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Tap-dancing duo performs

United Presbyterian Home News
Aug 04, 2017

The tap-dancing duo of Rosemary Harris and Julia Humphreys known as Second Hand Toes returned to the United Presbyterian Home this week to preform another tap-dance routine for Health Center residents. The women danced to Elvis, Disco and a variety of music.

Residents enjoyed watching Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on Tuesday and ventured outside for wheelchair rides followed by root beer floats on Wednesday. They were also amused by the children’s sing-along with Andrew Zuehlke. Andrew shared with the kids that to truly understand the song, Do Re Mi they need to watch the Sound of Music homework before next week.

Marion Turnipseed was recently invited by friends to speak at the Indianola Rotary Club about his experiences as a pilot in the Air Force during World War II. This is a passionate topic for Marion and it is information that needs to be told while there are still people from World War II willing to share stories from that difficult time. Marion then followed his friends to their summer home on Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri for a relaxing vacation. While traveling home Marion stopped in Des Moines, to visit with more friends.

Betty Beenblossom enjoyed a week long vacation in Washington, D.C., accompanied by her son and his family, Matt, Karlyn, Tia and Taryn Beenblossom of Indianola. Following their arrival in Washington, D.C., they used several forms of transportation including the Metro, bus, Uber and lots and lots of walking. They toured 20 different points of interest including Mount Vernon, home of George Washington, and sat in on Senate session one afternoon. Tia and Taryn were excited to have their picture taken with Wolf Blitzer, journalist for CNN News.

Classics Et Cetera for Aug. 3, included the overture to “Paragraph 3” by Franz von Suppé; “Kyrie” & “Gloria” from Mass No. 2 by Franz Schubert; 2nd Movement of the Clarinet Concerto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; “Over the Waves” by Juventino Rosas, performed by the Make Believe Brass; “Music of the Spheres,” waltz by Josef Strauss; “Knightsbridge,” march by Eric Coates.

Josef Strauss (1827-1870), a brother of the more famous Johann Strauss Jr. (1825-1899), who had talents as an artist, painter, poet, dramatist, singer, composer and inventor, was sickly most of his life, suffering from fainting spells and intense headaches.  His was on tour with the Strauss Orchestra in 1870 when he fell unconscious from the conductor’s podium in Warsaw and hit his head.  His wife brought him back home to Vienna where he died later that year at the age of only 42.

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