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Ravenswood Senior News: Column

Mary Lou Robinson
Ravenswood Senior News
Ravenswood Senior Center

Basketball is finally over for this school year. Of course we would have liked to see our Ravenswood High School boys play in the state tournament but it wasn’t meant to be. We were happy to see Williamstown win the AA state title since that is where our great grandkids Payton and Brady Woodard attend school. So now we concentrate on the softball and baseball teams. We traveled to Racine to watch the girls play Southern only to learn the game was canceled! We did get to watch the girls play Gilmore County in a double header on Saturday, May 8, at the Eastwood field. It was a chilly day so we sat in the car to see the game. Our girls won both games which we were elated to see.

That evening we attended the Ravenswood High School Choral Department concert which took place at the Riverfront Park stage. It was the first outdoor concert I can remember ever being held by this group. I’m sure it was because of the virus situation we have endured for over a year. It may not have been “perfect” but I give the choral teacher and all the students praise for at least trying to entertain the crowd that had assembled at the park.

Hopefully the next school year will bring the return of the concerts the choral department presents throughout the school year — which is normally three productions. I missed the photos of the seniors that are usually shown in a slide show while they sing their signature song “Undivided” each year at the end of their final concert. Of course we missed the regular concerts throughout the year also but were so elated that they did get to do the one concert. We wish all the seniors successful careers in their adult life.

Seeing all the prom kids pictures on FB reminded me that when I was in high school we didn’t have proms. We had a “junior/senior” banquet each with the junior class being responsible for decorations and for entertainment. My class had to do decorations for the Class of 1949 — which made the theme very easy as we chose “The ‘49ers” and we bought covered wagons for centerpieces at the tables.

The banquet was held in the NYA Hall. I remember it was the only “dress up” event for the year. Some girls had “bought” formal gowns — I had a “homemade” suit my mother made. Being dressed up meant you wore “hose” — not bobby sox. In my day you wore a “garter belt” to hold the hose up on your legs. My experience with the brand new garter belt wasn’t a pleasant one as the elastic was very strong and as I ascended the stairs up to the NYA Hall I felt as though the garter belt took me up the steps “step by step.” I didn’t seem to have any control of my legs at all! Fortunately I did make it up to the NYA Hall and had a great time at the banquet.

My senior year at the banquet I got to wear a “store-bought evening gown!” All the seniors received a small token gift representing something they were noted for during their high school days. My twin brother Carl and I each received a little “snare drum” since that was the instrument we played in the high school band.

The banquets were nice but now the kids get to dress up and enjoy a prom with lots of food and music. All I can say about our banquets is “Those were the days!!”

Ravenswood Senior News

The center is still closed but we are hoping the virus ban is soon lifted and we can get our center opened and back to normal activities.

We are serving hot meals on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday which can be picked up at the front of the center from 11 a.m.-noon. Frozen meals are given out on Thursday to cover meals for Friday and Monday. You may call the center at 304-273-5648 for more information on the meal program and to order meals.

The Recycled Teenagers 2021 Travel Schedule has had to make some changes on a few trips. You may call trip coordinator Kay Parsons at 304-372-3970 to learn more about trips of your choice and to see if any changes have been made to trips you have already paid for.

Our schedule includes one-day trips to the Ohio Amish Country in Berlin and Walnut Creek, Ohio, on June 24, a shopping trip to Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 6 and our annual trip on Nov. 13 to see the Christmas displays throughout Oglebay Park in Wheeling, W.Va. We will stop in St. Clairsville, Ohio, for shopping at the mall. Dinner will be on your own at Melmann’s Cafeteria. We remind you that all meals on one-day trips are on your own.

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.

Aug. 28-Sept. 5 we will travel to Mt. Rushmore, the Badlands and the Black Hills of South Dakota. We will visit the 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 the trip.

Oct. 11-15 we will travel 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,” visit the CN Tower and visit other places of interest in Niagara Falls. Four breakfasts and four dinners are included in this trip.

Nov. 16-18 we will travel to Lancaster, Pa. We will see two biblical productions including “Queen Esther” and “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 Kitchen Kettle Village and the Rockvale Square and Tanger Outlets.

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 Estates, 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.

Come travel with us and enjoy the many scenic areas throughout our United States.

Have a great day!