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United Presbyterian Home News

Dec 01, 2017

There was a buzz of activity last week with visitors to the United Presbyterian Home allowing many residents the enjoyment of pre-holiday activities with loved ones. Thanksgiving Day many residents and their families shared a delicious buffet of traditional holiday foods in the Main Dining Room that left everyone with bellies full and ready for an afternoon nap.

The model train display is up and running making its debut run on Thanksgiving Day to the delight of Thanksgiving guests. The children have already visited a couple of times. Engineer Jim Bennett has regular hours for the train operation located in the Stewart Lobby, which everyone is welcome to visit. Scheduled train hours will be held each Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. and again in the afternoon from 2:30 until 4 p.m.

Cory Evans created a special fairytale gingerbread house complete with lights, giant candy canes and colorful candied gumdrops for the UPH entry in the Washington Holiday Lighted Parade around the downtown square Saturday evening. “Lighting up lives since 1947” was the message of this miniature house as the United Presbyterian Home celebrates more than 70 years of business.

Audra Williams spent last week in Maryland visiting her daughter, Mary Hall. Audra reports that she shared many wonderful family times attending a dance recital, swim lessons and many meals including Thanksgiving dinner.

The cottagers returned to the Campus Center for their monthly potluck. On the serving committee were chairpersons Dick Anderson and Jean Leeper, Merrill and Ann Mason and Bill Stewart. Birthdays were celebrated for Esther Fickel, Mary Temple and Dick Colby. Darwin and Dorothy Widmer celebrated 62 years of marriage this month. They were serenaded a cappella which they endured with grace. There was a unanimous vote to keep meeting in the Campus Center. The December potluck will be on the 18th, as Christmas Day falls on the fourth Monday. Everyone left well-fed and in good spirits.

A committee of residents and board members worked their decorating magic, and transformed the Parlor, lobbies and outside grounds to look holiday-festive. The tree and decorations in the Parlor keep to the 1940s house style. Thanks to Sandy Dunlap, JoAnn Torpey, Jane Cuddeback, Jane’s sister Barb, Jane Fehr and Dorothy White for their creative style and hours of work. Andrew Vogel, Carol Enfield and their merry elves worked their magic outside to light up the UPH Campus.

Carol Ray led the Book Club in a discussion of “The Bookshop on the Corner” by Jenny Colgan. Six people enjoyed the novel about a young woman who bought a big van. She filled it with books to sell in small communities in Scotland. Members signed a card for Linda Witthoft who is retiring from the staff of the Washington Public Library. Linda has been very helpful in suggesting and securing books from inter-library loan for the book club to use. The next meeting will be the last Wednesday in December. Members are encouraged to bring a Christmas book of their choice to share.

Jeane Fry and Linda Boston celebrated birthdays with treats in the Town Center this week.

Classics Et Cetera for Nov. 30, included the overture to “Summer Night’s Dream” by Franz von Suppé; 1st Movement of Concerto for Pan Flute by George Zamfir; Nos. 2, 3 & 4 from “The Snow Maiden Suite” by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov; “Kitten on the Keys” by “Zez” Confrey; 2nd Movement of Symphony No. 2 by Franz Schubert; “America Exultant,” a march by Henry Fillmore

After sailing around the world as a young officer in the Imperial Russian Fleet, Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908) became Inspector of Naval Bands and Professor of Composition at the St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music. He was the leader of an informal group of contemporary Russian composers and friends dubbed “The Mighty Five,” the others being Cui, Borodin, Balakirev, and Mussorgsky, all working to develop a distinctly Russian style of music.

 

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