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United Presbyterian Home News

Jan 05, 2018

It is once again that time of year when we take up the holiday decorations and carefully pack them away for next year. We clean the house, organize our lives and make resolutions for the new year. It is a hopeful time when we plan to do better, feel better and be an overall better person. It is the most wonderful time of the year for an optimist. Some residents report that their resolutions are the same ones year after year, they only need to cross out the old year and replace it with a new date while other resolutions are more adventuresome.

Dorothy White spent Christmas near Washington, D.C. visiting in the home of her daughter Brenda Carter. They attended the presentation of “A Christmas Carole” at Ford’s Theatre and spent quality family time together playing games and sharing meals.

Health Center residents enjoyed a pre-New Year’s party on Friday afternoon. They shared resolutions for 2016 and played games while reminiscing of past New Year’s traditions. Each resident got a confetti popper to shoot off as they created their own countdown to the new year. Day care children arrived to dance under the confetti and share in the snacks.

Ted Stewart hosted dinner Wednesday evening for his sister, Esther Bordwell and friends, Julia Gamon, Kathy Knutson and Jim and Jane Cuddeback. Ted explains that it was a post-Christmas and pre-birthday celebration in honor of Esther’s January 5 birthday. The elegant dinner was served on Waechtersbach German Christmas china that belonged to Ted’s mother and given to him as a gift. Ted’s guests report that they shared a delicious meal and wonderful company.

Classics Et Cetera for Jan. 4, included the overture to “The Barber of Seville” by Gioachino Rossini; “The Laughing Song” from “Die Fledermaus” by Johann Strauss Jr.; “The Pilgrims’ Chorus” from “Tannhäuser” by Richard Wagner; “The Toreador Song” from “Carmen” by Georges Bizet; “Recitar…Vesti la Giubba” from “I Pagliacci” by Ruggero Leoncavallo; “La donna è Mobile” from “Rigoletto” by Giuseppe Verdi; “The Anvil Chorus” from “Il Trovatore” by Giuseppe Verdi; “Dies irae” & “Tuba Mirum” from “Requiem” by Giuseppe Verdi; “Happy We” from “Acis and Galatea” by George Frideric Handel

“The Barber of Seville” by Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868) is taken from the first book of a trilogy that uses the same cast for all three books. Mozart’s (1756-1791) “The Marriage of Figaro” is taken from the second book. “The Barber’s” premiere was a disaster because a rival composer, who had just written his own “The Barber of Seville,” arranged for supporters to hiss and jeer in the audience. But the second performance was a roaring success, and “The Barber” went on to be considered one of the greatest masterpieces of comic opera.


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