allowed to run for a touchdown on the football field, giving them a perspective of the stadium size from a different vantage point.

Randy Fehr gave Harvey Holden and his daughter Barbara Leeper a tour of Washington in his 1962 cherry red convertible Thunderbird this week.

Being a former Washington City Mayor, Harvey was interested in the new construction around town including where the new fire station will be and businesses around the square.

Top down, cruising around town like it was the ‘60s again.

Classics Et Cetera for July 5, 2018, included the overture to “Candide” by Leonard Bernstein; “Ol’ Man River” by Jerome Kern (performed by Paul Robeson); 1st & 2nd Movements of the “American Suite” by Antonini Dvorák; “The Union” by Louis Moreau Gottschalk; “Kentucky Sunrise,” a two-step by Karl L. King; Picture Nos. 5, 6 & 7 from “Pictures at an Exhibition: by Modest Mussorgsky (orchestration by Maurice Ravel); “The Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa.

Although a native of New Orleans, pianist and composer for piano Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869) remained a staunch supporter of the Union during our Civil War.

A man of the world, his music showed influences of New Orleans, the West Indies, Cuba, South America and even Europe, all areas where he lived during his scant 40 years.

He freed the three slaves he had inherited and concertized through the North during the War, touring by train.

He was the first of American musicians to be accepted by European masters as their equal.

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