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Jun 29, 2018

UPH residents Kitch Shatzer, Herb and Dorothy Koehler-Yoder, Ella May Ruppert, Carol Thornton, Julia Gamon and her friend Darlene Rheiman boarded a chartered bus for a one day cruise of the Mississippi River on the Celebration Belle, beginning and ending in Moline, Illinois.

The trip was sponsored by the American Association of University Women and included live entertainment from Classic Oldies.

Their four hour cruise took them up and down the Mississippi River crossing under the Burlington Bridge and the new 74 Bridge.

The bus stopped in Muscatine for a quick tour of the Pearl Button Factory Museum once producing thirty-seven percent of the world’s buttons making it the button capital of the world.

In 1905 and for nearly twenty-five years following this, Muscatine factory was on the cutting edge of automated industry and employed half of the local workforce.

Visitors can see the actual seashells riveted with holes that were used to produce pearl buttons. Over time the limited availability of shells, changing fashions and the creation of plastic buttons were the downfall of this industry.

More than forty cottagers and five guests met Monday evening in the Campus Center to feast on a potluck dinner.

Myron Shields presided with the usual stories, announcements, and celebrations of birthdays and anniversaries. Ted Stewart introduced his guests, Andy, Erin, Lauren and Cade Drahota; and Melva Mineart introduced guest Joe Tripplet. Cottage residents celebrating June birthdays include Jean Leeper, Jean Wells, Kathy Knutson, Judy Driscoll, Donna and Bob Koehler, Donna Koehler, Jerry King, Joyce Letts and Jane Fehr.

Couples celebrating anniversaries this month are Richard and Del Henningfield, Brad and Pat Goff, Gene and Judy Driscoll, Larry and Sarah Bartlett and Carl and Martha Chalupa. Servers for the evening were Carol Ray, Nancy Albert, Mary Atwood, Jane Button and Richard and Del Henningfield.

Happy Birthday to Joyce Letts, Pat Bagley and Jerry King who celebrated birthdays in the Town Center this week bringing treats to share. Residents are always eager to help celebrate birthdays and share in the treats.

Pat Bagley celebrated a special 80th birthday joined by friends for lunch on Tuesday and cake in the Town Center Wednesday morning.

Owners of the Midtown Restaurant on the east side of Iowa City arrived to help cut and serve the cake, a job well done by young servers Joey and Michaela.

Nine people attended the June book club meeting. They discussed The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, a novel by Alexander McCall Smith.

This was the fourteenth book of his series, The Number One Ladies Detective Agency. Mary Atwood shared information about this very prolific author. He has written several series. New members Marcia Wilson, Jane Fehr and Nancy Albert introduced themselves to the group. July’s book will be A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.

Mark Gordon Gaskill held a Stars and Stripes musical performance in the Health Center on Wednesday afternoon. Dressed in a tuxedo, Mark performed patriotic music popular at the time of each war dating back to The War of 1812. Mark included a brief history lesson and trivia about each song in honor of our nation’s birthday.

Mark is a talented guitarist, keyboardist and singer/songwriter from Gahanna, Ohio and was accompanied to the United Presbyterian Home by Karen Maguire, daughter of Dorothy Soucek.

Summer day care kids took a road trip to Bloomsbury Farm in Atkins, Iowa this week where they enjoyed the many activities of an agritourism farm.

The owner named the farm after a fictitious town known to Peter Pan.

They enjoyed a bouncing good time on the giant air pillow, joined in a hayrack ride, covered each other with corn in the giant corn box and mined for fossils and colorful gems using a screen and sleuce.

Animals on the farm included llamas, donkeys, sheep, goats, ducks and bunnies. They were able to plant their own pumpkins to take home and nurture.

Classics Et Cetera for June 28, 2018 included the overture to “The Drum Major’s Daughter” by Jacques Offenbach; Waltz No. 9 by Frédéric Chopin; 2 Mödling Dances by Ludwig von Beethoven; 1st Movement of Concerto No. 1 for Flute & Oboe by Joseph Haydn; “Red Roses for a Blue Lady” played by Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians; Pictures No. 1 through 4 of Maurice Ravel’s orchestration of “Pictures at an Exhibition” by Modest Mussorgsky; “The Battle of Shiloh March” by C.L. Barnhouse.

The Russian composer, Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881), tried to give his music a distinctly Russian identity.

When his Russian artist friend, Viktor Hartmann (1834-1873), died suddenly, Mussorgsky helped with a showing of 300 of Hartmann’s paintings in St. Petersburg.

This moved Mussorgsky to compose a piano suite in 1874 depicting ten of Hartmann’s works which he called “Pictures at an Exhibition.”

In 1922, French composer Maurice Ravel (1875-1947) orchestrated the suite into a work that is now a favorite concert piece among orchestras and audiences around the world.

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