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The Washington Municipal Band gave a special western themed performance from the greenspace south of Kerr Hall Thursday evening prior to their concert in Central Park. Familiar faces in the band included UPH residents Martha Chalupa and Wayne Brock. Wayne was called from his seat in the audience to drum the final song for the evening, not missing a beat even though the sun was in in eyes making it difficult to see the band director. Bill Stewart, John and Pat Minneman graciously offered lawn space so concert goers could sit in the shade to enjoy the music.

Roger and Gail Jenkins of Corpus Christi, Texas and Russ Jenkins of Warner Robins, Georgia spent last week with their mother, Pat Jenkins and other family members. They were all involved in wedding preparations for the marriage of Randi Renae Jenkins and Josh Brase on July 12, 2019 at Marr Park. Also here during the week and attending the wedding were eight of Pat’s 10 grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Randi’s sister and husband, Kassi and Talon Spencer and Jacque, came from England, where they are stationed with the Air Force. Saturday morning the group attended a tree planting in memory of Kerm Jenkins on land that was originally owned by Kerm’s parents. Rick Jenkins now owns that acreage and it is now a forest preserve. He is dedicating a part of the land as a memorial where he is planting trees in memory of deceased family members. Following the tree planting the cousins attended a cousin reunion at the home of Brenda Edgar’s So Dear to My Heart Bed and Breakfast near Ainsworth. They were joined by many Edgar cousins for a fun filled day and evening.

Martha Bordwell of Minneapolis, Minnesota, daughter-in-law of Esther Bordwell, visited in the Town Center Friday morning to speak of her first book recently published. It is a memoir of her life, titled Missing Mothers. Martha lost her own mother at an early age. After her marriage to John, the couple adopted two children, one from Korea and the other from Guatemala. Martha read a few pages from her book and explained a bit about the writing and publishing process before answering questions. Esther has donated copies of this book to the UPH Library and the Washington Public Library. Missing Mothers is also for sale at The Dodici Shop.

UPH staff members Hanna Brenneman, Paula Brinning, Tim Hill, Diana Rich and Kara Williams showed their support of hope for cancer victims and also the need for physical exercise when they participated in the Rock ‘n’ Ride events on Saturday. Diana Rich participated in the 5K run early in the morning and then joined fellow employees to peddle 15 miles to Riverside and back with many other bikers.

Pearl Arnold was surprised on Saturday by the visit of her grandson, Major Todd Ogden and his wife Dawn and son Dorian. Todd has been stationed in Saudi Arabia for the past nine months with the U. S. Army and has not seen his grandmother in six years. Pearl learned of his visit only the night before in a phone conversation with her daughter Sally and the mother of Todd. Mary Arnold joined Todd and his family in Pearl’s room for birthday cake in celebration of Todd’s birthday. The party continued on Sunday when the family met in the Moore Family Dining Room for dinner with neighboring guests Jody Tanner and Ida Carlson.

UPH residents Lucy Landon, Carol Ray and Mary Temple placed entries in the Open Class Exhibits at the Washington County Fair this week. Lucy and Carol entered art work while Mary entered a potted Coleus in the Garden Department. They each took home ribbons for their participation, Mary and Carol earning Reserve Champion ribbons for their entries and Lucy earning a Blue Ribbon for her painting.

Sue Kretzschmar treated friends and neighbors to doughnuts Wednesday morning in the Town Center as they helped her to celebrate her birthday.

Thanks to a group of Kerr Hall residents who took it upon themselves to organize and clean the Kerr Hall Garage on Wednesday morning. Chairperson Dick Hendrickson and his crew of Jim Bennett, Wayne Brown, George Fulton, Dave Henderson, Carol Thornton, and Dorothy Yoder power-washed and cleaned the entire garage.

Classics Et Cetera for July 18, 2019 included the overture to “Romeo and Juliet” by Charles Gounod; “Humoresque” for orchestra by Charles-Marie Widor; 1st Movement of Piano Trio in G Major by Friedrich Kuhlau; Medley of 1860 pieces played by 1st Brigade Band; 1st Movement of Symphony No. 39 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; “Invincible,” a march by John Clifford Heed.

In 1788, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 -1791) wrote his final three symphonies, numbers 39, 40 and 41, without commissions for them or arrangements to perform them, and there seems to be no record of their having been performed in the three years he had left in his life. It is probably another case of a composer having a personal need to create even with no driving demand or even hope for a practical use. One major musicologist wrote that these Mozart symphonies “represent no occasion, no immediate purpose, but an appeal to eternity.”