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Sep 01, 2017

Up with Day Care member Adrian Green took second place in the children’s singing contest at the Iowa State Fair last week. While the contest was for 5- 12-year-olds, 4-year-old Adrian (and a half-pint at that) was allowed to participate. Adrian took the stage at Pioneer Park just like a veteran performer and blasted out a 4-H tune that her Grandma Pam taught her, “Hey, We’re From Iowa.” In an interview following the awards ceremony Adrian once again took the microphone to accept her award and sing the song one more time.

Cottage residents met Monday evening for their monthly potluck supper. Ted Stewart welcomed residents with his piano music and Darwin Widmer gave the blessing before the serving committee of Myron Shields, Jerry King, Clarence and Pauline Brown and Esther Fickel announced the serving order. Birthdays and anniversaries were announced, noting 64 years of marriage for Jim and Mary Redlinger. Darwin Widmer thanked all cottagers for their cooperation over the past two years that he served as president of the Cottager’s Association. Myron Shields will assume the duties of president in September.

The United Presbyterian Home hosted a Mississippi Valley Blood Drive Tuesday, Aug. 29, with the coordination of Amy Kleese and Stefanie Tschantz of the Wellness and Fitness Center. Fifteen units of blood were collected, which has the ability to improve the lives of up to 64 patients in Washington County and the surrounding region. There were four first-time donors, which is always critically important to the continued sustainability of the community blood supply. It was a super way for UPH staff members to give back to the community and add to the much-needed blood supply.

George Masson had a surprise visitor this week from St. Charles, Missouri. Tom Dunn had not seen George in 20 years when he showed up at his door. George recognized his friend right away as they attended services together at the Presbyterian Church in Wyman, before they both moved from that area.

Eight members attended the August book club meeting. Mary Atwood led the discussion of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, a novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. It is the story of a unique book club that was formed as an alibi to protect its members from arrest by the Germans during their occupation of Guernsey Island during WWII. Mary shared information about the authors and the island, which is located in the English Channel. She distributed mystery packages to each member and then asked them to share their reaction as the package was unwrapped and tell how it related to the novel. September’s book will be Foreign Affairs, by Alison Lurie. It is a novel about two Ivy League professors who are supposed to be doing research in London one summer. Instead each becomes involved in a romantic affair — one to an uncouth Texan, and the other to a famous actress.

Those celebrating birthdays with treats in the Town Center this week include Mary Atwood, Jackie Bower, Tom Tanner and Joyce Huff.

Classics Et Cetera for Aug. 31, included the Overture to “Queen of Spades” by Franz von Suppé; “The Battle Cry of Freedom” by Louis Moreau Gottschalk; 3 “Songs without Words” by Felix Mendelssohn, arranged for clarinet quintet; “Celeste Aida” from “Aida” by Giuseppe Verdi; “Bring Me Back My Ever Lovin’ Boy” performed by the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra; “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2” by Franz Liszt; Galop from “Fancy Free” by Leonard Bernstein

Arthur Pryor (1869-1942), famous in his time, was the trombone soloist and assistant director of the Sousa Band from 1892 to 1903. He was also a prolific composer of band music. After his father’s death he took over and reorganized his father’s Pryor Band and built it into an American institution for 30 years. In 1985, a treasure trove of his band’s music was discovered by conductor Rick Benjamin (born 1938), who organized the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra to play Pryor’s collection. The orchestra is still a popular attraction across America and beyond.

 

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