I hope you are enjoying the beauty of nature as the spring season unfolds. I have mentioned the daffodils a couple of times. Now the yellow dandelions, lavender violets and blue bluettes (as we have always called them) are popping up all over the yard. Of course the trees are bursting forth with their pink and white blossoms and their various shades of green leaves. Enjoy this change in nature — spring really is a beautiful season of the year!
The city has already mowed the grass at Riverfront Park and they have also put the boat docks in place at the ramp. It’s a chore to keep the park cleaned up all the time so maybe you can do your part and remember to use the trash bins. Remember also to keep the rest rooms neat if you use them. We have a lot of visitors from other states at the park and we like for them to leave with a good impression of our town.
We’ve been going to some of the high school baseball and softball games when the weather permits. If you watch on Facebook you can see what player is named the Player of the Game at each baseball game. There are a number of businesses who are sponsoring the Player of the Game and I’m sure they would like your support if you need whatever service they provide.
The Ravenswood Board of Parks and Recreation will once again sponsor the River Rats musicians as they play their music at the Riverfront Park each Thursday evening throughout the summer. For the present time the group will be playing at the Ravenswood Senior Center each Thursday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. We are happy that the BOPAR group are sponsoring this group.
They hope the weather permits them to start playing at the park the first of May. In the meantime you can come to the center and enjoy an evening of great music.
My friend Katy Romeo called me a few weeks ago when one of my articles wasn’t printed in the Friday edition of the paper. I later learned there was a computer problem with the young lady at the news office. I very well understand computer problems! I’ve had plenty myself and I readily admit I am computer illiterate!!! But I will say maybe it was a good thing as I got to have a long conversation with Katy. We talked about our times working at fundraiser events when our kids were in high school.
To this day I still believe that Katy’s late husband Frank made the best spaghetti and meat balls ever made in Ravenswood. Oh how I wish I could have just one more of Frank’s spaghetti meals. We have lots of fond memories of our days of raising funds for the football, baseball, basketball and band programs at Ravenswood High School. We both agreed we would love to be doing fundraisers today but our bodies tell us those days are over.
Thanks, Katy, for being such a great friend and for the nice comments about this column that I try to write each week! It’s always nice to talk to you.
Ravenswood Senior News
COVID restrictions have been lifted at the senior center and most of the activities have returned to normal. It has been a struggle keeping the center open but those in charge have done a great job in trying to get the meals done each day and keeping the seniors informed of what was going on. So we are now back to normal. The center is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. You need to call the center at 304-273-5648 to make your meal reservations.
We were finally able to catch up on our monthly birthday celebrations. The birthday winners for January were Steve Bradley and Bryan Shirmer, February winners were Hazel Brammer and Clara Hackney and the March winners were Deloris Nohe and Jim Yates. Each winner received a monetary gift.
The Recycled Teenagers 2022 travel schedule includes the following trips:
Thursday, May 5, we are going to the Amish Country in Berlin and Walnut Creek, Ohio. This will be a day of shopping in the unique Amish shops and cheese factories. Lunch will be on your own at the Der Dutchman Restaurant.
Monday-Saturday, June 20-25, we are going to Mackinaw Island and Mackinaw City, Mich. We will have tours of Mackinaw Island and Mackinaw City, enjoy a boat ride through the Soo Locks, have time at the Kewadin Sault Casino, see the Michillmackinac and much more. Five breakfasts and three dinners are included in this trip.
Thursday, July 7, we are going to the Ohio Star Theater to see the show The Hoppers. A buffet meal at the Dutch Valley Restaurant is included in this trip.
Sept. 7-19 we will journey to the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and Hoover Dam. We will visit the Hoover Dam Visitor Center, the Grand Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, the famous Las Vegas Strip, the Valley of Fire State Park, the Petrified Forest and other places of interest. Nine breakfasts and eight dinners are included in the fabulous trip to the West.
Monday-Saturday, Oct. 10-15, we are traveling to Branson, Mo. We will see three morning shows including “All Hands on Deck,” the Doug Gabriel Show and a Neil Diamond Tribute Show. We will also see three evening shows including The Haygoods Show, Presley’s Country Jubilee Show and The Duttons Show. We will visit Historic Downtown Branson and visit Branson Landing for waterfront shopping on Lake Taneycomo. Five breakfasts and three dinners are included in this trip.
Tuesday-Thursday, Nov. 15-17, we will journey to Lancaster, Pa., for an Amish holiday tour. We will enjoy a Christmas show at the American Theater and see the show “David” at the Sight and Sound Theater. Shopping time will be at the Tanger Outlets and the Kitchen Kettle Village. Two breakfasts and two dinners are included in this trip. This trip usually fills up fast so make your reservation as soon as possible.
Monday-Thursday, Dec. 5-8, we will travel to the Smokies in Tennessee. Highlights of this trip include the Dolly Parton Stampede Dinner, the Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Feud, two Christmas shows, a tour and tasting at the Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine Distillery, a tour of the Smoky Mountains and much more. Three breakfasts and three dinners are included in this fun Christmastime trip.
We have scheduled a trip to Hawaii for Feb. 23-March 4, 2023. You may pick up a flyer for this trip at the senior center. Prices of this trip are based on the accommodations you choose.
We remind you that one-day trips must be paid in full when signing up for them. Multiple-day trips may be paid in installments as listed on the trip flyer. Insurance is also available for multiple-day trips. All insurance policies and trips must be paid in separate checks. You may call trip coordinator Kay Parsons at 304-372-3970 for more information on trips of your choice.
The Heritage Christian Academy is making and selling chocolate-covered Easter eggs with the proceeds benefitting the HCA Christian education program. Flavors available include almond delight, cherry nut, chocolate, coconut, maple nut and peanut butter. You may call 304-273-4962 to place your order.
Have a great day!