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Ravenswood Senior News: Column

Mary Lou Robinson
Ravenswood Senior News
Ravenswood Senior Center

The first concert of the summer series at the McIntosh Building was held Saturday evening, May 22. The featured guest musician was The Johnny Staats Project. It was a great evening weather wise and there were quite a few people in attendance. It was the most relaxing time I think I’ve enjoyed for over a year now. If you missed the event you missed a wonderful time. More concerts will be held on the “front porch stage” at the community building this summer. Watch for announcements of guest musicians and the dates they will be playing on FB. Thanks to Katrena Ramsey for all the hard work she puts in with the Board of Parks to bring events and entertainment to the people of Ravenswood, Jackson County and our Ohio neighbors.

The Riverfront Park has been very, very busy recently. There were around 50 or more boaters on Saturday (May 22) and another huge crowd of people enjoying an event on Sunday afternoon (May 23). Thankfully the railroad crossing was opened for entrance to the park after being shut down for a day while new ties and other maintenance were being done. You don’t realize how many people enter the park each day until entrance is shut down. By the time you read this the crossings should all be repaved for a smooth ride across the tracks!

Our son Jamie has had some health problems recently and was taken to Marietta Hospital for evaluation. Hopefully he is now back at The Village. Jamie misses being able to see his friends and being outside for ball games. Keep him in your prayers.

The Ohio River Festival committee is sponsoring a golf tournament at the Green Hills Golf Course on June 19. You may call 304-273-2293 for more information on this event.

We remind you the River Rats are now being sponsored by the Ravenswood Board of Parks and will be playing music at the Riverfront Park each Thursday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. weather permitting. Bring your lawn chair, snacks and favorite sodas and come out and enjoy an evening of good music.

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The center is still closed for regular business but we are hoping that it will open soon. Most seniors have had the vaccination for the COVID virus and masks are not required for many things.

We are handing out hot meals at the front of the center on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Frozen meals are given out on Thursday to cover meals for Friday and Monday. You may call the center at 304-273-5648 to order meals and to learn more about the meal program.

The Recycled Teenagers have added a couple of new one-day trips to their 2021 Travel Schedule. One-day trips now include the Ohio Amish Country in Berlin and Walnut Creek for shopping at the cheese factories and unique Amish shops on June 24, the Guy Penrod Concert on July 24, the Isaacs Concert on Oct. 29, shopping trip to Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 6 and the Wheeling trip to Oglebay Park on Nov. 13 to see the many Christmas displays throughout the park. A meal at the Dutch Valley Restaurant is included in the Guy Penrod Concert and the Isaacs Concert trips. Meals are on your own on all other 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.

Aug. 28-Sept. 5 we will travel to Mount Rushmore, the Badlands and the Black Hills of South Dakota. This trip includes visits to the Badlands, the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore, 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 fun 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 a part of this trip to our northern neighbors.

Nov. 16-18 we will go 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 fabulous Christmas holiday adventure.

We will be traveling on Diamond Tours motor coaches for the South Dakota, Niagara Falls and Biltmore trips. The company requires that you have been vaccinated for the COVID virus to ride their vehicle. You may call our trip coordinator Kay Parsons at 304-372-3970 to learn more about this requirement and to learn more about trips of your choice.

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

Have a great day!