Residents enjoy 'The Greatest Showman'

Audra Williams celebrated her birthday in the Town Center Friday morning surrounded by family, friends and neighbors. Audra furnished coffeecake for the large crowd of coffee drinkers.

Residents gathered in the Campbell Room Saturday night to watch The Greatest Showman featuring an all-star cast. Inspired by the story of P.T. Barnum played by Hugh Jackman, this film celebrates the birth of show business as it follows the visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle. We now know this show as the Ringling Brothers-Barnum and Bailey Circus.

Kerr Hall residents met for lunch in the Moore Family Dining Room on Tuesday hosted by Wayne and Nadene Brown. Interesting facts of St. Patrick and the day dedicated to him adorned each place setting along with brightly colored candies giving way to spring thoughts. St. Patrick’s Day is a traditional day for planting peas in the garden. Folklore has it that cabbage seeds are often planted on March 17 and to make them grow well you need to plant them while wearing your nightclothes.

Howard and Linda Pollock of Kansas City, Missouri, visited Mary Case this week. Linda brought along a scrapbook of family photos organized by Howard’s mother, Rachel Pollock. They spent an afternoon reminiscing as they looked through the photo album and shared stories.

Joyce Huff welcomed a new great-grandson this week with the birth of Jack Robert Greiner, infant son of Mitch and Brenna Greiner born Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Jack’s grandparents are Rob and Julie Johnson and Dan and Katy Greiner all of Washington, Iowa.

The dietary staff served a large crowd of residents and guests at the Campus Breakfast Thursday morning as more residents ventured out this week with temperatures above the freezing mark for the first time in weeks.

Classics Et Cetera for March 14, 2019 included the overture to “Semiramide” by Gioachino Rossini; Luciano Pavarotti sings “M’appari” from “Martha” by Friedrich von Flotow; 1st Movement of Octet for Winds, D. 72, by Franz Schubert; Bing Crosby croons “Just One More Chance” by Arthur Johnston & Sam Coslow; 4th Movement of Symphony No. 5 by Ludwig van Beethoven as transcribed for piano by Franz Liszt; “Symphonia,” a march by Merle Evans.

Merle Evans (1891-1987) was an exceptional cornetist who also conducted the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Band for 50 years, starting when the two big circuses combined in 1919. A fire broke out during a performance in Hartford, Connecticut, on July 6, 1944, killing 168 people. When Evans saw the fire in the tent wall, he signaled for the band to play Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” used in circuses to indicate an emergency. The band continued playing, helping to steady the crowd as they evacuated the big top. Finally, the band had to evacuate, too, but it re-formed outside where its playing helped lessen the disaster. Evans and his band are credited with saving thousands of lives.