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Jul 13, 2018

An article in the Down Memory Lane section of the Washington Evening Journal this week featured a picture of the all-female vocal group formed in 1967 known as the Charmonaires.

The name was given to them by Earl Rae of the Kiwanis Club for which they sang. The Charmonaires began with seven members and sang barbershop harmony.

They later grew to a dozen members including UPH residents Edonna Gamon and Marlene Blick. Members came from all backgrounds including teachers, secretaries and housewives and they rehearsed in member’s homes each Friday afternoon.

Another Down Memory Lane included a picture of women employees of Osincup Drug Store in the year 1969. Employees at that time include the familiar face of UPH resident Jeane Rich Fry and former resident Harriet Dunbar.

Hank and Elna Tompkins received visitors over the weekend. Their daughter Jane Tompkins flew in from Palmetto Bay, Florida to attend a Mt. Pleasant High School reunion.

A granddaughter arrived from Portland, Oregon with children, one of whom met great-grandparents, Hank and Elna for the first time.

Kerr Hall residents met for their monthly lunch social Tuesday noon at the Pizza Hut.

Twenty-four members attended to enjoy a meal and socializing. Betty Gipple and Dean and Shirley Garrett served as hosts for the afternoon event.

Grease is the word. Residents in the Health Center listened to the Grease soundtrack while exercising in the morning and watched the 1978 movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in the afternoon.

The ice cream machine has been working overtime to keep up with the soft-serve demand. Each week there is a different flavor and a different location to keep things interesting.

Summer day care kids visited the Wetherby Splash Pad Park in Iowa City this week. While the splash pad has many activities for kids other than water they were there on National Mud Day and enjoyed mud activities including the mud kitchen where they made mud spaghetti noodles and later snacked on pudding mud cups.

Classics Et Cetera for July 12, 2018 included the overture to “Free Spirits” by Franz von Suppé; “Thine Alone” from “Eileen” by Victor Herbert, performed by Richard Tucker; 3rd Movement of “American Suite” by Antonin Dvorák; Hungarian Dance No. 6 (orchestral version) by Johannes Brahms; “The Bells of St. Mary’s” by A. Emmett Adams, performed by Don Baker, organist; Pictures 8, 9 & 10 from “Pictures at an Exhibition” by Modest Mussorgsky (Maurice Ravel orchestration); “Boston Commandery,” a march by Thomas Morrill Carter.

German composer Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) was entranced by the Hungarian Gypsy music he heard as a teenager in his home city of Hamburg from Hungarians fleeing political unrest at home.

Years later he made arrangements of some of their music, publishing ten “Hungarian Dances” for piano duet in 1869.

They became very popular, so he honored his publisher’s plea and wrote 11 additional dances in 1880, making both publisher and Brahms financially secure.

Soon, all 21 dances were arranged for orchestra.

Charlie Chaplin (in the barber scene in the 1941 film “The Great Dictator”) and Bugs Bunny film shorts popularized a few of the dances over the years.

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