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United Presbyterian Home News

Jun 30, 2017

Eleven participants from UP with Kids Summer Camp spent Wednesday morning using tempera paint to express what they liked about summer with resident, Carol Ray. Included in the subject matter were beach scenes, water slides, flowers, sharks, T-Ball, a flag, sunshine, and a magical rain made up of pickles and bananas. The work is on display next to the Daycare Center, adjacent to the adult art show down the hall. This makes a very cheerful hallway.

Dean and Flory Meyer of California arrived Friday to visit Aunt Mildred Houseal. Dean’s parents, Ted and Leta Meyer, resided at the United Presbyterian Home from 1990 until their deaths in 1999 and 2003. Dean and Flory were in the area to attend the Meyer family reunion held Sunday at the Wayland Community Center with a potluck luncheon. Also attending the reunion with Mildred were her children, Sandy Suter of Winfield, and Connie and Kenny Meyer of Wayland.

Chocolate-covered caramel candies known as Turtles due to their shape were offered to residents in the Town Center Monday morning celebrating the birthday of Pat Bagley. Pat collects turtles of all kinds, shapes and sizes and therefore she is lovingly known as the Turtle Lady.

More than 40 cottagers and four guests met Monday evening in the Main Dining Room to share an abundant feast which included fresh red raspberries from the UPH garden, picked by Richard Henningfield. Darwin Widmer presided with the usual stories, announcements, and celebrations of birthdays and anniversaries. Brad and Pat Goff brought Andrew and Holly Zuehlke; Andrew is the new Spiritual Life Director at the Home. Thoko Mbewe, formerly of Malawi, was the guest of Ted Stewart who was instrumental in securing an education for Thoko who is currently employed by the Bayer Company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Lucy Landon was the guest of Gwen Ying; Lucy lives in Sherman Hall and has been responsible for re-introducing the game of cribbage to residents. The evening was one of warmth and good company enhanced by delicious food.

Wayne Brock is pleased to announce the arrival of great-great grandson, Westen William Wagenknect born on June 26, 2017. Westen weighed 9 pounds, ten ounces and is the son of Nick and Jory Wagenknect of Missouri.

Seven members of the book club attended the June meeting. Esther Bordwell led the discussion of Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler. This is a sweet little contemporary novel based on Kiss Me, Kate which was based on Shakespeare’s play The Taming of the Shrew. Esther asked each member to share her impression of a character in the book. The next meeting will be the last Wednesday in July. Plans are to discuss one of Rinker Buck’s non-fiction books.

A pre-Independence Day picnic and band concert was held Wednesday in the Main Dining Room due to the threat of rain. Residents enjoyed a picnic style meal including grilled hamburgers prepared outside under the drive-through canopy by Washington County Cattlemen, Curt Pacha and Kurt Dallmeyer. Burger toppings, baked beans, coleslaw and chips along with keg root beer were prepared by the kitchen staff and served by staff in all departments under the direction of Carol Enfield. The Fourth of July Band led by Wayne Brock brought out the spirit of patriotism with their music to the enjoyment of diners.

The Independence Day celebration also included a visit from Daizy the Clown who entertained people of all ages with a magical program followed by face painting and animal balloons for the kids. Brady Krantz assisted the pink-haired Daisy as she performed a magic show that has kids of all ages pondering how such tricks could happen. Daizy also painted the faces of kids to look like giraffes, butterflies, clowns, spiders and Batman.

Lorene Gilchrist enjoyed a visit from three of her sisters Wednesday afternoon. Marlene Fritz of Washington, Lidvil Hart of Kalona, and Betty Kuntz from Texas were heard singing to piano music and having a wonderful time.

Mark Gordon Gaskill held a Stars and Stripes musical performance in the Health Center on Wednesday afternoon. Dressed in a tuxedo, Mark performed patriotic music popular at the time of each war dating back to The War of 1812. Mark included a brief history lesson and trivia about each song in honor of our nation’s birthday. Mark is a talented guitarist, keyboardist and singer/songwriter from Gahanna, Ohio, and was accompanied to the United Presbyterian Home by Karen Maguire, daughter of Dorothy Soucek.

Classics Et Cetera for June 29, included the overture to “The Gypsy Baron” by Johann Strauss, Jr.; 6th Movement of Divertimento No. 17 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; “At the River” & “Ching-a-Ring Chaw” from “Old America Songs, Set 2”: by Aaron Copland; “Caprice Viennois” by Fritz Kreisler; “Norsk Reinlender in Dm” performed by “Foot-Notes;” 3rd Movement of Piano Concerto No. 2 by Camille Saint-Saëns; “Royal Decree,” march by Walter P. English

Friedrich “Fritz” Kreisler (1875-1962), born in Vienna, was one of the world’s greatest violin masters of all time. He started playing the violin at age four. Three years later he became the youngest student ever to be accepted by the Vienna Conservatory, and three years after that he became the youngest person ever to win a gold medal from the Conservatory.

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