United Presbyterian Home News

Floyd Miller caught a four and one-half pound Bass while fishing with friends Alan and Sharon Boettcher over the weekend. Floyd says that he had to work hard to bring in his catch as he continued to pull and then reel, pull and reel. Floyd released the Bass to its waters after taking pictures, as only a true sporting fisherman would do.

Ruth Zehr was pleased to attend the Zehr family reunion at the Lake Darling Lodge over the weekend. Ruth’s children, Fred and Joanne Zehr of Cedar Rapids and John and Deanna Heisdorffer of Keota attended as well. Ruth reports that she danced and sang a song in German signifying that she enjoyed her time with family.

Andrew Zuehlke provided the Evensong Service Sunday evening with the message of spiritual freedom that everyone can have through Christ Jesus. Residents report that the message and the music touched them. Along with four congregational songs, Sara Bartlett sang a solo His Eye is on the Sparrow while accompanying herself on the piano.

Twenty-four Kerr Hall residents enjoyed a picnic-style meal Tuesday in the Moore Family Dining Room. Hosts for the July event were Betty Gipple, Dean and Shirley Garrett who planned the meal of hamburgers, tenderloins, potato salad, baked beans and coleslaw. They topped off the picnic with brownie ice cream sundaes complete with whipped cream and a cherry on top. Everyone seemed to enjoy the event as a lot of laughter was heard coming from the group.

Dorothy Soucek welcomed a visit from her daughter Suzanne Riley. Suzanne lives in Provo, Utah, and is visiting for the week.

Dietary staff served a breakfast buffet of scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, fruit, cinnamon rolls and muffins to a hungry bunch of residents Thursday morning. The campus-wide breakfast is a popular event to eat and socialize.

Students in the Up with Kids Summer Program stay cool with water activities when the heat and humidity become smothering. In the past couple of weeks they have spent time at the Lake Darling beach, Washington Aquatic Center and the Iowa City Splash Pad. On Monday they learned how to identify certain trees when they took a tour of the United Presbyterian Home Campus to find maple, oak, ginkgo, locust, tulip, pine and spruce trees, many on the streets with the tree namesake.

Classics Et Cetera for July 11, 2019, included the overture to John Gay’s “The Beggar’s Opera”; 3rd Movement (Minuet) from String Quintet, Op. 11, No. 5 by Luigi Boccherini; Six-Step Dance from “William Tell” by Gioachino Rossini; “Chorus of Dervishers” & “Turkish March” from “The Ruin of Athens” by Ludwig van Beethoven; “Bravura Variations,” euphonium solo by Adolphe Adam; “Warsaw Concerto” by Richard Addinsell; Romance No. 2 from Op. 28 by Robert Schumann, arranged for Saxophone Quartet; “Scherzo” from the “Characteristic Suite” by Henry Schoenefeld; “Gate City,” a march by Fred Weldon.

In 1811, Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) was commissioned to write incidental music for a play, “The Ruins of Athens.” The play was written to celebrate the new royal theater in Pest, the capital of Hungary and now the major part of Budapest. It tells of Minerva awakening after her 2,000-year sleep only to find the Parthenon destroyed and Athens occupied by the Turks. Culture and reason have disappeared, but not in Pest where the enlightened Emperor Franz has preserved them, including his new theater. Beethoven wrote an overture and eight numbers for the play, including the brief but popular “Turkish March.”