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Jul 28, 2017

Adela Lee Wells’ great-granddaughter, Kylee Porter, participated in the 2017 Washington County Fair Queen Pageant taking home the Miss Congeniality award. Kylee is also active in the horse and pony division of the fair and the school archery program where she again earned her way to the regional finals in Kentucky before going on to the National competition in Florida. Adela Lee reports that Kylee has had a busy summer.

Morrison Dining Services and the Wellness and Fitness Center joined efforts to present another popular luncheon demonstration aimed at making healthy eating choices for optimum nutrition. Attendees shared a meal of garlic, kale and chickpea salad with shrimp and pepper kabobs. A very colorful and vitamin-packed meal right down to the melon sorbet trio dessert featuring watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew cool goodness.

Corn on the cob was served at the Friday night fish fry attended by over 60 residents and guests who filled up on whole fried catfish and the sweet summer delicacy. It doesn’t get any closer than the garden in the backyard. Dick Wehr furnished the seed for this year’s corn crop and Tom Tanner was seen in the early morning hours weeding between the stalks. It is the cleanest sweet corn field for miles around. Volunteers Larry Bartlett, Carl and Martha Chalupa, Tom Tanner, Dick Anderson and Jean Leeper, George Fulton, Mike McGuire and Sophia Kleese picked the corn for the dietary staff to prepare.

Bob Coon celebrated his birthday over the weekend surrounded by each of his six children; Cathy Kleese of Washington; Cindy Giannini of Mount Vernon; Dan Coon of Iowa City; David Coon of Phoenix, Arizona; Dennis Coon of Ankeny; and Tom Coon of Stillwater, Oklahoma. It was a hot weekend but that didn’t stop Bob from enjoying his time under the shade tree at Cathy’s farm.

The Cottagers met for the monthly potluck in the Main Dining Room on Monday evening. A wonderful feast was provided as usual. They sang Happy Birthday to Connie Bauer, Melva Mineart, Norm Thomas and Gerri Sproule and Happy Anniversary to Jim and Jackie Bower. The hosts for the evening were Larry and Sara Bartlett, assisted by Dick Colby, Barb Leeper and Esther Fickel. The new officers and committees were announced for consideration, and voting will take place during the August potluck. President Darwin Widmer reported that the Campus Center, the former meeting place, will be renovated, starting next fall. We are fortunate to be able to use the MDR during this period of construction on the new building.

Book Club met Wednesday morning to discuss the nonfiction book The Oregon Trail: A new American Journey by Rinker Buck. Lucy Landon led the discussion. The Buck brothers bought a team of three mules, purchased a prairie schooner and cart and tried to recreate the Oregon Trail of the 1840s and 1850s.

Birthdays celebrated this week with treats in the Town Center include Connie Bauer, Melva Mineart, Norman Thomas and Clarence Brown.

Classics Et Cetera for July 27 included the overture to “Beatrice of Tenda” by Vincenzo Bellini; “By the River” from “The Florida Suite” by Frederick Delius; “Her Eyes” by Louis Moreau Gottschalk; “I’m Getting Sentimental Over You” performed by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra; 4th Movement of Symphony No. 9 (“Great”) by Franz Schubert; “Caerffili Castle March” by T. J. Powell.

Frederick Delius (1862-1934) was an English composer who, as a young man of 22, was sent by his father to manage the family’s orange plantation in Florida. Frederick neglected the oranges, by and large, to concentrate on music. The beauty of the luxuriant surroundings, coupled with the song and dance of the local population, inspired his beautiful four-movement “Florida Suite.” After two years in America, he returned to England, eventually becoming paralyzed and blind, but was able to complete some late compositions with the aid of a secretary (the encyclopedia had “amanuensis”).

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