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United Presbyterian Home News

Oct 27, 2017

United Presbyterian Home resident Dean Garrett was honored recently for 50 years of perfect attendance to the Washington Noon Kiwanis Club. Dean joined Kiwanis in 1967 and when unable to attend his regular Wednesday meetings on the third floor of the Washington YMCA he has attended other meetings with the local morning club or clubs in areas which he visits. Fifty years of weekly attendance takes extraordinary dedication, commitment and planning. It is hard to even wrap our minds around that many years of service. Congratulations, Dean.

Charlane Tanner shared birthday treats with friends and neighbors in the Town Center Monday morning. Charlane reports that her birthday was made special by a visit from her nephew and niece who came to spend the weekend with her.

The cottagers met for the monthly Pot Luck in the Main Dining Room Monday evening. The main topic of discussion was the new Garrett Health and Wellness Center; what a wonderful addition. Special guests with Maynard Goff Jr. were Maynard Goff III and his sister Janice Mineart, daughter-in law of Melva Mineart. Also in attendance were Ted Stewart’s adopted son, Herbert Magombe, with his wife, Patricia and their 1-year-old son, Theo. Theodore Stewart was clearly very proud to be Theodore Magombe’s grandfather. Young Theo seemed to enjoy the event and was the center of attention as he made his happy baby sounds. The Magombes live in Malawi, Africa, Herbert’s original home, where he is an accountant for a large cattle operation. The group sang Happy Birthday to Betty Colby. Cottagers will return to the Campus Center for future potlucks beginning at the November meeting. Cottage residents are most grateful to Ellen Anderson-Kieffer, Director of Dining Services, for the use of Main Dining Room during the construction of the new addition.

Participants of the Wednesday morning Merry Muscle Makers exercise class wore different shoes on each foot to poke fun at instructor Amy Kleese for mistakenly wearing different shoes last week when she conducted class. In Amy’s defense she has had much on her mind with moving her office and exercise equipment to new locations this week. They report that it took Amy a while to catch on to their shoe message, but she appreciated the humor in it when she did.

Kitch Shatzer led the discussion on Still Life by Louise Penny at the book club. Next month’s meeting will be the last Wednesday, Nov. 29. The book will be The Book Shop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan.

Classics Et Cetera for Oct. 26, included the overture to “Orlando paladino” by Franz Joseph Haydn; Nos. 8-13 from “Kinderszenen” by Robert Schumann; Irish folk songs: “Avenging and Bright,” “Wearin’ of the Green” & “The Croppy Boy” sung by the Robert Shaw Chorale; “Annie Laurie,” “Mocking Bird Quick Step” & “In Happy Moments” from “Civil War Music,” 2nd Movement of “A Night in the Tropics” by Louis Moreau Gottschalk; Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4 by Sir Edward Elgar.

The American pianist and composer, Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869), wildly popular in his day, achieved a stunning list of “firsts.” He was the first American pianist to be saluted by the likes of Chopin; the first American composer to be hailed in Europe; the first Pan-American artist in any field; and among the first of American artists to champion such causes as abolitionism, public education and popular democracy, among other “firsts.” A native of New Orleans, he nevertheless was a strong supporter of the Union. His music has happily been making a comeback during the last 40-or-so years.

 

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