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Ravenswood Senior News: Column

Mary Lou Robinson
Special to the Jackson Star News
Ravenswood Senior Center

I hope everyone had a nice Easter.

We were fortunate that our daughter Bev Thompson prepared Easter dinner for our family here on Flatwoods Road. Robbie and I had enough food to eat for two days. I love her baked beans and she always makes sure we have them.

Our granddaughter Jennifer Woodard and her husband Jeremy and their two kids Payton and Brady came to visit us for a while Easter afternoon. We decided to sit in lawn chairs on our driveway since the weather was nice and we had plenty of room to social distance where we sat. I had a new little sweeper (a gift from our daughter Kris King and her husband Mark) that needed put together so Jeremy got it assembled and Jennifer decided to run it on our carpet to see how it worked. I stayed outside and waited for “a report.” Jennifer said it’s really nice and very easy to use. Jeremy and Jennifer also visited his aunt and uncle, Keven and Wendey Currey, who live beside us.

Robbie and I went up to the Riverfront Park when they had the Easter drive-thru event for kids on Saturday afternoon before Easter. We loved seeing all the “bunnies” hopping out from behind the trees and waving as we drove past the various “bunny stations.” The new big red chair has quickly become a hit with the little ones. They loved getting into the chair for photos. They also loved Easter Bunny himself and lots of kids had pictures taken with him. And of course the kids loved the bags of Easter eggs filled with treats.

Overall Easter was very nice this year. We enjoyed all the Holy Week services at the Riverfront Park and also getting to be inside our North United Methodist Church for Easter services. Our minister Tom Nolan always has a wonderful sermon — whether it’s a special holiday or just a regular Sunday — and if you don’t have a church you go to regularly, Pastor Nolan and our congregation welcome you to come and join us on Sunday mornings. Church begins at 10:45 a.m.

We are anxiously awaiting for the high school softball and baseball games to begin. My understanding is you will be allowed to go without having to have tickets prior to the games. I really believe most people are practicing social distancing on their own now. They say if you have received the vaccine you are safe to go anywhere. We’ll see what the schools decide!!!

Ravenswood Senior News

The center is still not open for regular everyday activities. We are hoping we can get back to normal soon since most of the senior people have received the vaccine. In the meantime we are still doing the hot meals on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in front of the center from 11 a.m.-noon. Frozen meals are being given out on Thursdays to cover for Friday and Monday meals. You may call the center at 304-273-5648 to learn more about the meal program and to order meals.

The Recycled Teenagers 2021 Travel Schedule has had to make some changes so if you have paid for a trip and have any concerns about it you may call trip coordinator Kay Parsons at 304-372-3970 to learn details.

One-day trips include the Ohio Amish Country in Berlin and Walnut Creek, Ohio, on June 24. This trip was previously scheduled for April 15. The Hartville (Ohio) Flea Market trip on May 6 may be canceled if there isn’t more interest. We will travel to Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 6 for a day of holiday shopping and we will go to Wheeling, W.Va., on Nov. 13 to see the Christmas displays throughout Oglebay Park. We remind you that meals are on your own on one-day trips.

Aug. 18 and 19 we will go to Kentucky to see the Ark Encounter which features Noah’s Ark. One lunch is included in this trip.

The Mount Rushmore trip dates have been changed to Aug. 28-Sept. 5. This trip includes the Badlands, the Black Hills of South Dakota and Mount Rushmore. We will also visit Custer State Park, Crazy Horse Memorial, the Unique Journey Museum and the town of Deadwood. Eight breakfasts and six dinners are included in this fabulous trip to the West.

Sept. 27-30 we will attend the National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. We will have a day at Dollywood and enjoy several gospel music shows. Three breakfasts and three dinners are included in this trip.

Oct. 11-15 we are traveling to Niagara Falls and Toronto, Canada. You MUST have a passport for this trip. We will visit Niagara-on-the-Lake and Queen Victoria Park, see The Falls on a “Hornblower Niagara Cruise” and visit the CN Tower and other places of interest in Niagara Falls. Four breakfasts and four dinners are included in this trip.

Nov. 16-18 we are going to Lancaster, Pa. We will see two biblical productions including “Queen Esther” and the “The Christmas Tree Ship.” Two dinners including a family-style dinner and a "Bird-in-Hand Smorgasbord Dinner" are included in this trip. Shopping time will be at the Rockvale Square and Tanger Outlets and the Kitchen Kettle Village.

Dec. 6-9 we will journey to the Biltmore Estates in Asheville, N.C. We will have a guided tour of the city of Asheville, visit the Biltmore Estate, visit the Folk Art Center, visit the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center and enjoy a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Three breakfasts and three dinners are included in this fun Christmas holiday trip.

Multiple-day trips may be paid in installments as listed on the trip flyer. One-day trips must be paid in full when signing up for them. Insurance is available on multiple-day trips. Each trip and insurance policy must be paid by separate checks.

The River Rats musicians have been given the okay to play their music at Riverfront Park once again. When the weather permits they will begin playing on Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair and your own snacks and come down to the river and enjoy the talents of our local musicians.

Have a great day!