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United Presbyterian Home News

Jan 19, 2018

Davida Nicholson celebrated her 100th birthday Friday with a family dinner in the Garrett Health and Wellness Center dining area attended by her son, Dean of Freeport, Illinois, and daughter Pat Ryan, of Iowa City. She also served cake to all of her friends and neighbors at which time they sang Happy Birthday to her. When asked about her milestone birthday, Davida replied, “I still can’t believe it.”

Carl Dallmeyer organized treats in the Town Center on Friday morning in honor of Helen’s birthday. Cookies and coffee were served to friends and neighbors as they gathered for the celebration. Some of the conversation centered around the fact that Helen’s maiden name was Helen Hayes just as the famous actress of the 1930s known to be the First Lady of American Theater and in such movies as What Every Woman Knows, The Sin of Madelon Claudet, and Airplane. Helen Hayes, the actress, was one of only a few to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award. We see the resemblance.

Up with Day Care children made stress balls last week with the help of Andrew Vogel. The kids found it entertaining to fill balloons with water beads, giving them a squishy feel. They later shared the stress balls with residents.

The United Presbyterian Home hosted a Mississippi Valley Blood Drive Monday, Jan. 15, with the coordination of Amy Kleese and Stefanie Tschantz of the Wellness and Fitness Center. Twelve units of blood were collected, which have the ability to improve the lives of up to forty-eight patients in Washington County and the surrounding region. There were three first-time donors, which is always critically important to the continued sustainability of the community blood supply.

Classics Et Cetera for Jan. 18, included the overture to “Louisa Miller” by Giuseppe Verdi; “Rose-Marie” sung by Nelson Eddy & Jeanette MacDonald; Ballade No. 1 by Frédéric Chopin; Serenade for Violin, Viola & Guitar by Mauro Giuliani; “Beethoven’s 5th Symphony” by P.D.Q. Bach; 1st Movement of Symphony No. 5 by Franz Schubert; “The Hunters’ Chorus” from “Rosamunde” by Franz Schubert; “Zanti March” by Thomas Preston Brooke.

In 1824, playwright Helmina von Chézy (1783-1856) persuaded Franz Schubert (1797-1828) to write incidental music for her play “Rosamunde.” The play lasted for only two nights in Vienna and died with its music. Composer Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900) and musicologist George Grove (1820-1900) traveled to Vienna in 1867 expressly to research Schubert. They found the “Rosamunde” manuscripts and performed and published them, happily introducing the “Rosamunde” music to the Schubert repertoire where it should have been all along. The play, however, is still deceased.

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