Residents enjoy Halloween with a party

David Draheim served doughnuts to the Monday morning coffee crew in recognition of his Sunday birthday. Dave’s team, the Green Bay Packers, lost in a heartbreaking last-minute play to ruin his birthday.

Halloween was celebrated this week with parades, music and dancing. Up with Day Care children were delighted to show off their costumes as they paraded the halls and enjoyed a party in the Town Center Wednesday morning. Animals were a popular costume theme this year including a tiger, frog, shark and butterfly. There were also a tractor, a witch, and plenty of Disney characters.

The Monster Mash was heard coming from the Garrett Center Wednesday afternoon as Ned Francis provided festive dance and toe-tapping music to put everyone in the Halloween spirit. Residents arrived at the Halloween party dressed as baseball players, the devil and many with costumes pulled from old trunks of vintage clothing and wigs. They were treated to refreshments and fun. When the music stopped residents welcomed trick-or-treaters with mounds of candy. Residents were excited to see the youngsters in costume and the kids were excited to showcase their style.

Health Center staff created their own Halloween fun when they dressed in costumes for the day. There was a group of TV game show contestants including Lulu the Therapy Dog. Plenty of staff sported costumes of spider-webbed leggings and matching T-shirts.

Residents on the third floor of Kerr Hall organized their own neighborhood gathering to celebrate Halloween and welcome several new residents. There was much laughter as one resident showed up in a bikini escorted by a Flamingo. Others showed their spirited side dressed as a pirate, a black cat and the black and orange colors signifying the seasonal holiday. They enjoyed cider and doughnuts as they became better acquainted with neighbors.

The Wellness Center Staff say that one day of Thanksgiving is not enough so they have decided to create a month of gratitude activities that residents and staff can participate in. On week one, they will write down five things they are grateful for each day and hopefully make this a habit that will continue. The following week they are to jot down five positive affirmations about themselves. Random thank-you notes should go out on week three and culminate on week four with random acts of kindness.

Classics Et Cetera for Nov. 1, included the overture to “Torvaldo” and “Dorliska” by Gioachino Rossini; “Claire de lune” by Claude Debussy; “In a Persian Market” by Albert Ketèlbey; “Goober Peas” played by 1st Brigade Band; 3rd Movement of the “Triple Concerto” by Ludwig van Beethoven; “Karntner Liedermarsch” by Anton Seifert.

Do you remember Albert William Ketèlbey (1875-1959), a British composer, conductor, and pianist best-known for his short pieces of light orchestral music? He added the accent above the “e” in “Ketèlbey” himself. Descriptive pieces of exotic scenes were his forte. He and they were very popular for years, and he became Britain’s first millionaire composer. “In a Monastery Garden” and “In a Persian Market” are among his more successful works. Unfortunately, his fame and his music’s popularity waned during World War II, and he died at home in obscurity in 1959.